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Today in Keys History: July 20

1853: The Sand Key Lighthouse was first lighted. 1888: The Island City Guard was organized chiefly through the efforts of George Babcock. 1900: In Criminal Court, the case against E.J. Watson, for assault with intent to murder, was continued until the next term. Watson was not in custody and was living in extreme southwest Florida.[…]

Today in Keys History:

1853: The Sand Key Lighthouse was first lighted. 1888: The Island City Guard was organized chiefly through the efforts of George Babcock. 1900: In Criminal Court, the case against E.J. Watson, for assault with intent to murder, was continued until the next term. Watson was not in custody and was living in extreme southwest Florida.[…]

Today in Keys History: July 19

1923: U.S. Navy (retired) Rear Adm. Charles D. Sigsbee died at his home in New York. He was captain of the Battleship Maine when it was destroyed in Havana in 1898, which resulted in the war with Spain. 1925: Gen. John J. Pershing arrived by train and transferred to the USS Rochester for a trip[…]

Today in Keys History: July 18

1901: Ferdinand Hirsch, who owned a large cigar factory in Key West, died in New York. 1943: The U.S. Naval Air Ship (blimp) K-74 was shot down by the German submarine U-134 near the Elbow Cay on the Cay Sal Banks, about 50 miles southeast of Marathon. Navy ships from Key West rescued the crew,[…]

Today in Keys History: July 17

1886: Jefferson B. Browne was named Postmaster of Key West. 1945: Mayor Willard M. Albury tendered his resignation as mayor to the City Council, which elected John Carbonnel Jr. to fill the unexpired term that ended in November. 1953: Because of pressure from the U.S. Navy, the city of Key West had outlawed B-girls who[…]

Today in Keys History: July 16

1880: The American Shoals Lighthouse was first lighted. 1893: Judge Angel De Lono died at 69 at his home on Caroline Street. He was born in Santiago de Cuba and came to Key West in 1878. He had served as justice of the peace and county judge. 1935: The Pulaski Shoals Lighthouse was first lighted.[…]

Today in Keys History: July 15

Sunday, July 15 1887: The Marine Hospital reported the yellow fever epidemic in Key West had caused 110 cases with 30 deaths. By the time the fever ended in September, there had been 282 cases with 63 deaths. 1901: The post office began delivering mail three times a day. The letter carriers left the post[…]

Today in Keys History: July 13

1900: The Monroe County Commission members were Chairman James R. Curry Jr., Charles O. Forsberg, J.F. Navarro, James W. Carey and S.A. Walker. The other county officials were: W. Hunt Harris, state senator; E.W. Russell, state representative; J.B. Wall, judge; P.O. Knight, state attorney; George W. Reynolds, clerk of court; L.W. Bethel, judge; J.Vinning Harris,[…]

Today in Keys History: July 12

1900: The mayor of Key West was George L. Bartlum. The members of the Key West Board Aldermen were Charles R. Pierce, Joshua Curry, C.J. Hullsenkamp, George M. Bryson, Charles Shavers, T.A. Thompson, John Scheurer, J.W. Johnson and Willis Bethel. The other officials were: W. Hunt Harris, police justice; H.G. Fulford, city engineer; Thomas E.[…]

Today in Keys History: July 11

1900: The Key West Library at the Masonic Temple, 315 Simonton St., had 1,600 volumes under librarian Sallie E. Roberts. The library was run by the Ladies Improvement Association. The officers of the association were Mrs. C.F. Kemp, president; Miss Carrie Messina, vice president; Mrs. Lydia E. Moss, secretary and Mrs. Benjamin Curry, treasurer. 1966:[…]