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1940: Clearwater may apply for anti-aircraft base

CLEARWATER — The possibility of Clearwater getting one of the proposed federal anti-aircraft bases was suggested Aug. 12 by Dave Perkins, head of the industrial committee of the Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the aviation committee.

Perkins said his committee would recommend to the government several sites including the abandoned Del Oro Groves subdivision on 20 acres on the eastern edge of the city overlooking Old Tampa Bay.

Aug. 16, 1932

Man in fight charged with profanity

LARGO — Bob Nunnery of Largo was charged with using profane language and sentenced to pay a fine of $10 or serve 30 days in the county jail.

Nunnery was reported to have threatened Deputy Wilbur Allen during a fight in Largo during the weekend. Nunnery said he had heard that Allen had kicked his brother, "Doc" Nunnery, who was in the county jail for participating in the fight.

Doc Nunnery, Wilbur "Tootsie" Dear and Harold Fussel were to attend a preliminary hearing by Judge Moore in the circuit courtroom Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. They were charged with assault against Avery Houchard, a football player from Largo. Houchard was hospitalized with a broken leg and fractured ribs.

The arrests of Nunnery and Dear were made by Allen and police Chief Finley McMullen.

Aug. 24, 1928

Wrecked fishing vessel found in gulf

An unidentified Cuban fishing vessel with full sail set and banners flying from a top mast that protruded above the water of the Gulf of Mexico was discovered by the crew of the Tarpon Springs sponge boat Janaris.

The vessel was under 11 fathoms of water 30 miles off Port Inglis and bore mute evidence of a mysterious tragedy at sea.

When the Janaris docked at Tarpon Springs the next day, Capt. Manuel Ganapos described how divers from his boat tried to lower themselves to the floor of the gulf. They were trying to find the cause of the wreck and see if any bodies of the crew were aboard.

But the pressure of the water caused by the great depth made them turn back.

Efforts to learn the name of the craft also proved unsuccessful, but sailors determined it was a fishing craft.

Attempts to learn if there were bodies of the crew aboard were futile, the captain said.

Divers who found the wreck believed that the boat went down in a storm 10 days earlier.

Aug. 7, 1949

Hunters search pasture for gold

SAFETY HARBOR — With an old Spanish map to guide them, treasure hunters moved into an old pasture north of here and were digging for buried gold.

They dug and blasted their way into the earth on the site of an old mission. Yesterday, to the tune of pneumatic hammer and the chatter of a gasoline pump, the men reached 50 feet with the possibility of going deeper.

William Graef and Merrill C. Faulk were confident they would find what they were after: an old chest supposedly buried somewhere under their feet.

Earlier in the week, they thought they reached it. At 26 feet they struck what they thought was the chest. It gave off a metallic sound when one of the diggers hit it with a pick.

A charge of dynamite only served to drive it deeper. The men discontinued the use of the dynamite for fear of a cave-in.

Metal detectors had announced the presence of some metallic substance beneath them, so they continued their search.

Fourteen men were on the spot working on a 2 percent cut of whatever treasure they would find.

Next week, just a mile away, another group of hunters will begin probing into the mound in Philippe Park. Preliminary tests with detectors reveal a huge, metallic deposit somewhere near the base of the ancient mound.

Aug. 3, 1937

Survey of tuberculosis in county begins

CLEARWATER — Miss Clio McLaughlin, with the bureau of tuberculosis of the state board of health, was here assisting the staff of the Pinellas County Health Department in making a survey of all active cases of tuberculosis.

"Tuberculosis is a problem in this county," said Dr. Thomas Morgan, director of the department. "In order to enable us to carry on a complete and efficient control program in the future, it is essential to know where all the cases are, both indigent and non-indigent."

He said the tuberculin testing program, which was carried on in the last few days of school in the spring, would be continued in the early fall when school resumed.

He said a positive reaction to the test was not a bad sign, but merely showed that the individual had been in contact with the germ, and that nature had provided resistance to the disease.

"It is desirable, however, to know whether or not nature has entirely overcome this infection and an X-ray examination is necessary to determine this condition," Morgan said.

Headlines through the years

A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information and photographs are compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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A look back at the events, people and places that made North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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