Today in Keys History: Sept. 9
Key West CitizenSeptember 9, 2017
1856: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 5 and made a scrubbing bush out of Palmetto. Bathed. At 8 a.m. barometer 29.57.5, thermometer 85.5, wind south southeast 2, clouds 6. Tried on a new shirt bought for $15.00 per dozen, fitted beautifully. No sale in the morning and but a small one in the evening which I did not attend.
1919: A major hurricane passed south of Key West on a west northwest track. Gale/hurricane force winds lasted from 7 a.m. on Sept. 9 through 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, with the highest wind of 110 mph. A barometer reading of 27.37 was recorded at the Dry Tortugas. The Category 4 storm caused more than $2 million in damages.
1946: In a special election, Louis Carbonell defeated William T. Doughtry for the city commission seat left vacant when Clarence Sweeting resigned.
1955: Capt. Fritz Gleam relieved Rear Admiral H.H. Henderson as commanding officer Naval Station Key West. Admiral Henderson was still Commander Naval Base Key West.
1958: The winners in the Democratic primary were: Bernie C. Papy, state representative; Joe Allen, tax assessor; A. Maitland Adams, county commissioner; William R. Warren Jr., school board and Ruth Alice Campbell, school board. Papy with his re-election and the defeat of Elbert Stewart of Hendry County became the dean of the Florida House.
1964: The Beatles arrived at Key West International Airport at 4 in the morning and were greeted by a screaming mob of fans. The group had been scheduled to appear in Jacksonville, but Hurricane Dora forced them to Key West where they spent two days at the Key Wester Motel on South Roosevelt.
1975: After a seven-month undercover investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration began making arrests in an investigation dubbed “Operation Conch.” Among the 18 people indicted by the statewide grand jury in Tallahassee were the city attorney and fire chief.