Friday, December 20, 2013

on this day in:

1842 The first Baptist meeting for worship took place when the brethren met at the residence of J.H. Breaker for the purpose of ordaining Brother Charles. C. Lewis to the Gospel ministry. As there were no Baptist churches in Florida with which they could be associated, they were accepted in the North Stonington (Conn.) Association.

1870 The Sears School, Key West's first public school, was established on Free School Lane.

1875 A number of distinguished Cubans, including Mayor Carlos M. De Cespedes, met at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and organized St. John's Episcopal Church, in which the services would be held in Spanish.

1949President Truman departed for Washington after a three-week vacation at the Little White House.

1977 In a special runoff election, Mary Graham was re-elected to the Key West Commission.

1996Mary Spottswood, the island's grande dame, matriarch and first lady, died at age 73. Her late husband, John, had been sheriff of the county as well as state senator, and owned the Casa Marina and La Concha hotels.