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15,000 flock to beach to celebrate Fourth

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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.

July 5, 1940

CLEARWATER _ The Fourth of July passed by in upper Pinellas without a fatality on the highways.

An estimated 15,000 persons crowded Clearwater Beach yesterday and the summer rains held off until late in the afternoon. Police nabbed six persons for changing into their bathing suits on the beach and 12 persons, including a pair of honeymooners and five MacDill field soldiers, on traffic charges. A 5-year-old was rescued after being swept into the surf from the beach.

In Largo, the entire town turned out for a parade and patriotic ceremonies. American Legionnaires, VFW members, their auxiliaries, Clearwater Sons of the Legion, the Largo school band and Methodist Bible school youngsters marched in the parade.

State Sen.-elect John S. Taylor Jr. presented an American flag to Mayor H.C. Robinson at the Town Hall. A new flagpole was in place and Cmdr. Walter Waterson of the Largo Legion post hoisted up the flag. Rev. J.D. Lewis of the Methodist church delivered a prayer and Arthur W. Jordan, Clearwater attorney, made the Fourth of July address.

June 20, 1931

Beauty contestants to attend banquet

CLEARWATER _ One of the most elaborate and beautiful banquets ever attempted in Florida was planned today by Bill Hart, Clearwater theater manager, who on the Fourth of July will be host to more than a score of the most beautiful young ladies in the whole state as they assemble here to compete for the title of Miss Florida.

Aside from the pulchritudinous charm of more than 20 of the state's most queenly young women, there will be innumerable other attractive and entertaining features at a noonday banquet which Mr. Hart is to accord the young ladies. The dining salon of Clearwater Beach Hotel will be especially decorated for the occasion and music will be furnished by special orchestras that have been secured by Mr. Hart.

In sympathy with the southern cotton grower, Mr. Hart has made it an ironclad rule that all contestants must wear cotton pajamas at the banquet.

June 9, 1931

Girls arrive at FSU for short courses

CLEARWATER _ Miss Gayle Remington writes from Tallahassee that the 18 Pinellas County girls, two leaders and one agent arrived in Tallahassee at 5 o'clock Friday evening, full of pep and high ambitions for the week at the short course being held at the Florida State College for Women.

They have two demonstration teams, one in table-setting which will come under direction of Miss Virginia P. Moore of the home improvement extension, and one in sandwich-making under the direction of Mrs. Eva R. Culley of the food, nutrition and health extension. The girls in the demonstration are Lela Remington and Fern Kessler on table-setting, and Myrtle Colter and Gayle Remington in sandwich-making. Both of these demonstrations will be at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Virginia Corson is going to enter the dress revue Wednesday night at 7:30. She is not competing for an out-of-state trip.

The girls also plan to enter the song contest Monday night; their song to be to the tune of The Gay Caballero.

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