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"Death trap' part of road may be widened

Published Aug. 27, 2005

Headlines through the years

A look back at the events, people and places that make North Pinellas the unique place that it is. The information is compiled from past editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

Feb. 7, 1940

The Oldsmar-Tampa "death trap" may be eliminated in 1940 to 1941.

Pinellas County commissioners yesterday asked the state road department to widen and repave Memorial Highway between Oldsmar and Tampa. The winding, rough and narrow highway has been the scene of hundreds of accidents and many deaths in recent years.

"That strip of highway could be paved from end to end with the bones of persons killed upon it," Commissioner Ed H. Beckett told the county board yesterday.

The resolution will be submitted to the road board at their budget meeting in Tallahassee this month. Chairman W.J. Christie, possibly other commissioners, Clerk Ray E. Green and Engineer W.A. McMullen Jr. will represent Pinellas at the road meeting.

Another resolution, adopted by the board at the request of highway-minded Rep. Walter P. Fuller, requested that Chairman Arthur Hale apply for federal aid to construct highways to tie the proposed Pinellas-Manatee tunnel into the Gulf Coast Scenic Highway and the Tamiami Trail.

That construction would enable motorists to cross the state from Miami to Manatee County, through the tunnel to St. Petersburg, northward through Pinellas past the Pinellas entrance to the proposed "middle-route" bridge across Old Tampa Bay and on through Pinellas to counties to the north.

Fuller said such a project would greatly increase statewide interest in completion of the Gulf Coast Highway, which now has several uncompleted links north of Pinellas.

Feb. 2, 1929

Indian princess visits Rotary Club

CLEARWATER _ Princess Morning Star, a full-blooded Apache Indian, accompanied by Little White Feather, an 18-year-old Indian girl, headed the program at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club yesterday.

Princess Morning Star made a very interesting talk of Indian habits and customs. Among other things, she stated that the Indians have a very low divorce rate because "the man's the boss."

Feb. 3, 1928

Oyster farmer extols profit potential

P.D. Howe, who operates the oyster farm at Bayview at the head of Old Tampa Bay, believes many in this section are overlooking a good commercial proposition: raising oysters.

Conditions are just right in this section of the bay for rapid and good growth, he said. Springs supply the necessary amount of fresh water running into the salt water of the bay and oysters thrive.

"I believe," said Mr. Howe, "that considerable money could be brought to this county, if people only realized that we can raise as good oysters here as anywhere in the country."

Yesterday, Mr. Howe called at the newspaper with a box of the seafood and opened some of the best and fattest oysters ever seen in this section. About 20 of them made almost a quart of oysters. The oysters which Mr. Howe produced as proof that Old Tampa Bay waters will raise fine oysters were native and self-planted. Some he estimated at 3 to 4 years old.

Mr. Howe conducts an oyster house and also arranges for oyster roasts at his place. He has leased 800 feet of waterfront on the bay, and expects to plant between 5 and 6 acres this year.

Jan. 2, 1940

Fort Harrison property transferred

CLEARWATER _ A quit-claim deed recorded here showed transfer of the local Fort Harrison Hotel property from Reolds Farms Co. of Lansing, Mich., to Reolds Investment Co. of Tampa.

Revenue stamps attached to the deed indicated a value of $551,000 on the hotel and grounds. The deed was executed by Charles E. Ecker, president, and R.P. Lyman Jr., secretary of Reolds Farms Company.

Both companies are named for R.E. Olds, multimillionaire automobile manufacturer (Oldsmobile) of Lansing and Clearwater. Olds, investor in bonds of the town of Belleair, is the principal sponsor of both firms.

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