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Jan. 26, 1927

Deputies from the Sheriff's Office are again becoming active in rounding up bootleggers.

Yesterday's captures included 77 bottles of home brew taken from the filling station known as "The Scrap Book," located on the highway north of Tarpon Springs. R.L. Bolling was brought in with the contraband liquid.

In mopping up the northern end of the county, the sheriff's men stopped to get 10 bottles and 3 gallons of what appears to be moonshine whiskey from the premises of N.P. Vittie, Dunedin.

Jan. 26, 1927

Boy falls from auto

CLEARWATER _ Wayne Thomas, son of Sterling Thomas, fell from an automobile when the car was turning a corner of Fort Harrison Avenue.

The youngster, who is only 3 years old, was found not to be seriously injured, although he was thrown to the pavement on his head.

Jan. 19, 1931

Dog perishes in fire

CLEARWATER _ Fire early this afternoon destroyed a frame dwelling on Moore Street in Dunedin. It was owned by Dean T. Carter and occupied by Barney Smith and his wife.

The fire burned to death a pet dog owned by the Smiths that had been left locked in the house.

About an hour before the fire was discovered, Mr. and Mrs. Smith had left the house after locking their dog inside.

Another unoccupied house next door, also owned by Carter, was damaged on the side and roof, but was saved with other buildings in the vicinity by the rapid work of the Dunedin Fire Department.

About $500 of insurance was carried on the property. No cause for the fire could be assigned.

Jan. 20, 1931

Citizens called to jury duty

CLEARWATER _ Jurymen serving in the county court during the criminal session of this week are:

Jack Curtis, H.I. Decker, H.L. Grider, Reuben Gause, E.C. Tooke, J.S. Register, W.F. Ferguson, D.M. Orser, G.W. Woods, W.K. Wright and R.B. Ballard.

In passing sentence on men who pleaded guilty to bootlegging operations yesterday, Judge Harry R. Hewitt stated: "In the past, the court has perhaps been too lenient in offenses of this kind in the attempt to give the offenders a chance to change their ways and become law-abiding citizens, but it appears that it has done little good, and in the future the court will be more stringent."

Clair A. Davis, county prosecutor, in his argument against notorious members of the bootlegging fraternity, declared that the defendants had been arrested time after time and had escaped with light fines or on some technicality. They persisted in their illicit activities.

He continued: "They have grown so flagrant in their violations that they do not await the disposition of their cases, but as quickly as they obtain bond on one charge, they return and immediately repeat the offenses."

Jan. 26, 1927

Mullet shipped north

CLEARWATER _ Fishing has been exceptionally good in the Clearwater vicinity since the opening of the mullet season.

Over 45,000 pounds of mullet alone came into the Clearwater Fish Co. on Friday and Saturday. The company shipped a solid carload of seafood to the north.

Express shipments of 12,000 pounds or over have been going forward to points in Georgia and the Carolinas every day since the end of the closed season Jan. 20.

Over 15,000 pounds were taken in the first haul made at Indian Rocks by Capt. Will Register and his crew.

_ Pinellas History is compiled by Eileen Schulte. She can be reached at (727) 445-4229.