Thursday, February 21, 2013


1914Maitland Adams started to work for Thompson Enterprises, where he would work for over 50 years. In 1949, he would be instrumental in starting the shrimp industry in the Keys.

1925John Ringling, of circus fame, spent two days in Key West while en route to Cuba.

1940 John L. Lewis, head of the CIO, spent the day at the Hotel Casa Marina. He arrived by boat from the Keys, where he had been fishing with friends.

1948 President Harry Truman left Key West to visit Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

1953 Former President Herbert Hoover, who had been in a hospital in Miami with influenza, was spending a 10-day fishing vacation at the Key Largo Anglers Club.

1963 The Coast Guard was searching south of Key West for the missing freighter Marine Sulphur Queen. The ship vanished on Feb. 2 with all hands and the only trace found was some debris near Key West.

1991 Key West native Master Sgt. Eloy A. Rodriguez, a medic with Army Special Forces, was killed in a helicopter crash in Saudi Arabia. He was the only local killed in the Gulf War.