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    Headlines through the years


    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 16, 2001

    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.

    Magazine to feature family from Clearwater

    CLEARWATER -- (April 16, 1944) This city and Pinellas County will be given nationwide publicity in the next issue of Ladies Home Journal, which will devote several pages to Mr. and Mrs. N.M. Faulds, selected as the Typical American Family for the month.

    All phases of the Faulds' diversified family life will be pictured throughout the magazine. Photos were taken of the Faulds' camp on Lake Butler and in the citrus grove around their home on Keene Road.

    A number of special writers and photographers came down from New York and spent many days here on interviews. During their stay here they "fell in love with Clearwater," according to Mr. Faulds, and it is probable that some will return here to make their home.

    Clearwater Causeway opens Nov. 11

    CLEARWATER -- (May 18, 1926) Plans for the dedication of the Clearwater Causeway on Nov. 11 are underway by the American Legion here and Gov. Martin will be present and participate in the ceremonies.

    The dedication will feature the unveiling of the two statues of a soldier and a sailor of the World War. Designs have been received, and raising the $6,000 to build the statues is beginning by the local American Legion post and others in the county.

    The causeway is to be a memorial to the soldiers and sailors who died in the war. The statues will be placed on the mainland end of the bridge. The causeway celebration will feature a pageant and float parade which will depict Clearwater and this section of the state in its progressive march to the present.

    The celebration will be one of the most elaborate of its kind ever attempted in the state, according to Harry Jacobs, who is in charge.

    Town boasts having no jail

    DUNEDIN -- (April 29, 1926) The YWCA and the Ladies Library are found to be two very necessary elements in the town of Dunedin -- but a jail is not.

    In the 27 years of the incorporation of Dunedin, a town of approximately 1,500, the residents have never been introduced to a jail. The so-called "crime wave" is a total stranger.

    City officials decided that a jail would operate at a distinct loss. A block of land on the Clearwater bayfront deemed suitable for a jail is instead being used by the YWCA and the Ladies Library.

    Clearwater seeks more road funds

    At the top of the list will be four-laning Court Street between Missouri and South Highland avenues along with four-laning South Missouri Avenue between Cleveland Street and East Bay Drive.

    Chamber of Commerce President Dave Perkins Jr. told a special meeting of chamber governors yesterday: "It's time we woke up and actively sought these funds. St. Petersburg has been waging a strong and successful program. It's time we acted."

    - Julie Church compiles the history column. She can be reached at (727) 445-4229 or

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