By JULIE CHURCH
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 23, 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.
CLEARWATER -- (Sept. 22, 1959) A fire that nearly got out of control last night destroyed a leading men's store and caused an estimated $300,000 damage to the adjacent McCrory's variety store.
All 13 pieces of Clearwater's fire equipment plus pumpers from Dunedin, Largo, Madeira Beach and three pieces of equipment from St. Petersburg rushed to the fire, which broke out shortly before midnight in the heart of the downtown area.
Larry Friedlander, operator of Larry's Men's Shop, estimated his stock loss at between $55,000 and $65,000.
Clearwater's first "skyscraper," the Coachman Building, which is only about 50 feet from the gutted men's shop, escaped the flames which spurted from the roof of Larry's.
CLEARWATER -- (Oct. 3, 1943) Central Pinellas County, including Clearwater, Largo, Dunedin, Safety Harbor and Oldsmar, exceeded its quota in the third war bond campaign by more than $300,000, it was announced yesterday by John Chesnut, general chairman.
Totals released yesterday at noon showed subscriptions of $801,365, as compared with the quota of $500,000.
Chesnut expressed his appreciation to all who have bought bonds. He gave credit for the success of the bond campaign to the press, the Capitol Theater and its picture shows promoting the drive and the women bond sellers.
CLEARWATER -- (Sept. 29, 1959) Proposed bylaws providing for the merger of three Clearwater Beach groups were given their first test last night -- and passed with flying colors when adopted unanimously by members of the Clearwater Beach Association.
The bylaws will next be voted on by the Clearwater Beach Business group Thursday and by the Clearwater Beach Resort Association on Oct. 14.
The chief purpose of the new association according to the bylaws is to promote projects of a civic, recreational and entertainment nature on the island known as Clearwater Beach to advance, improve and protect residential and business properties.
TARPON SPRINGS -- (Oct. 8, 1965) Low-cost housing for this city was assured yesterday upon receipt of a telegram stating the approval of a Housing and Home Finance Agency loan for $1,046,754 to be used for construction of 80 low-rent homes, 30 of which are designed for elderly residents.
Tentative plans are to build the 30 units for senior citizens in the area of Cypress Street and Ring Avenue.
Harrison Street, north of the ballpark in the predominantly black section of town, is being considered for the location of the other 50 housing units.
Representatives from the U.S. Public Housing Authority in Atlanta are expected in Tarpon Springs later this month to finalize land sites.
- Julie Church compiles the history column. She can be reached at (727) 445-4229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.