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Headlines 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.

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 30, 2005

Jan. 19, 1950: Two-day horse show slated at county fair

LARGO - The Pinellas County Horse Show will open Jan. 26, with performances Friday night and Saturday afternoon and night.

One hundred stables are to be erected to house the entries that are expected from all over Florida and neighboring states.

The horse show, presented in connection with the fair at Largo, will offer cash prizes, sterling trophies and silk ribbons approximating $3,000.

Almost every type of show horse is expected to be exhibited, as well as stock and pleasure horses. Divisions in the show include five-gaited, walking, fine harness, quarter horses, jumpers, roadsters and cow ponies. There will also be horsemanship classes.

For the children, horsemanship classes will culminate in a championship. A silver challenge cup, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Cape Gant of Spindletop Farm, a noted horse-breeding establishment in Lexington, Ky., is to be presented to the winner.

Feb. 1, 1928: Straw hat day

CLEARWATER - Those who didn't happen to have regulation straw hats handy wore their panamas and most of the citizens of the county capital were to be seen today with summer headgear on their craniums, for this is "Straw Hat Day" in Clearwater.

Visitors are supposed to be impressed by the weather, which makes felt hats unnecessary.

Jan. 30, 1928: Groves are "fired"

CLEARWATER - Citrus groves of middle Pinellas County were being "fired" last night and a regular fog of acrid vapor from the kerosene heaters and smudge pots in the groves north and east of the city caused winter visitors to make inquiry about the smoke, which hung over the land.

Jan. 20, 1928: Tampa officials laud Largo fair

LARGO - President W.G. Brorein, and P.T. Strieder, general manager of the South Florida Fair and Gasparilla Carnival, were visitors last Thursday to the Pinellas County free fair at Largo and expressed themselves as delighted with the exhibits, the buildings, music, educational and amusement features provided.

"We attended the first Pinellas County fair, and we have been watching it grow and prosper year after year until today it is in the very front ranks of county fairs in the United States," said Brorein. "It has made more progress this year than in any two previous years of its existence. The exhibits are extensive, representing all branches of Florida products and they are all very tastily arranged."

Brorein said fairs contribute to the growth and prosperity of Florida as they give the tourists a chance to see the products and resources of our state. Then their impressions are carried back up north to thousands of prospective visitors.

Jan. 26, 1950: Officers named by Civic Club

OLDSMAR - The Oldsmar Civic Club held its annual election of officers Monday evening, with the following officers being elected: President, Victor Sellars; first vice president, James Lashbrook; second vice president, C.R. Robbins; secretary, Mrs. Victor Sellars; treasurer, Frank Marshton; trustee, Frank Monnier.

Dues have been reduced from $5 to $2 per year. In the near future, the foundation of their new club building will be placed on the club site.

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

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