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Today in Keys History: Aug. 23

1904: Robert Gabriel was elected president of the Roosevelt and Fairbanks Republican Club. 1906: George Bowne Patterson was the postmaster. The other employees of the post office were Harry C. Cantwell, assistant postmaster; Carrie E. Watson, registry clerk; A.H. Smith, mailing clerk; James D. Roberts jr., mailing clerk; L.E. Blackwell, mailing clerk; Marie L. Cappick,[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 22

1905: The cornerstone of the National Bank building, at the corner of Duval and Front streets, was laid. John T. Sawyer, one of the directors, placed a silver coin under the stone. 1967: Julius F. Stone, the WPA administrator who saved the Key West economy by making the Keys a tourist resort, died in New[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 21

1867: Key West Mayor E.O. Gwynn and Cuban Capt. General Joaquin del Manzano exchanged telegrams on the International Ocean Telegraph Company’s new underseas telegraph cable with Cuba. 1906: The members of the Board of Pilot Commissioners were Charles C. Curtis, Oscar Clifton, P.T. Knight, William H. Malone Jr. and M.S. Moreno. 1923: Key West Mayor[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 20

1904: At 9:30 a.m., the new St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Truman Avenue was dedicated by the Rt. Rev. W.J. Kenny, D.D., Bishop of St. Augustine. At 10:30, solemn high mass was celebrated The Rev. Father A.B. Friend, pastor of the church. Music for the event was provided by Ayala’s orchestra[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 17

1856: The clipper ship Stephen R. Mallory was launched. The ship was 164 feet and 959 tons, the only clipper ship built in the Deep South with native labor. The shipbuilder was John Bartlum, who used native mahogany known as Madeira. The firm of Bowne and Curry owned the ship. 1906: The Commandant of the[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 16

1842: The United States signed a contract to build a Marine Hospital at Key West. The hospital was to treat Merchant Marine sailors The Marine Hospital Service would become the U.S. Public Health Service. 1907: Father A.B. Friend, pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea, celebrated the 25 anniversary of his ordination. 1931: Algernon[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 15

1906: Key West Cigar manufacturer Walter S. Lightbourn died in Batabanoa, Cuba. 1924: Contractor Paul Boysen swung the pick to break ground for the start of construction of the La Concha Hotel. 1968: Rear Adm. Frederick J. Bush cut the ribbon for the first unit in the new Navy Poinciana Housing complex. 1969: Charles Percy[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 14

1887: Two new cases of yellow fever were reported in 24 hours, with one death. There had been 242 case since the epidemic began, with 47 deaths. 1945: Key West greeted the news the war had ended with throngs parading on Duval Street. The Navy Yard announced the news with 10 long blasts on the[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 13

1861: Orders were issued that no vessels were to be allowed to leave Key West unless the owner and crews first took the oath of allegiance to the Union. 1894: The U.S. Navy announced it was establishing a coaling station in Key West. 1911: The Board of Public Instruction named R.E. Terrell as principal of[…]

Today in Keys History: Aug. 12

1898: President William McKinley signed the peace protocol with Spain to end the Spanish American War. 1932: Thomas M. Kelly retired after 27 consecutive years in the Lighthouse Service. His last station was in charge of Alligator Reef Lighthouse, where he was stationed since 1917. 1933: Gov. Dave Sholtz arrived on the Havana Special for[…]