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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.

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 16, 2004

Feb. 20, 1950: Women report for jury duty for the first time

CLEARWATER - History will be written this morning in Circuit Court at Clearwater when, for the first time, six women will report for jury duty along with 26 men.

As each case is heard, the jurors must be examined by attorneys for the state and the defense. After the first case is called, Circuit Judge John U. Bird will pick up six folded slips of paper, each containing the name of a juror. They will take their seats in the box and will hear the case unless excused by the state or the defense.

Since the drawing is by lot, it is not likely that more than two or three women will be called for the first case. Attorneys for both sides can excuse six of the jurors without cause. Jurors not serving may retire until the next case is called.

Following the custom of other counties where women jurors serve, Chief Deputy Clerk Morrison Pearce plans to present a corsage to the first woman juror.

Feb. 21, 1950: Signs to direct tourists to city

TARPON SPRINGS - If signs mean anything, tourists heading toward Tarpon Springs on U.S. 19 will be well aware that there is such a city by the time they hit Pinellas County.

Four Jaycees left the city Saturday afternoon loaded with 177 signs advertising Tarpon Springs, which were placed every 5 miles down the highway. Beginning at Thomasville, Ga., and ending at Chiefland, Ronnie Clark and Bill Noblit placed their signs. At Chiefland, they met Richard Lewis and James Harter, who had left Tarpon Springs headed north.

The result: more signs pointing the way to Tarpon Springs.

Feb. 19, 1950: Teachers group holds meeting

TARPON SPRINGS - The Pinellas County Progressive Teachers Association met Friday at Union Academy in Tarpon Springs. Mrs. Emma Smith presided and C.A. Bacote, head of the history department at Atlanta University, was guest speaker.

M.P. Rooks introduced Bacote, who urged teaching children the heritage of their race. Materials were given out stressing the importance of Negro History Week.

Dean J.A. Bond, supervisor of Negro education in Pinellas County, urged the teachers to attend the Florida state meeting in Miami in April.

During the meeting, A.J. Neal of the Gibbs High School music department played a piano solo. And the Union Orpheus Singers of Union Academy, directed by Mrs. Amanda Howard, principal, sang If God Forgets and Marching Along Together.

Feb. 7, 1940: Movers and packers meet at Biltmore

BELLEAIR - More than 200 furniture warehousemen, movers and packers gathered at the Belleview Biltmore for their annual meeting today to elect their new president.

Anthony D. Bullock of the Security Storage Co., Cincinnati, already has been nominated and is scheduled to take office. He will succeed William T. Bostwick, New York, as president of the National Furniture Warehousemen's Association.

The board of directors, with William T. Bostwick presiding, met in closed session over the weekend and Monday and elected Reed Bekins, San Francisco, as board member to succeed Milo W. Bekins, Los Angeles, after his 12 years of service. The Bekins represent the largest moving concern in the world.

Reed Bekins cited fair trade practices as the most important topic to come before the meeting during this session. He regretted all the legislation that has been created to bring about standard fair trade practices in the industry.

"But as always, such legislation offers another excuse for some unethical operators to chisel and cheat the public," he said.

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

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