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1873 The Virginius, flying the American Flag, was captured by the Spanish off the southern coast of Cuba. The ship was carrying weapons and men for the Cuban rebels fighting the Spanish control of the Island. The Virginius was taken to Santiago, Cuba, where the captain and crew were executed which almost led to war between the United States and Spain. The American Fleet was ordered to Key West to protect the country.
1922 Lord Louis Mountbatten and his bride arrived in Key and were guests of Captain Crosley, Commanding Officer Naval Station Key West.
1923 Frank H Ladd was Mayor of Key West. The other city officials were: Wallace Pinder, clerk; C.J.H. Roberts, auditor; J.L. Lester, attorney; S.W. Curry, treasurer; T.S. Caro, police justice; W.A. Carey, assessor; A.H. Sheppard, tax collector; Floney Pellicier, sexton; Dr. J.Y. Porter, health officer; J.L. Curry, supervisor of registration; Lemuel Baker, jailor; and aldermen A.C. Elgin, J.R. Stowers, Joseph Roberts, A.P. Jerguson, Abelardo Lopez, C.C. Hicks and J.F. Urbach. Monroe County Officials were Hugh Gunn, judge; Arthur Gomez, solicitor; Mrs. C.C. Sawyer, tax assessor; W.F. Maloney, tax collector; S.B. Pinder, county clerk; Roland Curry, sheriff; Cleveland Dillon, jailor; and county commissioners J. Otto Kirchheiner, chairman, W.R. Porter, W.H. Curry, W.D. Cash Jr., and B.B. Warren.
1946 S.H. Kress announced that it would construct a two story building adjoining its store on Duval Street at the corner of Fleming Street.
1950 A crowd of a thousand lined the streets to view the Halloween parade that had about 500 costumed school children.
1955 Monroe County shrimp production for 1954 was about 13,000,000 pounds on heads on shrimp with a dock side value of about $4,000,000.