Today in Keys History: Sept. 8
Key West CitizenSeptember 8, 2017
1856: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 5 and worked about the yard and bathed. At 9 a.m. barometer 29.51, thermometer 85, wind east southeast 2, clouds 4. Wrote to the Treasurer of the United States. Attended the auction sales. Bought of Gwynn eight pairs of shoes for the children. Went around Conch Town in the evening with Matilda and children. Wrote a letter to Mother and put it in the office. The California steamer George Law arrived about 7 P.M.
1883: Mayor William McClintock resigned to take a job at the Custom House. He was elected in October 1882.
1891: Thomas Romer died at 108. He was born in Nassau and had been a citizen of Key West for 65 years.
1932: Chester Curry harpooned in the harbor an ocean sunfish that weighed between 1,200 and 1,400 pounds.
1956: The pre-Civil War Caroline Lowe House at the corner of Duval and Caroline streets was gutted by fire and had to be torn down. For 15 years the house had been the Tradewinds Restaurant. The fire was set by an arsonist who destroyed a number of Key West landmarks before he was caught.
1965: Hurricane Betsy, a Category 3 storm, passed over the Upper and Middle Keys. Sustained winds of 100 mph or more were recorded between Big Pine Key and Homestead. Rainfall of 10.52 inches was recorded at Big Pine Key and 11.80 inches on Plantation Key.
1994: Steve Shea defeated incumbent Circuit Court Judge Jefferson Overby. The other election winners were: Jack London, county commissioner; Susan Vernon, county judge and Anne Kelly Cohan, school board.