Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on August 12, 1947 · 11
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Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida · 11

St. Petersburg, Florida
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Tuesday, August 12, 1947
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Pinellas Park Okehs Sale Of $125,000 Bonds Pinellas Park commission last night approved the sale of $125,-OOO in revenue bonds to overhaul the town's water system, including a connection with St. Petersburg mains and re-vamping and re-laying exsisting lines. Mayor James Shoecraft said the comission hopes to have the bonds validated by Oct. 1 and be ready to ask for bids for the work that would start 30 days after acceptance of the bid. Original suggested price for the project was $100,000. How ever, the town is hopeful of receiving acceptable bids for less Mayor Shoecraft said. The work calls for connection with St. Petersburg water mains at Washington boulevard and laying a 12-inch pipe to the railroad where piping will be reduced to include existing lines. Purchaser of the bonds is Sullivan, Nelson and Goss, a bonding firm of West Palm Beach. Bonds will be retired solely through income derived from the town's water system within five to 30 years at a rate of beween 34-34 per cent interest. Frank Harris of St. Petersburg is attorney for the town in the bond transaction. Need for a modern water system to replace the "wholly inadequate" one owned by the town was recognized years ago by Pinellas Park citizens who have seen the town increasing steadily in size. The present water supply that comes from the wells will be maintained as a reserve in cases of fire or other emergencies, Mayor Shoecraft explained. In another meeting last night at the scool house. Chamber of Commerce members decided to delay action on a petition to the county for action on Pinellas Park drainage made acute by heavy rains. It was planned to present the petition bearing some 300 names before the county commission meeting a week from today. A second meeting on drainage problems is called for tonight at 8 o'clock in the school at which time George Dunn of St. Petersburg is invited to speak. WHY FIRST STREET NORTH IS BLOCKED! 100-Foot Chimney Hit By Lightning-Must Be Taken Down And Rebuilt V S 7 "1 m tnf,- ii Minor Accident Cases Treated Four persons, two of them children, were given emergency treatment yesterday at Mound Park hospital after suffering injuries in various accidents. Seven-year-old Mary L. Matthews, 1935 12 Second avenue north, cut the bottom of her right foot on glass at her home. Lee Ann Eberts, 21-months-old. suffered a cut on the back of the head in a fall at home, 141 Fifteenth avenue north. At 6 p. m. Charles Warner, 63, Second street south, fainted and collapsed in a store at 308 First avenue south, ' Robert Wagnes, 28, Pinellas Park, was hit in the left eye by a piece of wood while work ing on a house in Gulfport. Conviction Of Two Soldiers Set Aside WASHINGTON trP) The navy - yesterday set aside the convic tion of Marine Cpl. William G. Pierson of Sumter, S. C, in a rape case which touched off anti-American demonstrations in north China last winter. The conviction of Private First Class Warren T. Pritchard of Petaluma, Cal., as an accessory in the alleged rape also was set aside. The navy announced that secretary Forrestal acted i n both cases on the ground the evidence was insufficient. a m s, s 3?s a I "1 Saw ss sa, mm mm J t! r few v- -a . 4 ! V TV s ' 1 . oift MWlc dBwf ws. . 5 i iliiliiiMipi 11! J JUV,...' . fc 'xfti ": : ;' :-:v i SSS S MS SSi w - 1188 ftm?2j&mm ass sia as ss g n o tr it m as fe vt? tSS! HT1&;SB!sSS& fill. : w nco. m mm. flw ltlU. xi ua. at W !t i r" WW WfT w - rf Dr. Frank Hal! Named Pinellas iiealth Director Dr. Frank Hall, 45, of Gaines ville yesterday was appointed by the Pinellas county board of health as health director of the county at a salary., of $8,400 a year effective Sept. 20. Due to the small attendance, Carleton F. Sharpe, chairman, adjourned the meeting until later this week when other members will be present. Action on the appointment of the director was taken on recommendation of Dr. J. B. Quicksall, representing the Pinellas Medical society as a proxy for Dr. R. H. Knowlton. Dr. Hall who, according to Sharpe, has been recommended also by the state board of health, is now health director of Alachua countv with headquarters in Gainesville. He attended elemen tary, high school and college in Tennessee and took post gradu ate work in Johns Hopkins i n Baltimore. He was in public health service for a time and served for a time with the Ala bama public health department Attending yesterday's meeting n addition to Sharpe were Boyd Bennett, city manager of Clearwater; E. M. Salley, former city manager of Tarpon Springs who will be succeeded on t h e board by Joe McCreary; Charles H. Teeter, proxy for W. B. Dow- ing of the county school board, and Mrs. Gene Walsh, representing the county Parent-Teachers association. Miss Claire Kilgore, chief clerk for county commissioners, acted as secretary. The board will meet later this week on call of the chairman. Director of Building H. M. Nielsen, (right) accompanied by Inspector, W. M. Bateman, took to the city's rooftops yesterday to get a better vantage point from which to examine a towering chimney atop the Soreno hotel which was struck by lightning during Saturday's storm. The 100-foot brick super-structure, shat tered from top to bottom by an electrical bolt that shocked several workmen inside the hotel, will be demolished and rebuilt prior to the Soreno's opening Oct. 15. Meanwhile, the city has barricaded First street against traffic between First and Second avenues north, fearing the chimney will collapse into the street four floors below. pMIMW)IWIWWMWWW I IIII'IH mill CIVIC CLUBS SECTION TWO TUESDAY, AUGUST 12. 1947 PAGE 11 NANCY RUCH, 520 26th avenue north, a coloratura soprano, is among the more than 1,000 singers competing this year in the 18th annual Chicagoland Music Festival, sponsored by Chicago Tribune Charities Inc. . . if she wins in contest preliminaries Aug. 15, and in the semi-finals the following morning, she will appear before an audience of more than 95,000 at the Chicagoland Music Festival concert in Soldiers' field the evening of Aug. 16. UNDERGOING a serious operation at Mound Park hospital yesterday morning . . . Mrs. Barbara Parke, 2924 First street north . . . she is the daughter of Mrs. Earl C. Baughman . . . the sister of Mrs. Helen Schwartz DR. JOSEPH J. LOCKE . . . flying his five-passenger Howard monoplane . . . left with his family Sunday morning . . . arriving in Kansas City in the afternoon as planned . . . "friends and family happy," he wired from Kansas City MRS. ELMER CAIN, 4245 First avenue north, was very happy Saturday . night over her night-blooming cereus . . . towering over a flame vine . . . Sunday nights' results were not so good ... so now she will have to wait another year for these cacti blooms. short-lived outing Carl Sweeps His Way Out Of Jail To Freedom Carl Dumas, Negro, 2741 Eleventh avenue south, made a clean sweep from the city jail yesterday afternoon. forgery Jailed Aug. 9 on a charge and held under $1,000 bond Dumas yesterday used a broom and careful timing to escape. Police said Dumas asked permission to make a telephone call. After telephoning he picked up a broom, while patrolmen were busy, and began sweeping the floor. When he got to the front door he meticulously swept the front steps, handed his broom to a painter working next door and walked off down First avenue. The painter later told police he thought the man was a trusty at the station and didn't pay any more attention. In the meantime Dumas was making the best advantage of his freedom. He went home, changed clothes, shaved and engaged a taxi. Dumas was captured by Tampa police last night at 7:14 o'clock, 14 minutes after local police broadcast a "tip of his hide-out among Tampa friends. Detectives who returned Dumas to his cell quoted him as saying he left the jail to "round up" money to repay claims against him here. Dumas was arrested on complaint of a local doctor who claimed the man forged his name to a sizeable check. 08 ,mmamammamaaama.aaaaaamaaaaaammmammmmaammammmamammammamammaaaaaaaaammmmmaaamaaaaaaaaaam City Sets Dates For 3 Job Exams L. D. Humes, secretary of the city s civil service commission, yesterday announced dates for three examinations to fill vacan cies in the classified service of the city. I He said two examinations will be given Aug. 22 to select combination life guard and swimming instructor for the Spa pool as well as a life guard for the Spa beach. The instructor's post open to applicants between the ages of 21 and 45 years, pays a mini mum salary of $175 a month. The beach guard will be paid a starting salary of $140. Humes said applications for the examinations, which will be given at the '' Spa pool, will be acepted through Aug. 20. Applicants appointed from resulting eligible lists will participate in the municipal employes' pension plan. Civil service tests also will be given Aug. 22 to fill the position of second assistant librarian. This examination also is open to any one between the ages of 21 and 45 years, but carries " a special list of requirements which may be obtained by applying in person at Room 218 at City Hall. Kiwctnis To Hear City's Librarian Hilda Glaser, city librarian. will be today's speaker when the Kiwanis club meets at 12:15 at the International club. James A. Morgan, manager of McCro ry's, is in charge of the program. A report on the Optimist Inter national convention, held in Den ver June 25-28, will be present ed at the meeting of the Optim ist club by Ed Peters, ex-cov ernor of the district and a dele gate to the convention. Optim ists meet at the Internationa: club at 6:15 this evening. A meeting of all Optimist clubs on the west coast will be held during Optimist Week, be ginning Oct. 6. Speaker will be President Lucien Renuart of Op timist International. Three Fingers Cut Kenneth Wilber, 65, 2710 Fourth avenue north, cut three fingers of his right hand yes terday while dusting an electric fan. He was treated at Mound Park hospital. Thirty-Fourth Street Surveyed For Gulf Coast Highway Link Red Tide Wind Helps Clear Pinellas Beaches Favorable winds and b u sy hands combined yesterday to again clear Pinellas county beaches of their gruesome bur den of dead fish, washed ashore over the week-end. Pass-a-Grille Beach, all clear by 3 p. m. yesterday, began accumulating new deposits of fish in the late afternoon which appeared to be as heavy as those thrown u p Sunday. Sanitation crews made preparations to go to work at daylight again today and clear the beaches. Clearwater Beach was said to be all clear at the peak of the outgoing tide yesterday a t sun-d o w n. City officials who ob served the situation in gulf wat ers of the beach declared the dead fish areas had almost completely vanished. Windrows on the beaches. thrown up by county road-build ing bulldozers proved successful in keeping-the dead fish floating in tidal water and in position to drift out to sea with a change of wind. ' . Air observation of tne area from Southwest Pass t o Hurri cane pass, including all St. Petersburg and Clearwater beaches disclosed no large accumulation of fish. Many dead fish were still visible on the gulf but they were well scattered. It was noticed yesterday however that several dead turtles and many dead birds were in the water with the fish. . The water was discolored to some degree throughout the ar ea, varying from deep red to pale green and light amber. The colors took the form o f streaks bearing mostly north and south. Tampa bay shores below Pin ellas Point received an unpleasant dose of dead fish, m o s t of which were small but quite smelly. Crews of workmen were busy all day gathering the fish and burying them. The Gulf Coast Highway a million-dollar project will pass through St. Petersburg along Thirty-f o u r t h street and not on Thirty-first street as originally planned. This was announced by W. A. McMullen Jr., county engineer, who has been keeping in close touch with the survey crew of the state road department, now engaged in the center line survey. The right-of-way for the new highway will be 120 feet wide through St. Petersburg but outside of the city and through the remainder of the county it will be 200 feet wide with 60 foot roadway. The preliminary survey will set the center line. At the same time the engineers make exact measurements of houses and trees which will have to be removed. In some cases, where the line might pass through the center of a long string of houses the road de partment has enough leeway to swerve the center line to avoid the high cost of removing houses or o t h e r obstructions. The county engineer said that the Thirty-fourth street line was chosen on request of the City of St. Petersburg since this route will connect directly with the $15,000,000 bridge across lower Tampa bay about one fourth mile west of Maximo road. THE COUNTY is paying for the right - of - way outside of St. Petersburg, but it will be up to the city government to a c-quire the right-of-way within the city limits. The county already has ac quired the bulk of the right-of-way from Tarpon avenue on the north to the mythical town o 1 Mecca and work is now in pro gress on the right-of-way be tween Mecca and Gulf to Bay boulevard, Clearwater. r 1 Ora Ellis, Liberty Ship Named For Local Man, Has Rough Trip Back in Tampa, after a rough Pacific crossing during which its companion ship, the Port Dearborn, broke up and sank, is the Liberty ship, Ora Ellis, only ship to sail the seas during the last war bearing the name of a St. Petersburg citizen. . Named for St. Petersburg's first casualty in the Merchant Marine, who died at the age of 57 on his second trip when the ship was torpedoed at the mouth of the Mississippi river, May 16, 1942, the Ora Ellis is now being overhauled since its recent sale to a Greek shipping company. Mrs. Ellis, widow of the man for whom the ship was named, who lives at 2633 25th avenue north, revealed here yesterday that she had christened the Ora Ellis when it was launched in Panama City in 1942. As a memento, the ship's captain presented Mrs. Ellis with its last clearance papers and its bill of health from Shanghai when she went to Tampa last week to sign the log. The ship, 714 feet in length, has been all over the world since it was launched, Shanghai Mrs. Ellis' son, William Sin- gW8M J? MM mmmaaaaam V " - J- MRS. ELLIS AND CAPTAIN inger, has been a member of the U. S. Coast Guard for the past 25 years. He is now in California. i i SI oARWATtR f j f j TAMPA8AY l J ' PINELLAS fiflr SJ ST. PETER5 BURG- n0 fdS Biro GULF OF MEXICO pi tanks POINT As it now stands the new highway will follow the West Lake road west of Lake Butler directly south to a point about a half mile south of the Dunedln-Tampa shortcut. Here it swerves about a half mile to the east in a double reverse curve and then shoots directly south along the line of Haines road to a point one half mile south of Roosevelt boulevard where it takes another curve and then shoots diagonally in a south . easterly direction on a line with the road from Ninth street north to Pinellas Park. About one half mile south of Pinellas Park boulevard the highway shoots directly south along Thirty-first street, starting at about Sixty-second avenue north. After the center line survey has been completed by the state, the county will move in and start acquiring the right-of-way to the north limits of St. Petersburg. It is understood that the state will make every effort to avoid cutting through the center of established residential developments, since the cost of acquiring the right-of-way would be made prohibitive. Realtors Will Confer With County On Property Assessment Survey The St. Petersburg Board of Realtors yesterday went on record as favoring an imme diate survey of county property valuations for the purpose of reappraisal. President Larry Long appoint ed a committee to confer with the board of county commission ers concerning the practicability of making such a survey at this time. Al Werly, president of the Florida Association of Realtors, was named chairman, with Bud Scott, vice chairman, John Wallace and William Up-ham were also named to the committee. Climaxing weeks of discussion by the board on present alleged inequalities of tax assessments, the action came about as the result of a suggestion by Secretary Walter Fuller, who stat ed that he believed the county commissioners were very much concerned about the present tax situation and would gladly co operate in taking the lead in a movement to obtain a scientific reappraisal of Pinellas county for tax purposes. Fuller declared that if the survey could be made, two years might be saved in getting tax assessing in proper order. He estimated the cost of a county reappraisal as between $25,000 and $50,000, which, he said, could be made up in from one to two years, the financing to be done by the use of excess fees which have been higher than usual in the past several years, and have amounted to something in the neighborhood of $100,000 a year. CITING INEQUALITIES in assessments, Fuller recalled that several years ago he had been employed by the state comptroller to head a crew of experts making a study of the relationship between assessments and values based on actual sales in 25 counties in the state. Of the 25 counties, he said, Pinellas county was found to have the worst fluctuation and variation, with properties assessed from six to 300 per cent of the sale price. There has been no change since, he added. President Long- complimented the board on its work In bringing the assessment problem into the open. Up to this time the general public, he said, has had little appreciation of what they have been up against, and the matter should not be permitted to drop now. A ' definite program to be presented to the commissioners Is now In the making, he said. Present at " yesterday's meet ing was Violet Dunham, of Winter Park, executive secretary of the state association, and Walter Lanier, deputy tax collector, representing Tax Collec tor Jay Starkey. Lanier ex plained the new system of tax collection recently inaugurated, and asserted that as far as he knows this is the only county in the state with two complete tax offices. He also explained what the county does with the money it collects. President Long and several other mem bers testified to the politeness and efficiency of the county tax collector's office and com plimented Collector Starkey for introducing new methods. The meeting was cut short in order to allow realtors to attend the funeral of William Gardiner Sr., father of the board's at torney. Papers Missing Man Arrested When Henry King, operator of a newstand at 710 Central avenue, began missing several papers each day for several weeks he determined to find the thief. Being a determined man King yesterday trapped a man he says admits having taken numerous papers. He signed a pilfering affidavit against Lorenzo Roland, Negro, 1543 12 Third avenue south. Roland will be tried in city court this morning. King said Roland offered to pay for the papers he had allegedly taken. The Times offers a $10 reward to any person giving informa-tion that leads to conviction for newspaper thefts. --BERNEY HEARING DELAYED- " f l . $ f V Harold J. Berney, left, confers with his attorney, William Wightman, yesterday afternoon in Magistrate John T. Fisher's court. After an hour's delay Berney's preliminary hearing on two counts of embezzlement was postponed until 10 o'clock this morning to allow State's Attorney Chester McMullen to be present. Berney is accused of embezzling $10,125 from two local business firms.

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