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St. Petersburg: An Oral History Scott Taylor Hartzell

St. Petersburg: An Oral History

Scott Taylor Hartzell

Published June 18th 2002
ISBN : 9780738514253
Paperback
127 pages
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Voices of America: St. Petersburg is peppered with anecdotes, documented histories, and journalistic accounts. Revealed inside is the impact that Swedish immigrant Josef Henschen had in birthing and naming the city. Readers will experience the comingMoreVoices of America: St. Petersburg is peppered with anecdotes, documented histories, and journalistic accounts. Revealed inside is the impact that Swedish immigrant Josef Henschen had in birthing and naming the city. Readers will experience the coming of the Orange Belt Railroad and delve into the lives of pioneers, including postmaster Roy Hanna, cowboy Jay Starkey, and mayor and builder A.C. Pheil. They will travel to the day the 1921 hurricane struck and revel in the antics of mayors Noel Mitchell and Frank Fortune Pulver. Historic photographs, including scenes from Williams Park and the Princess Martha Hotel, abound in this book. C. Perry Snells rise as a local developer is documented. George Gandys bridge, once the nations largest over-water span, is featured, as is the Coliseum, once the nations most celebrated dance hall. Recognized also is the valor of the Rev. Enoch Davis and Chester James Sr., local civil rights leaders.