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Today in Keys History: JULY 13

1917: Ground was broken for the first Naval Air Station on Trumbo Point on land rented from the Florida East Coast Railroad. 1942: The merchant vessel Andrew Jackson was sunk 72 miles east of Havana by the German submarine U-84. 1970: Jimmy Crowe, former publisher of The Dalton Citizen-News in[…]

Today in Keys History: JULY 12

1945: A plaque of polished brass was presented to William Curry Sons by the Florida State Chamber of Commerce recognizing the company for more than 100 years of business. 1966: Ground was broken on Stock Island to begin construction on the largest seawater conversion plant. The plant designed by Westinghouse[…]

Today in Keys History: JULY 11

1900: The Key West Public Library at the Masonic Temple at 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,[…]

Today in Keys History: JULY 10

1821: The American Flag was raised for the first time at St. Augustine and the Spanish flag lowered as the Spanish rule ended in Florida. 1924: The La Concha was the name chosen for the hotel on Duval Street. Louis T. Bragass submitted the contest winning name and was given[…]

Today in Keys History: JULY 9

1898: Pvt. Robert Hunter, Company H 25th Infantry, died of typhoid in the Army Hospital at the Convent. 1933: Ernest Hemingway, fishing with Capt. Joe Russell of Key West, caught a marlin that was 12 feet, 8 inches and weight 468 pounds. They were fishing in Cuban waters. 1942: The[…]

Today in Keys History: JULY 8

1908: Monroe County Deputy sheriff and Audubon Society Game Warden Guy M. Bradley was shot and killed by outlaw feather hunters in what is now the Everglades National Park. 1926: The old street car tracks were removed. The old trolleys were burned and the tracks sold for scrap. 1942: The[…]

Today in Keys History: July 7

1892: Jose Marti arrived in Key West for his second visit to the Cuban community of the island. 1929: The first issue of the Key West Sunday Star was published by Monroe County Printing Company. The subscription was $2 per year. 1942: The merchant vessel Umtata was sunk near Fowey[…]

Today in Keys History: July 6

1882: Nelson English was named Postmaster of Key West, the first African American to hold that position. 1897: George W. Allen was appointed Collector of Customs, the first native Key Wester to hold that office. 1900: The Key West postmaster was George Bowne Patterson. The other employees were Harry C.[…]

Today in Keys History: JULY 5

1830: Norman Sherwood killed John Wilson in a fight in a grog shop on Front Street, the first recorded murder in Key West. 1971: Capt. D.F. Loomis assumed duties as Commander Key West Force and Commander Naval Base until the arrival of Rear Adm. John H. Maurer in August. Rear[…]

Today in Keys History: JULY 4

1841: President John Tyler loved turtle soup so much that he served it at an Independence Day dinner made from a 300-pound turtle from Key West. 1864: The Army fired a 35 gun salute (one for each state, including West Virginia) from Fort Taylor in honor of Independence Day. 1876:[…]