Category Archives: This Day in History

Today in History: A Mother’s Gentle Nudge

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee passed the proposed 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by a one-vote margin, becoming the 36th state to ratify the measure and clearing the way for its official adoption eight days later. Incredibly, women’s suffrage … Continue reading

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The Colonel marries his “darling little Bright Eyes”

On this date in 1905, Col. John Hamilton Gillespie married his second wife, Judge McDaniels’s daughter Blanche, in Sarasota. They honeymooned in Scotland. — Entry in Yesterday’s Sarasota calendar by J. Whitcomb Rylee Read our very own Sue Blue‘s article … Continue reading

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The trial of the century in Sarasota

1885: Members of the Sarasota Vigilante Committee went on trial for the murder of Postmaster Abbe. Abbe had been involved with some of the “land barons” who had misused the laws to acquire holdings in the area. The Vigilantes killed … Continue reading

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The first post office opens today

On August 16 1878, Sarasota got its first post office. It was located in the store of Charles Abbe, in the area now known as Harbor Acres. Mail came in “fairly” regularly, delivered by horseback. Charles Abbe Continues to Spark … Continue reading

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Life is a Circus, at least in Sarasota

In 1927 on this date, John Ringling announced that Sarasota would become the winter quarters of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 1960, Ringling moved its winter quarters to Venice and the impact of the circus expanded … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, City of Sarasota!

January 1st is a new beginning for many things… and on January 1 1914, Sarasota became, by statute, a City. Oh goodness… that means we only have a year to plan a Centennial! Question One: What will we wear?

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Happy Birthday, Longboat!

My, how you’ve grown! Happy Birthday, Longboat Key! In 1915, 14 families lived on Longboat Key. 40 years later, on November 14 1955, the Town of Longboat Key was incorporated. In 2011, there are over 8000 homes and condo units … Continue reading

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This Day in History: October 14

The town of Sarasota was incorporated today in 1902, although the incorporation did not become effective until January 1, 1903. (All those ducks had to be put in a row, right?) SarasotaHistoryAlive has a great essay on their site by … Continue reading

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This Day in History: Howitzer on the Manatee River

Aug 2 1864       The schooner, U.S.S. Stonewall, moved up the Manatee River and destroyed a sawmill, a gristmill, and a sugar mill that reportedly belonged to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  No Federal casualties were reported. Read about the U.S.S. Stonewall.

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This Day in History

July 27 1886  The first plat of the new town of Sarasota (December 1885) was recorded. This photo was taken in 1886 of the Whitaker family, considered the first documented permanent residents of European descent in this area, and the … Continue reading

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