Sunday, February 17, 2013


1885 The 1885 Florida State Census showed Key West had a population of 13,558. The birthplaces of 4,871 were listed as Florida, 4,410 were born in Cuba and 3,260 were born in the Bahamas.

1935 The Key West Aquarium was dedicated. The main speaker was Dr. Robert O. Van Deusen, superintendent of the Fairmount Park Aquarium in Philadelphia.

1943 The U.S. Marine Hospital, Key West, closed. The hospital was established in 1848 to treat members of the U.S. Merchant Marines. The hospital had also served as a Navy hospital during the Civil War and in 1898 when it treated the wounded from the Battleship Maine. In addition, many Key Westers were saved by treatment at the hospital, which was staffed by the U.S. Public Health Service.

1960 The formal grand opening of Bevis-Lewis Chevrolet at 3500 N. Roosevelt was held.

1972Dustin Hoffman and his family spent the weekend at the Pier House Motel.

1975Gus Bell, fishing with Capt. Bob West, caught a new world-record Tarpon that weighed 243 pounds.

1997 Retired Circuit Court Judge M. Ignatius Lester died at age 77.