Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive

Tampashores mayor, developer battle it out

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.

Jan. 9, 1928

SAFETY HARBOR _ Much interest was aroused locally in the trials of J.A.B. Broadwater, mayor of Tampashores, originally known as Oldsmar, and Harry E. Prettyman, erstwhile developer of Oldsmar, who are alleged to have indulged in a battle royale on Thursday last in the little town at the head of Old Tampa Bay.

Broadwater declared at the hearing before Judge Head in Safety Harbor yesterday that Prettyman struck him with a hammer handle at the close of an acrimonious debate. The argument began after the mayor had ordered the water turned off at Prettyman's premises when a bill was not paid, according to reports. Mayor Broadwater was dismissed by Judge Head and decision was withheld in the assault charge brought against Prettyman.

Jan. 5, 1927

GOP factions unite to pick candidate

CLEARWATER _ Members of the Pinellas County Congressional Republican Club met here last night at the Fort Harrison Hotel. A number dined together in the new dining room of the hotel. Then at 8 o'clock, the representatives from Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Clearwater and St. Petersburg, with representatives from the other 18 counties composing the first congressional district, assembled in one of the private parlors of the hotel for the purpose of perfecting the organization to elect a Republican candidate from this district.

Representatives were present from the different factions of the Pinellas County Republicans. The congressional election has been a common ground on which all factions are united and last night, it developed that all local differences have been settled.

The president of the Pinellas County Republican Congressional Club was authorized to appoint an executive committee, subject to the approval of the club, consisting of one or more members in each election precinct of the county.

Delegates to this meeting were enthusiastic as to the possibilities of electing a Republican representative to Congress from the district.

They reported that not only were the Democrats of this district generally dissatisfied with the present national Democratic control and tendency, but the voters as a whole were awake to the necessity of a Republican representative in order to get the proper protection for "infant" industries and agriculture in this section.

Jan. 9, 1928

Capitol Theater to get heating system

CLEARWATER _ The somewhat chilly weather of the past few days evidently made manager Malcolm Estes of the Capitol Theater decide that the playhouse should be heated and the result is that a gas-steam heating system is being installed in the Capitol.

Radiators will be placed along the walls in the lobby and in the orchestra pit.

Jan. 9, 1928

Clearwater gets colorprint plant

CLEARWATER _ The county capital now has another printing plant, a sure indication of renewed prosperity.

The establishment is at 124 S Garden Ave., where the art preservative of all arts has been practiced ever since Clearwater made any pretensions to being a printing headquarters. The new concern calls itself the Clearwater Colorprint Co. Rudolph Petree, who has been connected with commercial printing offices here for the past dozen years, is the manager.

It is understood that the new company will be incorporated and that facilities will be provided for producing work of a class that has not heretofore been possible in this section.

_ Theresa Blackwell compiles the history column. She can be reached at (727) 445-4229 or