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Today in Keys History: Sept. 21

1900: A meeting was held to organize a board of trade. Dr. J.B. Maloney was elected temporary secretary and a committee composed of Mayor George Bartlum, George W. Reynolds and W. Hunt Harris was appointed to call on businessmen and urge them to cooperate. 1934: The Key West Historical Society was formed at an organizationally[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 20

1901: St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Duval Street was destroyed by fire. The old church had survived the Great Fire of 1886. A large part of the church valuables were saved. The fire main system was undergoing repairs and the lack of water hampered the firemen. 1931: Capt. Eddie Sanders, of[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 19

1911: William Kerr, the leading architect/builder of Key West, died at 75. Some of his major projects were the Monroe County Courthouse, Custom House and the First National Bank at the corner of Duval and Front streets. 1919: The U.S. Navy Subchaser SC 203 found the wreckage of the Spanish passenger liner Valbanera on Half[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 18

1903: Col. Badges relieved Col. Leary as commanding officer of the Key West Army Barracks. 1937: A plan was approved to remove Works Progress Administration workers from the Keys and bring them to Key West in case of a hurricane. U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats were to be used to move the workers to No[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 17

1902: A shark measuring 15 feet was caught from Curry’s Wharf near the harbor end of Simonton Street. 1917: C.W. Saunderson resigned his seat on the city commission as he had received his Army Commission. 1930: The city council ordered a reduction in salaries of 18 city officials and abolished four police positions due to[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 16

1897: John J. Philbrick died at 57. He was from Keane, New Hampshire and came to Key West in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. At the time of his death he was president of Key West Street Car Company and the Key West Gas and Electric Light Company. 1923: The new Monroe County[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 15

1883: The City Commission elected Alfred R. Monsalvatage as mayor of Key West to fill the unexpired term of William McClintock, who resigned to take a job at the Custom House. 1945: A Category 3 hurricane passed over the Upper Keys, causing light damage. 1950: Coast Guard officials announced that a unit of the United[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 14

1861: Robert Watson left Key West on the schooner Lady Bannerman for the Bahamas, from where he would go to Tampa to join the Southern cause, which he would record in his “Confederate War Diary.” 1876: St. James Missionary Baptist Church was founded by Rev. McIntosh and few African Americans who settled in Key West[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 13

1948: Sister Louis Gabriel died at the Convent of Mary Immaculate where she had served since 1897. On May 25, 1922, at the dedication of the Grotto to Our Lady of Lourdes which was erected to commemorate her 25th anniversary of her religious vows, Sister Gabriel prayed that as long as the Grotto remains standing[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept 12

1871: John Bartlum died at 57. He was born in the Bahamas and was working in Key West by 1835. He was the leading shipbuilder of Key West, working for the firm of Bowne and Curry. His greatest achievement was the clipper ship Stephen R. Mallory, the only clipper ship built in the South with[…]