Today in History
Circa 1965; 530 Simonton St.; built circa 1889; B'Nai Zion Synagogue

Saturday, September 5, 2015

1861: Maj. William H. French issued an order that all male citizens of the island must take an oath of allegiance to the United States within 60 days or they would be removed from Key West.

1898: Cmdr. P.P. Gilmore relieved Cmdr. J.M. Forsyth as Commandant of the Naval Station.

1900: The case of the bark South American, which wrecked on French Reef, was heard in federal court. The vessel with a cargo of mahogany was lost. The salvors were awarded a fee of $11,925.

1969: The former B’nai Zion Synagogue on Simonton Street was sold to the Mission to the Military Inc., a serviceman’s Christian center. The old building was replaced by the new synagogue on United Street.

1974: Robert C. Sowers Jr. took over as publisher of the Key West Citizen under the paper’s new owner, Thomson Newspapers Inc.

1978: Regina McMahen received her badge and gun after completing the Florida Police Academy to become the first woman officer in the Key West Police Department.

1982: Furniture finisher magnate Homer Fromby sold Little Munson Island for $1.25 million to Charles and Alexis Kohn.