St. Petersburg: An Oral History

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Scott Taylor Hartzell
Arcadia Publishing, 2002 - History - 127 pages
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 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 Snell's rise as a local developer is documented. George Gandy's bridge, once the nation's largest over-water span, is featured, as is the Coliseum, once the nation's most celebrated dance hall. Recognized also is the valor of the Rev. Enoch Davis and Chester James Sr., local civil rights leaders.

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Introduction and Acknowledgments
Pheil He Flew to Greatness
Flying from Fame to Shame
The Jungle Country Club Hotel Walter Fullers Crown
He Paved the Way to God and Freedom
Bookseller and Missionary
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About the author (2002)

As a correspondent with the St. Petersburg Times, author Scott Taylor Hartzell has chronicled the area's past. He introduced St. Petersburg history into Wellington Central Middle School's elective program and taught the course there. The St. Petersburg Museum of History preserves his research in its archives.

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