Sunday, January 6, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1903 At the organizational meeting of the Florida Railroad Commission in Tallahassee, Jefferson B. Browne of Key West was elected chairman.

1912 The R. Fernandez Havana Cigar Factory was destroyed by fire. The company moved its operation to the building on Simonton Street that had been occupied by J.M. Navarro.

1923 J.F. Uhrbach, collector of internal revenue, reported that 49,396,675 cigars were manufactured in Key West in 1922.

1933 William H. Malone was elected mayor by the Key West City Commission. He served the rest of the term of the late Mayor Leslie A. Curry.

1941 Battery E, 265th Coast Artillery, Florida National Guard, was inducted into federal service in a brief ceremony at the armory.

1949 Frank Bentley was reappointed chairman of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners.

1951 The crew of the 20th Century Fox movie "The Frogmen" arrived in Key West. The film, which stared Dana Andrews, Richard Widmark and Gary Merrill, was filmed partly in Key West.

1951 The Key West Utility Board voted to award the multimillion-dollar Grinnell Street steam plant construction contract to J.F. Pritchard Co.

1952 A 29-year-old woman known as Rita Brown died of an overdose of barbiturates at "Mom's Tea Room" on Stock Island. She had been a resident of that infamous establishment for nearly two years.

1953 John Spottswood took over the sheriff's office and appointed two new deputies, Jeff Brodhead and E.E. Sistrunk.

2001 The Key West Citizen, after 90 years of publishing six days a week, changed to a seven-day-a-week newspaper.