Today in Keys History: Sept. 23
Key West CitizenSeptember 23, 2017
SATURDAY, sept. 23
1856: William Hackley recorded in his diary. Rose at 4:20 and went to the ponds and killed six teal, three yellow legs and two doves. At 8:20 a.m. barometer 29.37, thermometer 84.5 wind southwest 2, clouds 6. Felix Senac who went up to the upper end of Island got eight ducks. Wrote P. Williams enclosing Richard Roberts claim and William B. Randolph’s claim. At 4 p.m. barometer 29.33, thermometer 88, wind south southwest 3, clouds 8. A light rain about dark.
1894: William McClintock died in Key West. He came to Key West during the Civil War as a captain in the Navy and returned after the war to reside in the city. He served on the city commission and in 1882 was elected mayor, but resigned a year later to take a job in the Custom House.
1932: The Post Office opened for business in the new Federal Building on Simonton Street at the corner of Caroline Street.
1940: A contract to dredge the Naval Station harbor was awarded to R.C. Huffman Construction Company of Buffalo, N.Y.
1954: Hollywood producer Hal Wallis was in Key West scouting locations for filming Tennessee William’s play, “The Rose Tattoo.”
1966: City officials and backers held a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Key West Theater that was constructed in the Searstown Shopping Center.
1974: The Fire Department began moving into the new station at the corner of Kennedy Drive and Flagler Avenue.
SUNDAY, sept 24
1856: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4:40 and went out to the ponds and sat till it was light. At Mead’s Pond and them went to Linn’s but saw no ducks and but one godwit. The birds must have left for Cuba with the first of the northern which is now blowing which commenced about 3 a.m. I hear that there were a number of geese over the town last night. Walked out with Matilda and Mrs. Charles Tift. The Patterson girls spent the day yesterday. The sewing machine is doing better.
1864: Former Mayor John P. Baldwin died in Lake City, Florida. He had served as mayor of Key West from 1858 to May 1861, when all officials elected under Florida law were removed by the federal government when the state seceded from the Union.
1897: Sylvanus Johnson was executed on a gallows erected in Jackson Square between the courthouse and jail. Johnson, an African American, was convicted of raping a white woman.
1923: Legendary jazz trumpeter Theodore “Fats” Navarro Jr. was born at 828 Thomas St.
1957: Key Colony Beach became the second city in Monroe County when the 11 qualified voters at a town hall meeting approved incorporation.
1985: A study of multiple sclerosis in Key West was conducted by the Monroe County Health Department, The State Department of Health and the United States Center for Disease Control. The study failed to find any reason for the high number of cases of the disease in Key West.
1997: The Harvey Government Center at the Historic Truman School was dedicated by County Commissioner Wilhelmina Harvey before a large crowd.