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I'unta. Gorda has more improvements than an other Florida town of its size. Taved streets, side-, walks, sewerage, electric lights, waterworks, etc. POPULATION The 1915 census gave I'uuta Gorda a population of 1,772. It has grown steadily since then and the present population is estimated at 2,000. Punta Gorda, in Tropic 8o,thwert Florida, is Advantageously Located on Ctortott, Harbor, One of the Largest Land-Locked Bays on the Gulf of Mexico, and I. a Town with Bright Future, Commercially and Agriculturally Volume XXAII Number 13. PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA, THURSDAY, MARCH 23th, 199 Five Cents a Copy; 2.00 a Year. is one of our prin- DIVISIGNISTS LINED UP SOLIDLY TO WAGE A WINNING FIGHT Antla Will be Clever if They Create Discoid in Hanks of United Divisionists. ALMOST CERTAIN DIVISION CANDIDATES WILL WIN Dig Majority Will Help Them in the I legislature, good highways cipal needs. "Because it is unfair to force resi dents of remote sections of the coun ty to travel long distances in order to reach the county seat. "Because division will increase south Florida's representation in the legislature, which is sorely needed by the progressive section. "I believe citizens generally real ize the advisability of making the division, and that a large majority will support tire movement heartily when all its phases are explained to them." SURETY CO. TO PAY (17,000.00 OF THE STAMM BRIDGE BOND Stamm & Son's Bondsmen Agree to Hay That Amount In Settlement Of Disputed Claim. PLANS FOR COUNTRY CLUB BEGINNING TO TAKE DEFINITE FORM The fight to county and make ties was opened divide old DeSoto of it lour new roun at Wauchula Wed nesday of last week, when delegates from Punta 3orda, Moore Haven, Se bring, Avon Park and Wauchula met to plan the campaign that is expect ed .to result in the creation of the new counties. An outstanding feature of the meeting, which will carry with it no satlsfactlotn to the anti-divisionists of ' rcadla, was the complete har mony and determination to stick to gether shown by the delegates. Various phases of the situation that confront the divisionists were carefully considered and there were but few differences of opinion. When such differences occured a corn- was invariably reached and meeting adjourned the com mon? solidly united and to wage a winning light Juniors Entertained Seniors. On the evening of March 17th, t. Patrick's Day, at the home of Mrs. Pcsrl Baldwin, the junior class of tho Punta Gorda High School entertain ed the senior of '20 at a delight ful four-course dinner. The color scheme, pink and green, senior class colors, was carried out in the menu. The guvsts began to assemble at 7:30 and were ushered Into the liv ing room by Miss Hazel Baldwin, who acted as hostess for the junior class. A short musical program was Mi COMPROMISE ACCEPTED BY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Think it Better to Accept 917,000 Than Haggle Over Matter, impetus Added to Movement Special Meeting of Commercial club Tuesday Night. TO BE FINANCED BY SALE OF STOCK IN $10 SHARES Everyone Will be Given Opportunity to Subscribe to stock. of a patent medicine known as Tanlac, for publishing an alleged testimonial endorsement in his name of the medicine. Acording to Norton's attorney. Norton had no knowledge of the testimonial being printed In his name and had not authorized such action. The advertisement con tains the testimonial, which gave Norton's initials as W. C. but refer red to him as the presiding elder of the Miami district, was headed "Presiding Elder Norton Testifies." The advertisement was not printed In Miami but appeared in 'he Atlanta, Jacksonville and Tampa papers. CENSUS OF THE FIRST DISTRICT WILL COME TO A CUM SHORTLY District Headquarters Office Here Will be Closed Next Wednesday After Many Delays. rendered talented senior, was announced bia utifully deco: propriate to the favors were Iri baskets filled Wl A number i The guests s Annie Knight, a after which dinner The table was ated with cclors ap occasion, while the h flsgs and green ;h salted peanuts, clever toasts were given, leparted at a late hour, At a special meeting of the Board .of County Commissioners held Mon jday the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, bondsmen of ' Frank J. Stamm & Ron, who de faulted on their contract for tho con struction of the Charlotte Harbor bridge, were released as such bands men In consideration of the sum of 117,000, their bond to the county, conditioned upon the faithful per formance of the Stamm contract, being $33,000. The following resolution, setting reeling of the Comraer hekl Tuesday night to from the committee ap- proliminary A special I rial Club wa hear a report pointed to handle th steps looking to the organization of a stock company to finance the pro posed golf course and country club, and the result of the meeting, while developing nothing definite, was to add impetus to the movement to secure the course and club. Mr. Carrier, chairman of the com mittee, reported that there were sev eral tracts of land that were Ideally John W. Burton Dead, John W. Burton, a resident of De Soto county tor the nast 20 vasih and one of this section's most prom- ! inent citizens, died at his home in Arcadia Monday night, following a short illness from Influenza compli cated with pneumonia. Attorney ! Burton was state's attorney lor this! district, had served as mayor of Ar cadia a number of terms and as a member of the state democratic exe cutive committee. His bodv will be POPULATION OF ONE TOWN INCREASED 280 PER CENT Supen Isor Surprised One Florida at Growth Ton n. The taking of the census congressional district promise finished this week and the in this s to be district shipped to Richmond, Va., for burial. wi pronns when t mittee deform I than ever bef As was re! week, Ex-Sen I'unta Gorda. committee as d in last uor was the for senator, and it to all divisionicts this selection they tnd alw this paper F. M. Cooper, of nominated by the division candidate will be gratifying to know that in have a man who does and always lias stood lor divis ion and that with the solid vote of Manatee county his election is prac tically certain, no matter who the anti-divisionists may bring out for the office. H. K. still of Crewoville, was nominated as the division can didate for representative, and while little known in this end of the coun ty, with the solid vote of Punta Gor da and all other towns outside the territory the divisionists have left to "old DeSoto" his election Is practic ally certain oven if a man is brought out against him. C. J. Carleton and A. G. Smith represented Wauchula in the confer ence; H. F. B. Beck, Avon Park; Chester Blount. Punta Gorda; J Messrs. McDonald, Harben and Wor- j rell, Moore Haven; J. K. Graham, T. V. Conway and P. A. Ruhl, Se-i bring. It was decided that the next meet ing should be held at Moore Haven, and delegates from all parts of the county met there yesterday to fur ther discuss plans for the campaign. It is believed that if th( people of DeSoto county rend to the legisla ture representatives elected on a di vision platform, thus giving indisput able proof that the majority of the I' the teritory effected want iiv divided, the legislature ;ore the demand for division this reason an effort will be induce every man who can o so to qualify and vote, thus division candidate ns niaiorilv. which v trength to their represent if elected by a small mar tlic nking the junior class for the de lightful evening thwy had arranged. Among those present were Misses Annie Knight, Theima Johnson, Irene Gatewood. Ida Mae Huckeby, IClfie Colliding, Olive Stevens, Bettie Bawls, Hazel Baldwin, Mamie Burri hr.m, Majorle Barnhill and Mrs. Baldwin; Messrs. C. H. Allen, Vasco Bawls, Kdga: Boberts. Frank Wald en. Raymond Reed. Albert Bell and Roosevelt Youn.ans. Garage Man Renovating Home. Proprl 'lor Calvin G. Page of the I Dixie Highway Garage is renovating, i remodeling and papering his home (on Berry street. Orlando Silcox is i doin gthe work. PDNTA GORDA TRUCKERS WHO HAVE STUFF WILL CLEAN UP ON HIGH PRICES Supply Light and Good Stuff is Ing Easily at High Prices. Sell people the co cannot and toi made t The New York Packer of the tilth says that In New York most lines of Florida vegetables this week were light. Lettuce showed up slightly burned, due to the effects of the re cent frost and sold according to con dition and quality from $1 to $3.50 per basket. Tomatoes were In light offering early In the week and niOBt of the stock was green. Prices ranged from $2.50 to $3 per carrier. Cabbage was scarce and of fair condition and quality, and sold gen erally at $3(5 3.25 per basket. Receipts of peppers were ligh! tortn mo reasons lor tire commission- adapted to the purpose, but the rom- the guaranty mittee had not had sufficient time to ascertain what price would be asked for these tracts. A map was display ed and three tracts that the commit tee thought were suited to the pur pose were pointed out. One of these lies along the river, another in tb , same direction but still further re moved, and the third a short distance 'in a southeasterly direction from Mown. All three locations are thought to have features to recommend them, bin the general opinion seemed to be J i that the tract first mentioned Is the ideal one if some slight objections ;can be overcome. This tract is well j drained by two large tide creeks and ! It was pointed out that either of these might be dredged to a depth to allow ! ixu 10 oe urougni up tnem tor a .considerable distance; the two hard I roads and the railroad run through, I the tract and offer advantages for J advertising the course and town, and here I't might be possible to secure a waterfront location lor the club house. .Nothing was decided as to the location and nothing will be de cided until the conimittee has an op portunity to go into every detail and decide which location is the best (from the standpoint of price, conven ience, adaptability and investment I for it is planned to make stock In the financing corporation a safe In vestment to the subscribers. The original committee of flvo was continued to work out further de tails and to solicit subscriptions to stock. It is likely that the shares will be of $10 denomination, thus giving everyone who feols so dispos ed an onnnrt unit v to become stnclt- 'the people of said county and district holder.. The nri.nr.Hnn will capitalized at $25,000 and it will be ers action in releasing company, was passed: Whereas, Frank J. Stamm and j Frank J. Stamm, jr., trading as Frank J. Stamm & Son, as principal, and United States Fidelity and Guar anty Company, as surety, executed a certain bond to the Couniy of DeSo to, Florida, in the sum of f 38,000. -00, bearing date the 11th day of Nov ember, A. D., lfUG, conditioned upon the faithful performance of a certain contract between said Frank .1. Stamm & Son, and said DeSoto coun ty, with respect to the construction of certain bridge Improvements in Charlotte Harbor Special Road and Undge District ot DeSoto county, which contract was made a part of said bond; and, Whereas, said contract was not completed and both parties thereto claiming a default on the part of 'he other, and Whereas, said surety does not ad mit liability on said bond, but as a matter of business and public policy is willing to make a reasonable com promise of the claim of said county growing out of the alleged breach ! of said contract, and has agreed to ; pay said county the sum of $17,000, ' 00 in full settlement and compromise of any and all liability and claim on Or by reason of said bond; and ; Whereas, it will require a large sum of money to complete the work j contracted to be performed In said ; contract and much in excess of the amount for which it was therein con tracted to be performed; and Whereas, in the judgment of this board it is to the best interest of O. A. Ricke; Tampa, was a v last week, bein of his firm, th of Boston. Mr Still Selling Coffee. the coffee man, sitor to Punta Goi here in the in ten Martin i. Hall I Rickey has been in the coffee business in Florida for 20 years and has developed what is prob ably the largest business done by any single concern operating in tho state, and in speaking of the amounts he had sold dining the past few months mentioned astounding Quantities, speaking in tons and not pounds. and his He weeks Perpetuall) Young. There are no women in Punta Gor da more than forty-two years of age, at least this is to be inferred from a recent survey made of the people of Punta Gorda by the Methodist church in which the question as to I age was one of a number propounded to the individual. The oldest wom an so recorded was forty-two years ! of age. PALMDALE DISTRICT VOTES VOTES UNANIMOUSLY FOR $55,000.00 ROAD BONDS Only 10 Votes Cast in Favor of But All Bonds. Were the quality and condition iles ranged from $1 to per and :ood . bas- t licit said bridge be promptly complet ed and that by making said compro mise with said surety the work can be more speedily completed: Be it resolved. That said couipro- of kel . hold-overs" early in the of Tel week at a n y hargi er bo accepted, l of said sum fidelity and 0 iall stand rele and upon said Un ti a runty C ised and the ted per O legally giving overwheln give more at ion than an ii Id basket. Scarcely and prices basket per any beans wet ruled firm at on what littK sin. The territory comprisim counties would include the groups of towns: conn Cc the new j rule, following ! stoc Extr nded ry w i available 6 (a $ 8 . 5 C lock was hav G een, Fort Zolfo. Green I i, Lily, and condition and moved out at $3 It 4 per standard crate. Eggplants were in light supply and ranged f ron sound stock. $4 to $0 per box for settle- DeSoto i fancy beans would much higher prices, s the exception 10 the vas in heavy receipt, illy showed good quality in Wauchula. Bowling Buchanan, Fort Green, Rnrlaesi. Limestone. Cr Torrey, Ona and Bridges. Punta Gorda, Charlotte Harbor, Grove City, Acline and Gilchrist. Arcadia, Brownville, Nocatee. Fort Ogden, Bunker, Owens, Pine Level, Hull and Fort Winder. Moore Haven and nearby ments. Sehrinc. Avon Park and City. Among the reasons for the organi zation's activities, as given by Mr. rrlton. nresident of the executive uimtntttae. are the following are recognized by home people mav hp of interest to the unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the situation : "The wonderful development our agricultural county, with Its IpiI resources, warrants division. "It the county's area is necessary for for the Improvement promised in the . C . 1 . . ... . T , 1 t; , , Inn.. A nmnnr pntorcement oi iuc iw, i uin ioouc particularly in the matter of putting on pnd to wire-cutting, attacks in the dark. ition laws. "Division will give us five times as irmph assistance in the matter of rom any and all liability land claims whatsoever, on or by rea ! son of said bond; and Bi- it further resolved, that upon I such payment, the chairman and ! clerk of this board shall endorse on (said bond the fact that the same has been cancelled and discharged, and thereupon they shall deliver said cancelled and discharged bond to said SU rety. which but outsider Takes Thor Agency. L. E. Robinson has secured the local agency for the Thor vacuum cleaner and his advertisement ap pears in this issue of the Herald. Mr. Robinson says that he selected J the Thor as the best vacuum clean-! er made, having had tlve choice of a half dozen of the beat makes. His ! "Some" Fish and Fishermen. Chalros Bodiford and L. B. Krepps take first prize as champion flshor- men during the past week. Satur day they landed a jewfish weighing, 125 pounds; Sunday they landed; another that weighed 400 pounds, and Monday, when last heard from they had enother that weighed 300 pounds. Mr. Krepps Is of the opin ion that they caught enough fish in three days to feed the entire popu lace for three weeks. All the big necessary to soeuio subscriptions to at least $12,000 of the Htock before work is started on the course, as it will take at least this amount to buy the land, prepare tho course and build a clubhouse. The remainder of the stock will be held In reserve and sold later if necessary. As soon as a sufficient amount of stock is sold a meetins of the subscribers will be called to organize and elect j olficers to proceed Witll the incorpor- atlon. There seems to be not the slightest doubt in any quarter that the course and club are assured things, every one seeming to feel that a golf course j is an actual necessity and must be had without further delay. Noticing! the movement for a golf course, Che Florida Times-Union makes the fol-i Towing editorial comment: j "The move being made by Puntn i Gorda folks Is excellent and they will jfind that golf links pay in mot than one way. This is only one of t!" forward steps being taken in Punta Gorda which is promising to be heard from as a tourist town very scon." Cnriwtrom Meld News. "The boys" of Carlstrom field are now issuing a bright little weekly called tho Carlstrom Field News, the var- j first Issue appearing last week. The News is filled with fellows were caught lin off the city dock. with hook and advertisement states that he will be glad to demonstrate the machine at any time after office hours. Making Additions to Home. F. M. Coper is making alterations and repairs to his home on south east Taylor street that amount prac tically to building a new house. Another stnrv nnrt nnrchnu nnct-ilra news of the camp anfi Hnwn win k .vi. .ui' is also evident that decrease in ! and there seems to be but little room on.e of the handaonle8t' and mMl At a special meeting of tho Board of County Commissioners Monday re turns from the special election held at Palmdale and Lakeport on Mon day, March 15th, to determine wheth er a special road and bridge district should be created and bonds in the sum of $55,000 issued to build per manent roads and bridges, were can vassed and it was found that a total of 10 votes were cast, all of which were for bhe form at ion of tho special road and bridge district and tb Isuance of the bonds. After canvassing the returns the I commissioners adopted a resolution declaring the creation of Palmdah Special Bead and Bridge District and (ordered thai tax be levied upon the taxable property of the district to I pay the annual interest and provide ; for a sinking fund. I The bonds will be in denomina tion of $500, will bear six percent j Interest payable semi-annually and the last bond will be due in 1950. The money derived from the sale I of bonds will be used for the con struction of permanent bard-surfac- led roads and bridges, and the amount jtbr of this issue with that authorized! ' lor another district in the northern part of the county will make avail able for the improvement of the county's good roads system $115, 000, which will be spent within the next few months. Headquarters office, located in Punfa Gorda, will be closed next Wednes day eveniim, March 31st. This in formation was Kiven the ' Herald Tuesday by District Supervisor Jor- jdan, who also, in an interview with j the editor, gave some interesting facts about the census which is now coming to an end. While not permitted to give out any figures, the supervisor said that the returns of the enumerators work ing under him showed a gratifying increase in the population and farms of this district. The director of the census in Washington will soon pub- nsn tne statistics of population farms, as all returns will be In hands by the end of next week. "in, now-over, require several to compile and tabulate the returns. It cannot be claimed that the cen sus is absolutely full and complete, for, according to the supervisor, it seems to be an ImpostblUty to find and enroll, within the limit of the tune allowed, every individual In the country. But nearly, if not all or the enumerators for this district have doire their best to secure a complete record; they have labored faithfully and conscientiously and often under discouraging difficulties. Some of them have been extremely pains taking, so much so that thoy were a long time finishing their work. A few, not over half a dozen, proved In different, negligent or incompetent, and their places were supplied with capable enumerators of successful experience. wwing to various causes, enumerators were secured 1S6 enumeration districts congressional district and sequence was that a number only 12 9 for the in this the con- Of them had to bo assigned to two or more districts. Naturally this prolonged the time of taking the census, which should have been completed by Feb ruary first. Indifference or incom petence of a few enumerators and sickness In ;ho families of others were other causes contributing to the delay, with the result that it will be the end of this week before the entire enumeration is flnishri t'n in districts been re- is- : Tuesday, there were ten ! from which no returns had ceived. One of these is and, in mentioning this supervisor said that he strenuous efforts to gel turns from Tampa before this month and send th ington census of the e not finis the past wvek. The enumerator have been sent to paid promptly and them appeared to in Tampa: fact, the had made in the re i the first of m to Wash- to enable the director of the to publish the total, but two enumerators of that city did their work until within i whose returns Washington were practically all of be satisfied with of Columbia College, at Lake City, and enforcement of the prohib-i until recently operated as a denom inational school, has been purchased by the United States comfortable homes J. Harvey Miller is on this street, doing the work. Clover Grows Here. J. R. Smith, who resides outside the city limits on the bayfront, brought to the Herald office this week a handful of what appeared to be very fine clover, the stalks being about two and one-half feet in tengtn. Mr. Smith said that this clover grew In his garden without fertillz-er or any attention, which leads him to believe that It miirht ho grown with profit on nractieallv mv of the lands nearby, thus sunnlvln 1 died Saturday and was burled i the best kind of feed in plenty for , all local demands. Foot Expert Coming, At considerable expense A. J. Kinsel & Co., have secured the ser vices of a foot expert who will be at their store Tuesday and Wednesday, April sixth and seventh for tho pur pose of examining ailing feet and giving advice for the correction of foot troubles. No charge will be made for his services. fvlnsel & Co. 's announcement appears In this issue of the Herald. Forged Testimonial, Alleged. The Miami Metropolis says that the Rev. W. N. Norton, of that city, presiding older of thp M tnmi Hiafrlnt public health Monday morn in? at oirhl nVWlr nnH : of the Florida pnnfprsm-e nf iko service through the treasury depart-;., nromiwed some rpni fun when m ' Methodist church, has lnti.i,laJ mm highway building from the state and ment and will be converted into an u8e the words of a student,' the soph- j for damages of $50,000 against th naticnal governments and more army hospital at an early date. ' omores will romp on the seniors. 1 Cooper Medicine Co., manufacturers Sophs Will "Romp" on Seniors. The public is invited to attend the chapel exercises at the High School J. H. Howell Head. J. H. Howell, who has been 111 at the sanitarium for several weeks In the city cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. A. J. Holt conducting the services. Mr. Howell prior to his death was a resident of Punta Gorda. He was about forty-five years old. He leaves a wife and friends to mourn his loss. Arcadia Enterprise, 19th. i compensation received. The supervisor mentioned an in teresting incident of his work aris ing from the fact that the returns from one town in this district showed a population Increase of nearly 300 percent. He was so surprised that he made a careful inquiry as to the correctness of the returns with the result that he became convinced that no "padding" of the rolls had been done and that the returns wer nH are correct. He declined to name the town or the county in which It Is located. In closing his work, the supervis or speaks very highly of his offlc. force: Mrs. Celia Wotitzky, stenog rapher; Braxton B. Blount. Jr.. chief clerk; and Mrs. Mary Gauffer, assistant clerk and stenographer. He said that he is sure that no super visor's office in the country had a more loyal, efficient and agreeable force of clerks than the First Dis trict of Florida. Nearly fifty thousand dollars worth of stock has been sold for the erection Worth. Interesting Tomato. The Herald is indebted to Mrs. Rutus Smith, of Solana, for a basket of very fine tomatoes. Among the many fine specimens was one Inter esting becausv? of its unusual form. This was large and ripe, while at the lower or bloom end were three small of a big, new nctel at Lake j green tomatoes protruding from an v ' opening.