Wednesday, December 11, 2013

on this day in:

1898 The USS Maine plot in the Key West Cemetery was dedicated. An estimated 10,000 people took part in the procession and dedication. Speakers included Capt. Gideon A. Lyons and Maj. Frank A. Butts of Encampment 69 Union Veteran Legion, Washington, D.C., which had provided the iron fence and gates for the plot. The Key West Cornet Band played the "Star Spangled Banner" and a flag saved from the USS Maine was raised on a staff made from a mast of the USS Winslow.

1901 The case of the schooner Catus, which wrecked on Coffin Patches, was heard in federal court. The vessel, sailing from Philadelphia to Key West with a cargo of coal, was saved. The salvors were awarded a fee of $5,993.

1923 Capt. Clark D. Stearns arrived and assumed duties as commandant of the 7th Naval District and commanding officer of Naval Station Key West. He replaced Capt. W.D. Brotherton, who had already departed Key West.

1940 Though the United States would not enter World War II for another year, the war came close to Key West when the British Navy sank the German merchant ship Rhein about 45 miles west of the Dry Tortugas.

1941Frank Ladd was appointed Monroe County Tax Collector by Gov. Spessard L. Holland. He replaced Joseph C. McMahon, who died in office.

1975 CBS News reportedly was looking for the body of missing former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared mysteriously on July 29. An informant had told CBS officials that Hoffa's body "was encased in concrete, lying on the ocean floor in 12 feet of water two and half miles off Key West." Nothing was found.