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1928: Dairy installs power, refrigeration

Published June 10, 2007


JUNE 25, 1928

LARGO - Dairies of middle Pinellas County are rapidly becoming as modern as any in the country.

The Olds dairy, east of Largo, has just had a new electric power line run to its place, and an electric refrigerating system has been installed. This dairy now makes its own ice and has plenty of refrigeration for the cooling of its milk.

A fine herd of Jersey cows provides the best grade of milk, while there are Holstein cows for those who prefer this milk for children.

During the winter season, the Olds dairy averages 300 gallons of milk, 30 gallons of cream and 30 gallons of buttermilk as a day's production. Two trucks are used to take the milk to customers in St. Petersburg, Largo and Clearwater.

The automatic milking machines are operated by electricity, and the entire dairy will be supplied by current from the new power line.

JUNE 23, 1928

Watermelon served in circuit court

CLEARWATER - The life of a circuit court official is not all hard work.

Yesterday afternoon, while the jury was out in the case of a forgery case, Judge Bird, State Attorney Wilson, Deputy Sheriff Strickland, Court Reporter Satterfield and the lawyers connected with the case sat around, telling more or less funny stories while awaiting the return of the jury with the verdict.

All at once F. Drew Lewis, citrus grower, envoy extraordinary and a lot of other things, appeared in the hall with a large watermelon. Willing hands spread newspapers over a big table that usually held law books, and the feast was on for the better part of an hour.

JUNE 23, 1928

Strawberry growing is promoted at meetings

CLEARWATER - J.W. Williamson, chairman of the Pinellas County Berry Growers' Association, announces that meetings will be held in all sections of the county for the purpose of stimulating interest in strawberry growing.

Assistance of every sort possible will be given growers throughout the peninsula in the planting, cultivation and harvesting of strawberries, and an educational campaign will be carried on by the association through the press.

Almost anyone could set out an acre of strawberries, Williamson said, as the cost is not great.

JUNE 3, 1924

Oldsmar abuzz with building activity

OLDSMAR - Letting of the contracts last week for the building of the new Community Methodist Church and the construction of the imposing winter home of Mrs. Katherine Anderson of St. Louis has given added impetus to building activity in Oldsmar.

The new church will cost about $15, 000 when finished and will accommodate 300 worshipers. The nucleus of that group is now meeting in an unfinished residence. The design of the church was furnished by city architect Col. J.I. Chamberlain. In the style of Spanish-American houses of worship, the church will be finished in stucco and stone with a characteristically Spanish bell tower surmounting its roof.

Mrs. Anderson's home was also designed by Col. Chamberlain with Spanish lines, hollow tile and stucco. It is situated to catch a maximum of breezes from Oldsmar bay. W.S. Decker of Tampa will build the residence and install landscaping for an estimated cost of $25, 000.

Erler Construction Company is building six other homes with modified Spanish lines for about $6, 000 each. They represent the first group in a program by the company for the construction of at least 50 homes in Oldsmar by fall.

Theresa Blackwell compiles the history column. She can be reached at


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