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 Roland Curry

Source: The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.II   pg.292  1923
Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present

CURRY, ROLAND, who is giving an excellent administration of the office of sheriff of Monroe County and is one of the highly esteemed citizens of Key West, was born on the Bahama Islands, September 30, 1869, and is a son of the late HENRY and MARGARET (WETHERFORD) CURRY, both natives of England.  HENRY CURRY became a sea captain, owned and commanded a vessel in the sponge trade, and he became a citizen of the United States prior to the birth of his son Roland, of this sketch.  Captain Curry passed the closing period of his long and useful life at Key West, where he died in 1916. At the venerable age of eighty-six years and nine months, his wife having preceded him to the life eternal.

    ROLAND CURRY acquired his early education in the schools of the Bahama Islands and was a lad of twelve years when the family home was established at Key West, Florida, where he continued to attend school two years.  Thereafter he worked at various locations, largely in connection with the sponge business, until he entered an apprenticeship to the carpenter’s trade, at which he became a skilled workman.  He continued to follow his trade until he entered service as a member of the city police department of Key West.  Later the state health officer, Dr. J.V. PORTER, appointed him a state sanitary patrol officer, and of this position he continued the incumbent several years, he having served in the laboratory department at the time when ports of the state were under close supervision to avoid the entrance of persons affected with the bubonic plague then prevalent.  After his retirement from service with the health department Sheriff CURRY resumed the work of his trade, but within a short time he was appointed chief deputy sheriff, a position which he retained until the retirement of Sheriff A.H. McINNIS, when he became a candidate for the sheriff, to which he was elected in the fall of 1920 and the duties of which he assumed in January, 1921, for the prescribed term of four years.  The Sheriff is a staunch supporter of the cause of the democratic
party, and he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  In the Masonic fraternity he is affiliated with both York and Scottish Rite bodies, as well as the Mystic Shrine, and he is a member also of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Order of the Golden Eagle.    December 26, 1903, recorded the marriage of Sheriff CURRY and Miss SARAH E., daughter of ADIN R. and ILLA (SANDS) ROBERTS, of Monroe County, the parents having been born in England and the father having become a successful
Florida farmer.  Sheriff and Mrs. CURRY have six children:  GLADYS, MIZPAH, NAOMI, GILBERT, ALLEN and IDA FAY.  The eldest daughter, GLADYS, is the wife of JAMES KEATING, and they reside in Key West.  Their one child is a son, ROLAND, named in honor of his maternal grandfather.

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