Aug. 8, 1931
Lester Glasscock of Dunedin was slightly injured late yesterday when his airplane crashed near Fifty Six, a small town in the Ozark National Forest, 25 miles from here. The motor stalled at 5,000 feet.
Glasscock was flying from Montgomery, Ala., to Wichita, Kan. He left Montgomery early yesterday morning, he said, and stopped at Memphis.
He had planned to go to Los Angeles. Suffering minor bruises, he was brought here by automobile to spend the night.
Many of those who gathered around the wrecked plane said they had never seen one so close before. Souvenir hunters took away many of the parts.
Glasscock left Clearwater on Thursday to enter air races. The plane in which he crashed Friday afternoon was an open cockpit Swallow biplane owned by B.C. Skinner, a Dunedin manufacturer who was sponsoring Glasscock's flight.
Fifty Six, where Glasscock crashed, is a small town in Stone County of which Mountainview is the county seat. Fifty Six has one of the few post offices in the country which has a colored cancellation stamp. Many stamp enthusiasts in St. Petersburg have sent to Fifty Six for cancellation marks which are stamped not in letters, but in purple figures _ 56 _ on the mail passing through.
Aug. 16, 1924 Officer puts stop to cigarmakers' party
CLEARWATER _ According to an announcement made by Sheriff Lindsey, two prominent Spanish cigarmakers of Tampa had been held up below Pinellas Park yesterday by Officer Mansfield for speeding.
The Tampans stated that they were going to Pass-a-Grille where they were to attend a social function.
Officer Mansfield noticed on the seat between the two men a quart bottle of whisky, opened. When he inquired about this, Mansfield said the men declared they had more wines and liquors to brighten up the seashore party in the back of the car.
A search disclosed bottles of rare wines. These were brought to the courthouse while the owners put up a cash bond of $200.
Aug. 16, 1924 Lightning damages telephones
CLEARWATER _ "Did you know that we have more lightning right here in the center of Pinellas County than anywhere else in the United States?" asked H.C. Brasfield, manager of the Peninsular Telephone Company business in Clearwater, this morning as he stopped to listen to a complaint about lack of service.
"Just come up to the office and I will show you a box full of telephones that have been knocked all to pieces during the thunder squalls of the past week," he said.
Mr. Brasfield picked up from a waste box parts of several automatic instruments which had hung on the walls of subscribers until lightning came along and made them total wrecks, blowing up the phones but not harming the subscribers.
One particular piece of equipment had been torn asunder, the back of the phone split into kindling wood and the metal parts melted apart.
"We have troubles the public does not know anything about," Brasfield said. "Lightning alone causes damage to the extent of thousands of dollars during the rainy season. If things kept on as they have been going for the past few weeks, the company might have to go out of business."
Aug. 8, 1931 Clearwater to get new federal building
CLEARWATER - The northwest corner of East Avenue and Cleveland Street, Clearwater, has been chosen as the site for the new federal building in the county seat, according to Associated Press dispatches received today.
The property is owned by H.E. Tooke and was offered to the government for $25,000, the message said.
A filling station now occupies the site upon which the new Clearwater post office will stand.
The federal appropriations for the new building set aside $200,000 for construction of the building; cost of the site is to be included in the appropriation.
_ Pinellas History is compiled by Eileen Schulte. She can be reached at (727) 445-4229.
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.
OCT. 15, 1947: The Tarpon Springs Country Club, built in 1928, was turned into a hotel in 1947. In 1953, a psychiatric hospital was founded at the site, which fronts St. Joseph Sound and the Anclote River. The property, which in addition to private patient rooms includes an auditorium, pool, tennis courts, dance area, dining rooms and kitchens, has recently been on the market again.