Monday, December 30, 2013

on this day in:

1865 During the Civil War, 199 ships that were trying to run the Union blockade of the Southern States were captured by the U.S. Navy and adjudicated in federal court in Key West.

1900 The Key West Golf Club was organized with a large attendance. Jefferson B. Browne was elected president.

1907 The First Methodist Church Sunday School unveiled a stained glass window in memory of Rev. and Mrs. J.A. Howland. The presentation was made by J.H.Stebbens and accepted by Dr. C.F. Kemp. The window was manufactured by J.D. Alberts of Louisville, Ky.

1932Karl O. Thompson, sheriff-elect, who took office Jan. 3, 1933, announced he had appointed seven deputy sheriffs to serve the county. The deputies were Clements Jaycocks, Leon Roberts, Enrique Mayg, Jack Sauerhoff, Dave Curtis, C.O. Garrett, and Harold Cates.

1936 At the beginning of the year, the Key West Citizen promised to give the library $5 for every day the sun did not shine. This cost the paper only $5; the only day in which the sun did not appear was March 9.

1983Jack C. Watson, 69, died in Marathon after a long illness. He was the retired manager of the Key Deer Wildlife Refuge. He had been the federal game warden on Big Pine Key since 1962 and was credited with saving the Key deer from extinction.

1987 Judge Paul E. Esquinaldo retired as county judge.