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Today in Keys History: Nov. 16

1927: The Monroe County, the first of the ferries to be used on the water gap in the first Overseas Highway, was launched in Jacksonville. 1965: In the city election runoff, Henry B. Lee III and John Hernandez were elected to the commission. 1968: A three-year effort by The Rev. Russell Burns to obtain a[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 15

1948: The City Commission voted to change the name of Division Street to Truman Avenue in honor of President Harry S Truman’s visit to the city. 1950: Shirley J. Garson became the first woman in Key West to become a U.S. Coast Guard licensed charter boat captain. 1959: Allen E. Curry was the manager of[…]

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1904: James A. Waddell died at 65. He was born in Canada and came to Key West in 1881 to work at the John White Bank. He served as mayor of Key West 1888 to 1889 and again 1895 to 1897. 1937: The Florida Keys Hurricane Monument on Upper Matecumbe Key was dedicated. The monument[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 13

1830: William R. Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose before the sun and studied the case of James Fearn. At 10 went to the courthouse and made a motion in the arrest of judgment on the grounds that the indictment was not specific enough the motion was sustained. The case of James Fearn for running[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 12

1898: Battery B, 1st U.S. Army Artillery, with two officers and 121 men, arrived at the Key West Barracks from Hilton Head, South Carolina. 1907: The following city officials were elected: Dr. J.N. Fogarty, mayor; N.S. Moreno, clerk; W.J. Gardner, chief of police; Lem Baker, captain of police; C. Knowles, police justice; William M. Pinder,[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 11

1830: William R. Hackley recorded, in part, in his diary: Rose before the sun and read “Acts” until 10 when I went up to the courthouse and remained until one the Judge granted a recess until 3. The Judge appointed myself, Braden and Pascal B. Prior to defend James Fearn and Charles Green indicated for[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 10

1945: The Gulf Oil Corporation was drilling an oil well on Coupon Bight on the south side of Big Pine Key. 1956: The southernmost branch of Toastmasters International was organized by Joe Simpson, formerly a member of the northernmost Toastmasters Club in Fairbanks, Alaska. 1974: The two-story house that had been next to the Key[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 9

1828: The act incorporating the City of Key West was repealed and a new one incorporating the Town of Key West was passed by the territorial council. 1830: William R. Hackley recorded in his diary: “Rose before dawn and read the “Acts.” The court met at 10 pursuant to adjournment and several indictments for assault[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 8

1899: The strike at the Gato cigar factory has been settled. The cigarmakers union, recently organized, has signed agreements with some factories and the other factories not paying the union wages will have to stop work. 1938: In the general election, Berine C. Papy was re-elected as state representative and William Monsalvatge, Braxton B. Warren,[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 7

1830: William R. Hackley recorded in his diary — “Rose with the sun and read the “Acts” and afterwards Hammond. After dinner read Stewart. The weather has been hot all day and the winds light and variable till about 8 P.M. when the wind came out of the northwest and blew quite fresh.” 1944: Three[…]