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Category Archives: This Day in History
On this date in 1970, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall opened. Designed by the late Frank Lloyd Wright’s firm, Taliesin Associates Architects, the building was called by its critics the “purple cow” or “purple people seater.” How much do … Continue reading
Nowadays it takes 5 fishermen and a boat to catch a kingfish. But back in the day… Sept 30 1913: For easy fishing, stay at the Bay Island Hotel. On the first day of kingfish season, a 4′, 27-pound beauty, … Continue reading
You didn’t have to register to vote. You did have to be a member of the militia. And there was no such thing as Sarasota County… heck, there wasn’t even a Manatee County. Here’s what political districting looked like in … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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.