Today in Keys History: Aug. 11
Key West CitizenAugust 11, 2017
1856: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4:30 and walked across to South Beach by the Lighthouse. Whipped Spring to make him obey and he ran home and when I returned I chained him and whipped him well. The Governor Dudley got in early from Havana and left before I got down. William Von Phister came in her and was sent to the Marine Hospital to stay his quarantine. Barometer 29.57 and thermometer 87. Got a barrel of flour and ½ barrel of Graham flour by the steamer Florida and paid Fernando Moreno for them $14.65. Paid Williams for vegetables $2.18. Very disagreeable day warm and still.
1931: A revolt against President Gerardo Machado was spreading over Cuba. The leader of the revolt was former President Mario Garcia Menocal.
1934: Gov. Dave Sholtz arrived for his annual inspection of the Florida National Guard in camp for two weeks of training at Fort Zachary Taylor.
1941: Mom’s Tea Room near Fort Zachary Taylor was raided and three women were arrested for prostitution.
1968: The Pier House Motel at Duval-On-the-Gulf opened for business. The 50-room motel was developed by David Wolkowski.
1974: Angelo Donghia of New York bought the Peacon House on Eaton Street from Dr. and Mrs. Moldawer. Donghia was the owner of Vice Veers fabric house and Burge-Donghia Interiors.
1979: Workers redigging a well at 902 Whitehead St. found gold estimated to be worth about $1,000. The gold was believed to be melted-down coin.