Think you know your Largo? Test your knowledge Friday at the Royal Palms senior living facility at a Largo Trivia Contest that is part of the city's centennial celebration this year.
Royal Palms community liaison Wendy Brookins worked with the Largo Area Historical Society and the Largo Library to come up with a list of 50 questions for the trivia contest, and is still scouting for more.
"We thought the trivia contest would encompass Largo, its past and all the things that happened here," she said. "I've been here for 30 years, and Largo was always considered the farm community around here for years. Well, the farm town is looking pretty darn good, and there's a lot to celebrate."
Brookins said organizers at Royal Palms came up with a trivia contest for Largo's yearlong celebration because many of the seniors at the center enjoy trivia and wanted to participate in the city's anniversary.
"It's always been popular, so we thought it would be a good way to educate people about Largo."
Prizes will be awarded for people who get the correct answers to questions about Largo history and events. Players will play individually or in teams, depending on the number of participants. The event starts at 10 a.m. Friday at Royal Palms, 200 Lake Ave. NE, near the corner of East Bay Drive. The event will take about an hour to an hour and a half.
Here's a sampling of questions for those who want to take a dry run at testing their knowledge of Largo:
1. In 1913, Largo became the first town in Florida and the second town in the U.S. to:
A. Allow the boarding of horses at Town Hall during storms.
B. Adopt the commission-manager form of government.
C. Allow women to ride on fire wagons to cheer on the male firefighters.
2. In 1931, the Taylor Packing House:
A. Was the scene of the first Town Dance.
B. Shipped a record number of citrus fruits.
C. Was destroyed by fire.
3. Who flew the first airplane into this area between 1915 and 1916?
A. The Red Baron.
B. General Clements McMullen
C. Charles Lindberg
4. Jan. 26, 1915 was the charter date of what women's organization?
A. The Largo Women's Garden Society
B. The Largo Red Hats Society
C. The Largo Women's Club
5. The Pinellas County School Board agreed in June 1917 that
A. Only people with children could be hired as teachers.
B. Only men could be employed as teachers.
C. Only single women could be employed as teachers.
Answers: 1. B; 2. C; 3. B; 4. C; 5. C
JUST A FARM TOWN: This early 1900s photograph taken in Largo, long regarded as an agricultural community, shows that cattle were kept in a pen behind the old Largo Feed Store.
EARLY COMMERCE: This is the Taylor Packing House, operated by the John S. Taylor Co. in Largo.
PIONEER: Malcolm Joel McMullen, the city's first postmaster, posed for this picture a long time ago in a collarless shirt.