In the wake of World War I, on January 5, 1929, Senator Duncan U. Fletcher introduced a bill that would appropriate funds for a Soldiers’ Home to be constructed in Florida. Ultimately the bill’s wording was changed from “Florida” to “southeastern states,” but it did pass and appropriate $2 million for a home.
Within Pinellas County, a campaign immediately began to rally support for construction in the area, namely at the Seminole Point site (although for some time Clearwater was also in the running). Seminole Point was chosen as the site on May 26, 1931—an event which newspapers called the “glorious news” that will “bring Saint Petersburg back.” However, only $900,000 in funds was appropriated, due to a decision to use the $2 million also to construct a hospital in Mississippi and an African-American hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama.
This collection contains Pinellas county newspaper articles during the early 1930's--when St. Petersburg and Pinellas County fought continuously for the National Home for Disabled Soldiers and further expansion.