Monday, January 28, 2013


1912 The cornerstone for the new Sparks Chapel (Fleming Street Methodist Church) was laid by Bishop Candler. The following ministers took part in the program: E.A. Harrison, C.E. W. Dobbs, S.K. Darlington, C.T. Stout, L.F. Chapman, T. Sistrunk and W.B. Tresca, pastor of the church.

1953 Cuban President Fulgencio Batista sent his personal envoy, Cmdr. Mario Menendez, to Key West to aid in the gala celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Cuba's "apostle of freedom," Jose Marti.

1964 Fire Chief Charles Cremata retired after 27 years with the department.

1973 The Florida Keys Memorial Hospital on Stock Island was dedicated. State Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Thomas O'Malley was the guest speaker.

1979 Famous writer and Key West resident Tennessee Williams and his friend, Datson Rader, were assaulted on Duval Street. Both men were punched, but neither needed medical attention.

1983Mitchell Wolfson, Key West native, founder of Wometco Enterprises in Miami, died at age 82. In addition to the Miami holdings, Wometco owned the Conch Train. Mr. Wolfson and his wife, Frances, saved the Audubon House from destruction and had it fully restored

1985 Radio Marti began broadcasting from a transmitting tower at Marathon. The 14 hours of daily programming aimed at Castro's Cuba originated in Washington, D.C.

1985 Mayor Richard Heyman and Jimmy Buffett cut the ribbon on Buffett's new store at Land's End Village.