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Key West Florida, has the
most equable climate in the
country, with an average
range of only 14* Fahrenheit
Nude Prowler
Nabbed In Ft.
Taylor Area
Ronald Koski Is
Held On $250
Bond In City Jail
Ronald A. Koski is being held in
city jail with charges of drunk and
disorderly, trespassing on private
property and indecent exposure.
Police had answered a call in
the vicinity of Fort Taylor Offi
cers’ Club to investigate a report
ed prowler who had broken into
the bedroom of a twelve-year-old
When the area was searched,
Koski was found lying nude in the
seaweed near the bedroom in ques
tion. A white sailor’s uniform was
found nearby on the ground.
Cops Summoned
Police had been summoned by
the father of the young girl after
he was awakened by the screams
of his daughter. When he ran to
the bedroom the prowler ran from
the scene.
A nude blond man had been re
reported previously by the night
watchman of the old Casa Cayo
Hueso house at the south end of
Duval Street. Koski was identified
by the watchman after the arrest.
Koski was reported to have ask
ed the watchman where the bath
room was located and when the
light was turned on he said that
he saw the man was in the nude.
Bond Is Sot
A check with the city clerk’s of
fice'revealed that no drunkometer
test was given Koski after the ar
rest Bond was set at $250.
A complete investigation is being
conducted by Navy to determine
if any violations of the uniform
code of military justice are found.
Officer M. E. Santana made the
initial investigation and arrest Lt.
Jimmy James arrived on the scene
shortly afterwards and took Koski
in the patrol wagon to the Casa
Caye Hueso to be identified by the
night watchman. He w?s identified
as being the man who had pre
viously been seen nude.
The case was scheduled to be
heard by City Judge Enrique Es
quinaldo, Jr., at the regular 3
p. m. session today.
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Strunk Lumber
Prompt Service
W Si monton St, near City Hall
County Commissioner
2nd District
Present Chairman of Important
Finance Committee
A Man of Exporionco and Matura Judgment is required
to Properly Prepare Your County Budget and see that
Every Tax Dollar is Properly Spent and Accounted For.
(Paid Political Advertisement)
A La Colonia Cubana Y El
Pueblo En General
La Banda de la Marina Cubana Participara
11:00 A.M.—Ofrenda Floral A1 Aposlol Jose Marti
11:30 A.M.—Ofrenda Floral A1 Gold Star Monument
12:00 M.—Ofrenda Floral Victimas U.S.S. Maine
12:30 P.M.—Ofrenda Floral Martires Cubanos
8:30 P.M.—Funcion en el Teatro San Carlos a Beneficio
de la Construccion del Asilo para Ninos, Des
dichados de este Condado, es Contribucion de
la Colonia Cubana para esta Buena Causa.
6:30 P.M.—Parada por la Calle Duval
8:00 P.M.—Recepcion en el Club San Carlos donde se les
Enlregaran Diplomas a Patriotas de Cuba y
Key West
9:30 P.M.—Baile Popular Frente A1 Club San Carlos . . .
Amenizado por la Banda de la Marina de Cuba.
TAMBIEN—BaiIe para las Personas de Color en el Patio del
Douglass High School, Juaves 20 de Mayo. De 9:00 P.M.
- 12:00 PJd.
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IN APPRECIATION—of put courtesies to the people of Key West, Dr. Delio Cobo, member of
tho Key West city commission, will present this large American flag to Dr. Gonsalo Guarra de
Armas, mayor of Santa Maria Del Rosario, Cuba. The ceremony will take place tomorrow at the
city hall in Santa Maria Dal Rosario shortly after the official party from Key West arrives in
Cuba to attend tho two-day celebration of Cuba's independence.—Citixen Staff Photo.
Segregation Decision Brings
No Immediate Trouble In Fla.
CMI Seniors
To Be Honored
At Class Night
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“Class Night” with its tradition
al Candle and Rose Ceremony wilt
be observed it the Convent ef Ma
ry Immaculate on Thursday even
Eleanor Gato, velecdictorian, and
Gloria Muniz, salutorian, will be
honored during the evening.
The program has been carefully
planned with regard to interest and
brevity due to the heat.
It opens with Tschaikowsky’s
“Waltz of the Flowers” sung by
(Continued on Page Two)
School Men
Comment On
Court Ruling
Horaco O'Bryan*, superinten
dent of public instruction, and
Chester C. Sea bury, principal
of Douglass School. r*y had
thoso comments on yesterday's
Supreme Court ruling:
"I'll go along with orders
from Tallahassee. In my opin
ion, it will bo somo timo be
fore the ruling takes effect—
at tha very earliest, two years
and possibly longer."
"Educationally, I think it will
prova to ba the right decision
in the long run. However, I de
feel that this decision places
an squally great responsibility
on members of both races in
the matter of adjustment or
readjustment. But I do believe
in time these readjustments
can and will ba made for the
common good of all."
TV Viewers See
Gear Picture On
Miami Channel
Key Westers who own television
sets observed a clear bright pic
ture last night when WTVJ, a Mia
mi television station, shifted to its
new 100,000 watt transmitter and
1,000 foot tower.
• The signal from the old trans
mitter as received here in Key
West was considered to be* poor
for this area at the time of the
At one point in the city a five
(Continued on Page Two)
I Ent
Your present State Senator has pledged to vote for reap
portionment in the 1955 session which will give Monroe County
another representative. He also favors a STATE SENATOR FOR
MONROE COUNTY. He has given his word on that issue. HIS
WORD IS HIS BOND. With his seniority in the Senate James
Franklin stands an excellent chance of getting the Senator for
Vote For and Return James A. Franklin
To the State Senate
(Paid Political Advertisement)
Supreme Court’s decision outlaw
ing racial segregation in the public
schools has brought no immediate
repercussions in Florida.
Acting Gov. Charley E. Johns
said his present inclination to* to
call a special session of the Legist?
lature to take action on the mat
ter but be has made no definite
Atty. Gen. Richard Ervin and
state School Supt. Thomas D. Bail
ey suggested the matter can wait
until the regular 1955 session of
the Legislature.
Bailey called for “sober and
careful thinking” on the * subject
and urged avoidance of hysteria.
Ervin foresaw no immediate shake
up of the school system. He said
he expects plenty of time will be
given for states to discuss with
the court conditions under which
the changeover must be made.
U.S. Sen. Spessard L. Hollan
(F-Fla) said he hopes “patience
and moderation” will be used. He
called the ruling “revolutionary.”
State Sen. Leßoy Collins, candi
date against Johns for governor,
said “we should call together the
best brains in our state to study
the situation and meet it calmly
and properly. We still have time
for this in view of the Supreme
(Continued on Page Two)
Chares P. Maddem of the USS
Petrel received minor cuts and
bruises from a head on collison by
two vehicles at the triangle inter
section by the Naval Hospital.
The car driven by Peter Ross had
damages estimated to be S9OO.
Maddem’s car was damaged only
an estimated $250. The accident oc
curred last night at 7:30.
For County Commissioner
(Second District)
Capable Aggressive
(Pd. Pol. Adv.)
Expected “Fireworks” Fail To
Go Off At Commission Meeting
100 Per Cent County
Tax Collection Made
Monroe Is Only
Florida County
To Reach Goal
For the second straight
year, Monroe County was
the only Florida county that
collected 100 per cent of its
tax roll.
Asa result, Howard E.
Wilson, tax collector, said
today he sees little likeli
hood of a real estate tax in
A report issued by the
state comptroller for the fis
cal year ended Sept. 30, 19-
53, showed the 100 per cent
collection. The amount was
$640,208.93. This figure ac
counts only for real estate
and personal property taxes.
Automobile and other reve
nue is not included.
Higher *52 Total
' For the previous fiscal
year, which ended Sept. 30,
19*52, $643,525.35 was col
.Mfctfed, ” a&o a 100 pur cent
Wilson said:
“As long as this office is
able to continue collections
on that basis, there is little
probability of an increase of
real estate taxes in Monroe
County. Due to the collec
tion records of this office,
homestead property assessed
at less than SSOOO for the
last two years has paid no
real estate taxes whatso
The regular meeting of the Arm
ed Forces Disciplinary Control
Board, Key West, will be held in
the Board Room, Building 124, U.
S. Naval Station, Key West, Flo
rida, at 1:30 p. m., on Thursday,
May 27, Captain C. L. Murphy,
USN, presiding officer, announced
today. |
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ESSAY WINNERS—Those three high school students were winners in the Elks Club Club Armed
Forces Day essay contest. Besides other awards, they were made honorary officers of the USS
Medregal (SS 410). Loft io right art Joyce Johnson, Key West High School, second place and
honorary oxecutive officer; Charles Ramos, Key West High School, first place and honorary com
manding officer; and Judy Garnett, Convent of Mary Immaculate, third place and honorary
chief of the boat. Tonight at the Elks Club meeting. Ramos will bo presented with a S2S bond.
AU three will receive plaques —Citizen Staff Photo. ¥>"
163 Absentee
Ballots Asked
One hundred end sixty-three
absentee ballots for tha second
primary next Tuesday have been
distributed by Sam Pinder, su
j pervisor of registration.
Voting in person on absenteo
ballots ends tomorrow at 5 p. m.
Voting absentee by mail ends at
5 p. m.. May 24.
-Two Are Fined,
|Two Let Off On
(Gambling Charge
I Gambling charges against two
, men were dismissed yesterday af
ternoon in city court while two
other men were fined on similar
The four men were arrested Sat
. urday in two raids. Tip boards
used in betting on baseball games
were seized by city police in both
Charles Riggs, of 1105 Margaret,
,was arrested at 610 Duval St. and
charged with gambling and operat
ing a gambling house
* Judge Enrique Esquinaldo, Jr.,
.changed the charge to possession
of gambling paraphenalia and fin
(Continued on Page Two)
Inquest On Kelly
Death Recessed
Without Verdict
An inquest into the death of Ber
nard William Kelly, 42, whose
, badly decomposed body was found
in a swamp at Crawl Keys, was
recessed yesterday without a ver
R. D. Zetterower, justice of the
peace of the Third District, said
the inquest was recessed pending
receipt of a report from the FBI
The Sheriff’s department for
warded specimens to the FBI lab.
Kelly’s body was found about 250
feet from the ocean side of U.S. 1
by a fisherman. The sheriff’s de
partment estimated he had been
dead about two months.
Kelly formerly lived in Key Kest
t at 1012 Southard street.
Routine Business Is Processed
In Quiet Meeting Monday Night
A flood of rumors predicting drastic changes in city
government was apparently responsible for large numbers
of curious citizens attending last night’s city commission
meeting. Anticipated “fireworks” proved to be a dud as
the City Fathers rapidly and quietly processed routine
Legion Post
Commends Two
Navy Helpers
Appreciation For
Armed Forces Day
Aid Is Expressed
Letters of commendation for
their part in the Armed Forces
Day celebration have been sent to
Capt. C. L. Murphy, Jr., USN,
chief of staff, and to Lieut, (jg)
William W. McCue, USN, of the
U. S. Naval Air Station, by Arthur
Sawyer Post No. 28, American Le
The text of the letters follows:
“In the name of Artnur Sawyer
Post No. 28, American Legion, De
partment of Florida, Key West,
Florida, I take great pleasure in
forwarding this commendation of
outstanding service to this com
munity. Captain Charlton Lewis
Murphy, Jr., United States Navy
for services as set forth in the fol
lowing: ... |
“For his exceptionally Ttigh spinf
of cooperation in connection with
arrangements for the Armed For
ces Day Celebration, Saturday,
May 15, 1954. Especially notable
was his contribution of time and
effort in making the Armed For
ces Day Parade one of the out
standing events of this celebration.
Only through his genuine interest
was this possible. His exhaustive
and enthusiastic efforts will long
be remembered by the members of
this veteran organization. It was
a great pleasure to have such an
outstanding member of the Armed
Forces cooperate with us in such
a manner. It is especially gratify
ing to know that we have this type
(Continued on Page Two)
The charge of reckless driving
and causing an accident against
Roy Beckman has been postponed
indefinitely. The reason for the
postponement could not be deter
mined since no one in the city
clerk’s office knew the reason.
Beckman had been charged with
reckless driving and causing an
accident after hitting a horse own
ed by a local policeman.
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The long-debated Thomp
son Island tax case was once
again brought into the news.
This case, involving $27,-
161.51 back taxes from the
estate of the late Norberg
Thompson, has been decid
ed in favor of the City of
Key West by lower courts.
M. Ignatius Lester revealed
though that an appeal has since
been taken by the defendents and
that briefs were due to be filed,
in a written statement, the former
city attorney told city commis
sioners that he considered “oral
argument” advisable.
Upon the recommendation of
Commissioner Cobo, approval was
granted to advance SISOO for fees
and S2OO for expenses to continue
the case. The present city attor
ney, J. Y. Porter IV, was directed
to assist in the matter.
Fiesta Aid
Fiesta Alegre y Beneficia, to be
celebrated May 20-21, was assured
of active aid by the City of Key
West when Commissioner Louis
Carbonell moved that a check for
$125 be given to the Chamber of
r The motion, approved unani
to furnish entertainment rof- I!bit
ing Cuban dignitaries. The remain
ing $25 is for the purpose of buy
ing a “float’ to be used in the Fies
ta parade.
Occupational License Refund
A minor debate followed the
reading of a request by Mrs. Au
(Continued on Page Two)
Poinciana Housing
Problems Are
Under Discussion
Members of the city commission
and the attorney for the Key West
Improvement Company met yes
terday in an informal meeting in
an attempt to iron out the diffi
culties between the two factions
in regard to the city purchasing
the Poinciana housing project.
A rumor is being investigated
that the' Key West Improvement
Company does not wish to sell the
property but intends to develop the
land to their advantage.
One unidentified source said that
the city does not wish to go into
the housing business but that if it
comes to the point of 700 families
being thrown out of their apart
ments and into the already crowd
ed city, it would become a neces
sity to buy the property.
The city cannot condemn pro
perty for the development of hous
A Public Hearing will be held by
the City Planning Commission of
the City of Key West, Florida, en
Monday, June 7, 1954 et 7:30 P.M.,
at the City Hall, for tha following
1. Consider request for changing
lots owned by Mr. Bob Taylor,
bounding on Johnson Stroot, Flor
ida Street and Laird Streets (lots
9, 10, 11, 12, block 2). Tho rear
half of lot be rezoned to A-1 to
conform with front portion facing
Florida Street.
may 18,1954
7:45 Tonight
(Pd. Pol. Adv.)

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