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1878 A hurricane that claimed hundreds of lives in Cuba and Haiti passed over the Middle Keys on a due north course that passed over the Everglades.
1893Jefferson B. Browne was appointed Collector of Customs for the Port of Key West.
1917Juan Farto, proprietor of the Victoria Restaurant, purchased the property it sat on at the corner of Duval and Greene streets. The purchase price was $7,800.
1976 The following were election winners: Joe Allen, state representative; Billy Freeman, supervisor of elections; Don Schloesser, county commissioner; Jerry Hernandez Jr., county commissioner; Jeff D. Gautier, state attorney; E.H. Walker, school board; Lester A. Garringer Jr., judge; John Keane, public defender; and Ellie Cameron, mosquito control.
1982Joe 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.
1983Jennie Bethel Deboer died at the age of 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 yeomanette. After the war, she worked for The Key West Citizen for 35 years.