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Merchants cited for selling alcohol, cigarettes to teen

Published Sep. 27, 2005

May 21, 1941

Charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors by selling beer, wine and cigarettes to a person under age 21, operators in seven jooks in Largo, Clearwater and Tarpon Springs and an employee of another establishment were fined from $15 to $25 or were given 30 days in jail by Magistrate R.L. Baker yesterday.

Some of the jooks targeted were the Wooden Shoe, the Anchorage, the Little Blue Goose, the Polo Garden and the Hill Top.

The 17-year-old Clearwater boy was able to walk in and buy wine and cigarettes, which got the proprietors in hot water.

One place the youth attempted to buy illegal substances was Hi-Hat, east of Largo. Mrs. Clara Snyder refused to serve him.

May 14, 1936 Cities' Roosevelt backers organize

The Organization of Roosevelt-for-President Clubs in Clearwater and Tarpon Springs was launched last night by W.T. Baynard, executive secretary and treasurer of the St. Petersburg Roosevelt-for-President club.

Accompanied by R.R. Carter, a vice president of the Sunshine City Club, Baynard conferred with Judge Thomas Hamilton in Clearwater and Archie Clements in Tarpon Springs.

Judge Hamilton, who will sponsor the Clearwater group, is a former judge of the county juvenile court. Clements is president of the North Pinellas County Democratic Club, city attorney of Tarpon Springs and a candidate in Group 3 for the state Legislature in the forthcoming primary.

"The campaign of the Roosevelt-for-President Club in St. Petersburg is to have ballots marked for President Roosevelt's renomination in the June primary in a direct preferential vote," declared Baynard. Today "has struck a responsive chord throughout Pinellas County," he said.

May 18, 1936 Police searching for cross burners

CLEARWATER _ Another cross was burned in the Belmont section on the south side of the city early yesterday, and today police were searching for the cross burners.

The cross was burned in front of Hugh C. Fowler's home on Tilley Avenue. Fowler told police he heard a crash on his porch and ran to the door to find the cross flaming against the early morning sky.

Police said the job was done by pranksters.

They left a note tied around a brick on Fowler's steps. It instructed Fowler to send a roomer in the house "back to his wife."

Some weeks ago, a blazing cross was burned in Belmont in front of the Shanty, a roadhouse demolished by a mysterious blaze several weeks ago.

May 19, 1941 Woman leaves trust fund for her dog

CLEARWATER _ A $1,000 trust fund for the care of her dog, Laddie Boy, was set up by Anna B. Carver, who died in St. Petersburg on May 10 at the age of 82, under the terms of her will, which has been filed with the county judge.

The woman's estate was estimated at $6,000 in a petition for probate. Her son, Wallace Harper Carver, was named executor of the estate and was requested to administer the dog's trust fund.

In her will, Mrs. Carver also made a bequest of $200 to the Princeton graveyard in Princeton, N.J., for the care of her grave and that of her husband. The remaining money of the estate was left to her son.

May 16, 1941 Gunman convicted in murder trial

CLEARWATER _ Convicted of shooting another man after an argument over 25 cents, a local man was sentenced to 20 years in state prison yesterday on a charge of second-degree murder.

The man was found guilty after a trial that lasted less than 45 minutes, during which four witnesses testified that the defendant ordered the man out of an automobile, warning that "you die tonight," then shot him down.

The shooting occurred early in the morning of April 20, 1940, when a group of men had gathered in St. Petersburg to go on a fishing trip.

The defendant, who was not represented by a lawyer, told the jury that the other man had threatened him with a knife.

_ The history column is compiled by Eileen Schulte. She can be reached by calling (727) 445-4229.

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