Tuesday, December 31, 2013

On this day in:

1899J. Vinning Harris held an open house in his new home at the ocean end of Duval Street. The house is almost complete and the family expects to move in very soon

1920 Casa Marina Hotel opened for its first season. It is owned by the Florida East Coast Hotel Company which was part of the Flagler System that also owned the Florida East Coast Railroad.

1931 The USS Constitution "Old Ironsides" the oldest ship in the Navy was welcomed to Key West by a crowd of more than 600 who witnessed her moor at Porter Docks. Captain R.T. Menner, Commander of the Naval Base and Mayor Leslie A. Curry welcomed the ship and crew to the city.

1933 Mayor Leslie A. Curry died following an illness of about one month. He was first elected mayor in 1927 and had been re-elected three times.

1938 The formal opening dinner and dance was held at the Casa Marina. The charge was $2.50 per person.

1942 The Marine Hospital on the Naval Station closed. The hospital opened in 1845 and was primarily for the treatment of merchant marine sailors. After World War One the hospital also served as a veterans hospital. It was manned by personnel of the U.S. Public Health Service. During the Civil War the Naval Hospital was located in the same building.

1956 Mrs. Eisenhower arrived in Key West to spend the holiday with the President.

1996 The Keys welcomed the New Year with a fireworks display and the locals preparing the New Years Day dinner of Hopping John (black eyed peas and rice) and Johnnycake (fried cornbread).

Happy New Year Tom & Lynda