Today in Keys History: Aug. 10
Key West CitizenAugust 10, 2017
1856: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4:30 and took Dan with me and walked across the island saw a duck in Porters Spring and waited for Dan at the spring to bathe and walked home by the Fort. Saw where a turtle had came up but could not find the eggs. At 8 a.m. barometer 29.57, thermometer 86, wind south southeast 2, clouds 2. The sloop Eliza Catherine and schooner Florida came up from the ship on the Quicksands loaded with cotton. The ship is off and coming up. The Globe was the first boarder. The Globe, schooner Dart, schooner Florida, sloop Vineyard and sloop Eliza Catherine are the larger wreckers. Dash came in the steamer Florida yesterday and as I have another dog I gave him to Fernando Moreno. Wrote a PS to a letter Hattie wrote to mother and wrote no other. Nearly calm and very hot in the P.M.
1907; George Patterson of the United States Weather Bureau arrived to take charge of the local station from H.G. Cornthwaite, who went to Northfield, Vermont.
1964: Political leader Berine C. Papy, 62, died. He had served 14 consecutive terms in the state Legislature before he was defeated in 1962 by Charlie Ramos. Papy had won the Democratic primary and was assured of his election in November to return him to the Florida House. Papy was one of the most powerful and influential Monroe County politicians and, at the height of his career, was “The King of the Keys.”
1980: An Air Florida flight from Miami to Key West was hijacked and taken to Cuba. The plane and passenger later returned to Miami unharmed.
1985: Johnny Carson, star of NBC Television’s: Tonight Show,” was in Key West to visit the wreck site of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha as guest of famed treasure hunter Mel Fisher.