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Published Oct. 19, 2008

Oct. 12, 1940, - An ice pick burglar struck again Thursday night, robbing four houses in a row on Oak Street. In each case the man entered through a screen after using an ice pick to disengage the lock.

At the home of Mrs. Clara G. Gassom, a purse was rifled of $4. At the home of Jim Phillips, between $18 and $20 was removed from a pair of pants hanging on a chair.

At William Valentine's home, $5 was taken from trousers. Five dollars was also taken from a purse at Mrs. Ellis Bennett's home.

The police reported they had taken some handprints, but had no other clues.

This was the first appearance of the ice pick burglar in several months.

Oct. 12, 1940

Tunnel gets War Department go-ahead

The permit for the construction of an $8-million bridge tunnel across Tampa Bay linking Pinellas and Manatee counties was issued yesterday by the War Department in Washington.

Granting the permit left only two hurdles in the way of actual construction of the huge project, according to Rep. Walter P. Fuller, who had actively sponsored the plan.

They are: acquisition by the authority of the Bee Line ferry company, whose auto ferries span the 7-mile water gap, and completion of the financial plans which are already set up.

Oct. 17, 1940

Thousands in Pinellas sign up for draft

Pinellas men - 9,815 of them - rallied beneath the red, white and blue symbol of their freedom yesterday and without ostentation, registered to defend that freedom.

There was no rattle of drums, no blare of bugles. There was no clanking of sabers. But in a stirring exhibition of mass patriotism, men from all walks of life crowded together shoulder-to- shoulder to sign up for a year of their lives if called by their country.

Oct. 10, 1930

Fletcher favors deeper, wider river

TARPON SPRINGS - U.S. Sen. Duncan U. Fletcher was favorable to the idea put forth to him Tuesday about the necessary deepening and widening of the Anclote River.

The senator was a guest aboard one of the sponge boats on a trip down to the gulf and en route, Engineer Reed of the dredge Sarasota working in the river, boarded the sponge vessel and explained the needs here.

The Anclote River is 6 feet deep, not enough to accommodate the sponge boats during low tide.

In the winter, many of the spongers are forced to lay up at the docks to wait for higher tides.

Reed pointed out to the senator that besides Tampa, the Anclote River was used more commercially than any other point on the west coast of the state.

During the trip, the senator said the Anclote needed deepening, and he would see to it. On the trip, though the tide was far from low, the boat ran aground.

Oct. 11, 1930

22 sponge fishermen are arrested

Twenty-two Tarpon Springs sponge fishermen were arrested in Perry and held under $200 bail each pending a hearing on charges of fishing in water less than 5 fathoms deep and having small sponges in their possession, according to a telegram received by George Emmanuel, well-known sponge dealer of Pinellas County.

Emmanuel said the sponge exchange would provide the more than $4,000 necessary to bail out the Greek divers until the case could be heard.

The case was similar to one thrown out of Florida circuit court several days ago when the judge held the law unconstitutional. The state's attorney, however, appealed the decision to the Supreme Court.

Oct. 17, 1926

New building cost lower than expected

CLEARWATER - Robert M. Thompson was awarded a contract to build the Palm Harbor Junior High School when bids were received by the county School Board on Friday, R.S. Blanton, county school superintendent announced today.

Bids ranging from $76,470.70 to $88,980 were received by the board. Considerable gratification was expressed by Blanton at the reasonable figure for which the school could be built.

The board had anticipated the bids ranging around $100,000.

With the bid submitted by Mr. Thompson, the building will not exceed $93,000.

The surplus left from the amount appropriated for the school was to be used to install added features, the superintendent said.

They were to consist of a library, a home economics room, a manual training room, and for equipment for a playground and athletic field.

Construction was to begin immediately, Blanton said. The school, which was to be constructed about one-half mile southeast of the old Southern College, was to be completed in four months.


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.