Wednesday, September 4, 2013

on this day in:

1900 In the city elections, Mayor George L. Bartlum was reelected without opposition. Others elected were George B. Phillips, city clerk; C.R. Clark, marshal; William Weatherford, tax collector; Rutlege Curry, tax assessor; W.H. Williams, treasurer; Hyam G. Fulford, street commissioner; George W. Reynolds, election commissioner; J.M. Phillips, election commissioner; Alfred Lowe, election commissioner. The aldermen elected were George M. Bryson, Francisco Fleitas, John Schurer, Charles Shavers, Josh Curry, C.F. Kemp, Charles R. Pierce, Thomas E. Roberts and Willis Bethel.

1906James R. Shackelford, a leader of the African American community, died after a short illness. He had a grocery store at the corner of Duval and Petronia streets for many years. He was buried at St. Paul's Episcopal Church where he was a member.

1944Rosabel Bethel was chosen Miss Key West 1944 and presented with a $20 war bond at a festival held at the city stadium.

1972 The new facilities at Smathers Beach were dedicated by the mayor and city commissioners.

1984Harry Knight won the Democratic primary and reelection as Monroe County Tax Collector. The other winners were Circuit Court Judge Richard Fowler, Public Defender Rand Winter and school board member Dr. Geraldine Caron. All the other candidates face a runoff election or opponents in the general election.