Monday, October 14, 2013

on this day in:

1939 The Navy Department announced that the long-unused Key West Naval Station would reopen Nov. 1. The station was used to support ships engaged in neutrality patrols of the Atlantic and Caribbean.

1941 Will Doughhtry of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Commission announced that the corner of Jackson Square at the intersection of Thomas and Southard streets had been chosen as the site for the aqueduct's reservoir and pumping station.

1950 Sam B. Pinder won the Monroe County Democratic special primary. He defeated Milton A. Parrott for supervisor of elections.

1964 Hurricane Isabel with winds of 80 to 100 mph caused minor damage in the city. The one casualty of the storm was a giant Spanish laurel tree at the Oldest House on Duval Street.

1975 Governor Reubin Askew reinstated County Commissioner Harry Harris, who had been removed from office when charged with accepting a bribe. He was later acquitted of the charge.

1978 Indian Key, which was the first county seat of Dade County, but is now part of Monroe County, was dedicated as a state park.

1989 Hilario Ramos Sr. died at age 82. He was president of Lopez Wholesale Liquors and a founder of Florida Keys First State Bank and Boulevard Bank. He had been active in local, state and national politics and had hosted many dignitaries in his family home known as the Southernmost House at the ocean end of Duval Street.