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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 RICHARD DANIELSON
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001
Feb. 6, 1918
Motorbike officer to chase speeders
Automobilists who "burn up" speed on the county highways and light up the countryside with a glare of bright lights will soon have the pleasure of explaining themselves to Sheriff Whitehurst shortly after they have been arrested by a motorcycle cop.
At the suggestion of the sheriff, county commissioners yesterday decided to buy a motorcycle, completely equipped with a speedometer, etc., and geared up to run some 80 mph, if necessary. Jack Strickland, of Clearwater, an efficient officer, will be the motorcycle Nemesis for speeding autoists.
Sheriff Whitehurst also appeared before the board to ask if it will be possible for him to use the new jail at the term of court which opens next Tuesday. The old jail at Clearwater is getting so fragile that it has become necessary to keep circuit prisoners in the Tampa jail.
The old jail at Clearwater is wanted by the town of Clearwater. Attorney Davis pointed out that it will be necessary to advertise for bids. However, it is likely that Clearwater will be the only bidder and the old jail will become the city bastile.
Rice industry in Pinellas promoted
Dixie M. Hollins, chairman of the Pinellas County food commission, is making a determined effort to interest farmers and others in the growing of a rice crop.
A letter has been sent out, explaining "the food preparedness commission of Pinellas County is making every effort to stimulate the rice industry in the county. A number of people will plant rice if they can be assured that the proper machinery will be available for harvesting, threshing and cleaning the rice. Several responsible parties have agreed to provide this machinery if they can be assured that a sufficient acreage will be planted in rice to justify the purchase of this machinery."
Hollins added, "the commission is fortunate in having for two of its members, Dr. R.L. McMullen, who has grown rice successfully for two years in Pinellas County, and Prof. L.R. Highfill, who came to us from the great rice state, Louisiana."
Hollins concluded, "in these times of threatened world famine, the matter of producing food has the first claim on all of us, and if Pinellas County can be made to produce sufficient food to feed its own people and winter visitors, it will surely render a big service."
Largo farmer displays 7-ounce egg
R.H. Thompson, Ridge Road, brought a 7-ounce hen egg to Largo recently that was a source of amazement to all who saw it. The egg was well-shaped, measured 10 inches around the long way, and 7 inches about the middle.
The size of the egg is nearly three times a normal large hen egg, which weighs about 21/2 ounces. Thompson, who has a mixed flock of Rhode Island reds, white giants and barred rocks, stated that he did not know which of his hens laid the egg.
Man sentenced on moonshine charge
Lucius Hagen, who was arrested last November on charges of selling moonshine and having moonshine in his possession, was sentenced to 60 days at hard labor and fined $100 in circuit court at Clearwater on Monday. In case he does not pay the fine, 90 days will be added to his prison sentence.