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1846 The Great Hurricane of 1846 struck Key West and by noon full hurricane winds were blowing with a storm surge of over seven feet. All buildings on the island were damaged or destroyed and the lighthouses at Sand Key and in Key West were destroyed. This was probably the most severe hurricane to hit the island but no barometer reading from Key West survived, a reading of 27.06 inches was recorded in Cuba before the storm moved north.
1878 The following officials were elected in the city elections: L.W. Bethel, mayor; William Curry, treasurer; Joseph Fagan, marshall; Peter T. Knight, clerk; William D. Albury, tax collector; and commissioners John W. Sawyer, John Mathews, Robert Gabriel, Charles Curry, James R. Curry, J.W.V.R. Plummer, George H. Curry, William B. Curry and Joseph F. Albury.
1880 The following were winners in the city election: R.J. Perry, mayor; William Richardson, clerk, Joseph Fagan, marshal; William H. Williams, tax collector; William Curry, treasurer; and commissioners Charles R. Adams, M.S. Thimon, J.J. Philbrick, A.J. Kemp, J.L. McDermoth, G.W. Maslin, G.R. Russell, W.R. Curry and W.J. Bartlum.
1881 The following were winners in the city election: E.O. Gwynn, mayor; William Richardson, clerk; Phillip Grillon, marshal; John Curry, tax collector; and commissioners Charles R. Adams, M.S. Thimor, J.P. Williams, Robert Watson, Lewis W. Pierce, D.L. Sweeney, Joseph F. Albury, William Bethel and Dr. J.V. Harris.
1909 A category three hurricane with winds over 100 m.p.h. and rain fall of 8.12 inches in five hours struck the island. The buildings totally destroyed included cigar factories the Ruy Lopez Company, the Martinez Company, George W. Nichols & Company and Aurelia Torres; St. Pauls Episcopal Church; Sparks Chapel; English Wesleyan Church; Bethel A.M.E. Church; Fire Station #1; Wolfson's building; and Markovitz' five and ten cent store.