Friday, February 8, 2013


1926 General John J. Pershing arrived on the USS Denver. He came from the Canal Zone after an extended trip to South America. He took the train to Washington.

1941 The body of Cecilia Thompson Trunks was found at the infamous establishment on Howe Street known as "Alice Reid's" or "Mom's Tea Room." She had died of an overdose, an apparent suicide.

1947Robert (Believe It or Not) Ripley was the guest of Mrs. Jesse Porter Kirke.

1949 The modern Gulfstream Food Department Store on White Street opened. The owners of the new store were Luis and James Muniz.

1959 The Southeast Museum of the North American Indian opened to the public in Marathon. The museum was founded and sponsored by the Crane Foundation.

1964 The Hemingway House was formally dedicated as a museum honoring the memory of the late Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner who lived in Key West in the 1930s.

1966 Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus arrived in Key West for a week of rest and fishing.

1969 Senator Richard Russell, chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriation Committee, arrived for a vacation as a guest of Rear Admiral F.J. Bush, commander Key West Forces.