Today in History
A postcard of The Key West Citizen building at 517 Greene Street C 1960. Gift of Joan Knight.

Friday, May 29, 2015

1828: Congress passed a bill establishing a territorial or federal court at Key West under the title of the Superior Court of the Southern Judicial District of the Territory of Florida.

1930: A.J. Page completed his new building at the corner of Duval and Fleming Street. Dr. Harry N.S. Jones announced he was moving his office to the building.

1937: Sloppy Joe’s Bar had their grand opening at its new location on the corner of Duval and Greene streets. There was free dancing to George Dean’s Swing Band and souvenirs for everyone.

1962: In the Democratic Primary, Hilario “Charlie” Ramos Jr. won a stunning victory over Bernie C. Papy for the post of State Representative. Papy previously held the office for 28 years and was the dean of the Florida House.

1962: The Navy announced the first of the 420 duplex housing units at Sigsbee Park was being occupied.

1969: Norman D. Artman left the Key West Citizen as publisher. He took over the paper after his father’s death in 1952, serving as owner and publisher until December 1968 when he sold the paper to Charles H. Morris, while remaining as publisher during the transition.

1981: Captain Thomas W. Brown relieved Captain W.I. Lewis as Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station Key West.