Monday, January 21, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1871 The Cuban refugee community dedicated the San Carlos Hall. The hall was used as a meeting place to discuss political matters, a facility for education of the children, and an entertainment center.

1880 Former President Ulysses S. Grant visited Key West and was guest of honor at a dinner at the Jefferson Hotel.

1912 Florida East Coast Railroad Engine 201 arrived in Key West at 2:45 a.m. This was the first engine and crew to cross the Bahia Honda bridge and test the tracks in the Lower Keys. The train was in the charge of engineers J.F. Norton and Edward Goehring, conductor Mike Scanlon, pilot William Nichols and fireman Jack Basskopp.

1912 The USS Washington and the USS North Carolina, ships of the 5th Division of the North Atlantic Fleet, arrived for the first train celebration. The USS Birmingham arrived on the 22nd.

1912 The Cuban Gunboat Hatuey arrived with the personal representative of President Gomez, Col. Jose Marti, son of the famous patriot.

1954 The "City of Havana," the new auto ferry to Cuba, made its first run to Havana carrying passengers only. The ship was limited to passengers until its new dock on Stock Island was completed.

1987Benildes Remond Sanchez celebrated 50 years of teaching in Key West. She came from Cuba in 1937 to teach Spanish at the San Carlos.