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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

on this day in:

1923 Benjamin Lopez, funeral director, undertaker and embalmer, was located at 413 Bahama St.

1975 The ceremonial planting of the first tree as part of the Downtown 76 restoration project took place in the 600 block of Duval Street.

1985 The Key West Post Office moved from the federal building on Simonton Street to the Key West Post Office on Whitehead Street. The move had been delayed since March in a dispute with the city over sewer impact fees.

1986Margo Golen, age 70, philanthropist and civic leader ,died. She was co-owner, executive vice president and chairman of the board of Holiday Inn of Key West. She had served on the Florida Keys Hospital board, the Monroe County Public Library board, the Key West Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist Development Council.

1993 Henry "Hank" Kokenzie Sr., who had devoted his life to helping veterans, died at the age of 75. He was director of Veterans Affairs for Monroe County for 17 years.

1995 Larry C. Bowers was named editor of the Key West Citizen.

1999 Hurricane Irene brushed the Keys with heavy rains causing street flooding and power outages.