Tuesday, October 1, 2013

on this day in:

1909 Louis Mouton, proprietor of A. Granday & Co., manufacturer of green turtle soup, died in Key West.

1951 Mrs. Pauline Hemingway died after a brief illness while visiting California. She had been a resident of Key West since 1927, when she came here with her ex-husband, writer Ernest Hemingway.

1952 Adm. Irving Duke drove the first stake to begin construction of the three new buildings for the Fleet Sonar School on the south part of the Naval Station near the beach.

1969 Long Key State Park was dedicated.

1974 The winners in the runoff election were: Jerome V. Shipley, County Commission; Purie Howanitz, County Commission; Joseph Thompson, School Board; and Edith Lowell, Mosquito Control.

1991 In city elections, Harry Bethel was elected to the commission, and the voters overwhelmingly rejected a referendum that would have given the city authority to issue short-term bonds and refinance bonds without voter approval.

1993 Naval Aircraft Squadron VAQ-33 was decommissioned at Naval Air Station Key West. VAQ 33 had been the largest squadron in Key West.

1994 Willie Ward, longtime civil rights and community leader, died at the age of 70.