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Today in Keys History: Nov.21

1905: A general strike of the cigarmakers was ordered. Several meeting of the Manufacturers Union and the Cigarmakers Union failed to settle the strike. 1935: The WPA began a program of eradication of wild cotton in the Keys and Everglades. The wild cotton was host to the pink boll worm[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 20

1951: Teddy the Dog on the sight-seeing bus died. Teddy was the national known 15-year-old dog that rode on top of Ramon Navarro’s sight-seeing bus. He had been featured in countless magazines and newspaper articles. 1963: A U-2 spy plane crashed into the sea west of Smith Shoals Lighthouse. Presumably[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 19

1895: The Key West sponge schooner Shamrock sank off St. Marin’s Key and six of the 14 man crew were lost. 1924: The cornerstone of the new St. Peter’s Episcopal Church was laid by Rev. Cameron Mann, bishop of Episcopal Diocese of South Florida. 1952: Monroe County became the owner[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 18

1918: The Florida East Coast Hotel system announced that the war department had released the men and material necessary to resume construction on the Casa Marina Hotel. 1930: Marina Williams, an African American, died at 92 and was buried from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She claimed to be the second[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 17

1929: Miss Lena Johnson, the first women elected to the city commission, was defeated in her re-election bid by 40 votes. 1946: President Harry S Truman arrived to spend his first vacation at the Little White House. He stayed for a week. 1959: Hilario “Charlie” Ramos Jr. and Harry Knight[…]

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 Rev. Russell[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 15

1908: Capt. A.B. Potter of the R.G. Ross Construction Company arrived to begin work on rising the east jetty of the Northwest Channel. The work required six months and 30,000 tons of Massachusetts granite to complete. 1948: The city commission voted to change the name of Division Street to Truman[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 14

1927: Key West Mayor Leslie A. Curry was re-elected and the following were elected to the city council: Williard Albury, Ambrose Cleare, William A. Freeman, Ross Sawyer, Leo H. Warren and Miss Lena Johnson. Miss Johnson was the first woman to run for an elective office in the city or[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 13

1917: The winners in the city elections were: Allen E. Cleare, mayor; Wallace Pinder, clerk; Whitmore Gardner, chief of police; Alfred P. Knowles, captain of night police; Charles Williams, treasurer; George L. Babcock, tax collector; William A. Carey, tax assessor; J.F. Russell, police justice and B.P. Baker, sexton. The new[…]

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. 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.[…]