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Today in Keys History: Oct.5

1933: A hurricane passed 50 miles to the southeast of Key West. Winds of 65 to 70 mph were recorded in Key West. 1951: Helicopter Scouting Squadron HS-1 was commissioned in ceremonies held at the Seaplane Base. It was the first HS squadron in the Navy. Commander Joseph T. Watson was the Commanding Officer of[…]

Today in Keys History: Oct. 4

1911: Mrs. Eliza Cleare died at 105. She was born at Harbor Island, Bahamas, on April 14, 1806 and came to Key West in 1886. 1941: Lt. Col. Webster F. Putman relieved Col. Louis L. Pendleton as commanding officer Army Barracks Key West. 1954: The Navy’s first Underwater Swimmer School was commissioned in Building 107[…]

Today in Keys History: Oct. 3

1898: The Monroe County Public Schools opened for the year with 1,227 students. 1910: The remains of General Francisco Vicente Aguilera arrived on the Cuban revenue cutter Yara and were given full military honors by the Naval Station. The remains were taken to the San Carlos for memorial services. After the services the remains were[…]

Today in Keys History: Oct.2

1950: Playwright Tennessee Williams bought the house at the corner of Leon and Duncan Street from Mr. and Mrs. Lee Elmore for $13,000. 1951: The City Planning Board approved a zoning change for the Dairy Queen to build on United Street near White Street. 1954: A large crowd was on hand to watch as the[…]

Today in Keys History: Oct. 1

1909: Louis Mouton, proprietor of A. Granday & Company manufacturer of green turtle soup, died in Key West. 1951: Pauline Hemingway died after a brief illness while visiting California. She had been a resident of Key West since 1927 when she came here with her ex-husband writer Ernest Hemingway. 1952: Admiral Irving Duke drove the[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 30

1958: Ralph E. Cummingham Jr. defeated J.Y. Porter IV in the Democratic primary runoff election for state representative Group Two. 1959: Gov. Leroy Collins named Louis Carbonnell as Monroe County Clerk of Court to fill the term of Harry Dongo, who resigned. 1976: President Gerald Ford signed a military construction bill that included a provision[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 29

1918: A liberty boat returning to the USS Salem overturned and 18 men drowned. Eight of the bodies were recovered and buried in the Battleship Maine Plot in the Key West City Cemetery. The Salem was the flagship of the 12 submarine chasers based in Key West. 1934: The “Florida Motorist” magazine had a large[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 28

1929: A Category 3 hurricane passed over Key Largo. The lowest barometer reading recorded in the Keys was 27.99. Damage was slight because of the very small population of the Upper Keys. 1940: The Navy announced that a contract had been negotiated to construct a water pipeline from the mainland to Key West. 1944: Col.[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 27

1951: Allen B. Cleare, a native of Harbour Island in the Bahamas, died in Key West at 77. He had served on the city commission and school board and was mayor of Key West from 1917 to 1919. 1955: The Key West motel price war reached a new high when eight motels posted signs offering[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 26

1906: John Lowe Jr. had wholesale and retail lumber, groceries, ship chandlery and marine railway at his shop at the corner of Green and Elizabeth streets. 1911: Norberg Thompson opened the Key West Box Factory for the manufacture of boxes for the cigar industry of Key West. The factory was cable of producing 7,000 boxes[…]