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Today in Keys History: Sept. 22

1976: Florida Gov. Reubin Askew named Ervin Higgs Monroe County Property Appraiser after Joe Allen was elected state representative and resigned effective Sept. 30. Higgs was unopposed in the Democratic primary for the office. 1978: Harry Knight, Monroe County Tax Collector, was elected president of the Florida Tax Collector’s Association.[…]

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. 1936: The wrecking tug Warbler from[…]

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.[…]

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 203 found the wreckage of the Spanish passenger[…]

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 WPA workers from the Keys and bring them to Key West in case of a hurricane. Coast Guard patrol boats were to be used to move the workers[…]

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 U.S. Army commission. 1930: The city commission ordered a reduction in salaries of 18 city officials and[…]

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 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:[…]

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. 1954: The Cuban ferry City of[…]

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 that he would record in his “Confederate War Diary.” 1876: St. James Missionary Baptist Church was founded by Rev. McIntosh and blacks who settled[…]

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, erected to commemorate her 25th anniversary of her religious vows, Sister Gabriel prayed that as long as the[…]