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1911 William Kerr, the leading architect/builder of Key West, died at age 75. Some of his major projects were the Monroe County Courthouse, Custom House and the First National Bank at the corner of Duval and Front streets.
1919 The U.S. Navy Subchaser SC 203 found the wreckage of the Spanish passenger liner Valbanera on Half Moon Shoals. The liner had last been sighted on Sept. 9, when it was turned away from Havana Harbor because of hurricane winds. No trace was ever found of the more than 300 passengers and crew of the ship, making the Hurricane of 1919 one of the deadliest storms to hit the United States.
1952 Cpl. Henry Carey, Army, was killed in action in Korea.
1979 The County Commission named Kermit Lewin interim county administrator to replace William E.P. Roberts, who had resigned after 18 months as the first administrator.
1982 Monroe County Mayor George E. Dolezal dedicated the new Marathon branch library. Also on hand was former Key West Mayor Sonny McCoy, who discovered the state money used to finance the project.
1993Earl Adams died at age 90. He had served on the City Commission and was clerk of court from 1949 to 1973. He had been a reporter for the Miami Herald and the Key West Citizen, where he wrote a Key West history column for years.