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Stop signs planned for all rail crossings

Jan. 1, 1959

Police, convinced that the best solution to train-car accidents is to stop the car, are going to do just that. They will install stop signs at all unprotected crossings in the city.

Police Chief Willis D. Booth said yesterday that in view of the expense involved in installing lights or gates at crossings, possibly the installation of stop signs would serve as a temporary measure until other safety devices could be placed.

Traffic Sgt. Blaine LeCouris pointed out that the state law requiring stops at crossings only applies to those outside municipalities. In order to make the stop signs legal, a change in the present city code would be necessary, according to LeCouris.

In an amendment to be presented to the City Commission at its first meeting, the proposed ordinance will call for the installation of stop signs at all crossings not now protected by flashing lights, gates or flagmen.

Motorists approaching the crossing will be required to come to a full stop before proceeding.

Jan. 3, 1952

Boat explodes in gulf; crew rescued

TARPON SPRINGS _ Four Tarpon Springs fishermen owe their lives today to quick-thinking Jim Ergas, local fisherman and captain of the sponge boat Ergas.

The fishermen, Capt. Sozon Vatikotes, Theo Koutroulis, Mike Karahos and Buddy Calhoun, were aboard the Athens on Monday, 65 miles out in the gulf and in 21 fathoms of water when the diesel engine of the boat exploded.

They were picked up by the Ergas shortly afterward. The men's possessions were all lost.

The Ergas returned to Tarpon Springs on Tuesday night with the men aboard. The Athens was declared a total loss.

Jan. 3, 1952

Fashions to emphasize waistlines

CLEARWATER _ If you've been worrying lately about those extra inches on your hips, you may as well forget it and switch your attentions to your waistline _ that is if you want to be in top shape for the new spring fashions.

According to Tina Leser, New York designer who is spending the holidays in Clearwater, the emphasis is definitely on the waistline.

"I've gone back to the turn of the century and borrowed a few pages from glamorous Lillie Langtry, who was the rage of London and New York theater audiences at that time," she explained. "Langtry made the wasp waistline and the smooth hipline famous and gave the feminine world something new and exciting."

Today's woman will no doubt resort to the small waist girdles which give the corseted look, without sacrificing softness.

"These "waisters' as we call them, are just the thing for that nipped-in look," Leser said.

The first nationwide announcement of Tina Leser's styles is due to be made in New York next week. Clearwater will come in for a preview showing of these outstanding numbers when a fashion show is held early in the spring.

Jan. 3, 1963

Pistol-packing lady bandit still at large

CLEARWATER _ Police are still seeking the female bandit who held up a L'il General store at 724 S Missouri Ave. on Dec. 27.

The pistol-wielding "lady" took about $300 from the store manager, Charles Clark, when he opened the cash register to give her change for a dollar.

Clearwater detective Leo McMorrow said the woman's description is as follows:

Height _ 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches.

Weight _ 155-165 pounds.

Age _ 40-45 years.

The bandit was wearing khaki work pants, a shirt or jacket colored khaki or yellow, sunglasses and a light blue or green kerchief over dark hair.

She was carrying a handbag and reportedly walked like a man.

Detective McMorrow requests that the owner of a black Chevrolet, model 1945-1948, having no license tag or tail light, which was seen in the area shortly before the holdup, contact the detective bureau of the Police Department.

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 is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

1940s: Clearwater Mayor Joe Houze greets baseball great Babe Ruth during a visit to the city in either 1947 or 1948.

_ Pinellas History is compiled by Eileen Schulte from stories that appeared in back issues of the St. Petersburg Times. She can be reached by calling (727) 445-4229.