Saturday, December 28, 2013

On this day in:

1835 Major Francis Dade, commander of the Key West Army Barracks, led his command in a march from Tampa to Fort King in which he was ambushed by Indians who killed a 115 officers and men of his 116-man command.

1899 The bodies from the Battleship Maine were interred in Arlington National Cemetery with a simple religious service. Captain Charles Sigsbee, who was in command of the Maine when she was blown up, was in charge of the ceremonies. Father Chidwick, who was chaplin of the Maine, was there to perform the last rites.

1925 The new La Concha Hotel was opened to the public and a formal grand opening was held on Jan. 22, 1926.

1926Thomas S. Caro resigned as police judge and Mayor Leslie Curry appointed Raymond Lord to the office.

1955 President Eisenhower arrived in Key West to begin a restful winter vacation. Thousands of people lined the motorcade route to welcome the president, who came to recuperating from a heart trouble.

1962 The new Key West City Hall on Simonton Street was dedicated. The main speaker was state Sen. Elmer Friday of Ft. Myers.