Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1911 Curtis Aircraft test pilot J.A.W. McCurdy attempted to fly from Key West to Havana, but crashed short of the island and was rescued by a Navy destroyer.

1915 Key West had 29 cigar factories employing 2,100 workers who made 62,415,000 cigars from imported Cuban tobacco.

1927 New York Mayor James J. Walker stopped in Key West on his way to Cuba. Mayor Leslie A. Curry welcomed him to the island city.

1929 President-elect Herbert Hoover arrived at Long Key Fish Camp by train from Miami. He boarded the houseboat Amitie for his second attempt to land a sailfish.

1947Al Jolson, stage and radio star, appeared at the Birthday Ball at the Naval Base. He also appeared at the Casa Marina for the March of Dimes campaign.

1961 Ground was broken for the new Greyhound bus depot behind Ramonin's Restaurant at 615 Duval St.

1967Charles Helberg, 62 years old, died of a sudden heart attack at the Key Wester Motel on South Roosevelt that he built in 1951. In December 1949, Helberg, Vicente Conley and Abe Golan formed Key West Improvement, Inc., which purchased most of the eastern half of Key West from William R. Porter and the Key West Realty Co.