Today in Keys History: Aug. 12
Key West CitizenAugust 12, 2017
1856: William Hackley recorded in his diary. Rose at 4:30 and walked on the beach, returned home and bathed. At 7:30 a.m. barometer 29.511, thermometer 86, wind east southeast 2, clouds 4. The steamer Florida left about 6 a.m. Read papers. The ship Maid of Orleans came in about 2. In the afternoon William C. Greene came in and employed me for the wreckers. Winer Bethel is employed for the ship. Matilda and the children spent the day at Charles Tift’s. This is the 15th anniversary of our wedding. Dan complained of feeling badly and his tongue is coated with white fur, but he has no fever, gave him two doses of China.
1898: President William McKinley signed the peace protocol with Spain ending the Spanish American War.
1906: The 1906 Key West City Directory listed 7,997 names of people over the age of 16. This number, multiplied by three, gave an estimated population of the city of 23,991.
1932: Thomas M. Kelly retired after 27 years of consecutive service in the Lighthouse Service. His last position was in charge of Alligator Reef Lighthouse, where he was stationed since 1917.
1933: Carlos Manuel de Cespedes was named president of Cuba in place of Gerardo Machado. Carlos Manuel de Cespedes was the former ambassador to the United States and, in 1876, his half-brother served as mayor of Key West.
1933: Gov. Dave Sholtz arrived on the Havana Special for his official; visit and inspection of the Florida National Guard in camp here for their annual training.
1934: The first edition of the Spanish language newspaper Cayo Hueso was published. The editor of the new weekly was A.O. Armayor.
1969: Two Army Green Berets drowned off the Naval Air Station at Boca Chica in a training accident.