Friday, March 22, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1822 Mr. Hemming arrived from Mobile with workers and material to erect the first house on the island.

1898 Rear Adm. William T. Sampson relieved Adm. Montgomery Sicard as commander of the North Atlantic Squadron and broke his flag in the USS New York anchored off Key West.

1902 The County Commission awarded a contract to build the new armory to Bruce and John T. Sawyer. The bid was $7,900 and the board added $500 for some improvements.

1911 The members of the Board of Monroe County Commissioners were J.R. Curry Jr., chairman; W.R. Porter, E.M. Roberts, D Milord and B.B. Warren. The other county officers were W.B. Curry, treasurer; T.A. Sweeting, collector of revenue; and T.O. Otto, assessor.

1913Mrs. Booker T. Washington addressed the women of the city at the AME Zion Church.

1932 Lena Johnson, the first woman to hold elected office in Key West when she served on the City Commission 1927-28, died in Key West.

1955 The newly formed Military Order of the World Wars held its first meeting at the Fort Taylor Officer's Club.

1963 Eckwood Solomon Jr. of Key West, graduated from the Philippine Military Academy, the first American to attend the academy. He finished first in his class and was presented his diploma by Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal.

1993 Key West resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey died at age 78. He was the elder statesman of the Key West writing community. He had been a winter resident of Key West since 1976.

2006 Johnny Ray Holt was arrested for the murder of Roger Keller.