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Monday, February 18, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1924 The local order of the Ku Klux Klan put on a big demonstration with a parade and naturalization ceremony at Bayview Park.

1929 A post office opened at Perky on Sugarloaf Key. There had been a post office at the settlement, called Chase then, but it had closed 12 years prior.

1939 President Franklin Roosevelt arrived in Key West at 3 p.m. after driving the Over-Seas Highway from Miami. He was met at West Summerland Key by Key West Mayor Willard Albury, who rode to the city with him. The president inspected the inactive Naval Station facilities and then boarded the USS Houston, which sailed for the Caribbean to take part in war games in progress.

1984 Ground was broken for a new gym at Horace O'Bryant Middle School. The gym was named for the late Enoch "Johnny" Walker, the former chairman of the Monroe County School Board.

1999 The new Mariners Hospital on Tavernier opened as patients were transferred from the old building.

1999Howard S. England died at the age of 85. He spent many years as a volunteer and later as a Florida State Park ranger at Fort Taylor. Howard's many years of work were instrumental in saving Fort Taylor and creating the Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.