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Today in Keys History: June 21

1513: Ponce de Leon named the islands at the western end of the Florida Keys Los Tortugas. 1914: The Internal Revenue office was at 423 Front St. The Deputy Collector was C.L. Knowles and J.L. Johnson was the Stamp Deputy. 1923: Ground was broken for the construction of the new[…]

Today in Keys History: June 20

1914: The Key West Fire Department’s full-time employees were: Station No. 1 at City Hall Sam Collins, foreman, Antonio Garcia, chauffeur; H.B. Lowe, chauffeur; Ralph Pinder and Richard Russell, firemen. Station No. 2 Jackson Square John P. Baldwin, foreman; Ramon Rivas, driver and J.P. Bright, chauffeur. Station No. 3 Packer[…]

Today in Keys History: June 19

1865: The bark Adventure arrived in Key West in distress. Four of her crew were sick with yellow fever and sent to the Marine Hospital for treatment. The fever spread to the U.S. Army troops on the island and began an epidemic that caused 331 cases with 71 deaths among[…]

Today in Keys History: June 18

1888: Col. Henry A. Crane died at 75. He was born in New Jersey and came to Florida and fought in the Seminole War. During the Civil War, he was first in the Union Navy and later in the Army. After the war, he settled in Key West and published[…]

Today in Keys History: June 17

1914: The Panama Hotel, with manager C.R. Pierce, was located at the corner of Eaton and Elizabeth streets. The hotel had running water in every room and the rates were $1, $1.50 and $2 a night. 1955: The Key West High School baseball team defeated Jackson High of Jacksonville 3-2[…]

Today in Keys History: June 16

1893: Judge Angel Delono died. He was born in Santiago de Cuba on Dec. 16, 1824. He came to Key West in 1878 and served as Justice of the Peace and Monroe County Judge. 1909: R.G. Ross completed rebuilding the jetty in the Northwest Channel. 1914: Dr. J.G. Campbell, surgeon[…]

Today in Keys History: June 15

1831: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Drew up a power of attorney from Lieutenant Francis D. Newcomb to his brother Henry K. Newcomb. The Schooner Wetrus from St. Marks for Baltimore arrived during the night and before breakfast the two Mr. Newcombs and myself went on board in the[…]

Today in Keys History: June 14

1831: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Drew up a mortgage from Joseph Prince to George Knight of Indian Key. One of the soldiers of the name of Buckley (the fifer) died suddenly in the guard house of apoplexy. Wind calm. 1923: A whale shark, estimated at 45,000 pounds, was[…]

Today in Keys History: June 13

1831: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Sauntering about and looking for a vessel to leave this place. The mosquitoes are very bad. Wind calm. 1930: The 27th annual convention of the Florida State Pharmaceutical Association opened at the San Carlos Theater with 135 members present. 1959: Rear Adm. Lloyd[…]

Today in Keys History: June 12

1831: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Wrote a petition to the Secretary of the Treasury for Michael Mabrity, the Keeper of the Key West Lighthouse, for an increase of his salary to the same sum which the other keepers enjoy. After dinner borrowed Oliver O’Hara’s mare and in company[…]