ON THIS DAY IN:
1905 The cornerstone of the National Bank building at the corners of Duval and Front streets was laid by John T. Sawyer. One of the directors placed a silver coin under the stone.
1967 Julius F. Stone died in New South Wales, Australia. Stone was the Works Progress Administration (WPA) administrator who saved the Key West economy by making the Keys a tourist resort.
1969Gerald Adams died at the age of 69. For more than a quarter of a century, Adams was connected with his father in the operation of Adams Dairy, the last dairy to produce milk in Key West. He served on the Monroe County School Board from 1948 to 1961, and the Gerald Adams School was named for him.
1972 Key West native Pete Nebo died at age 62. In the late 1920s, Nebo was one of the best flyweight, and later lightweight, fighters in the country.
1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph Lash died at age 77. He had made his home in Key West for nine years.