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Today in Keys History: Nov. 26

1890: Key West, with a population of 18,786, was the largest city in Florida. The largest employers were the cigar factories, making hand-rolled cigars with Cuban tobacco which employed more than 2,000 workers. The second industry was sponge fishing, which had about 100 boat with more than 500 men employed.[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 25

1873: The Alligator Reef Lighthouse was completed. 1939: The Navy signed a one-year lease for Trumbo Point and used it as the Naval Air Station. The plans called for a large hanger, quarters for personnel and repairs to the sea plane ramp. 1942: The management of the Casa Marina Hotel[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 24

1901: The population for the State of Florida by the 1900 census was 528,542. The population of South Florida, which is all the land south of Lake Okeechobee comprised of Lee, Dade and Monroe counties, was 26,092. The population of Dade County was 4,955 and Lee had 3,071, with the[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 23

1897: George B. Patterson assumed duties as Postmaster Key West, relieving Harry McClintock, who had been acting for some months. 1899: Thanksgiving Day was observed by all churches, which held services. In the afternoon, a bazaar was held at La Brisa. The bicycle road race was held at 4 p.m.[…]

Today in Keys History: Nov. 22

1901: The population of Monroe County by the 1900 census was officially 18,066, with 17,114 in the city of Key West and the remaining 364 in the Key Largo district, 216 in the Matecumbe district and 282 in the Chokoloskee district. 1932: William F. Maloney died at 63. He had[…]

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[…]