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WIDENING TENTH STREET, NEW COMPANY, PEOPLES BANK AND CITY MANAGER

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In the August 24, 1924 St. Cloud Tribune we again see roads: “CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HEARS REPORT COUNTY BOND ISSUE COMMITTEE”

The road committee met with the Kissimmee Chamber of Commerce and reported to the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, by Mr. Landiss, and told of the proposition that was considered which included widening the road to Alligator Lake; the building of a road from the present hard surfaced road east of St. Cloud to Holopaw; the building of a road from Partin Settlement to connect with the paved road west of St. Cloud from St. Cloud to Kissimmee to sixteen feet; the extension with the paved road in the Narcoossee section and the building of an extension to the Kissimmee park section of the county plus several in the Kissimmee area.

With this report in 1924 one can see the effect of the new automobile to the area, in the proposed widening of the roads to sixteen feet and the number of cars causing the wider width to pass each other.

Just below the above article in the August 24, 1924 St. Cloud Tribute was this one: “ANOTHER HALF BLOCK TENTH STREET TO BE WIDENED”

The city had received the deed for the remaining block one hundred thirty, where it then had a zoo, which would be between New York and Massachusetts Avenues.  It was stated that, “this would improve the appearance and utility” of those two blocks. Â

I had often wondered why those two blocks between Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Avenues were wider than the rest of Tenth Street.

The front of that issue [August 24, 1924] of the Tribune contained a lot of interesting articles, including: “NEW COMPANY ASKING FOR LETTERS PATIENT”

The article told about a company forming, the St. Cloud Holding Company, asking the Governor for Letter Patent Charter, for a corporation, the capital stock was $5,000, divided into fifty shares of $100 each, which was already paid for.  The general nature of the business was to be:  leasing, hiring or otherwise acquiring real and personal property of every kind to sell, lease, convey, mortgage said property or any part thereof.

The officers, all well known citizens, composed of President Shambow; Vice President W. B. Crawford; Secretary/ Treasurer Fred B. Kenney; stockholders, T. A. Horn, H. C. Hartley, G. A. Peed and W. A. Millsom.  Mr. Shambow had been active in politics; Mr. Crawford active in the business community; Mr. Kenney active in politics and the development of St. Cloud; Mr. Hartley was in hardware on Pennsylvania and Mr. Peed was in the grocery business.

And yet another interesting article in the same edition: “PEOPLES BANK ERECTING NEW BUILDING ON TENTH STREET”

The building this article is talking about still has a sign on the “high test” concrete tile reading PEOPLES BANK, although it has not been a bank for many years.  The building is located on the north west corner of Tenth Street and New York Avenue, was erected by W. W. Edwards Contractors, Kissimmee.  It had a stucco finish and was 40 X 40 feet. The inside was fireproof material and the first floor was the bank and contained a large fire proof vault.  Most of the fixtures were moved from the temporary building built for the First National Bank in 1910 on the corner of Twelfth Street and New York Avenue.  The second floor was to be divided into suitable office rooms.  When one sees the cost for a new building now the cost of that was the magnificent amount of $15,000.

In the August 28, 1924 issue of the St. Cloud Tribune was the following: “FEW FLORIDA TOWNS MAKE A CHARGE FOR SCHOOLING”

“RE Florida Developing Board said that the reports from the commercial organizations showed very few of the cities were charging tuition for out of state children. The cities of Auburndale, Daytona, Madison, New Smyrna, Orlando, Palatka, Umitilla and Winter Haven were the only ones making the charge. Bartow had made the charge last year, but not in 1924. New Smyrna exempt the children whose out of state parents owned local property also children of ministers and school teachers visiting in the that city.”

Moving on to the September 4, 1924 edition of the St. Cloud Tribune, on the front page: “COMMISSION MANAGER GOVERNMENT PROPOSED FOR CITY OF ST. CLOUD”

Mr. V. Clyde Edwards spoke to the regular City Council meeting saying the rapid growth made by neighboring cities, who had established the new form of government, commission-manager, suggesting that the Chamber of Commerce should investigate the matter for St. Cloud.

He then had Mr. Kats and Mr. G. P. Garrett, of Kissimmee, explain some of the benefits of this form of government as Mr. Pat Johnston, Mayor of Kissimmee, was not able to be present.  Mr. Garrett said that the new form of government was composed of three commissioners, one elected each year to serve a three year term, and these three would hire a city manager who would  the head of all the departments in the city who could be discharged any time his services proved unsatisfactory. This would require a charter committee to propose a new charter which would follow the present charter, but would follow the regulations of the new form of government. The public would then vote the new form up or down and, if passed, would necessitate another election to elect the three commissioners.

Mr. Kats, who had been in Kissimmee, had served as a commissioner under both forms of government, heartily was in favor of the new form of government in Kissimmee and the progress that had been made by it.

So! I knew that the city had the city manager type of government before but I didn’t know just when.  It didn’t last long, and to my knowledge the first City Manager was Mr. Cleve Outlaw.

Early on in this article I talked about the Peoples Bank Building being started and in the September 18, 1924 issue of the St. Cloud Tribune we find that the plans for the new Peoples Bank building were being enlarged to form a store room on the rear of the new building under construction and adding additional offices on the second floor. The building would be extended twenty-four feet west on Tenth Street.

Back-tracking a bit to September 11, 1924 is the story of: “LEON LAMB TO DONATE ARCHWAY TO THE CITY”

Mr. Lamb, of the Lamb Realty Co., was planning to go to he city council to call attention to the need for better signs at the entrance to the city and would propose a “beautiful archway” be constructed of stucco at the city limits, at each side of town, which would prove to be “attractive but also informative to the strangers.”  He said he would propose to pay for one archway if the city would pay for the other.