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Thursday, April 11, 2013

ON THIS DAY IN:

1898 William Curry & Sons' electrical company had a contract to install electric lights in the Monroe County courthouse on Whitehead Street.

1901 N.M. George, while fishing on the yacht Privateer in the Bahia Honda channel, landed a tarpon that weighed 213 pounds and measured 7 feet 2 inches in length and 46 inches around.

1907 Dr. Robert J. Perry died in New York at the age of 68. He was a native of Tennessee and served as mayor of Key West from 1881 to 1882 and again from 1891 to 1895. He also served as state representative and superintendent of public instruction for Monroe County.

1949 Secretary of National Defense Louis Johnson left after two days of meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1950 President Gonzalez Videla of Chile arrived at Boca Chica on President Harry Truman's plane, the Independence, and was taken to the Little White House for a night's rest.

1951 Elliott Roosevelt, son of the late president, bought one and a half acres of land in Marathon for $35,000. He planned to build a home and motel on the property that stretched from the Overseas Highway to Florida Bay.

1964 Charter Capt. Douglas Trevor and his son Edward, who served as mate, were killed by 17-year-old Roger Foster who had chartered the boat. The Trevors' bodies were never found. Foster pleaded insanity and after treatment was tried for murder in 1977 and sentenced to prison.