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Mayor has a national plan to bring unemployed relief

Sept. 14, 1931

With America's eyes turned toward every possible suggestion for relief of the unemployed, Mayor H.H. Baskin of Clearwater has turned his attention to the matter and an unusual plan has resulted.

Mayor Baskin would eliminate railroad crossings throughout the nation.

So doing would not only make life less miserable for the motorist, he believes, but would provide work for the workless. His suggestion, in written form, has been forwarded to Walter S. Gifford, chairman of President Hoover's committee for relief of the unemployed.

Mayor Baskin points out in the communication that the entire burden of such expense should be borne by the federal government. He also emphasizes the opinion that the government, in assisting the unemployed, should do so without injuring the personal pride of the individual. In other words, the government should adopt a slogan, "100 cents worth of sweat-of-the-brow for every dollar expended," he said, thus eliminating any possibility of a dole system such as has become popular in England.

"It is for Congress to appropriate for immediate use a sufficient sum of money to provide employment where necessary at a wage sufficient to feed and warm the recipient during the present winter," Baskin said. "Such appropriation should be placed under proper direction and used to build overpasses or under-passes wherever highways in general cross railway tracks over which trains pass at high speeds. Every county in every state has urgent need of such improvements and no doubt the several states already have plans and specifications of such construction upon which work could begin immediately."

Sept. 12, 1931

Citrus season to start one month later

CLEARWATER _ With several of the larger citrus packing houses in readiness to begin operations on a moment's notice, citrus growers and shippers look forward to the opening of 1931 citrus shipping season in early October, they said today.

Due to later ripening of fruit, the season this year opens on a schedule approximately one month later than in 1930. Pinellas County's first car left on Sept. 8 last season, and the season was well under way by Sept. 20.

Stricter enforcement of the green-fruit law in Florida this year is discouraging early shipment of fruit of a questionable maturity. For this reason, it is believed Florida fruit will meet the approval of the consuming public much better than last year. It will at least be ripe.

Recent rains have been beneficial to the crop. It is expected to be from 25 to 40 percent smaller in volume than last season, but growers say that quality is high enough to offset a great portion of this shortage.

All in all, it is generally held that the citrus grower in this county will make more money from his crop this year than in any recent season.

Sept. 13, 1937

Painters' scale will rise to 87{ cents

CLEARWATER _ Effective Oct. 1, Clearwater master painters will receive 87{ cents an hour, according to Fred Wood, secretary of the Clearwater union. Their present scale is 75 cents hourly.

The painters followed in the steps of Clearwater carpenters who boost their price from 75 to 87{ cents Nov. 1.

The painters will discuss their new pay level at a meeting and social hour in the Odd Fellows hall Tuesday night.

Theresa Blackwell compiles the history column. She can be reached at (727) 771-4305 or

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