1936: Board votes to retain county agent

By TERESA BLACKWELL, Times Staff Writer
Published September 25, 2007

CLEARWATER - In a surprise move, the county commission late yesterday afternoon voted to retain William Gomme as county agent.

In a resolution adopted last July 15, commissioners requested the state agricultural extension service remove Gomme.

Yesterday, they took action favoring the retention of Gomme after a letter came from A.P. Spencer, the extension service head, recommending the agent be kept here "because not a single complaint has been made against him."

The board previously wanted Gomme removed Oct. 1 "for the good of the department."

The commissioners did not take action yesterday afternoon until they conferred privately. In addition to Spencer's letter, they also had before them applications from W.T. Loften, a Largo high school teacher, and John Collins, a city resident.

It had been rumored about the courthouse early this week that Loften would get the job.

Commissioner Charles R. Carter, in making the motion to keep Gomme, added, "We'll make this appointment 'at the will of the board.' " But this met with strenuous objection from Commissioner William J. Christie.

"This appointment has to be permanent," Christie declared, before he would vote. "There's no sense of being wishy-washy about it."

"Well, then, we'll make it as permanent as any county employee who comes under the board," Carter added.

The action was unanimous.

Sept. 28, 1948

Democrats meet after women's club dinner

CLEARWATER - Central Pinellas Democratic leaders will open Clearwater headquarters tonight with appropriate oratory following a dinner meeting of the Upper Pinellas Democratic Women's Club. The principal address will be made by Rep. Charles Schuh, county campaign chairman.

The headquarters, located in the Fort Harrison Hotel palm room, is directly opposite the Republican campaign stronghold in the same building but on the other side of the main entrance.

Sept. 26, 1936

Rattlesnake catchers become more active

CLEARWATER - The smaller the bounty, the larger the number of rattlesnakes turned in to the county, A.G. McQuagge, assistant county clerk, said yesterday.

In the first 19 days of September, he reported that 175 rattlers were turned in, as compared with 84 during the entire month of August.

McQuagge disclosed that Ed Haley, Moon Lake dude ranch operator, has asked for all "sound" snakes for taxidermist purposes.

Sept. 29, 1948

Akerman to speak at Clearwater GOP rally

CLEARWATER - Citizens of all parties have been invited to attend the big Republican rally at the Clearwater Municipal Auditorium at 8 p.m. tomorrow, the GOP county campaign committee said today.

State Rep. Alex Akerman, Orlando, only Republican member of the Florida legislature, will be the principal speaker. The Republican Club of Clearwater and the Women's Republican Club are sponsors of the program.

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