ON THIS DAY IN:
1884 Walter C. Maloney died in Key West at the age of 71. He was a lawyer who also represented Monroe County in the state legislature and served as mayor of Key West. During the Civil War, he was a Union supporter and organized a volunteer corps in Key West to support the troops. On July 4, 1876, he gave a speech that was later published as the first written history of Key West.
1887William Cooper was hanged from a gallows in the jail yard at the Monroe County Courthouse on Whitehead Street. He was convicted in circuit court for the murder of Liverpool Bain and George Hudson, fellow charcoal burners on Big Pine Key.
1892 Collector of Customs John Horr had electric lights installed in the new Custom House, fearing the odor from the gas lights could cause loss of life.
1901 An election was held for bonds to improve the public schools, build an armory, repair the county courthouse and continue the county road. Only 200 of the 900 qualified voters cast ballots. All the issues were defeated.
1909 Chief Gunner Charles Morgan, U.S. Navy, retired from the naval station. Morgan was a senior diver who conducted the investigation on the Battleship Maine in 1898.
1917 The following doctors and surgeons had been called into the military for war service: J.Y. Porter Sr., J.Y. Porter Jr., J.N. Fogarty, Eugene C. Lowe, Harry C. Galey and C.B. Fogarty, dental surgeon.
1931 The dredge Absecon was working in the Northwest Channel and had removed more than 200,000 yards of mud since it began on June 17. The work continued until September 1.
1953 The fourth and fifth cases of polio were reported when a Navy man and his wife were taken to the Navy Hospital with what was diagnosed as "the non-paralytic type of polio."
1997 The Key West Senior Major All-Star baseball team beat St. Petersburg 15 to 1 to win the state championship.