White again, white outside, fog right up to the balcony rail. Little tiresome day after day, but okay with me because it’s part of life on the Florida Gulf Coast, which I am thoroughly enjoying and pray it goes on a bit longer. Visitors will be wanting sunshine, and I hope they get it.
Photos and news items of personal interest to me, kindness of and thanks to my friend Mike. Pic of the Bank of St. Andrews under construction, 1906-1907.
Photo taken in front of the bank apparently the day my grandfather became mayor of the town of St. Andrews. St. Andrews, included in the 1900 US Census, is older than Panama City, which was not listed. In the picture below, that’s Pop sitting on the white horse or mule.
The bank looks great, but dirt roads. I wonder when Beck Avenue was paved. It has been concrete pavement all my life, US98 paved from Hathaway Bridge all the way through St. Andrews to Panama and on out through Millville and Bay Harbor to DuPont Bridge. When I was a boy all the other streets in St. Andrews were dirt roads. Including 15th Street, which was a little-travelled pair of ruts; and including 11th Street, much used deep sandy ruts, you could get stuck.
Newspaper editor has his own 1915 sense of humor. “Weller Hospital” is the jail. “A Quiet Social” obviously is mayor’s court.
St. Andrews Bay News
February 19, 1915
ORDINANCE NO. 39
An ordinance regulating the running of automobiles or motor vehicles on the public streets or highways in the town of St. Andrews, and providing penalties for violations of same.
Be it ordained by Mayor and Town Council of the Town of St. Andrews.
Sec. 1. All persons operating vehicles propelled by motor power on the streets of St. Andrews shall be provided with a suitable bell, whistle, or horn to be used as a signal. They shall likewise be provided with two lights on forward end of vehicle and one on back end which shall be lighted between sunset and sunrise, when in use on the streets of St. Andrews.
Sec. 2. Upon approaching any curve, bridge, fill, or crossing, of other strets, the person operating such Motor vehicles shall give ample signal or warning of its approach, and shall not run the same at a rate of speed exceeding six miles per hour at such street crossing, bridges or curves.
Sec. 3. Upon approaching a person walking or a team being driven in the street, the person operating the Motor vehicles shall have due regard for the rights of such persons and give ample signal or warning of its approach, and shall make said Motor vehicle under perfect control.
Sec. 4. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any Motor vehicle on any of the streets of St. Andfews at a ratre of speed exceeding twelve miles per hour.
Sec. 5. Any person failing to comply with or violating any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be fined not exceeding Fifty Dollars, or fifty days at hard labor in the streets, or both at the discretion of the Mayor.
A.D. Weller, Mayor
Attest, J. W. Brown, town Clerk
St. Andrews Bay News
November 24, 1915
The coastwise steamship Tarpon taken water and coal at the ice plant whart.
The Am. schooner Annie and Jennie arrived in port from the snapper banks with a good catch of red snappers. The captain reports very bad weather, having encountered a heavy gale of wind.
The steamship Tarpon, Captain Barrow, came in Wednesday on schedule time bringing in 5 passengers for St. Andrews and a good cargo of freight.
The Weller hospital is at present occupied by a very sick man, who having been operated on for selling “spirits sataninicus” commonly called snake bite remedy. He will most likely be confined to his cot for a period of 30 or 40 days, but the chef of hotel Weller tells us that by a second operation, which will cost between 50 and 60 bucks, he can be instantly relieved from confinement. We would advise those who suggest to this ailment to be careful.
St. Andrews Bay News
December 2, 1915
A Quiet Social.
Mayor Weller’s court was the scene of much rejoicing on Friday morning, a choir of five attended in a body. After some very interesting arguments the choir sang the old familiar song “not guilty” with having used some bad language, being drunk and disorderly all around and having a good time. Three sung to the tune of $10.00 and costs and were allowed to go. Two were ordered to wear more clothes and “vamoose” from the city within twenty-four hours.
The smack Annie Jennie, Capt Hussey, is on the marine ways undergoing a thorough repairing.
The steamship Tarpon, Captain Barrow, arrived on time from Pensacola, with several passengers and a cargo of general merchandise.