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Today in Keys History: Sept. 2

Sunday, Sept. 2 1930: The Key West Citizen printed its first edition from the new building on Greene Street at the corner of Ann Street. 1935: The most intense hurricane to hit the United States passed over Long Key and Lower Matecumbe Key. The Category 5 storm had a barometer reading of 26.35 and winds[…]

Today in Keys History: Sept. 1

Saturday, Sept. 1 1862: Yellow fever raged during the month, killing 20 members of the 90th New York Regiment, and another 27 men died in the Marine Hospital. 1924: Marie Jane Pinder, familiarly known as “Aunt Jennie” died at 112. She had made her home in Key West for 70 years. 1933: A tropical storm[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 31

1906: The following physicians were listed in the city directory: Arturo Castillo, J.N. Fogarty, Francisco Fors, J.V. Harris, Juan Hernandez, Samuel D.W. Light, Francisco Lopez, M.F. McCleary, John B. Maloney, Joseph W.V.R. Plummer and Myrtle Seiler. 1931: Miguel Mariano Gomez, revolution leader and former mayor of Havana, arrived in Key West from Cuba. He reported[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 30

1862: During the month of August, there were 150 cases of yellow fever reported by the U.S. Army in Key West. The deaths from fever totaled 50 for the Army, Navy and Merchant Marine. 1906: The Key West Inter-Ocean newspaper, with W.W. Thompson as editor, published daily except Sunday. The Key West Citizen, with E.M.[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 29

1858: Philip J. Fontaine, grocer and ship chandler, died at age 50. He had served three terms as Mayor of Key West. 1864: John Whitehead died in New York where he was vice president of an insurance company. He had been with John Simonton, John Fleming and Pardon Greene the first American owners of Key[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 28

1906: The Key West Public Library was at the Masonic Temple at 315 Simonton St. Librarian Mary Hobson was in charge of the 1,600 volumes. 1938: Edward “Coto” Garcia was selected to sing at New York World’s Fair of 1939. 1955: Georgia Gov. Marvin Griffin visited Key West and was taken fishing by his longtime[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 27

1966: Capt. Peter S. Knight, a Key West native, was killed in action in Vietnam. Capt. Knight graduated from Key West High School and the University of Florida. 1971: The abandoned lighthouse at the entrance to the Northwest Channel, rumored to have been used by Ernest Hemingway, was destroyed by fire. 1976: Capt. James E.[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 26

1906: The state senator for the 24th district was W. Hunt Harris. The state Representative from Monroe County was C.L. Knowles. 1951: The new Grace Lutheran Church on Flagler Avenue was dedicated. The guest speaker was The Rev. Dallas Gibson, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Fort Lauderdale. 1953: The Key West Citizen had been[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 25

1904: Florida Gov. William S. Jennings appointed William F. Maloney supervisor of registration. 1906: El Centro Asturiano established a branch in Key West. The society had one of the finest hospital in Havana. 1906: H.G. Fulford was Key West Fire Chief. The six companies were Monroe Engine Company No. 2, J.J. Albury foreman; Sunny South[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 24

1894: The Wagner Canning Company of Key West closed it plant for the season after processing 50,000 cases of canned pineapples. The pineapples were grown on the Upper Keys and brought to Key West for canning. 1906: The Mayor of Key West was George L. Babcock. The members of the board of aldermen were Joshua[…]