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    Electric current again dies out in Clearwater

    By Compiled by EILEEN SCHULTE

    © St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000


    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.

    Sept. 14, 1925

    CLEARWATER -- A terminal switch that controls electric current on house lighting circuits in Clearwater burned out Saturday night, and all interior illumination was cut off for more than an hour.

    People in general have come to rely upon candles, and these were used in most of the homes and business places.

    This was the latest in a series of interruptions of electric current. One outage happened Friday night at almost the same hour.

    According to Superintendent Treadwell of the Pinellas County Power Co., the steam plant in St. Petersburg will be in readiness today to furnish current, and the hydro-electric plant in Dunnellon is being enlarged.

    Sept. 23, 1939

    Dental check-ups under way at schools

    Last Thursday, the big job of examining the teeth of some 6,000 Pinellas County students was begun by Dr. B.C. Forbes, county dentist, with the assistance of the dental and school nurses.

    Dr. Forbes will examine the teeth of all the grade-school children. He examined those of Lakeview and Forest Hills schools Thursday morning, Child's Park and Mount Vernon on Friday, and will start the week Monday by examining the children in Clearview Avenue, Pasadena and 54th Avenue schools.

    Each child will receive a dental examination form on which is marked the condition of his or her teeth. Children are urged to go to their own family dentists as soon as possible and have any defects corrected.

    On completion of this dental work, the dentist should sign the dental certificate on the reverse side of the examination form. The child will return the form to his or her teacher who will place the child's name on the dental honor roll, which is prominently displayed in each classroom.

    For the past two years, a half-holiday has been granted to each child who makes the dental honor roll.

    The dental status of the children in this county received national attention last year when a survey released by the Florida State Board of Health revealed that Pinellas County students had the healthiest teeth in the United States.

    This was quite a record, and one of which we are justly proud. But even so, at least 50 percent of our children have defective teeth.

    It is hoped that parents and children will take these dental examinations seriously, and will have all dental defects corrected immediately so we can far surpass the record made last year.

    Sept. 15, 1925

    Children accused in fight face judge

    CLEARWATER -- A case in Judge Bird's juvenile court Tuesday morning was proof enough that the coming generation is a precocious one.

    A boy and girl were before the court charged with fighting with a knife and a pistol. From the testimony it appeared that the boy attacked the little girl with a knife. As though to prove that the female is far more deadly than the male, the girl found a pistol and ran her assailant ragged.

    Although the testimony was rather blood-curdling, the children seemed to be thoroughly scared when brought before Judge Bird.

    The case was not sufficiently aired, or had not been brought to a conclusion in time for a report in today's paper.

    - The history column is compiled by Eileen Schulte. She can be reached at (727) 445-4229 or you can e-mail her at schulte@sptimes.com.

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