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    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.

    By JULIE CHURCH, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published December 27, 2001

    Dec. 19, 1924

    Assistant architect arrives at Oldsmar

    J. Arthur Douglas of New York City arrived in Oldsmar yesterday to start his new duties as architectural assistant to City Architect Col. Julian I. Chamberlain, it was learned yesterday.

    Douglas, who is a graduate of Cornell University, has specialized in the Spanish mission style of architecture which is so popular in South Florida, and prior to his arrival here was in the office of Lawrence Bottomley of New York.

    Dec. 19, 1924

    Commissioners give approval to road

    Approval of the completed county highway known as Road No. 2 between Clearwater and Oldsmar was given by the County Commission on Thursday following a trip over the highway, it was reported Thursday night. The road has been completed for some time.

    The county engineer reported that the road between Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs would be open for traffic within the week and the rock base between Palm Harbor and Rex Cafe, via Four Corners would be ready for traffic by Jan 15.

    Dec. 18, 1938

    Little hope seen for citrus pact

    DUNEDIN -- The chances of a statewide citrus marketing agreement being approved are slim, according to A.J. Grant, president of the Pinellas Peninsular Growers Association.

    At a federal hearing Grant attended in Lakeland last week, growers and shippers discussed a proposal setting up weekly regulation of Florida citrus shipments both by volume and quality.

    Grant said he felt there was little chance of the proposal being accepted in its present form.

    "Everyone agrees we need some sort of control," he said, "but no one agrees on what kind of control."

    Testimony at the hearing brought out the fact that no matter what type of agreement was suggested, someone would stand to lose money for a while, Grant said.

    "Even though a good many of us are losing money right now, they can't seem to reach any agreement" he said.

    Dec. 14, 1962

    Ground is broken for 'tween' center

    LARGO -- The effort to develop community centers for children younger than teenagers is a new idea in the South, according to Willis Spivey, president of the Community Service Foundation, but it is coming to Largo.

    Groundbreaking for a "tween-age" center took place yesterday on a site between Ridgecrest Park and Ridgecrest Nursery-Kindergarten. It is being built on county land leased for community use.

    The recreation center will be for children 6 through 12 years old in the adjacent communities of Danville and Baskins Crossing.

    The center is to be open after school on weekdays and for about seven hours on Saturday.

    The building will consist of two large rooms, rest rooms and a long screened porch with a roof. There will also be a playground outside.

    Past citizen efforts have been focused on developing a teen center, Spivey said, but long before they are teenagers, children need access to wholesome recreation and creative activities.

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

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