Key West CitizenSeptember 7, 2017

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The Victoria Restaurant at 201 Duval Street is pictured under construction in 1917.

Photo provided The Victoria Restaurant at 201 Duval Street is pictured under construction in 1917.

1856: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4:45 and walked on the beach, bad walking as the sand has nor filled up over the rocks yet. Returned home and bathed. At 8:30 a.m. barometer 29.51, thermometer 84.5, wind north northeast 4, clouds 7. P.M. Took a nap. Weather looks bad.

1878: A hurricane that claimed hundreds of lives in Cuban and Haiti passed over the Middle Keys on a due-north course that passed over the Everglades.

1893: Jefferson B. Browne was appointed Collector of Custom for the Port of Key West.

1917: Juan Farto, proprietor of the Victoria restaurant, purchased the property at the corner of Duval and Greene streets where the restaurant stands. The purchase price was $7,800.

1982: Joe Allen was re-elected to a fourth term as state representative as he easily won the Democratic primary and had no opponent in the general election. Circuit Court Judge Helio Gomez was re-elected. All other candidates faced runoff or general election opponents.

1983: Jennie Bethel Deboer died at 97. She grew up at the Key West Lighthouse, where her father, William Bethel, was the keeper for 25 years. During World War I she served in the Navy as a Yoemanette. After the war she worked for The Key West Citizen for 35 years.