United States Navy and the City of Key West, Florida (805)

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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Cover
    Foreword
        Page i
    Map of Key West, Florida
        Page ii
    Table of Contents
        Page iii
        Page iv
    General notes on Key West, Florida
        Page 1
        Page 2
    U. S. naval base, Key West, Florida
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
    U. S. naval hospital, Key West, Florida
        Page 9
    U.S. naval magazine, Key West, Florida
        Page 10 (MULTIPLE)
    Marine barracks, Key West, Florida
        Page 11
    U.S. naval air station, Key West, Florida
        Page 12
        Page 13
    U.S. fleet sonar school, Key West, Florida
        Page 14
    Emergencies
        Page 15
    Bachelor officers' quarters
        Page 16
    Athletics and recreation
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
    Transportation
        Page 21
    Identification cards and passes
        Page 22
        Page 23 (MULTIPLE)
        Page 24
    Historical data - city of Key West
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
    Points of interest around Key West
        Page 29
        Page 30
    Public services, utilities and government agencies, Key West
        Page 31
        Page 32
    Transportation (city of Key West)
        Page 33
        Page 34
    Education (schools, libraries)
        Page 35
        Page 36
    Religion (Key West churches)
        Page 37
    United service organization
        Page 38
    Advertising
        Page 39
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    Back Cover
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The Navy and Key West

Forward
This pamphlet is divided into two parts: Part One
pertains to the components of the Naval Base with
a brief history of the component, and Part Two per-
tains to the City of Key West, Florida.

In attempting to list activities in Key West outside
the Naval Establishment, this pamphlet does not
pretend to be complete or exhaustive; however, this
pamphlet does attempt to cover the items of greatest
interest to officer and enlisted personnel and their
dependents. Any omissions are either accidental or
the result of space limitations.









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Aqueduot 2. NAVAL HOSPITAL
syltma 3. SEAPLANE BASE
4. NAVAL ORDNANCE UNIT
5. OPERATIONAL DEVELOP~ MNT STATION
6. NAVAL MAGAZINE
7. NAVWM STASlON
8. COcMISSARY STCRE
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U. S. Navy and City of Key West

Contents


General Notes on Key West, Florida ------- ------...---.
U. S. Naval Base, Key West, Florida .---------- -..-..-
U. S. Naval Station, Key West, Florida -----------.. -_....
U. S. Naval Hospital, Key West, Florida --..------..
U. S. Naval Magazine, Key West, Florida -..-----------
U. S. Naval Ordnance Unit, Key West, Florida .- ---..
Marine Barracks, Key West, Florida ------.-_-.-.....---
U. S. Naval Air Station, Key West, Florida ---....-_....


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U. S. Naval Operational Development Station, Key West, Florida


U. S. Fleet Sonar School, Key West, Florida ----
Fleet Units Based at Key West --------------........--.....
Emergencies, (Fire, Emergency Phone Nos., Naval Base)
Officers' Clubs ."--. ------.-------
Bachelor Officers' Quarters ---- ... -------
Enlisted Men's Clubs -------------...... ---- ..........._ ---------
Housing ------........
Athletics and Recreation-----
Transportation ----.... .... -----
U. S. Mail -....-....- .............-----------------------
Medical Facilities ----.---- ................
Identification Cards and Passes --..-.. ....- ..-- .......--
Navy Exchange Facilities ... ----------_--....---- .----- -.
Commissary Store .------.. -----------... -----.------
Small Stores
Divine Services
Navy Relief Society ----------..-------- ---.. ....--


Red Cross
Red Cross office ........----------------------.... ... ----.---------. ...- ... -------- -----------------....---------------.
Legal Officer -- ........-.------ --....._ ... .........
Libraries .t.. e --- ---
Naval Motion Picture Theaters .---------------- .


Charts


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and Maps


Map of Key West (location of Naval Base Components) ---------------. ------1.. -A
Organization Chart, U. S. Naval Base, Key West, Florida ..-- ---------------- 4
Map of U. S. Naval Station, Key West, Florida -------...-..----._---- -- 6
Key to Boca Chica Field ..-..-... --.............-....----------------------- --- 30







U. S. Navy and City of Key West


Contents
Historical Data City of Key West ...---... ........-....-- ... 25
Some Points of Interest in and around Key West _.....--------- .... ...-..... .. 29
Housing in the City of Key W est --... -.-... --.. ......... ....--..-... .._-...._-.._... .... 29
Public Services, Utilities and Government Agencies, Key West --...----... 31
Transportation, City of Key West -..--. -----.-...--..-----------..I .. 33
Education (Schools, Libraries) -..... ......---------------. ---..--_.----.----...---- 35
Religion (Key West Churches) .-----------------..-------------------. 37
Civic Organizations represented in Key West .------.....-----------.--- 37
Fleet Reserve Association ._.---.......... .....-----..... -----------------. 37
United Service Organization -.----.. .....--...---------------. 38
Amusements (Night Clubs, Theaters, Drama) ..---..--... ..------.---.- 38
Telegraph -.. .. -- ....-- .....-. ....------...----- ..... ....---------...-. ----- -.. 38
Banking .------....-------.... ........... ---- -...------- -------- 38

Pictorial Views of Key West
Turtle Crawls ....---................--------- ------..- ----.-. ..-.. -.-------------.. 92
City Aquarium .-.......... .--------------------...-- ..--- 68
East Martello Towers .... ...--------------------------- -. 26
Maine Memorial -_ __ -- .---------------..------------ 36
Navy Chapel, U. S. Naval Station ..-----... -------------------------.--- --- ----- 24
Ernest Hemmingway Home --....-----......-------------------- 34
Jackson Square-YMCA and USO --..........-.-------------..-------- ---- 59
Monroe County Beach --...--.....------....-----..----.. ---------- 20
Little White House ...-...-.----.-....--. ..-.-.-------------- ----- ----- Back Cover
U. S. Naval Hospital ..................--.--------------------- -- -- --- 8
Fort Jefferson .... .-----.............---------- ...--------- -- ---- -------- 28
U. S. Naval Air Station Main Gate _--... .------------. ------.. ---- ---- 32
U. S. Naval Station Recreation Beach .--.....---...--... ....-..-.....-- ----.---- 18











The United States Navy



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City of Key West, Florida





General Notes On Key West


Key West is the last large island at
the end of the chain of Florida Keys.
It is approximately one miile wide,
north and. south, and four and a half
miles long, east and west. The: U S.
Naval Station occupies approximately
1200 acres on the western end of the
island. The U. S. Naval Hospital is on
the eastern end of the island, about
four miles from the Naval Station. The
U. S. Naval Air Station, Key West, is
located on Boca Chica Key, the second
island east of Key West, a distance of
nine miles from the city. The Naval
Air Station also operates the Seaplane
Base, which is on the north of the
island of Key West. The U. S. Naval
Magazine -is on Fleming Key;, off the
coast of Key West on the northiaThe
U. S. Naval Base, the Sonar Schoolqand
other components of the Base, are.on
the U. S: Naval Station. The Naval
Ordnance Unit and the Advanced Un-
derseas Weapons School are located on
the north side of the Island about a
mile from the Naval Station at the
Operational., Development Station. The
Little Wlie House, Florida Residence
of the President, is on the U. S. Naval
Station:."
The population" of Key West is ap-
proximately 20,000. A large part of the
citizens are, either directly or indirect-.


ly, dependent on the activities of the
Navy since it is the only large employer
on the island.
The water,supply for the Navy and
the City of Key West is brought from
...Florida City on the mainland by an
18" aqueduct. The Public Works Divi-
sion of the Naval Station has the re-
sponsibility for the operation and main-
tenance.of the aqueduct and pumping
stations. Several employees of the
Public Works Division have official
Duty stations at. Marathon, Homestead
and Florida City.
Key West is connected to the main-
land by the Overseas Highway, a toll
road built on the road bed of the Flor-
ida East Coast Railway which formerly
ran to Key West.
Meteorological data reveals some in-
teresting points on weather conditions.
It is a place where fog is rare, average
year around temperature is 76.8* F.
Average annual rainfall is 38.11 inches.
Prevailing winds are from the east
southeast during the summer and from
northeast during the winter. Average
yearly wind velocity is 6.6 knots. The
hurricane season is considered to extend
from 15 June to 1 November. Key West
is frost free and is considered to be
representative of a semi-tropical clim-
ate.








DAVID PORTER

First Commanding Officer Key West Naval Station


The year 1822 was a milestone in the
history of Key West, Florida and the
U. S. Navy. It was in this year that
Florida became a territory of the
United States and the Navy made its
debut in Key West.
Naval Station Key West was com-
missioned and Commodore David Por-
ter became its first commanding offi-
cer. Commodore' Porter was in his
early 40's and his personal achieve-
ments were already world renowned.
Porter was born in Boston in 1780.
Those were the days of "wooden
ships and iron men" and before en-
tering the naval service, Commodore
Porter had made voyages in the West
Indies merchant service, thus gaining
an invaluable knowledge of the sea.
He entered the U. S. Navy as a mid-
shipman and served aboard the "Con-
stitution". Later while serving aboard
the "Philadelphia" in the battle of
Tripoli, he was captured and impris-
oned. Porter was released upon ces-
sation of hostilities.
In the War of 1812 Commodore Por-
ter commanded the "Essex" which was
the first U. S. Navy ship on duty in
the Pacific. His ship took a heavy toll
of the English whaling fleet but in
1813 his ship was "bottled up" in Val-
paraiso Harbor. The blockade was
conducted by two English ships. He
chose to run the blockade and slipped
out of the Chilean Harbor.
Misfortune overtook his ship, a tur-
bulent squall forced him to turn back
to the harbor. The ship sustained
heavy damage in the weather but suc-
ceeded in returning to anchor a short
distance offshore. The English vessels
violating neutrality laws, attacked.
After the fierce battle, which lasted
about two and a half hours, Commo-
dore Porter again became a prisoner
of war.
When he arrived in Key West and


until his resignation from the service
there were no permanent buildings
constructed at the Naval Station.
The Navy outfitted Commodore
Porter with its first steam vessel and
a fleet of shallow draft vessels capable
of negotiating the myriad inlets and
reefs in the Caribbean and West In-
dies. This was in the year of 1824.
His orders were to rid the Carib-
bean and West Indies of the pirates
who were preying upon shipping to
an alarming extent. He succeeded in
chasing the "Falcons of the sea" from
Key West waters but made a tactical
blunder which was to blight his bril-
liant naval career.
On one of his frequent forays he
sent one of his lieutenants into Fajar-
do, Puerto Rico to investigate a sus-
pected bandit leader. The officer was
promptly imprisoned and after gain-
ing the prisoners release, Commodore
Porter demanded and received an
apology from the Spanish authorities.
His superiors ruled that he had ex-
ceeded his authority in so doing and
the Commodore was court martialed
and sentenced to be suspended from
the naval service r a period of six
months.
Porter resigned his commission in
1826 and became a Rear Admiral in
the Mexican Navy. He resigned this
position shortly thereafter to become
Consul General to the Barbery States
and Charge d' affaires at Constanti-
nople where he died in 1843.







U. S. NAVAL BASE, KEY, WEST, FLA.


The Naval Base, Key West, Florida,
is commanded by a senior line officer
who is eligible for exercise of command
at sea.
The Commander, Naval Base, has ad-
ditional duty in this capacity, with
primary duty as a Task Force Com-


mander of the Atlantic Fleet, also ad-
ditional duty as Commanding Officer,
U. S. Naval Station, Key West, Florida.
the naval service for a period of six
Headquarters U. S. Naval Base is
located at U. S. Naval Station, Building
124.


U. S. NAVAL BASE COMPONENTS


The U. S. Naval Base, Key West,
Florida, mission and objectives are to
maintain and operate small base facili-
ties to support training and experimen-
tal operations of Atlantic Fleet Oper-
ational Development Forces and Sub-
marine Forces; Support Fleet Sonar
School, Key West. Support Advanced
Undersea Weapons School. Provide
supplementary tender service to sub-
marines operated in the Key West
Area; provide logistic support and
services to other components of the
Naval Base, Key West, Florida; pro-
vide limited services and logistic sup-
port to fleet units and district craft
operating in the Key West Area.
The U. S. Naval Base, Key West,
Florida, consists of the following com-
ponents:
U. S. Naval Station, Key West, Fla.
-Commanding Officer.
a. U. S. Navy Commissary Store,


Naval Station, Key,West, Flor-
ida-Officer-in-Charge.
b. U. S. Navy School Advanced
Undersea Weapons, Naval Sta-
tion, Key West, Fla.-Officer-
in-Charge.
U. S. Naval Hospital, Key West,
Fla.-Commanding Officer.
U. S. Naval Magazine, Key West,
Fla.-Officer-in-Charge.
U. S. Naval Ordnance Unit, Key
West, Florida-Officer-in-Charge.
Marine Barracks, U. S. Naval Base,
Key West, Florida-Commanding
Officer.
U. S. Naval Air Station, Key West,
Florida-Commanding Officer.
U. S. Navy Operational Develop-
ment Station, Key West, Florida-
Officer-in-Charge.
U. S. Fleet Sonar School, Key West,
Florida-Commanding Officer.


U. S. NAVAL STATION


The U. S. Naval Station is located on
the southwest side of the island of Key
West.
The mission and objectives of the
Naval Station are to maintain and
operate, in a Reduced Operational Sta-
tus, small base facilities for the repair
(including drydocking), maintenance
and complete logistic support of fleet
forces and district craft engaged in
training, experimental and develop-
ment operations, and operations in the
Key West area; provide limited services
and logistic support to other Fleet
Units; provide overhaul facilities to
small ships of the Fleet as scheduled by
the Commander. Atlantic and U. S. At-
lantic Fleet, provide logistic support
and services to other components of
the U. S. Naval Base, Key West, Flor-
ida; perform the function of a Naval


Receiving Station for all naval ships
and activities in the Key West area,
represent the Chief of Bureau of Yards
and Docks in cognizant matters relative
to design, inspection, construction, ac-
qu;sition and disposition of Naval pro-
perty and projects in the Key West
area; under the direction of the Chief
of Naval Personnel, operate the Naval
School, Advanced Undersea Weapons;
under the direction of the Chief of the
Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, oper-
ate the Naval Commissary Store, Navy
Exchange and Navy Fuel Depot
in the Key West area; provide commun-
ication services for local services, aux-
iliary relay for area, and off-shore
linking with fleet units and overseas
bases; operate a Torpedo Shop for the
maintenance of ready torpedoes for the
Submarine Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet.






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Historical Data


The Key West Naval Station was
first opened in 1822. This was in the
same year that Florida became a terri-
tory of the United States. The first
Commanding Officer of the Naval Sta-
tion was Commodore David Porter who
referred to Key West as "The Gibraltar
of the Gulf". It was also Commodore
Porter who directed operations against
the pirates who preyed upon shipping
in the Caribbean Area. The mainstay
of his fleet consisted of shallow draft
ships capable of negotiating the many
inlets and reefs surrounding the Keys.
The first permanent construction at
the Naval Station was started in 1856.
This was a one building depot for the
purpose of storing naval supplies. Ap-
propriation trouble plagued the Navy
even in those days and the work was
stopped before the roof of the building
was completed. During the Civil War
years, the building was completed and
became known as Building No. 1. It
served as the administration building
until 1932 at which time it was ex-
changed for the "Old Post Office"
which was close to Building No. 1. At
this time the Naval Station was on a
scant maintenance basis.
In 1845 Fort Taylor was started and
was completed in 1861. It was located
on a sand-spit on the western part of
Key West Island, and controlled all
water entrances to Key West. As a
precautionary measure, breastworks
were built in the rear of the fort facing
town. This was done to foil any at-
tempted land attack by Confederate
forces. Neither the fort nor the breast-
works saw any action although senti-
ment in Key West was strongly with
the South.
From 1861 to 1865 the Naval Station
played a vital role in the strategic
blockade of the Confederacy. Key West
was the only Confederate port held by
the Union forces during the entire war.
The Eastern Gulf Blockading Squad-
ron was based in Key West. It captured
299 blockade runners from ports as far
away as London and Honduras. On sev-
eral occasions the wharfs in Key West
were piled high with contraband.
In 1861, the first year of the Civil
War, the Naval Station was a small
coaling station and supply depot. In
1862 the Naval Station became a re-
pair base for the Blockading Squadron.
Machine shops were set up and manned
by 25 machinists. By 1864 the machine
shops had grown to a force of 80 men.


The Naval Station abounded with car-
penters, sailmakers, etc. A small ma-
rine railway, handling vessels up to 500
tons operated by horsepower and un-
der the ownership of two civilians,
served its purpose well.
Along with appropriations, the pla-
gue Yellow Jack (yellow fever) caused
the Navy a great deal of anxiety from
1861 to 1864. The cause of the disease
at that time was unknown and it was
necessary in the summer of 1864, to
move the squadron to Tampa until late
September. Every ship in the squadron
had yellow fever cases aboard and the
death rate among the civilians in Key
West was about 15 persons per day.
General Lee surrendered at Appomat-
tox in April of 1865 and 15 ships of
the Blockading Squadron were ordered
from Key West to various peacetime
bases.
Following the Civil War, and for a
period of about 30. years, the Naval
Station lay dormant in construction
progress except for a time in 1881 when
a naval wharf was rebuilt by a party
headed by Lieutenant Peary, subse-
quent discoverer of the North Pole.
During the years from 1873 to the
Spanish-American War in 1898, the
Navy always kept one or more ships in
Key West. In 1895, the Navy bought
property for the construction of new
coal sheds thus enlarging the capacity
for the coaling of ships using the Naval
Station facilities. In the same year, the
city of Key West drilled a well, 2,000
feet deep in an effort to locate fresh
water. Not a trace of fresh water was
discovered. .Up ta then, cisterns for
storing rainwater gave Key West its
water supply. Civilian commercial firms
had been supplying water to the Naval
Station and the cost was high. When
the well failed to pan out, this system
continued in use until 1898. In this
year, the Navy constructed a salt water
distilling plant which would -process
15.000 gallons of fresh water per day.
In January of 1898. the U. S. S. MAINE
was ordered to Havana Harbor. She
left the Naval Station at 10:30 a. m. and
proceeded via Fort Jefferson Dry Tor-
tugas. April 1898 saw the Naval Station
lighted by electricity for the first time,
power being supplied by the Key West
Electric Company. During this month,
the North Atlantic Squadron massed
in Key West Bay and after donning
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Historical Data

the Cuban Blockade. By this time, 11
Spanish tramp steamers with prize
crews aboard had been sent back to
Key West. The Spanish Fleet had sailed
for America and in May it arrived in
Santiago, Cuba, to replenish its coal
supplies. Before the Spanish Fleet
could escape, Admiral Schley arrived
with his ships and bottled it up. Ad-
miral Sampson added his ships to the
blockade and the U. S. S. OREGON
completed an historic 14,000 mile dash
from San Francisco around Cape Horn
and refueled at Key West. It then joined
the United States Forces at Cuba.
After the Spanish-American War,
the Naval Station again went back to
a state of leisure and much pressure
was brought to bear in an effort to ob-
tain operation of the station. In spite of
this, the station remained inoperative.
Some physical growth of the Naval
Station occurred after the Spanish-
American War. In 1902, the Navy con-
structed a retaining wall topped by an
iron fence around a newly acquired
area southeast of Front Street to White-
head and between Greene and Eaton
Streets. An Officers' quarters and par-
ade ground were built in the new area
by 1906. The Naval Radio Station was
erected within the confines of this area
in 1907. The radio towers were 200 feet
high and made of wood. In 1914, the
wooden towers were replaced by the
present steel ones which are 320 feet.
World War I broke in Europe in 1914
and activity at the Naval Station in-
creased immediately. Piers A and B
were the only serviceable ones at the
Naval Station. In 1916 a marine railway
having a capacity of 700 tons was com-
pleted. A dispensary building and ad-
jacent machine shops (Building No. 7)
vere completed. The building program
was speeded up in 1917 and pile drivers
started work on the first of nine "fin-
ger" piers, some of which were not
completed until 1920.
A Section Base was set up at the
foot of Duval Street and surface and
sub-surface craft were divided between
it and the Naval Station proper.
In 1932, the Navy and Army ordered
curtailments. The Naval Station was
deactivated and the SEVENTH Naval
District headquarters moved to Charles-


ton, S. C., where it was combined with
the SIXTH Naval District.
From 1932 to 1939 the Naval Radio
Station with a complement of about 17
men was the only activity still operat-
ing on the Naval Station. Maintenance
and upkeep was done by WPA workers
throughout the station's idle years.
Pier No. 9 was opened to the public for
swimming purposes and civilian yachts
used the submarine base as an anchor-
age. The President of the United States
declared a state of National Emergency
on September 8, 1939, and on Septem-
ber 11, the Secretary of the Navy clos-
ed the station to all visitors and its
facilities to all civilians.
On November 1, 1939, the Naval Sta-
tion reopened. There were 40 buildings
in dubious condition on the station and
most of them were later demolished.
The station covered about 50 acres at
that time. On the reopening day there
were five officers, 17 enlisted men and
75 civilian employees attached to the
Naval Station.
On December 1939, aviation person-
nel were arriving. They were tempor-
arily housed in building No. 66 and the
Marine Barracks building No. 67 hous-
ed both Marines and the enlisted per-
sonnel of the Naval Station. All per-
sonnel had to mess aboard ships of a
destroyer squadron which had recently
arrived in Key West. Messing facilities
at the Naval Station were not yet in
operation.
In the months before the war there
was much activity at the Naval Station.
New activities sprung up almost over-
night. In 1940, Congress appropriated
$2,000,000 for the construction of a
water line from the mainland. The East
Coast Sound School (later to beconie
Fleet Sonar School) was ordered to Key
West from New London, Conn. Three
submarines and several destroyers ac-
companied the school. It was necessary
to dredge the submarine basin to a
depth of 22 feet. A Section Base was
started as was a 3,000 ton capacity ma-
rine railway. Alterations and repairs
to existing buildings were commenced
in 1940. By April 1941, there were five
destroyers in Key West.
In February 1941, Fort Taylor was
used for the storage of ammunition
prior to the building of the Naval Mag-
azine at Fleming Key. Blackout tests
were conducted and gas masks as well
as protective clothing were issued in
the summer of 1941.
The Coast Guard moved in on Nov-
ember 1st, then on December 7, Pearl







































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Harbor was bombed and the war was
on.
In April 1942, four city blocks were
purchased from various owners through
condemnation proceedings. A sum of
S165,702 was paid for the property.
One block was bounded by White-
nead, Fleming Thomas, and Eaton
Streets, the other three extended from
Eaton to Angela Streets between
Thomas and Emma Streets. In the new
area, barracks, mess halls, officers'
quarters, swimming pools, and recrea-
tion areas were built.
Between the beginning of World War
II and VJ Day, 1945, about 14,000 ships
of all types put in at Key West. Repair


and maintenance of all shipping was
the primary function of the Naval Sta-
tion during the war.
The Commandant's quarters were
renovated in the fall of 1948 and by
November of that year, it was ready
for use by the President of the United
States. It is now called "The Little
White House" and has been used by
the President 8 times to date. Quar-
ters "L" is frequently used for housing
other VIP's.
The new recreation beach and
beach house was dedicated 15 June
1943, and the new station chapel was
dedicated in August of 1949. This is
the only chapel in the area, on a naval
installation, that has been built for this
specific purpose.
The station personnel complement is
now about 25% of what it was at its
wartime peak.


U. S. NAVAL HOSPITAL, KEY WEST, FLA.


The U. S. Naval Hospital is located
on the Northeast corner of Key West
Island, approximately four miles from
the center of the city of Key West. The
hospital reservation, consisting of ap-
proximately 16 filled-in and beautifully
landscaped acres, 1/3 surrounded by
water and a seawall, borders along the
U. S. highway number one for several
hundred yards at a point where the
highway first touches on Key West
Island. From this location both the At-
lantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico
pre easily visible.
The mission of the Key West Naval
Hospital is:
(1) To provide medical care, especially
hospitalization for active or retired
personnel of the Army, Navy, or
Air Force located either ashore or


with units afloat throughout the
South Florida area, and to provide
acute medical or surgical care of
dependents of said personnel.
(1) To provide medical services either
inpatient and/or outpatient for the
following:
(a) Active Coast Guard or Merch-
ant Marine personnel.
(b) Veterans, when recommended
for hospitalization by the Veter-
ans Administration.
(c) Personnel of such other Gov-
ernment agencies as may be
designated by the Navy Depart-
ment as eligible for admission
to Naval Hospitals.
(d) Civilians as emergencies on a
humanitarian basis.


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The need for a naval medical facility
in Key West has been present more or
iess since the Spanish-American War.
This need was first keenly realized
January, 1898, when injuries resulting
from the accident aboard the U. S. S.
Maine were brought to Key West for
treatment. Since there were no Govern-
ment medical facilities available, these
war casualties were placed in the Cath-
olic Convent of Key West which had
been hastily converted into a hospital


of .500 beds under the supervision of
Major W. R. Hall of the Army Medical
Corps.
The next real need for a military
hospital in Key West arose from the
expansion of Naval activities during
World War I. At this time a naval dis-
pensary was completed in the Naval
Station reservation and the hospital
requirements were met by the Navy's
purchase of an old school building
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U. S. Naval Hospital

Af concrete construction on United St.
was converted into a Naval Hospital.
1'his hospital was disestablished after
World War I and leased to the City
until World War II, when it was again
taken over by the Navy for a Com-
missary. Following the closing
of the World War I Key West Naval
Hospital, the services of the U. S. Pub-
lic Health Hospital were available for
the hospitalization of Naval personnel
until this hospital was taken over dur-
ing the Navy expansion in Key West
early in World War II and the present
Naval Hospital was built.
The present Naval Hospital, the loca-
tion of which has been described, is a
permanent concrete and steel structure
of modern design which was officially
opened October 19, 1942. At the time
of commissioning the patient capacity
was placed at 150 beds, but this, at one
time, was crowded to 259 beds. During
1943 four additional one-story wards



U. S. Naval Magazine,

Key West, Florida
The Naval Magazine is located on
Fleming Key, northwest point of Key
West.
The mission and objectives of the
J. S. Naval Magazine are storing min-
imum stocks of ammunition for preser-
vation and safekeeping and limited
issue to visiting Fleet units.

Historical Data
The Naval Magazine was established
October 13, 1941, and is equipped,
operated, and maintained by Bureau
of Ordnance.
Fleming Key is a man-made small
key resulting from dredging opera-
tions in clearing seaplane channels for
the Seaplane Base, Naval Air Station,
Key West, Florida. In 1947, it was sep-
arated irom the Naval Air Station. Key
West, and made a component of the
U. S. Naval Base, Key West, Fla.
The Naval Magazine covers approx-
imately 203 acres of marl filled area,


were constructed adjacent to the back
of the original building which practic-
ally doubled the original bed capacity
The present facility, in addition to the
hospital, consists of the usual accessory
or utility buildings of a hospital plus
Nurses Quarters, Hospital Corpsmen
Quarters and seven sets of Officers
Quarters, making an overall total of
twenty buildings.
The diseases encountered among the
patients here are, with the exception
of a few diseases common to tropical
zones, very similar to those of other
Naval Hospitals throughout the United
States. Pure drinking water, improved
sanitation and effective insect control
measures have done much to wipe out
many of the diseases usually found in
tropical areas. Health building recrea-
tion consists of swimming, fishing,
boating, tennis, shuffleboard, horse
shoe pitching outdoors the year-round,
plus movies and the usual indoor hos-
pital recreation activities. A mild win-
ter climate tends to make the Key West
Naval Hospital a popular and effective
naval facility for the handling of con-
valescent patients and the treatment of
various diseases which are benefited by
sunshine and mild weather.


extending two miles due north of the
Seaplane Base. It is a quarter of a mile
wide at its widest point and is com-
pletely surrounded by water. A bridge
connects it to the Seaplane Base.

U. .S Naval Ordnance

Unit

Key West, Florida
The Naval Ordnance Unit is located
in the northwest side of the island of
.Ley West on old "Craig Dock".
The mission and objectives are to
perform functions of administration
and liaison in connection with research
and development activities of other
chan naval organizations.












































U. S. Naval

Operational

Development Station

Key West; Florida
The Operational Development Sta-
tion is located on the northwest side of
the island of Key West.
The mission and objective is to pro-
vide limited logistic support and spec-
ial services for the Operational Devel-
opment Force, Atlantic Fleet, and log-
istic support to the Naval Ordnance
Unit.


Marine Barracks

U. S. Naval Base

Key West, Florida
The U. S. Marine Barracks is located
at the Naval Station, Key West, Flor-
idn.
The mission and objectives are to
provide local security guards for com-
ponents of the Naval Base as directed
by Commander, Naval Base, also to
provide landing forces in event of an
emergency.

Historical Data
The Marine Barracks, U. S. Naval
Base. Key West, Florida, was reacti-
vated the last time in November 1939
under the command of Lieutenant
Colonel Hatfield. Marines have been
performing the duty of guarding the
Naval Shore establishments in the Key
SWest area since 1822.
During the period of World War II
there were two separate Marine Com-
mands in the Key West Area, one on
the U S. Naval Station and one at the
U. S. Naval Air Station, Key West,
Florida.
On February 23, 1948, the Marine
Barracks, Naval Air Station, Key West,
Florida, was deactivated and consoli-
dated with the Marine Barracks, U. S.
Naval Base, Key West. Florida. The
Marine Barracks, U. S. Naval Base
then took over guarding the Naval
activities in the Key West area and
operating the U. S. Naval Base Brig.


Historical Data
The Section Base now occupied by
the Operational Development Station
was used by the Coast Guard. Orange
State Pier, formerly used and owned
by a petroleum company is now a part
of the Operational Development Sta-
tion. The Operational Development
Station was officially opened 9 May
1946 and was known as Operational
Development Center, Atlantic Annex.
It was redesignated in January 1947.
It provides shore based facilities for
units of the Atlantic Fleet engaged
primarily in anti-submarine develop-
ment.








U. S. Naval Air St
The Naval Air Station is comprised
of Boca Chica Field and the Seaplane
Base. Boca Chica is an island about
nine miles east of Key West City.


ation, Key West, Fla.
The mission and objectives are to
support fleet aircraft, Operational De-
velopment aircraft and airships.


Historical Data


Utilizing the facilities on Trumbo
Island which had previously been
Dredged between 1904 and 1912, for
ase as a terminal by Florida East
Coast Railroad Company, a small naval
air base was established in Key West
in 1918 for purposes of training and
patrol. Physical facilities of the air
base included: three 35 by 50 foot sea-
plane ramps, a concrete area of ap-
proximately 2200 square yards, a
blimp hangar, a plane hangar large
enough to accommodate 20 to 30 small
aircraft, and an office building later to
be called Trumbo Hotel. Planes using
these facilities in World War I included
small type twin cockpit training planes
with about 25 to 30 planes operating
from the base at one time. There was
also one airship on observation duty.
At the end of World War I, the use
,of the station as a Naval Air Station
was discontinued and the facilities
were little used until shortly before the
United States' entry into World War II.
During the intervening period one of
the ramps extending from the Trumbo
Hotel to the easternmost limit of the
station was used .as a cattle pen by the
Florida East Coast Railroad.
Following issuance of Pres. Roose-
velt's proclamation of a Limited Na-
.ional Emergency on September 8,
1939, the ramps were used again.
Planes making use of the ramps were
planes of the Emergency Neutrality
Patrol. Expenditures amounting to
$3.000 had been spent on improving
the seaplane refueling facilities by 1939
and the construction of a seaplane han-
gar was completed. The air base was
established as a Naval Air Station on
15 December 1940.
Naval inheritance of Army facilities
at Boca Chica Field in 1943 brought
about establishment of a permanent
air'station now comprising Boca Chica
Field and the Seaplane Base with
headquarters at the former.
SThe Navy had visioned Boca Chica
Field as a part of its operational train-
ing establishment in 1942, when Nazi
submarines were operating so close to
Florida and the Keys that allied ships


Nere being sunk within sight of land.
At that time Boca Chica Field was a
small civilian airport with three short
runways. Eight miles westsouthwest of
the field was Key West with its Naval
Air Station and Naval Operating Base.
Despite the inadequacy of the field's
4,200 foot runways, its location and the
year around near-perfect flying
weather made it desirable as a base.
This was indicated in a letter from the
Secretary of the Navy on 30 April
1942, which established the Naval Air
Operational Training Command and
listed Naval Air Station as an existing
base for guneery and carrier qualifica-
tion.
When the Navy assumed jurisdiction
over the field on 9 December 1942, it
was also agreed that Army units en-
gaged in anti-submarine operations
from the field would be permitted con-
tinued use of the field and its facilities
as long as such use was necessary. It
vras anticipated that construction of
the field woUld be completed and the
field ready for operation by 1 Febru-
ary 1943.
The Station's life as a Navy unit
finally began or 1 April 1943, when the
Navy actually took over physical cus-
tody and administration of the field
and relieved the Army unit. The first
Naval Aviation Training Program be-
gan less than three weeks after the
Navy assumed custody of Boca Chica,
wvhen 12 aircraft arrived on 19 April
for anti-submarine training and other
squadrons followed at three week in-
tervals for similar training. During
this period Boca Chica was also the
base for several twin engine bomber
squadrons combining actual war oper-
ations with training.
Meanwhile, development of Boca
Chica Field was. moving steadily, but
somewhat slowly forward. The field
when the Navy took over, presented
all the comforts of an advanced base
on some far Pacific atoll. The existing
Army buildings were all constructed







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Continued from page 12
of wdod and tarpaper. Mangrove
swamps crowded about the buildings,
provided an ideal breeding place and
gave cover for vast clouds of mosqui-
toes which swarmed out each night to
torment and. harass personnel and
eventually reduced the efficiency of
night maintenance crews about 50%.
Other difficulties were also encounter-
ed.
On 15 October 1943, Boca Chica was
relinquished by Operational Training
Command and was allocated to Fleet
use under the Commandant, Seventh
Naval District. Soon after on 23 Octo-
ber, Boca Chica was designated as an
auxiliary air station and the ground
Nork laid for a vastly expanded area
training program in which the station
played a vital role. New facilities and
buildings were necessary to carry out
the station's contemplated new mis-
sion as a fleet air base for both opera-
tional and training schedules.
A newer training program reached
an advanced stage on 27 December
1943, when the Commander, Air Force
Atlantic Fleet, directed the Com-
mander of Fleet Air Wing 5 to coordin-
ate and carry out the aircraft training
in the Key West area and outlined the
types of training and capacity. Under
this plan, Naval Auxiliary Air Station,
Boca Chica, Naval Air Station, Key
West, and Meacham Field were coord-
inated in the expanding program pro-
viding for four main types of training;
advanced anti submarine warfare
training, rocket training, torpedo train-
ing of submarine and naval squadrons
and lighter than air anti-submarine
warfare training, (the latter based at
Meacham Field).
Marine Squadrons of the Third
Marine Aircraft Wing accomplished
part of their operational training at
roca Chica -Field.
By January 1944 personnel strength
of naval activities at Boca Chica had
reached a new high of about 150
officers and 1300 enlisted men, but this
figure was doubled in the next 12
months. With this greater expansion
contemplated for the enlargement of
the training program, it was felt that
the Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Boca
Chica, should be redesignated an air


station. On 8 February 1945, the redes-
ignation was approved and Naval Aux-
iliary Air Station became U. S. Naval
Air Station, Boca Chica (separate from
the U. S. Naval Air Station, Key West
Seaplane Base).
It remained as such until March 11945
when it was disestablished as a Naval
Air Station and naval aviation facili-
ties at Key West and Boca Chica com-
bined to form one aviation activity
under the designation of U. S. Naval
Air Station, Key West, Florida.
Units currently based at Boca Chica
include Fleet All Weather Training
Unit Atlantic and Development Squad-
ron ONE which arrived early in the
summer of 1946.
The airship squadron detachment
based at Meacham Field in 1945 and
early 1946 was transferred to Boca
.Chica when the Navy's lease on Meach-
am Field expired in June 1946. The
present lighter-than-air organization
oased at Boca Chica consists of Air-
ship Squadron Two, Detachment One,
having three non-rigid "K" type air-
ships. There is a GCA unit attached to
Boca Chica and Fleet Logistics Support
Wing, VR-1 Detachment have a ter-
minal here.






U. S. FLEET SONAR SCHOOL


The Fleet Sonar School is located at
the U. S. Naval Station.
The mission and objectives are
training of personnel in submarine and


anti-submarine warfare, and providing
basic and refresher training for officers
and men for all anti-submarine war-
fare units.


Historical Data


The Fleet Sonar School was estab-
lished at the Naval Base, Key West,
in December 1940, after tests begun by
the USS LAWRENCE in September
had demonstrated the superiority of
this area ovei New London, Conn.
where underwater sound instruction
nad been given during the preceding
year at the submarine base. Operations
of the Sound School at New London
were hampered by poor sound condi-
tions, distance from the base to deep
water, frequent storms and fog.
Besides the training and refresher
courses (shake down and refresher


training in anti-submarine warfare was
provided for more than 1200 ships dur-
ing the last war), the school through
its Projects and Experiments Division
made major contributions in the de-
velopment of underwater sound de-
vices. A group of scientists, naval per-
sonnel and experts in defense research
were constantly at work on inventive
and improvement projects..
Though their specific achievements
cannot be made a part of this history,
it can be said that sonar equipment at
the end of World War II owed much to
the discoveries made by the group at
Key West.


FLEET UNITS BASED


(a) Surface Anti-Submarine Develop-
ment Detachment, Operational De-
velopment Force, U. S. Atlantic
Fleet, and attached ships, (based at
OpDevSta).
(b) Submarine Squadron FOUR, Sub-
marine Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet,
(based at Naval Station).
(c) U. S. Fleet Sonar School Squadron,
Training Command, U. S. Atlantic
Fleet, (based at Naval Station).
(d) Fleet Training Group and Under-
way Training Unit, Training Com-
mand, U. S. Atlantic Fleet (based
at Fleet Sonar School).
(e) Development .Squadron ONE (VX-
1) Operational Development Force,
U. S. Atlantic Fleet, (based at Boca
Chica Field).
(f) Fleet All Weather Training Unit,
Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet,
(based at Boca Chica Field).
(g) Airship Squadron TWO, Detach-
ment ONE (ZP2-Det. 1), Air Force
U. S. Atlantic Fleet, (AirshipRon 2,
Det. 1). (based at Boca Chica Field).
(h) Utility Squadron TEN Detachment
(VU-10 Det), Air Force, U. S. At-


lantic Fleet, (based at Boca Chica
Field).
(i) U. S. Coast Guard Depot (located
on Naval Station).
(j) Destroyer Division 601 (based at
OpDevSta).






EMERGENCIES


Fire U..S Naval Base
Any person discovering a fire, or
suspicion of a fire, irrespective of its
size, location or probable consequence,
shall immediately turn in an alarm by
one of the following methods:
(a) By means of the nearest fire alarm
box, according to the following in-
instructions:
Pull down small door on front of
box, then pull down porcelain lever
and let go. Remain by fire box to
direct firemen to scene of fire.
(b) (1) If on Naval Station, Telephone
444, Naval Station.
(2) If on Seaplane Base, Operation-
al Development Station, Naval
Ordnance Unit, Naval Maga-
zine, or Advanced Undersea
Weapons School, Telephone 232,
Seaplane Base.
(3) If at Boca Chica Field, Tele-
phone 209, Boca Chica Field,
and report as clearly as possible
the exact location of the fire,
number of building, street in-
tersection, or other means of
identification.


Emergency Phone

Numbers

U. S. Naval Base
Fire Department ---..........-.... __---- 444
0. O. D., Naval Station ..........- 292 475
Security Officer,
Naval Station ----__ ---- -. 352 353
Duty Officer, Fleet Sonar School 241
Duty Officer, Naval Hospital
(Call Operator) --..----. ----- Ext. 62
Duty Officer, SurAsDevDet -.- 8 233
Duty Officer, OpDevSta ....---... 8 245
Marine Corps, O. O. D. _--- ----_ 282
Medical Guard Officer ------------ 347
Duty Officers, Naval Air Station:
Seaplane Base -..-..--..- ..--.---.... 8 210
Boca Chica _--.---- Call Operator, Ext. 206
Shore Patrol -- ------. 331
Transportation:
Naval Station ------......-..--. .....---------.. 256
Seaplane Base ------------- 8 210
Boca Chica -.. Call Operator, Ext. 226
Signal Towers:
Signal Tower, Naval Station ----...... 284
Signal Tower, OpDevSta .-.......- 8 254


OFFICERS' CLUBS


There are three officers' clubs in the
Key West Area:
(1) Commissioned Officers' Mess
(Open), Fort Taylor. The club is
located at the corner of Whitehead
and United Streets. Telephone
Naval Station, Extension 275 or City
Phone No. 8289.
This club includes dining room,
cocktail lounge and bar. Dinner is
served daily from 1830 to 2030 ex-
cept Monday. The Bar and Cocktail
Lounge are opened daily except
Monday from 1200 to 2400. Chit
books are used in lieu of cash.
Books of chits can be bought for
$2.00, $5.00 and $10.00 from the
Manager at the Club.
(2) Fleet Sonar School Commissioned
Officers' Mess (Closed), "Echoasis".
This mess occupies part of Building


No. 106 and No. 217 at the Naval
Station. Building No. 106 contains
the messing facilities. The menu is
fixed. Breakfast is served from 0715
to 0800, lunch from 1145 to 1230,
and dinner from 1745 to 1845 daily.
Building No. 217 at the Naval Sta-
tion houses the "Eohoasis" Bar and
Cocktail Lounge. It also has a patio
for outdoor dancing. Cash is used
at this Club.
(3) Naval Air Station Commissioned
Officers Mess (Open), "Aeropalms".
This Club is located at the Seaplane
Base. The Bar, Cocktail Lounge, and
Snack Bar are open from 1700 to
2300 daily except Tuesday. It
also has a patio for outdoor dancing.
Entertainment includes scheduled
dances and bingo. Cash is used at this
club.







BACHELOR OFFICERS' QUARTERS
Bachelor Officers' Quarters in theKey West Area are located as follows:
Location Cognizance
Building No. 128 CO., Naval Station
Building No. 106 CO., Flt Sonar School
Building No. 217 CO.. Flt Sonar School
Building No. 8, OpDevSta OIC, OpDevSta
Building No. 6, Seaplane Base CO., Naval Air Station


ENLISTED MEN'S CLUBS


White Hat Club. This club is located
in Bldg. No. 133 at the Naval Station.
Beer, soft drinks, and sandwiches can
he obtained at reasonable prices at this
club. It is open from 1630 to 2300 daily
except Saturday and Sunday. On Sat-
urday from 1630 to 2400 and on Sun-
days from 1300 to 2300. Dances are held
on Friday nights.
Chief Petty Officers' Club. There are
four CPO clubs in the Key West Area,
located as follows:
Naval Station ----. Building No. 133
OpDevSta ...._------ Building No. 17
Seaplane Base ..--....--- -Building No. 23


Naval Air Station


Hornet Street
---.(Boca Chica)


The bars in the CPO Clubs are nor-
mally open from 1630 to 2030. Some of
the CPO Clubs have package stores in
operation.
Locker Clubs. Locker clubs where
enlisted men can store their clothes
for a nominal charge are located at the
following activities:


Building No. 132
Building No. 15
Building 404
Boca Chica


Naval Station .....----
OpDevSta -----...

Naval Air Station --


HOUSING


(1) Government Quarters on Station
There are a limited number of pub-
lic quarters located at the Naval
Station, Naval Air Station (Boca
Chica), Seaplane Base, and the
Naval Hospital. They are assigned
to key personnel on duty at the
above Naval Base Components.
(2) Naval Housing Agencies
Rental Housing for naval personnel
with dependents is controlled by
two agencies: The Naval Station
Housing Office, located in Building
No. 124, and the Public Works De-
partment of the Naval Air Station,
located at Boca Chica Field. The
Naval Station Housing Office con-
trols all off-station housing as fol-
lows:
Rest Beach Housing Project (White),
for Officers, 75 units, Navy Rental
housing, rented on cash basis.
Ft. Taylor Housing, Enlisted, 70
units, Navy Rental housing, rented
on cash basi,.
Naval Air Station Housing, 110
units, Defene housing.
Commissary Housing, 10 units, De-
fense housing.
Poinciana Place, 210 units, Defense
housing, unfurnished and furnished,


officer and enlisted men.
All navy personnel with dependents,
serving ashore or afloat in the Key
West Area are eligible for this housing
upon formal request. Two waiting lists,
one for officers and one for enlisted
personnel, are maintained and vacan-
cies are filled from these lists.
The Public Works Division of the
Naval Air Station controls forty units
of Homoja housing located at Boca
Chica Field. These units are rented on
a cash basis and are restricted for use
by personnel serving aboard NAS or
in squadrons attached thereto. Units
are allocated to officers and enlisted
personnel on pro rata basis. Also con-
trolled by Public Works Department,
NAS, are units of apartments in con-
verted Bachelor Officer Quarters at
Boca Chica Field, restricted to enlisted
personnel in the above categories.
The housing officers are in contact
with local realty firms and will refer
personnel desiring other housing to
reputable firms. During the winter
season, rental housing in the city is
scarce and rents are abnormally high.
During the spring, summer and early
fall, rents are lower and vacancies are
plentiful.







ATHLETICS AND RECREATION


Recreation Offices are located in
Building No. 178 at the Naval Station,
in the Yates Building at the Naval Hos-
p;tal, in Building No. 15 at the Opera-
tional DIevelopmtent Station, and in


Baseball
There are baseball diamonds at the
Naval Station, Naval Station Annex
(Army Barracks), and Boca Chica
Field. Naval Base League games are
played frequently. In addition there is
a public ball park located at Flagler
and 14th Street (which is the home of
the Island City League). This League
plays winter games.

Basketball
There are two indoor basketball
courts located at the Naval Station,
Bldg. No. 231 and at the Seaplane Base,
Bldg. No. 83. Many outdoor courts can
be found at most any naval activity in
the area. A Naval Base basketball lea-
gue is active and the games may be
witnessed at the Naval Station or the
Seaplane Base. Consult the Recreation
Offices for schedules and times.

Softball
A softball league is active and wel-
,comes new entrants. Softball fields are
to be found at all naval activities in the
area. There are good, lighted fields at
the Naval Station and the Operational
Development Station. In addition to
these, there is a public softball dia-
mond located in Bayview Park on Tru-
man Avenue. This field is also equip-
ped with lights for night softball games.
Swimming
There are five Navy swimming pools
in the area. They are normally open
from 1100 to IPOO daily.
Officers' Pools
Officers' Pools are located at the
Naval Station and at the Seaplane
Ba'e. At both of these pools, there are
showers and dressing rooms. Sand-
wiches and cold drinks are on sale on
certain days. These pools are available
to officers, their dependents, and cer-
tain guests.
Enlisted Men's Pools
Enlisted personnel pools are located
at the Naval Station (Thomas Street


Building No. 409, Boca Chica Field.
Consult these offices for schedules, in-
formation, and how to check out gear.
Recreation gear may be obtained on a
1.'an basis. Equipment for most sports
is readily available.


near Southard) and at the Seaplane
Base (beside the Recreation Building).
There are showers and dressing rooms
at both pools. Sun decks and facilities
for various games are adjacent to
each pool. Sandwiches and cold drinks
are on sale on certain days. Pools are
open to enlisted personnel and their
dependents.
Combined officer and enlisted
men's pools and beaches
A new swimming pool has been
opened at Boca Chica Field for use by
officers and enlisted personnel. For
nours call 248, or if in the vicinity of
the pool see hours posted.
An all hands beach is a new one
called the Naval Station Recreation
Beach. This beach is located south of
the Naval Station, softball diamonds
near Fort Taylor. A bath house, picnic
tables, beach umbrellas, small child-
ren's playground, pavilion and bar-
becue pits are available. Sandwiches
and cold drinks are on sale at the
beach. This beach is by far the best
equipped beach in the entire Key West
area.
Another all hands beach is available
except when the President is visiting
Key West. This is located on the south
side of the Mole at the Naval Station
and it is named Truman Beach.
Hobby Shops
Hobby Shops-located at the U. S.
Naval Station, Operational Develop-
ment Station and Boca Chica Field. All
equipped with wood lathes, bench
saws, band saws, and model building
facilities. The Naval Station Hobby
Shop is also equipped with a photo-
graphic laboratory, ceramic section,
snd licensed amateur radio station.

Public Beaches
At South Beach, between Duval and
Simonton Streets, there is a beach with
bath house facilities. Lockers may be
rented and refreshments may be pur-
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chased.
Monroe County Beach is actually an
extension of South Beach and extends
up as far as West Martello Towers. Re-
treshments and lockers may be had
here also.
Rest Beach extends eastward from
the foot of White St. along the south
shore of the island. It is a long sandy
beach which slopes gently, making it
an ideal place to take small children
to wade in water of a safe depth.
Pool
There are pool tables at the Naval
Station in the "White Hat Club",
Building No. 133, in the Recreation
Building at the Seaplane Base, Opera-
tional Development Station, and in
Building No. 419, Boca Chica.
Fishing
The waters about Key West offer
some of the finest salt water fishing
in the world.
Fishing from bridges, particularly
the little-traveled wooden ones on the
old highway along the Keys, is popu-
lar and requires only the simplest
tackle and produces some excellent re-
sults though many prefer to use various
types of rods and reels.
The channels spanned by these
bridges have many varieties of fish,
ranging from such smaller species as
grunts and snappers up to tarpon,
huge jewfish, sharks, barracuda, and
so on. Fish and baits naturally vary
somewhat with the season. Consult any
fisherman on any bridge or where you
buy your bait. Tackle can be almost
as simple as you please, and a suffi-
cient bridge-fishing outfit for smaller
species can be had at any of several
stores in town for less than one dollar.
The recreation office usually has
tackle that may be checked out if you
want something more elaborate.
Key West fish markets usually sell
bait and there are two bait shacks
located near the junction of Truman
Avenue, Palm Drive, and Roosevelt
Boulevard.
Boats for deep-sea fishing, with
tackle, are available to parties and may
be arranged through the recreation
officer. In addition, there are charter
boats for hire at the various small piers
along the waterfront at the north end
of town and scheduled trip boats take
large parties out for bottom fishing.


Goggle Fishing

Some of the more hardy
souls venture to swim on the
reefs in search of goggle-fishing tar-
gets. A careful check-out by experienc-
ed goggle-fishermen is recommended
before undertaking this pastime. The
reefs are located approximately five
miles to seaward south of the Keys.

Golf

The Key West Country Club (Muni-
cipal Golf Course) of nine holes, is
located on Stock Island, just north of
the main highway between Boca Chica
and Key West. Fee is $2.00 per day.
equipmentt may be rented at caddie
house. Quarterly fee is $13.00 per per-
son. Quarterly fee for man and wife
As $19.00.
A limited number of free passes
good for one day at the Golf Course can
be obtained at the following four activ-
ities: (1) Naval Station (2) ComSub-
Ron FOUR, (3) Fleet Sonir School, and
(4) Operational Development Station.
Sets of golf clubs may be taken out on
loan for one day from the Naval Sta-
tion and the Fleet Sonar School. (In-
dividuals, must provide own golf balls).

Tennis

Courts for officers and enlisted men
can be found at Naval Station, Boca
Chica, the Seaplane Base and a lighted
tennis court at the Operational Devel-
opment Station. Consult the Recrea-
tion Offices for hours of availability
and rules. In addition to the tennis
courts, listed above, there is an officers'
tennis court located at the Officers'
Mess at Fort Taylor.
Public tennis courts are located in
Bayview Park, on Truman Avenue
near Florida Street.

Bowling

Bowling alloys for officers, enlisted
personnel, and their dependents, are
located in the Recreation Building No.
105 at the Naval Station, Building No.
419 at Boca Chica Field.
There are organized bowling leagues.
For hours and rules, consult the Rec-
reation Office, Naval Station, for Naval
Station alleys, and the Recreation
Office, Boca Chica Field for both Sea-
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Transportation

(Naval) Air

Fleet Logistic Support Wing, Atlan-
tic, make two flights per week
(Monday, and Thursday) to Jack-
soriville, Florida. Planes leave from
Squadron VR-1 terminal at Boca Chica
Field. Transportation by naval aircraft
is available only for official business.
Priorities are assigned by the Base
Operations Officer in Building No. 124
(Administration Building), U. S. Naval
Station.

Transportation Pool

(Autos)

Transportation pools are maintained
at the Naval Station (telephone 256)
and at the Naval Air Station, Boca
Chica Field (telephone 226).
Attention is invited to A1Lant 62
which forbids the use of government
transportation for personal use.

Bus Service

(Between Naval Base

Components)
The Naval Station duty bus runs
from the Naval Station, to the Oper-
ational Development Station. the Sea-
plane Base, Naval Air Station, Boca
Chica Field and back to the Naval Sta-
tion on Monday and Thursday
leaving from in front of the Ad-
ministration Building (Bldg. 124) at
0940, and returning to the Naval Sta-
tion approximately 1245.
The Naval Air Station Duty bus runs
from the Naval Air Station to Boca
Chica Field, the Seaplane Base, and
the Naval Hospital. For complete sche-
dules, call transportation dispatcher,
Boca Chica Field, telephone City 1100,
extension 342. I

Private Autos
Private automobiles are admitted to
the various Naval Base components
only with proper passes. Apply at
activities Security Offices for pass.


Passes for individual short visits to
components of the Base, may be issued
by marine sentry at the gate to proper-
ly qualified transient officials. There
is a Navy Exchange Gasoline Station
on the Naval Station. It sells gasoline,
oil, and tires. It also has facilities for
lubrication and for oil spraying the
underside of automobiles. It is normal-
ly open from 0900 to 1700 daily except
Sunday. The salt air and coiai dust m
this area is highly corrosive. Under-
coating of automobiles is strongly ad-
vised.

U. S. Mail
Both regular and air mail service
serve Key West. The U. S. Post Office
for the City is located on the corner of
Simonton and Caroline Streets.
Arrival and departure schedules for
the U. S. Post Office in the City are
as follows:
DAILY


Arrivals
0700 0900
1600 1900


Regular Mail


*Departures
1200
1800


Air Mail
0930 0830
1200 1100
1715 1615
Sub-Post Offices at the Naval Base
components are located as follows:
Naval Station ....----- ..- Bldg. No. 66
Naval Air Station
(Boca Chica Field) .-- Bldg. No. 409
Naval Hospital -..---........ Main Bldg.
Seaplane Base --..--.... ----...- Main Gate
Operational Development
Station --.--.--------...... --...... Bldg. No. 15
The Sub-Post Offices at the Naval
Base components are open during the
normal working hours. Check at the
various sub-post offices for exact hours
of business.

Medical Facilities

The U. S. Naval Hospital maintains
a family clinic where dependents may
apply for treatment. It is wise to tele-
phone for an appointment, check on
current rules and hours before going
there, and when you do, be sure that
you have in your possession a de-
Dendent's identification card (Nav-
Med 562).
There are also three well equipped
dispensaries located at the Naval Sta-
tion. Naval Air Station (Boca Chica
Field) and Operational Development
Station,






IDENTIFICATION CARDS and PASSES


Identification cards, passes, and auto-
mobile permits are issued to an indivi-
dual only when authorized by a rep-
resentative of the command to which
ne is attached has approved such is-
suance.
One or more of the following types
of passes, identification cards, or auto-
mobile permits (stickers) is required
for each individual, military or civil-
ian, who regularly enters any Naval
Base Component:
U. S. Naval Identification Card N.
Nay 546.
Naval Base Photographic Identifica-
tion Card.


Naval Base Photographic Tradesman
I. D. Card.
Temporary Naval Base Identification
Permit.
Naval Base General Pass.

Out of Vicinity Passes

Out of vicinity passes are required
for all Naval Personnel leaving the Key
West Area. Applications for such
passes must be submitted a reasonable
period of time in advance. Consult the
personnel officer for details.


Navy Exchange Facilities
Navy Exchanges are located in the to 1200 on Saturday. Consult activity
Key West Area as follows: for exact hours open. Some vary
U. S. Naval Station slightly.
U. S. Naval Air Station, Boca Chica Military personnel or their depend-
U. S. Naval Air Station, Seaplane cents may apply at any activity's Navy
U. S, S change in the Key West Area for a
Base Navy Exchange Patron Card. This card
U. S. Naval Hospital will expire June 30, 1950 at which
Operational Development Station time an Armed Service Exchange Card
Hours, the stores are normally open, will be put into effect. This card will
are from approximately 1000 to 1700 he good at any Armed Service Ex-
Monday through Friday, and from 0930 change.


Barber Shops
Barber Shops may be found at the
following activities:
Naval Station
U. S. Naval Air Station (Boca Chica)
U. S. Naval Air Station (Seaplane
Base
U. S. Naval Hospital
Operational Development Station
Hours are the same as for the Navy
Exchange.

Tailor Shops

Navy Exchange tailor shops are
located as follows:
U. S. Naval Station Navy Exchange
Building.
U. S. Naval Air Station (Boca Chica)
Navy Exchange Building.
U. S. Naval Hospital Main Building
Operational Development Station
Navy Exchange Building.
Alterations, repairs, cleaning and
pressing are accomplished at reason-
able prices.


Cobbler Shop
The Cobbler Shop is located at the
Naval Station in Building No. 105.
Agencies for this shop are set up in
the Navy Exchanges at the following
Naval Base components, U. S. Naval
Air Station. (Boca Chica and Seaplane
Base) and the Operational Develop-
mnent Station.

Laundry
The Navy Exchange laundry service
may be had at the following Naval
Base actviities:
U. S. Naval Station-Bldg No. 131
U. S. Naval Air Station (Boca Chica)
Bldg. No. 508
U. S. Naval Hospital
U. S. Naval Air Station (Seaplane
Base) -
Operational Development Station
All Navy Exchange laundry is pro-
cessed at the U. S. Naval Station. There
is a regular delivery service, to all the
Naval Housing units located in Key
West.






Comissary Store

The Commissary Store is located on
Simonton and Virginia Streets.
To procure commissary cards, to
trade at this store, apply at the Com-
missary Office in the Commissary
Store Building.
Hours are 1000-1700, Tuesday through
Saturday.

Small Stores
Small Stores can be purchased at the
following Naval Base Components:
U. S. Naval Station in Building No.
159
U. S. Naval Air Station in Building
314, Boca Chica Field
U. S. Naval Hospital in the Main
Building
All stores carry a full line of regula-
tion clothing and items required for a
full regulation Sea Bag.

Divine Services
Catholic Church Services are held at
the following Naval Base components
as indicated:
/
Component Day Time
U S. Naval Station Sunday 0900
Boca Chica Field Sunday 0700
U. S. Naval Hospital Sunday 0730
Operational Develop- Sunday 0900
ment Station, also
for the Seaplane
Base
U. S. Naval Station Daily 0630
Boca Chica Field Daily 1600
Protestant Church Services are held
at the following Naval Base Compon-
ent, as indicat-d:
Component Day Time
U. S. Naval Station Sunday 1100
Boca Chica Field Sunday 0830
II. S. Naval Hospital Sunday 1100
OpDevSta (also Suilday 0930
Seaplane Base)!

Navy Relief Society
The Navy Relief Society Office is
located in Building No. 129, U. S. Naval
Station. Emergency loans by naval
personnel may be obtained by consult-
ing this office.

Red Cross
The American Red Cross offices are
located at the corner of Front Street
and Telegraph Lane, Key West, Tele-
phone No. 286,


At the Naval Station the Red Cross
Office can be reached by calling Ext.
377. The Red Cross Office. at Boca
Chica is open from 0900 to 1200 on
Tuesday and Thursdays. The office at
the Naval Station is open from 0800
until 1600 daily, except Saturday and
Sunday. This office closes at 1200 on
Saturday.
There is a 24-hour Red Cross service
available. If the office is closed and you
are unable to reach a representative at
the Naval Base, call your duty officer
to learn the telephone or room number
of the Red Cross Field Director on
dity.
The Red Cross may be consulted by
officers and enlisted personnel for help
in contacting their families and in
urgent matters of a personal nature re-
quiring attention which service people,
owing to time and distance, cannot at-
tend to themselves.

Legal Officer
The U. S. Naval Base Legal Officer
is located in Building No. 124 at the
Naval Station. Officers and enlisted
personnel may consult this officer on
any legal problems either personal or
official, Telephone No. 224.

Libraries
Libraries with comfortable reading
rooms are available at the following
Naval Base components:
Naval Station ---. Bldg. No. 129
Boca Chica Field ...-. Movie Hall Bldg.
Naval Hospital -. ...... Ward "A"
Operational Development
Station .-- ------ Bldg. No. 7

Naval Motion Picture

Theaters
Motion Picture theaters showing
first-run pictures are located at the
following U. S Naval Base compon-
ents:
Naval Station (air
conditioned) .. Daily 1800 & 2000
Boca Chica Field (air
conditioned) -- Daily 2000
Seaplane Base (air
conditioned) -. ---- .. Daily 2000
Development Station
(Open Air) ....----. .--....------... Daily 1930
Movie passes are required and may
be obtained at activities Recreation
Offices. A slight entrance fee is also
required for admission.














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Historical Data -- City of Key West, Florida


Key West w;'s named by the early
Spanish explorers who discovered piles
of human bone bleaching under the
sun on this tropical island. They called
it Cayo Hueso meaning Island of
Bones-and the present naIne is prob-
ably a corruption of that title. The
bones are said to be the remains of
the unfortunate enemies of Seminole
Indians who pursued their victims
southward from the mainland to this
refuge in the chain of Keys which ex-
tend 100 miles out to sea.
SThe Island is known to have been
the headquarters for lusty Pirates,
whose vessels flew the skull and cross-
bones, and preyed upon the merchant
shipping which passed through the
Florida Straits. Commodore David
Porter, USN, was ordered here with his
sailing vessels to clear these waters of
this menace. The Pirates had a way of
eluding him with their faster, lighter
draft vessels, by slipping into the shal-
low waterways amongst the. Keys.
Commodore Porter sent a dispatch to
Washington, requesting one of the new,
fast vessels powered by the new steam
engines he had heard about. Accord-
ingly, Washington sent him an ex-New
York harbor ferryboat named the "Sea
Gull". She had steam-powered paddle
wheels. Porter mounted a muzzle-
loading cannon on each end of this
strange craft and the United States
Navy had its first fighting steam ship!
She was fast, could pursue the Pirate
ships even into shallow water, she
could spin about and fire either gun
at her target and she could maneuver
and make full speed in either direction.
Commodore Porter proved that he
really had something in this unique
warship, for the Pirates soon fled with
their fleet to the Isle of Pines, off the
South coast of Cuba. But Porter dis-
.overed them there, and soon put them


to flight again. They took refuge at an
Island off the coast of Puerto Rico,
then under the Spanish flag. And Por-
ter again ferreted them out, this time
sinking most of their fleet and captur-
ing many prisoners. This action had
ius repercussions in official Washing-
ton, for it seems that the Pirates had
Seen paying cumshaw to Spain, and
that Spain complained bitterly to the
United States, officially. So Commo-
dore Porter was relieved of his com-
;mand and of his commission. However,
he was later made Ambassador to
Turkey.
Then certain ex-Pirates and others
who had found Key West a pleasant
place to live, went into the "shipwreck-
ing" business here. Because of the
treacherous reefs and the effort to
avoid the Gulf Stream by hugging
them, vessels had a way of coming to
grief in this vicinity. Their precious
cargoes afforded valuable and legal
loot to the wreckers who, it is said,
made it their business to be promptly
on hand with swift, light-draft salvage
vessels. If business got too slow, it is
said, certain coastal lights were.mys-
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City of Key West

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seriously extinguished or moved to
misleading locations. These and other
stories are found in the swashbuckling
legends of Key West's past.
Changing times necessitated new
means of livelihood. Fortunately the
cigar business came to Key West when
Cuban political refugees began slipping
into the harbor from Havana, just 90
miles away. Bringing tobacco in their
sailboats, they established a cigar
manufacturing business here which
soon achieved nation-wide fame and
expanded to a million-dollar-a-year
industry. Spanish became as universal-
ly spoken here as English. Situated
geographically more convenient to
Havana than to the nearest American
city, it was inevitable that Key West
would take on something of the atmos-
phere of her Cuban neighbors. Even
today, the Latin-American music and
songs one hears in Key West are a
refreshing relief from some of the
Boogie-Woogie and Jitterbuggy Amer-
ican products of Tin-pan Alley.
Commercial fishing for edible deni-
zons of the deer-, including turtles, has
always been an active industry at Key
West. Commercial shark fishing, for
the purpose of supplying the increasing
demand for shark-skin products, oil
and vitamins, is a growing industry
here. Sponge fishing yields an attrac-
tive annual return. In normal times the
tourist trade brings much profitable
business to Key West.
Starting about 1908, Henry M. Flag-
ler (partner of John D. Rockefeller) be-
gan extending his Florida East Coast
Railway southward from Miami. Al-
though it was his first intention to es-
tablish a seaport on the Gulf side of
the upper Keys it became his ambi-
tion when the construction work got
wevel under way to extend the line all
the way south to Key West.
By 1912, the work was approaching
Key West, and great was the excite-
ment of anticipation at the prospect of
seeing the first train enter this hither-
to isolated post. Flagler was not a
young man when he undertook this
crowning achievement of his active
career. His engineers arranged a final
burst of construction speed in order to
run the fisst train into.Key West on


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January 21, 1912, and Flagler rolled
triumphantly through to Key West in
his private car on this, his eightieth
birthday. The Mayor and the local
orass band met him as he arrived, and
he was escorted down Duval Street at
the head of a jubilant parade.
The hurricane of 1935 struck with
full force along the middle Keys, wash-
ing out some of the railway embank-
nments and washing some of the track
off the top of certain viaducts. How-
ever, Flagler's solid concrete viaducts
across the shallow waters and his
sturdy steel bridges across the deep
channels remained intact. Discouraged
by hard times, the surviving officials
to whom Flagler had entrusted his
great hobby, abandoned the Overseas
Railway. In spite of the fact that the
railway could have been repaired at
much less expense, the pavement of
the present Overseas Highway was laid
on its stout structures thus providing
a vehicle route to the mainland which
eliminates the former long gaps where
ferries used to ply.
In the meantime, most of the cigar
industry moved from Key,.West to
Tampa as a result of labor and politi-
cal troubles. The general slump in
business caused by the depression
which followed World War I hit Key
West harder than most other American
cities. The trolleys which during the
preceding quarter century had offered
a 5c ride from the Atlantic Ocean to
the Gulf of Mexico along Duval Street,
discontinued operation in 1926. Al-
though about 95% of the populace of
Key West went on relief, these invin-
cible islanders remained happy and
confident in America's future. The Key
West of today indicates that their con-
fidence was well founded. There is a
certain something about "Cayo Hueso"
which prompts the natives, when bid-
ding visitors to the island goodbye, to
nod their heads and smile knowingly
as they say "You will return".




































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Points of Interest

Around Key West
Turtle "Crawls" located at the foot
of Margaret Street. Green Turtle Soup
canning factory is also located here.
Convent of Mary Immaculate located
at Truman Avenue and Elizabeth
Street. Museum is located on the
ground floor. Key West shells and
Battleship MAINE relics are on dis-
pla3 here.
City Aquarium located at Whitehead
and Front Streets. It houses a good col-
lection of fish native to the Key West
Area.
Maine Memorial located on Southard
Street. It is a turret of the Battleship
MAINE which was sunk in Havana
Harbor, February 15, 1898. There is also
a Memorial located in City Cemetery
on Margaret Street in honor of the
sailors who lost their lives in the sink-
ing of the MAINE.
East Martello Tower located on
Roosevelt Boulevard (Atlantic side).
Built in 1861.
Fort Taylor located on Whitehead
and United Streets, closed to public.
Martello Gallery located at County
Beach in the West Martello Tower.
Open daily except Mondays 1000 to
1200, 1530 to 1730; Sundays 1430 to
1730. Admission 25c.
Bayview Park located on Truman
and Palm Avenue. Open to the public.
Night tennis and shuffleboard courts
Cenothaph in park honors men who
fought in the Civil War.
Ernest Hemingway Home located on
Whitehead Street. This home was built
during the Civil War. Here Heming-
way wrote the novel "To Have and
Have Not".
Fort Jefferson located on Dry Tor-
tugas-65 miles from Key West, it can
be reached by boat. Doctor Mudd, the
physician who treated John Wilkes
Booth, was imprisoned here for life.
Fort Jefferson is now under the super-
vision of the National Park Service.
Miami-Playground for millionaires,
160 miles from Key West via Coral
Gables. Expensive during the winter
season, December to March. Prices are
reasonable the rest of the year. Make
Hotel reservations well in advance
during the winter season.
Sightseeing Tours
Sightseeing tours around Key West
can be arranged for at the La Concha
Hotel on Duval Street. The tour lasts
one hour and a half-Fare $1.75.
Tel. 160.


Housing In The

City of Key West
Key West is considered a critical
area in regards to housing. Do not
bring your family here without first
completing housing arrangements.
Hotels
Casa Marina Hotel, Flagler Ave.,
luxury class hotel, open during tourist
season only. Tel. 308.
Coral Hotel, 312 Simonton Street.
Tel. 9136.
La Concha Hotel, Corner Duval and
Oceanview Hotel and Cottages, 137
Duval Street. Tel. 9114.
Overseas Hotel, 919 Fleming Street.
Tel. 798.
Santa Maria Hotel, 1401 Simonton
Street. Tel. 1440.
Southern Cross Hotel, 326 Duval
Street. Tel. 9132.
Stutz Hotel, 410 Fleming Street. Tel.
9267.
Tropical Hotel, 114 Duval Street,
Tel. 9127.
Apartments
Steven Hotel Apartments, 1325 Sim-
onton Street, Tel. 1478.
Atlantic Apartments, Simonton and
United Streets. Tel. 9171.
Thompson Apartments several
buildings along South Street west of
Reynolds Street, handled by Old Island
Realty Service 322 Simonton Street.
Tel. 1492.
Bonamy's South Beach Cottages, 1330
Simonton Street. Tel. 1492.
Tourists Courts

and Motels
Blue Marlin Tourist Court, 1320
Simonton Street. Tel. 1395.
Cactus Terrace Tourist Camp, 725
Truman Avenue. Tel. 9166.
Casa Roma Court, Roosevelt Blvd.
Tel. 1582.
El Rancho Motel, 830 Truman Ave-
nup. Tel. 9232.
Flamingo Motel, 922 North Beach.
Tel. 1330.
Hilton Haven Motel, Roosevelt Blvd.
Sear 5th St.
hibiscus Motel, 1313 Simonton Street
Tel. 1475.
Marine Motel, 1325 Simonton Street,
Tel. 1478.
South Wind Motel and Cottages, 1321
Simonton Street. Tel. 1362.
Steven's South Beach Motel, Foot of
Simonton Street, (plus new construc-
tion). Tel. 1107.






































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SUPPLY, DISBURSING, AND SMALL STORES
MAIN GATE SENTRY
LOCKER CLUB
POST OFFICE, RECREATION, CHAPLAIN'S OFFICE
BOILING ALLEYS
HOBBY SHOP
DISPENSARY
SHIP'S SERVICE BLDG.
MARRIED OFFICERS' QTRS.
CREW'S MESS HALL
MOVIE HALL, CHAPEL, LIBRARY
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Trailer Parks


Mastic Trailer Park, 638 United
Street. Tel. 9142.
Overseas Trailer Court, Stock Island
Tel. 9278.
It would be wise to check prices, es-
pecially during the winter season.

Housing Development

The housing shortage in Key West,
Florida, has resulted in several hous-
ing developments, either private or
government sponsored.
Joseph Yates Porter Homes
A Federal low-cost housing project
located along Eaton Street, east of
vVhite Street. Telephone 1088.
Poinciana Development
This is the largest single aggregation
of housing in Key West, ana is spon-
sored by Key West Housing Authority.
Office is at Duck Avenue and 15th
Street. Telephone 404. This is by far
the least expensive housing for naval
personnel.
Sunshine Construction Company
Builds modern homes under FHA
and VA loans. (These homes may be
purchased for as little as $100.00 down
and payment of $50.00 monthly.
Offices are located at 2302 Seidenberg
Avenue, Telephone 598).

Police

The Key West Police Headquarters
are located in City Hall, Greene Street
near Duval Street. Telephone 9044.

Fire

The Key West Fire Department
Headquarters are located in the City
Hall, Greene Street, near Duval Street,
Telephone 368. Engine House No. 3 is
located at Grinnell Street, corner of
Virginia Street, Telephone 291. Alarm
boxes are located at strategic points
throughout the City.

Public Health

The Monroe County Health Clinic,
at the corner of Thomas and Fleming
Streets, Tel. 467, is in charge of Public
Health in the City of Key West.


The Florida Keys Aqueduct Com-
mission is in charge of the Water Sup-
ply, with main office at Southard
Street corner of Bahama Street, Tel.
1092, where application for connection
to the system, and bills for the service
are handled. Emergency calls, when
this office is closed, should be made
to Tel. 81.

Gas

The Key West Gas Company's Gen-
eral Office is located at 419 Fleming
Street, Tel. 61 where applications for
connection and bills for service are
handled. Emergency calls, when the
main office is closed, Tel. 405-W. Pro-
pane-air and bottled gas also handled.

Electricity

The City Electric System, General
Office Duval Street corner of Greene
Street, Tel. 414, handles applications
for connection and bills for service.
The Powerhouse is located at the cor-
ner of Angela and Fort Streets.
Emergency calls, when the General
Office is closed, should be made to
Tel. 187.

Garbage

Garbage is collected by the City of
Key West for a fee of $1.00 per month,
oayable at the City Hall, Greene
Street, near Duval Street. Tel. 1188.

City Hall
The Key West City Hall is located
on Greene Street near Duval Street,
where the City Hall Clerk can furnish
information concerning the various
Municipal Departments and their in-
dividual telephone numbers.

County Court House

* The Monroe County Court House is
located in Jackson Square on White-
head Street between Fleming and
Southard Streets, where the County
Clerk's Office, Tel. 59, can furnish in-
formation concerning the various
County Departments and their individ-
ual telephone numbers. Various State
Government Agencies are also located
in this building


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TRANSPORTATION (CITY OF KEY WEST)


Local Bus Service
Monroe Motors, Inc., 1119 White
Street, Tel. 725 provides local passen-
ger transportation around Key West.
Headway maintained ranges from 20
minutes to 30 minutes, from 0500 to
0200. Fares vary from 5c to 15c. For
details, Tel. Monroe Motors, Inc.

Bus Service to Miami
The Florida Greyhound Lines, Inc.,
Southard Street near Duval Street,
Tel. 242, operates buses between Key
West and Miami over the Overseas
HIighway, carrying passengers and
baggage. Buses leave Key West on the
following daily schedule: 7a. m. (Ex-
press Reservation), 9, 11, 12:30, 3, 5, 7
and 12:30. Trip takes just under five
hours, Key West to Miami. Fare, one
way to Miami: $3.97 (Tax included)
Round Trip: $7.19.

Plane Service

to Miami
Commercial plane service between
Key West and Miami is operated by
the National Air Lines. For schedules,
fares and reservations, consult their
office at Meacham Field, Tel. 1780.
Passengers and baggage carried. Fare,
One way to Miami: $8.22 (tax included)
Round Trip: $15.64 (tax included).

Freight
The Overseas Transportation Com-
pany, Eaton Street, Corner of William
Street, Tel. 92, handles all freight over
the Overseas Highway, between Key
West and the Florida mainland. Local
pickup and delivery service is conduct-
ed by this company.

Express
The Railway Express Agency is
located at 809 Caroline Street, Tel. 23.
Local pickup and delivery service is
conducted by this agency as well as
"over-the-countE" business at this ad-
dress. Hauling for this company be-
tween Key West and the Railroads on
the Florida mainland is handled by
the Overseas Transportation Company.


Plane Service

to Havana
Aerovias, Q, S. A., at Meacham Field,
iey West, telephone Key West 482.
Several flights daily to Havana, Cuba.
Round trip plane fare to Havana is
$23.00, including tax. If you spend over
48 hours in Cuba you may bring back
$200.00 worth of goods duty free( only
100 cigars and 5 fifths of spirits in-
cluaed). Custom rates for visitors of
less than 48 hours are in the order of
the following:
$5.00 in souvenirs, duty free.
$2.15 custom charge on one-fifth of
rum.
14% value custom charge on bags,
etc.
Planes are usually fairly crowded,
especially in winter.

Railroad Service
A ticket office for the Florida East
Coast Railway and the Atlantic Coast
Sine R. R. is maintained in Key West,
at the Price Tours Agency, 419 Flem-
ing Street, Tel. 124 (in the La Concha
Hotel Building). A ticket office for the
Seaboard Railway is maintained at
Simone's Tours. 522 Southard Street,
near Duval Street, Tel. 298.
Taxi Service
Several Taxicab Services are avail-
able in Key West, with rates starting
at a minimum of 50c for one passenger
in Zone 1 trips, no further east than
White Street, and no further south than
Flagler Avenue with a charge of 25c
for each additional passenger. The
charge for trips in Zone 2 starts at 75c
for 1, 2, or 3 Dassengers. Zone 3, which
includes the MacArthur Homes, starts
at $1.50 for 1, 2, or 3 passengers, while
Zone 4 which includes Meacham Field
and the Naval Hospital, starts at $2.00
for 1, 2, 3, or 4 passengers. Rate to
Boca Chica from Key West is $4.00 for
1, 2, 3, or 4 passengers.
Chamber of

Commerce
Located on Whitehead Street, Tel.
599. the Chamber of Commerce pro-
vides a most helpful service in furnish-
ing information about" Key West to
newcomers and regular residents alike.







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EDUCATION


Schools

Key West has two High Schools,
three Elementary Schools, three Day
Nurseries and a Convent for girls as
well as Parochial school for boys.
Textbooks in the Public Schools are
furnished, free of charge, by the State
of Florida.
Key West High School
Location: White and United Streets.
Grades covered: 7th through 12th.
Accredited by: State of Florida and
Southern Association of Colleges and
Secondary Schools (regional Associa-
tion comparable to the New England or
North Central Associations-thereby
guaranteeing transferability of credits
received here).
Douglass High School (Colored)
Location: 801 Fort Street.
Truman Avenue School (Elementary)
Location: White and Division Streets.
Grades Covered: 1st through 6th.
Harris School (Elementary)
Location: Southard and Margaret
Streets.
Grades Covered: 1st through 6th.
Poinciana School (Elementary)
Location: Poinciana Place.
Grades Covered: 1st through 6th.
Convent Mary Immaculate
Roman Catholic Convent, Private
pay school.
Location: Truman Avenue.
Grades Covered: 1st through 12th.
For girls only.
St. Joseph's School
Roman Catholic Parochial Private
pay school.
Location: On Whitehead Street.
Grades covered: 1st through 8th.
For boys only.
Day Nurseries
(Similar to Kindergarten)
Poinciana Nursery
Location: Foot of 17th Street, Poin-
riana Place, Phone 1306.
For children from 2 to 6 years old.
Hours from 7:30 to 5 p. m. daily.
Transportation provided.
Porter Plaae Nursery
Location: In Porter Place Housing
Project at Eaton and White Streets.
For pre-school age children.


Navy Nursery
The nursery is located at the I. S.
Naval Air Station, Seaplane Base.
Phone K. W. 1677. Staffed by exper-
ienced baby sitters. Capacity 70 child-
ren. Open from 1730 0030 on Wednes-
day and Thursday, 1730 to 0200 on
Friday and Saturdays, 1700 to 2300
on Sunday. Prices by the hour, 25c for
Lne child, 35c for two, 45c for three.
Special arrangements for entire
weekend can be made. New low
monthly subscription rates now in
effect-$8.00 for one child, $9.00 for
two, and $10.00 for three children.

Libraries

The Woman's Club Library is located
on Duval Street, near Caroline Street
where a wide assortment of books is
available. There is a comfortable Read-
ing Room, and a Librarian in attend-
ance handles the circulation depart-
nment.
The Jackson Square U. S. O. has a
small library, a comfortable Reading
Room, and a lending service is operat-
ed.
Paul Smith's Book Store, Simonton
Street, corner of Eaton Street, offers a
wide selection of books for sale and,
for lending at moderate rates.

Newspapers

The Key West Citizen is published
daily except Sunday at 603 Greene
Street. Tel. 51, and delivery service is
furnished for local subscribers.
The Miami Herald, which carries
Key West news items, has a represen-
tative at 1306 Virginia Street, Tel. 194
-Delivery Service.
The Miami Daily News, which also
carries Key West news items has a
local representative at 408 United
Street, Tel. 20-Delivery Service.


Federal Government

Agencies
The Federal Post Office Building,
Simonton Street corner of Caroline
Street, is the Local Headquarters for
the various Unite dStates Government
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RELIGION


Key West Churches

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Duval
and Eaton Streets. Services daily and
Sunday.
St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church,
Truman Avenue, corner Windsor Lane.
Services daily and Sunday.
First Presbyterian Church, White
and Washington Streets. Services Sun-
days.
First Methodist Church, Eaton and
Simonton Streets. Services Wednesday
Evenings and Sundays.
Fleming Street Methodist Church,
Fleming and William Streets. Services
Wednesday Evenings and Sundays.
First Baptist Church, Eaton Street
near Duval Street. Services Wednesday
Evenings and Sundays.
Poinciana Baptist Church, Eagle
Avenue on corner of 17th Street. Ser-
vices Wednesday Evenings and Sun-
days.
Congregational Church, William
Street near Southard Street. Services
Wednesday Evenings and Sundays.


Church of Christ, County Court-
!ouse, Jackson Square. Services Sun-
day.
Christian Science Church, 327 Eliza-
beth Street. Services Wednesday Even-
ings and Sundays.
Poinciana Community Church (Non-
Sectarian) Poinciana Place. Services
Wednesday Evenings and Sundays.
B'Nai Zion Congregation (Jewish),
Simonton Street, corner Southard
Street. Servcies Friday and Saturday
evenings.
Trinity Presbyterian Church (color-
ed), 717 Simonton Street. Services
Tuesday Evenings and Sundays.
Primitive Baptist Church (colored)
Thomas Street near Olivia Street.
Services Tuesday Evenings and Sun-
days.
Cornish Chapel A. M. E. Zion Church
(colored), Whitehead Street, corner
Angela Street. Services Sundays.
For complete schedules of these and
other Key West Churches, see each
Saturday issue of The Key West Citi-
zen. or consult respective Pastors.


Civic Organizations Represented In Key West


American Legion
American Legin Auxiliary
Amateur Astronomers Association
Business and Professional Women's
Club
Chamber of Commerce
Daughters of the Confederacy
Disabled American Veterans
Elks Club
Garden Club of Key West
Humane Society
Jaycees
Jaycees Auxiliary
Junior Women's Club
Key West Hotel and Restaurant As-
sociation
Key West Players
Key West Amateur Radio Club
Key West Club
Kiwanis Club
Knights of Pythias, Lodge No. 163
Lions Club
Masonic Organization
Ministerial Association
Monroe County Audubon Club
Monroe County Tuberculosis and


Health Association
Navy Wives Club No. 88
Police Athletic League
Pythian Sisters Temple No. 20
Rebeka Lodge, Sparkling Waters
No. 14
Rotary Club
Scout Troops
V. F. W.
V. F. W. Auxiliary

Fleet Reserve

Association
It is located at the corner of Front
Street and Telegraph Lane, Tel. 9286.
Lounge, Bar, Bandstand, Dance Floor
and Games provide pleasant recreation
and relaxation for members, depend-
ents and guests. Schedule of Music and
Entertainment is posted on Bulletin
Board. Application for membership
may be made to the Steward on the
premises.







United Service

Organizations
The Jackson Square (YMCA) U.S.O.
s located at the corner of Southard
zi.n1 Whitehad Streets, Tel. 180. It
offers pleasant surroundings for rest,
relaxation, amusement and entertani-
eilent. There is a Soda Fountain which
serves luncheons, a Lounge, a Dance
Floor with Bandstand, an open air
patio where 'dances are held under
palm trees festooned with colorful
lights. Enlisted personnel may bring
dependents and guests.
The National Catholic Community
Service U. S. O. is located in the Cath-
olic Close on Duval Street between
Truman and Virginia Streets, Tel. 1192
and offers attractive surroundings for
rest, recreation and amusement. A
large dance floor with bandstand pro-
vides frequent dances; refreshments
are served, and there are spacious
porches and a comfortable lounge.
Games, movies and entertainments are
provided. Enlisted personnel may bring
dependents and guests.

Night Clubs
There are several night clubs in Key
West, offering refreshments, music and
lancing. However. it is suggested that
the Shore Patrol be consulted before
patronizing any of these places. Some
Of them are "out of bounds" for mili-
tary personnel.

Theaters
There are three commercial motion
picture theaters in Key West located
as follows:
Monroe Theater-621 Duval Street,
Tel. No. 87.
Palace Theater-616 Duval Street,
Tel. No. 480.
Strand Theater-527 Duval Street,
Tel. No. 220.

Drama
The Key West Players, an organiza-
tion which operates with resident and
transient talent has made a practice of
putting on some very entertaining
plays. The "Barn Theater" on Duval
Street in back of the Woman's Club
where these performances are given,
:s a diminutive playhouse seating
scarcely 100 persons, with the result
that the shows are usually sold out


well in advance. You will enjoy its
intimate atmosphere-if you can get
in

Telegraph
The office of the Western Union
Telegraph Company is on Greene
Street corne rof Telegraph Lane.
Personal telegrams may be sent by
calling the telephone operator and
asking for Western Union.
Direct telephone lines to the Western
Union are located in the La Concha
HTotel, Greyhound Bus Terminal, Price
Tours Agency, and in Simone's Tours
agency .

Banking
There is only one bank in the City
of Key West, The Florida National
Bank. It is located at the corner of
Duval Street and Front Street. Tele-
phone 498.








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To Our Friends of the Navy

We sincerely believe you will like the


SOUTHERN CROSS HOTEL

0900 000*00000f

Your comfort is our paramount concern. All beds are equipped with
box or coil springs and innerspring mattresses. Electric fans are placed
in every room and two fans are provided in rooms wtih twin beds. There
is no extra charge for this service.
Cleanliness is our best advertising. Our aim is to satisfy the most
meticulous. Every toilet seat is thoroughly sterilized daily. Clean sterile
drinking water glasses are provided and all ice is washed before placing.
in pitchers for room service. Linens are washed and sterilized in Key
West's leading laundry.
We are centrally located for your convenience: One block from the
Post Office, one from the main corner of town, three from the Gulf and
ten from the Atlantic. We are located just four blocks from the Naval
Station gate and six from the Section Base. All city buses stop in front
of our door.
It would be unfair to say that we (with 30 rooms) could give you
all the services of a large metropolitan hotel, but we can, and do, give
courteous and personal service to the limit of our ability.
We urge you to inspect our rooms before registering. If we are filled
to capacity we shall be glad to assist you in finding suitable accom-
modations.
Grace and Vic Lang







Hotel La Concha
KEY WEST'S FINEST









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Air Conditioned

Dining Room

Coffee Shop

Cocktail Lounge
Open Year 'Round Moderate Rates
Quarterdeck and Solarium Overlooking Key West
Sunbathing Shuffleboard Badminton
Complete Hotel Service

J. D. McAndrews, Manager






Service Men and Their Families Will Find
A Warm Hearty Welcome at

PERKY LODGE




"Fastest Growing Recreation Area
on the Florida Keys"

Cocktail Bar Private Dining Room
Specializing In
FINE FOOD and FINE SERVICE

Clean Modern Cabins -- Fishing Boats
MOTORS

"Truly a Serviceman's Paradise"
PHONE PERKY No. 1
Located: 19 MILES N. E. OF KEY WEST
8 MILES N. E. OF BOCA CHICA







917 FLEMING STREET


At the famous

OVERSEAS HOTEL
Cocktail Lounge Dining Room
Finest Brands of Coffee Shop Service
Wines and Liquers Short Orders

Special Attention to Navy Personel

"Enjoy the Cool Breezes on Key West's Largest Veranda"
COMPLETE HOTEL FACILITIES
MAX HERMAN, Manager


NAVY PERSONNEL WILL FIND A HEARTY WELCOME AT


Stock Island Inn
FORMERLY WEAVER'S
Under New Management

Air Conditioned Bar Cocktail Lounge

Specializing in

Charcoal Broiled Steaks

Lovely Cabins furnished with Private Swimming Pool
LOCATED ON STOCK ISLAND


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PHONE 798






Compliments of

CASA ROMA

Motels & Apartments

Summer Rates
Private Swimming Pool
ROOSEVELT BOULEVARD
(Next to Naval Hospital)
PHONE 1582

Compliments of
Key West
Trailer Court
and GULFSTREAM TRAILER PARK
1015 Simonton St. and
606 Truman Avenue
Phone 9226
Compliments

Overseas

Trailer Court
Located on Highway No. 1
Junction Stock Island Road
Self Service Laundry
Room for Awning and Car
on own lot
J. B. STOVES, Manager
TELEPHONE 9278

Compliments of
DION MOTEL
512 TRUMAN AVENUE


Our Navy is a important part
of Key West

HILTON HAVEN

MOTEL
First on your right on No. 1
as you enter Key West

Rooms
Efficiency Apartments
On Water Swimming
Fishing Small Boats
Dockage for Guests

Capt. C. H. Hilton, U.S.C.G., Retired
Manager


"The Navy and


Key


West


Printed and

Published by

The Key West Press


JOE ALLEN


PHONE 1898-W


518 Duval St.


A. J. DION, Manager


Phone 73








Like An Old Friend,


Always


Welcome


MULBERG CHEVROLET CO.


BUICK


OLDSMOBILE


PONTIAC


CADILLAC -- CHEVROLET


SALES and SERVICE


CAROLINE AND NEW STREETS TELEPHONE 377


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Our Navy






Compliments
Lindsey Motor Co.
Across from the
Southern Cross Hotel
Managed by
E. H. Lindsey, LCDR, USNR
Featuring a hand-picked collection
of carefully selected, super clean,
and mechanically excellent pre-
war and post war cars
Telephone 501

Compliments of
Key West
Texaco Service
Truman Ave. & White St.
Firestone Products
Repair Flats Greasing
Spraying
PHONE 1430
Compliments of

Bayview

Service Station
LARRY DION, Manager
Where Truman Avenue and
Roosevelt Blvd. intersect
Sinclair & Goodyear Products
TELEPHONE 46

Compliments of
Radio Service Co.
1102 TRUMAN AVENUE
Radio Parts Tubes and Amplifiers
PHONE 1310


Compliments of

Currie's Crown

Service Station
Fleming & Margaret Sts.
BATTERY SERVICE TIRE REPAIR
LUBRICATION WASHING
We Carry All Standard Oil
Products
CALL 9179-Prompt Service

Compliments of

Dion's Auto Service
FRANCIS DION, Owner
EXPERT LUBRICATION and SPRAY
MINOR REPAIRS
JIFFY CAR WASH
ROAD SERVICE
Cor. White & Fleming Sts.
STANDARD OIL PRODUCTS


Compliments of

Poor Old Craig

Service Station
Truman Ave. & Francis St.
GAS & OIL TIRES and TUBES
ACCESSORIES BATTERIES
J. H. Brady, Manager
PHONE 9134








We appreciate and solicit Navy Patronage


Roy's


Key West Auto Parts


Auto Parts and Accessories for

Every Type Car


121 DUVAL STREET


We appreciate the privilege of
of serving our friends
of the Navy!

Overseas Garage
on STOCK ISLAND
offering
Complete Services on
BODY RADIATOR IGNITION
ELECTRICAL and CARBUERTOR
WORK
Paint and Lubrication
GAS OIL TIRES TUBES
24 Hour Wrecker Service
Road Service
AAA PHONE 1432
46


TELEPHONE 442


Compliments of
Monroe Motors, Inc.
1117 WHITE STREET

Ford -- Mercury

Lincolon
Sales and Service
One of the largest
REPAIR DEPARTMENTS
IN THE CITY
PHONE 725


Compliments of

Everett Russell


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WE APPRECIATE OUR SPLENDID NAVY PATRONAGE


BILL RUSSELL'S

Your STANDARD OIL Dealer


Fast and Courteous Service

Complete Lubrication -- Standard Accessories


COR. TRUMAN AVE. & WHITE ST.


Our Friends of the Navy are always
welcome at
Southernmost

Texaco Service
500 TRUMAN AVENUE
Key West, Florida
Your Car Is Our

Specialty
PHONE 1881
M. F. ALBURY
Business Manager
CHARLES WELLS
Service Manager


PHONE 9103


Our Friends of the Navy are always
welcome at the

900 BAR
& Cocktail Lounge

900 SIMONTON STREET
(Corner Olivia)

We Serve Only the Best in

Liquor Beer Wine

For Your Pleasure
"Rock-ola" SHUFFLEBOARD
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We Cater Exclusively to Naval Personnel

CECIL'S BAR

& Package Store
Hill Billy Music Nightly Attraction
613 DUVAL STREET PHONE 9253
also

DUVAL MANOR

Deluxe Guest House

325 DUVAL STREET PRONE 1056-R
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For a friendly, warm welcome
visit the

Tides Inn Bar

1924 Flagler Street


"Bring Your Wife-
Bring Your Sweetheart"



PHONE 9113
P. J. ROSS, Manager


Our Navy Boys are
always welcome at
the

Downtowner Bar

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"Where friends meet
and drink"


I. A. GAITI, Prop.


109 Duval Stert
Phone 9244







NAVY MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO VISIT
AND INSPECT OUR MODEL HOME LOCATED ON
PATTERSON AVENUE JUST OFF
FIFTH STREET


Sunshine Construction Company


Builders of

SUNSHINE HOMES


Joseph R. Sirugo, President

For a small down payment and a nominal monthly payment
covering payment on principal, interest, insurance
and taxes, you can become a home owner
and solve your housing problem
permanently

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The Navy is a very important part of
Key West and Monroe County!


ALONZO COTHRON

General Contractor
No Job Too Large None Too Small

General Construction
on the Florida Keys and Key West
Address: ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA


Always Happy to Serve the Navy!

Hudgins & Alfonso,

Inc.
Contractors & Engineers
HEAVY CONSTRUCTION
also
Developers of Summerland Key
An Ideal Place for Home Sites
and Acreage

21 MILES FROM KEY WEST
Mail: Ramrod Key P. O.
Phone: Summerland Key No. 2


We appreciate the privilege of
serving our Navy in
Key West
SINCE 1881
The Lindsley
Lumber Company
Not Inc.
530 TRUMAN AVE.
Building Material
Supplies
For Key West and the
Florida Keys
W. M. MISHLER, Manager
Telephone 71
Prompt Delivery Service







We invite you to visit our exclusive men's store to see the
Latest Styles in Nationally Advertised Merchandise

Kantor's Men's Shop


SUITS
Timely Clothes
Botany
Northcool


SHOES
Jarman
Fortune
Air-O'Magie
Roblee


SHIRTS
Manhattan
Jayson
Marlboro


FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE USE OUR LAYAWAY PLAN




NAVAL PERSONNEL ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT


Collins Navy Store

Men's Sportswear and Beachwear Uniforms for Officers
and Enlisted Men


INSIGNIA


- SERVICE
SHOES -


RIBBONS
-HEADGEAR


- LUGGAGE


505 Duval Street


Telephone 1316






We Welcome Our Navy!

Leona

Specialty Shoppe


The Store that specializes
only in
Sportswear Linegerie
Skirts Blouses


"Exclusive but not Expensive"


619 Duval Street
Call 1359

Compliments of
Montzelle's

Dress Shop
Short Sets
Maternity Dresses
Lingerie
Sun Back Swim Suits
CORNER FLEMING & BAHAMA
STREETS


We are proud to salute Our Navy
in Key West!

MarEd Dress Shops

Distinctive Gowns

for the

Discriminating

Woman


417 Duval Street
1113 Truman Avenue
Telephone 1473-W


Our friends of the Navy will enjoy
shopping at

BELDNER'S
Featuring

Southernmost

Fashions

and -
Everything for Ladies, Misses
and Children
528 DUVAL STREET
TELEPHONE 1133






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CLOTHING TOYS'
Children's Corner considers Navy Personel its best customers
We Carry Complete lines of
Clothing and Necessities for Infants to Children Aged 12
Free Gift Wrapping
Keep lists of all gifts purchased for birthday parties and showers
STOCK AVAILABLE FOR SHOWERS
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Always Happy to Serve
Our Navy Personell

The Store of Fashion

Appelrouth's

Headquarters for
Nationally Advertised Brands
Dresses
Nelly Don's McKettricks
Shoes
Rhythm Step Miracle Tread
Red Goose for Children
Lingerie
Vanity Fair Van Kaalte
Artemus Seamprufe
Sportswear
Jantzens Sunland
511 DUVAL ST. PHONE 174


Compliments

RUBIN APPEL'S
926 DUVAL STREET
Featuring
B. V. D. Sportswear
Marlboro Shirts
McGregor Sportswear
Catalina Swim Wear
Men's Slacks
Shoes
Shirts
Sportswear
Also
Ladies' and Children's Wear

All Nationally Advertised

PHONE 1672






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Our Naval Personnel and Their Families
Are Always Welcome at


Aronovitz Department Store

Key West's Largest Department Store


Complete outfitters for

Men, Women and Children

CHARLES ARONOVITZ, Owner and Manager
618 DUVAL STREET PHONE 638
************************************************************


Compliments

Lewinsky's

Men's Shop
"For the Brands You Know"
HART, SCHAFFNER & MARX
ARROW & VAN HUESSEN SHIRTS
FLORSHEIM & W. L. DOUGLAS
SHOES
PALM BEACH CLOTHES
JANTZEN SUN WEAR
Phone 146
526 Duval Street
(Opposite Strand Theater)


Pearlman's Inc.
520 DUVAL STREET
PHONE 39

Largest Ladies, Misses and
Children's Store in
Key West
Where Navy Personnel is made to
feel at home
Naval Personnel are always
welcome at
Frank Holtzberg
600 Duval Street
Outfitters for
Men, Women and Children
We carry a line for the Navy Man
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Adams Dairy

Serving Key West with the best in dairy products
for over a quarter of a century
Particular People Prefer Our Products

MILK ICE CREAM

Dairy Home Delivery to all parts of the city
2401 SEIDENBERG AVENUE PHONE 455




It has been a genuine pleasure and privilege
to serve our Navy!

SEALTEST DAIRY PRODUCTS

MILK ICE CREAM

Seabrook Farms Frozen Foods


Southern Dairies, Inc.
512 SOUTHARD STREET PHONE 98
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A Privilege To Serve Our Navy!


Fausto's Food Palace


One Stop Shopping Center

FRESH FRUITS VEGETABLES MEATS
FROSTED FOODS SEA FOODS

Fleming and Bahama Streets Phone 48
6,500 feet Parking Space for the convenience of our customers

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Our Navy Friends will find a warm
welcome at

Po nclana

Food Centre
Commercial Row,
Poinciana Place
Orders for Downyflake Donuts
and Party Cakes taken daily
Open Sunday
Store Hours
MON. TUES. WED. THURS.
9:00 to 6:00
FRIDAY and SATURDAY
9:00 to 7:00
SUNDAY 9:00 to 2:00
Telephone 1022


We Appreciate Navy Patronage!



BAER'S MARKET


903 Duval Street

*
Featuring the Best in

FRESH FOODS MEATS

VEGETABLES

Telephone 215
Telephone 215







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GULFSTREAM

FOOD DEPARTMENT STORE

Key West's Largest and Finest

Super Market
Finest Quality Western Meats
Famous Brand Groceries
Garden Fresh Produce
Large Variety Frozen Foods
Dairy and Delicatessen
Delivery Service
Allottment and Payroll Checks
Cashed in One Minute


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Compliments of

Archer's Semi-Self
Superette Market

"The Store that Serves You Best"

814 FLEMING STREET
"We solicit Navy trade
at Navy prices"

Compliments of
M. & M. Super Market
804 White Street
"Specializing in Good Meats"
Phone 198


Always a pleasure to serve
Our Navy Friends!

Southernmost City

Pharmacy, Inc.


Prescription Specialists


Duval and Fleming Streets
Phone 199


"We Give You Service"


Broadway Super Market


Lower Food Prices and Quality


* Complete Stock of Groceries
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Frozen Foods
*Genuine Western Meats

Courteous Service


DUVAL AT PETRONIA STREETS

We Are Proud of Our Large Navy Patronage


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Our Navy Is A Very Vital Part of Key West


KEY WEST

PROVISION CO.




Wholesale Meats


Provisions


-- Groceries


and Produce


FRONT & FITZPATRICK STREETS


PHONE 1017





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Naval Personnel will find a useful and decorative line at

Southernmost Gifts
(Under New Management)
PHONE 136 616 DUVAL STREET
Domestic and Imported Glass and China Ware
Exotic Perfumes and Candy Greeting Cards
Handmade Candles -- Water Colors
Lending Library -- Brass & Copper Ware
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Compliments of Compliments of
The Hobby Shop Tropical Trader
1105 Truman Ave. 718 Duval Street
HOBBIES SOUVENIRS TOYS GIFTS TOYS
Phone 91 Phone 1000
Compliments of Little Star Cafe
STAR CAFE on Stock Island
Opposite Strand Theater Specializing in Good Sandwchies
Good Cuban Coffee and Coffee
Beer and Wine
Sandwiches Beer & Wine Phone 9187

We count our Navy Friends among our best customers

Island City Gas Co.
"Your Bottled Gas Dealer"
WHITE STREET NEAR TRUMAN AVENUE
Oriole Gas Ranges Servel Gas Refrigerators
Night and Day Water Heaters Bryant Water Heaters
CALL PHONE No. 4 for Prompt Bottled Gas Delivery







WE ARE PROUD OF OUR NAVY IN KEY WEST


Martinez Refrigeration


Service


Handling all General Motors


Household

Ranges Water Heaters


Appliances

Frigidaire Refrigerators


We also carry a full line of various household necessities


1024 DUVAL STREET (Corner Virginia)


TELEPHONE 279


May Our Navy


Be With Us Always!


LUCAS ELECTRIC


Appliance Sal

Electrical


es and Service

Contracting


215 DUVAL STREET


PHONE 41


P. O. BOX 166


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Key West Venetian Blind Co.
SAMUEL R. SILBERMAN, Mgr.
Proudly Presents


Jalousies, Glass or Aluminum
Storm-Stop Aluminum Awnings
Venetian Blinds, Wood or Aluminum
Awnings, Calopies of any description
Aluminum Patio and Lawn Furniture
Glass Shower Doors and Bathtub Enclosures
Plastic and Paper Drapes by Clopay
)UVAL STREET TELEPHONE 1042


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Compliments of
Key West

Furniture Exchange
New and Used Furniture
925 DUVAL STREET
(Near Truman Avenue)

Always a pleasure to serve
the Navy!

Gomez

Furniture Store

720 Duval Street
E. VALDEZ, Manager
Complete line of
FURNITURE and HOUSEHOLD
APPLIANCES
"We furnish your home complete
with payments you can meet"


Telephone 260


Compliments of
Maxwell


Furniture


Co.


903 Fleming Street
HY ALTMAN, Manager


Compliments of
Yates Refrigeration

Service
Bendix Crosley Norge
800 WHITE ST. PHONE 203

Compliments of
Key West Garden

& Lawn Supply
MARGUERITE B. ZIMMERMAN,
Owner
Pet Supplies and Garden
and Lawn Supplies
FLEMING & MARGARET STREETS
We solicit and appreciate
Navy trade
PHONE 1019


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Long's Furniture Store.

"The Oldest Reliable Furniture
Store in Key West"

Carrying a full and complete line of home furnishings
at prices commensurate with quality


800 FLEMING STREET TELEPHONE 80


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J. R. Stowers Co.
"Everything In Music"
RCA Victor and Zenith Radios Wurlitzer Pianos
L. C. Smith and Corona Typewriters Sporting Goods
Fishing Tackle DuPont Paints


533 DUVAL STREET


PHONE 276


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Compliments of

C. G. Bailey
LAND SURVEYING
Key West and the Florida Keys

We are proud of our Navy in
Key West

BOB'S SPORT

& TACKLE STORE
Wholesale & Retail
706 White Street
TEAM OUTFITTERS
OUTBOARD MOTORS
UNIFORMS ALL SPORTS
Fishing Tackle
Guns Ammunition
Racket Restringing
WILSON'S SPORTING GOODS
DISTRIBUTOR
Phone 1134


Compliments of
JOHNNIE & MAC

HARDWARE
629 EATON STREET
Paints Hardware
Electrical Supplies Chemicals
Sherwin Williams Automotive
Finishes
Pittsburgh House Paints
J. Blackwell, Jr.
Malcolm A. Sawyer
PHONE 1671

Compliments of

Sawyer's Paint

and Cycle Store

Cor. Eaton & Margaret Sts.
SEWELAC AUTOMOTIVE
FINISHES
Gleem House Paints and Supplies
Phone 684-R






We salute Our Navy in Key West

Key West

Bedding Co.

"SOUTHERNMOST MATTRESS
FACTORY IN THE U. S."
Box Springs Inner Springs
Upholstering Auto Seat Covers
Convertible Tops
FREE ESTIMATES

Dependable Service

We Pick Up and Deliver
510 FRONT STREET
PHONE 260



Always proud to serve
Our Navy

ALBERT J. MILLS

Realtor
Main Office:
LA CONCHA HOTEL
Telephone 26, Key West

Branch Office:
UPPER MATECUMBE KEY
Telephone No. 5

Florida Key and Key West
Properties


RIDES RIDES


Treat your Children
to the best

Visit

Kiddie Land Park
AT MONROE COUNTY BEACH
Safe, Modern Riding Devices
Open 1:00 to 8:00 P. M.
Daily and Sunday
All Rides Nine Cents

RIDES RIDES RIDES


Compliments of


Ralph's Tackle Shop


Key West's only Tackle Shop
devoted to Fishing Tackle
and all other Fisher-
man's needs, ex-
clusively

Also -
Official Agent for Coast &
Geodetic Survey Charts

PHONE 1408


RIDES












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City Aquarium, Whitehead and Front Streets


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May it always be so

Key West Floor Covering Co.
MORRIS STUTZ, Manager
Linoleums Asphalt Tile

Formica Rubber Tile

Enameled Tileboard Core Tile

132 DUVAL STREET PHONE 1454




WE ARE PROUD OF OUR NAVY IN KEY WEST!

Home Appliance Co.

Hotpoint Appliances

Maotpwint
Refrigerators Ranges Disposal Units Water Heaters
Home Laundry Equipment Philco Air Conditioning
Complete Kitchen Cabinets
605 SIMONTON STREET PHONE 11
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COLUMBIA LAUNDRY
& Dry Cleaners
617 SIMONTON STREET TELEPHONE 5',
All Types Laundering, Cleaning Services

SPECIAL NAVY SERVICE


Navy Wives are invited to use
the facilities of

Key West

Self-Service Laundry
Truman Ave. & Whitehead St.
(Opposite Lighthouse)
Maytag washes and launders the
greatest number of pounds in the
shortest time and does it better
We also have a damp wash service
for pick up and delivery
PHONE 1446
G. F. PEASE, Manager


We consider it a privilege to serve
our Navy friends!

White

Laundry Service

1024 WHITE ST.
"Offers individual, quick depend-
able work on all types of laundry
and dry cleaning"
COMPLETE OR ROUGH-DRY
24 hour
Pick Up and Delivery Service
FOR QUALITY WORK
PERSONAL ATTENTION
PHONE 806






Compliments of
Bendix Launderette
516 SOUTHARD STREET
(Opposite Bus Station)
Mrs. Alexander Torbitt, Manager
PHONE 585

Compliments of
Chico's Bendix Home

Laundry
1012 TRUMAN AVENUE


Compliments of

Arthur's Newsstand

1100 TRUMAN AVENUE

City's Leading Newstand
MAGAZINES STATIONERY
A. R. R. L. Publications

Compliments of
Joseph A. Boza

& Associates
BOOKKEEPING SYSTEMS
and SERVICE
FEDERAL AND STATE TAXES
804 Olivia Street


Always pleased to serve our
Navy friends!


C. E. MUMFORD


REFRIGERATION & AIR
CONDITIONING SPECIALISTS
Sales and Service


220 Duval Street
Telephone 333


Our Navy friends are welcome at

THE STAR

COFFEE MILLS


WHERE
THE FINEST CUBAN AND
AMERICAN COFFEES
ARE GROUND



Jose T. Sanchez,


Phone 786


Manager





Compliments
J. M. KEELEY SALES CO.
2380 N. W. 23rd STREET
MIAMI, FLORIDA

Wholesale Only
Suppliers of
FISHING TACKLE
THE BLACK HARNELL GLASS ROD
TO YOUR NAVY EXCHANGE


The Navy Means Key West

So We Are Here To

Serve The Navy!


Poinciana Dry Cleaners

FRANK BARTOLENE, Owner
218 SIMONTON STREET TELEPHONE 1086








Always A Favorite With The Navy!

Coca-Cola In Bottles


So01LID UNDI AUTNOmeIIt OP TIE COCA.COLA ONMPANV IV


KEY WEST COCA-COLA


BOTTLING CO'


101 SIMONTON STREET


TELEPHONE 137






NAVAL PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES WILL FIND
A HEARTY WELCOME AT THE

Cosmopolitan Grill
528 FLEMING STREET
Tastefully cooked and delightfully served
Southern Style Home Cooking
Chops and Salads
Southern Fried Chicken -- Sea Foods -- Steaks
PHONE 232

Compliments and Best Wishes to the World's Best
Men of the United States Navy
Sidewalk Cafe
OPPOSITE LA CONCHA HOTEL WILLIAMS and COLLINS

Navy men and their families will delight in the quiet and quaint
atmosphere of

Lee's Oriental Restaurant
506 FLEMING STREET
Key West's Only Chinese Restaurant
Specializing in
CHINESE and AMERICAN DINNERS
FOR RESERVATIONS TELEPHONE 1379
Navy Wives will enjoy shopping at

Lee' Food Center
Fresh Fruits, Meats and Vegetables All Reasonably Priced
Located at Corner Duval and Angela Streets Telephone 94
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Our Navy Friends Will Enjoy the Atmosphere at

A. & B. Lobster House


Florida


Key West's Finest Seafood Restaurant

Lobster Turtle Steaks


Key Lime Pie

Enjoy the View of Key West's Magnificient
Harbor from our glass enclosed patio
FOOT OF FRONT STREET at the water TELEPHONE 1480

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All Hail to Our Navy!


MELODY INN




Specializing in
Short Orders, Sandwiches and
Fountain Service



Managed by
C. B. WHITE and JACKNE DRUDGE


Compliments of

Rene's Restaurant
Specializing in
SPANISH FOODS ITALIAN
SPAGHETTI SEA FOODS
"We serve our turtle steaks
with fork only
WE SOLICIT NAVY PATRONAGE

Compliments of
El Prado Restaurant
Specializing in
Spanish Food Sandwiches
Ice Cream Beer
Good Coffee
Truman Avenue and Havana Street
75






The Navy Is Vital to the Progress of Our Community


Benny's Cafeteria

Key West's First Cafeteria

One of the Most Unique in the U. S. A.

Sea Foods Key Lime Pie

905 SIMONTON STREET
TELEPHONE 323



Our Naval Personnell will find a delightfully different
atmosphere at the

DELMONICO RESTAURANT

and Cocktail Bar

Specializing in
Sea Foods Aroz Con Polio Turtle Steaks

218 DUVAL STREET PHONE 518
OWNED AND OPERATED BY ARTURO BOZA







Our Navy Is Vital To Our National Defense
And Vital To The Prosperity of Key West!


AEROVIAS "Q"


S. A.


DAILY SCHEDULED FLIGHTS
Authorized by
UNITED STATES CIVIL AERONAUTICS BOARD

FLYING DC-3 -- 21 PASSENGER PLANES


Key West Florida
to


Havana, Cuba
FARE $10.00 (Plus Tax)
30 Minute Flight


85 Miles


Key West Office-721-23 Duval Street
PHONES 446 482 102 ROGELTO GOMEZ, Agent
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We Appreciate Our Navy


Compliments
Paul Boysen
Company

Registered Real Estate
Brokers
626 FLEMING STREET
P. O. BOX 303
Here Since 1919
PHONE 153


Key West Electrical

Repair Co.
Sales Service Parts
All types of
MOTORS STARTERS
GENERATORS REPAIRED

Wiring Supplies

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING
611 Front Street
Phone 739
JOHN C. SCRIBNER, Mgr.


Old Island Realty Service
Licensed Real Estate Brokers
322 SIMONTON STREET
TELEPHONE 31
Key West, Florida
Sales Selective Rentals Property Management
Member: Southernmost Board of Realtors
Florida Association of Real Estate Boards
National Association of Real Estate Boards
In Appreciation of most cordial relations with U. S. Service
Personnel for the past twenty-five years


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ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE OUR FRIENDS OF THE NAVI


Florida Greyhound Lines


BUS TERMINAL SOUTHARD & BAHAMA STREETS


TELEPHONE 242


WILLIAM M. ARNOLD, Agent

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Our Navy is an important part
Navy Men are always welcome at
of Key West!

Faraldo's B. & B. Cycle Shop

Flying Service
GEO. FARALDO, Owner Cushman Scooter
Sales and Service
Meacham Field on Roosevelt Blvd.
Sightseeing: $2.50 per person Indian Motorcycles
G. I. & PRIVATE SCHOOLS Bicycles--Repairs, Rentals
Pleasure and Rental Flying
Keys Locksmith
Charter Planes
Dealer in POWER MOTOR CYCLES R. M. DANIELS, Mgr.
Phone 811 PHONE 1013






Always happy to serve our friends
of the Navyl

SIMONE'S TOURS
Opposite Bus Station
PHONE 298

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Seaboard Airline

Railroad Company

All Domestic and Foreign
Airlines


InIumnfi(riITrrffiRirUlHilw1_ 1 wqin
Compliments of

Allen's

San Carlos
Book Store
J. B. ALLEN
518 DUVAL STREET


ALL HAIL TO OUR NAVY OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE!

Overseas Transportation Co., Inc.


COR. FRANCIS AND EATON STREETS
TELEPHONES 92 93

Fast Freight Service Between Miami and Key West
Also Serving All Intermediate Points

FREE PICK UP AND DELIVERY SERVICE

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We Are Proud of Our Navy In Key West!


FLORIDA NATIONAL BANK

At Key West


MEMBER OF FEDERAL RESERVE

Member of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


Serving the Navy In Key


West


For Over Half A Century


FRONT at DUVAL STREETS


TELEPHONE 1790









Here's Real Security .

Thousands of Americans, our policyholders, have joined with us to build
secure futures in the American Way-by putting aside a little each
year to provide for rainy days of life, should they arrive tonight,
tomorrow or later. This is a progress report to our policy-
holdes showing the real security they enjoy-our 49th
Annual Statement at December 31st, 1949:


ASSETS
First Mortgage Loans _.- $ 2,987,455
Principally on residential
property occupied by the owner.
Bonds and Stocks --_ ..- .--- 10,251,020
United States Government bonds,
municipals, public utilities,
railroads and miscellaneous
corporate.
Loans To Our Policyholders 1,037,477
These loans are secured by the
cash values of the policies.
Real Estate --------- 492,980
Home Office building and im-
proved real estate purchased
as investments.
Cash In Banks and Office 441,773
Premiums in Course of
Collection ----......----... 251,859
Accrued Interest On Invest-
ments -------- --..... -..---- 92,473
All Other Assets -...._----.- 11.068
Total of All Our Assets -. $15,566.105


LIABILITIES
Legal Reserve On All Policies
In Force .-------- ------- $11,954.961
Present liability on all business
in force.
Pending Claims Unpaid -.. 32,431
We are in the process of paying
this amount to beneficiaries.
Unearned Interest ..-. 32,418
Interest paid to us in advance
on policy loans and mortgages.
Premiums Paid In Advance 153,559
Accrued Taxes and Other
Expenses -...---------- ------ 121,619


All Other Laibilities _
Total- of All Liabilities
Extra Protection to
Policyholders .--.......
Capital, reserve for
encies and surplus.
rotal ------ ---


... 493,677
----. 12,788,665

2,777,440
conting-


$15,566,105


H. A. DEMERITT, Manager
K. Kerr L. E. Mears
D. L. Saunders C. Cates
E. H. Solomon C. S. Higgs


"Offering Complete Life Insurance Service"


RENEDO BUILDING
515 DUVA STREET


PHONE 63


Peninsular Life Insurance Company

LAURENCE F. LEE, President

Home Office-Jacksonville, Florida


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KEY WEST GAS CO.






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Always Happy To Cooperate


With Our Navy!




WHAT PRICE WATER

Cut off the water supply of this country for one
week and water would be more precious than
diamonds. Water supply systems are the most
vital of all public utilities. Prolonged interrup-
tions to other public utilities would be serious.
Prolonged interruption to the public water supply
would be a catastrophe. There is no substitute for
water.
Be appreciative of the efficient but little publicized
service you receive from your community water
supply system. The cost is small but the service
is indispensable.


FLORIDA KEYS AQUEDUCT COMMISSION

Office: 522 SOUTHARD STREET
TELEPHONE 1092 EMERGENCY 81


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The Porter Dock Co.
CHAS. TAYLOR, Manager
Complete Docking Facilities

Gulf Oil Products
FOOT OF DUVAL STREET TELEPHONE 24
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Compliments of
Spider Web Drive-In
Cement Shakes Jumboburgers
Second Best Food & Drinks
5TH & FLAGLER STREETS
Compliments of

MALONEY BAKERY
812 Fleming Street
HOT CUBAN BREAD and ROLLS
Specializing in
PARTY and WEDDING CAKES
Phone 818

Compliments of
Perez Brothers
Bakery
1025 WHITE STREET
Specializing in
Wedding and Birthday Cakes
PHONE 1463


Compliments of

HOLSUM BAKERY
Ralph Faraldo, Agent


"If you had a million dollars you
couldn't buy better bread"
*
PHONE 285


Navy Men are always welcome at

Tony's Bar & Grill

'Duval & Angela Streets

For the best in
LIQUOR BEER WINE

MARIO GARCIA, Manager






WE ARE PROUD OF OUR NAVY IN KEY WEST!

Saunders Wholesale, Inc.
BERNIE C. PAPY, President


- Cigarettes


- Candies


Distributor for

SCHLITZ and REGAL BEER

316 SIMONTON STREET TELEPHONE 85 86



We Join all Key West in saying, "We are proud of our Navy"

H. Ramos & Co., Inc.
R. J. BETHEL, Manager

Wholesale distributor for
BLATZ BEER
Cigars Cigarettes Candies

FRONT & ANN STREETS TELEPHONE 300

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Compliments to Our Navy

Southernmost School

of Beauty Culture

Our senior students render a low
cost beauty service to the pub-
lic at greatly reduced prices

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS
Telephone 537
523 Southard Street

Approved by State Board of
Beauty Culture



Our Navy in Key West is Vital to
...ur Progress


Oriental Pharmacy

EMELIO ROMERO, Prop.

Prescription
Specialists

PROMPT FREE DELIVERY
.SERVICE

1000 Duval Street
Corner Truman Ave.
Phone 379


Compliments of
Frances Beauty Salon
ALL PHASES OF BEAUTY WORK
1010 Grinnell Street
Phone 1391

Compliments of

Mike's

Plumbing Store
1014 Truman Avenue
PLUMBING REPAIRING
CONTRACTING, GAS LINES
Phones:
Bus. 1455 Res. 823-W


Every Navy Man's

Credit is Gobd at


PAUL J. SHER

Jeweler






608 Duval Street

Phone 1500


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ALL HAIL TO OUR NAVY OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE!


S. H. Kress & Co.

F. W. SMITH, Manager


Five Ten


and Twenty-five


Cent Store


CORNER DUVAL AND FLEMING STREETS


We invite our Navy friends

to shop at


Chappell's


Variety


Store


PALACE THEATER


1100 WHITE STREET


GONZALO BEZANILLA,


Key West's Only Home-Owned
Five and Ten Cent Store


SOwner and Manager


Hail To Our Navy

Long May It Be With Us!


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FEEL FREE FROM NAVY

RESTRICTIONS


Visit-
OUR AIR-CONDITIONED
THEATER


Where the latest pictures
are shown



STRAND THEATER



Compliments
0. K. Shoe Shop
706 DUVAL STREET
Quality Shoe Repairs
Also -
Men's & Boys' New Shoes


The Bamboo Room

Air Conditioned Cocktail Lounge

422 SMITH LANE
(Opposite Strand Theater)


Compliments to Our Navyl

Lumley & Roberts

Hardware
COR. CAROLINE STREET
and PEACON LANE
Builders Hardware Paints and Oils
Benjamin Moore's
Paints Varnishes Enamels
PHONE 204

Adorable
Beauty Salon
924 SIMONTON STREET
Specializing in
PERMANENT WAVING
For Appointment Teelphone 1357

Paurs
Morales Cleaners
708 DUVAL STREET
Prompt Dependable Dry Cleaning
Service
Try Our Special 24-Hour Service

Gulf Pride
Service Station
tRUMAN AVE. & SIMONTON ST.
Tires Tubes Batteries
Accessories
CHAS. W. AGUERO, Mgr.
PHONE 9110






Our Navy Is,

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Vital To The

West!


Thompson Enterprises, Inc.

GENERAL OFFICE-813 CAROLINE STREET
HARDWARE STORE-814 Caroline Street-Telephone 886
Offering a complete line of FISHING TACKLE FOR SPORTS-
MEN AND COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN, MARINE HARD-
WARE, PAINTS, ETC.
ICE PLANT-Cor. Caroline and Margaret Streets-Phone No. 8
NOVELTY SHOP-Cor. Caroline and William Streets.
Telephone 109 for Novelty and Millwork
FISH HOUSE-Foot of Margaret Street-Telephone 567
Wholesale Producers and Distributors of Fresh Fish and Sea
Turtles
A. GRANDAY CANNING CO.-813 Caroline Street-Telephone 68
Canners of Genuine Clear Green Turtle Soup


Compliments
Radio Station WKWF
SOUTHERNMOST RADIO
STATION IN THE U. S. A.
1600 ON YOUR DIAL

Always happy to serve our friends
of the Navy!
S. Horowitz
"THE NAVY TAILOR"
40 Years Experience
We do all kinds of alterations
421 DUVAL STREET
Naval Personnel are our most
valued customers!


Tropical


Trader


GIFTS TOYS


718 Duval Street


Naval Personnel are always
welcome at
The Hobby Shop
HOBBIES SOUVENIRS TOYS
1105 Truman Avenue Phone 91
Compliments of
Goodyear
Shoe Repair Shop
Quality Workmanship and Material
Quick Service
612 DUVAL STREET
Hugo Diamandi & Son, Proprietors
Compliments to Our Navy!
Starlight Club & Bar
PACKAGE GOODS
Ic Cocktail Hour any Time Day
or Night
713 Duval Street Phone 9178


Phone 1000














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SUBMARINE SQUADRON FOUR
FLEET POST OFFICE
NEW YORK, N. Y. Key West, Fla
26 May 1953
My dear Commander:

I am glad to hear that you are getting a DD, and assume that is what

you want. I expect orders this summer to a submarine as CO, and am very

pleased.

I am enclosing a pamphlet which may be of some use to you. Some of the

dope is out of date, but it will give you a general picture of Key West.

I will answer your specific questions, and hope I am giving you straight

dope.

(a) Climate Hot as hell during July and August. Actually the worst

time of year in Key West, However, it is by no means unbearable, and I

would say not as bad as a heat wave in D.C.. Usually a breeze blows, and

a fan will keep you more or less comfortable.

(b)(c) Housing Generally available in one form or other. Key West

has plenty of real nice motels, and in the summer they are easily available.

You can get varied types of accommodations at the motels. Example an

efficiency apartment consisting of one bedroom, bath, and living room

containing kitchenette and day bed etc, rents for about $150 a month (with

maid service). I recommend this, since linens, utensils, etc are furnished,

most of the places are clean, attractive, and well kept, and the maid

service allows the wife to have a vacation. Sublets are available too, and

I suggest writing to the exec of the Sonar School for dope on sublets. They

get the dope from people desiring to sublet their houses. Sonar School also

should be able to give you dope on the motels.






(d) Facilities available widely varied recreational facilities -

fishing, swimming, (Pool and beach), clubs, golf (too hot), movies, to

mention a few. Also weekend trips to Havana.

In general, I would say that it could be a nice vacation, if you don't

mind the heat too much. I hope this is of use to you, and best luck on

your next duty.

Sincerely




LCDR W. A. SCHOENFELD
Submarine Squadron FOUR
Key West, Fla.




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