Today in Keys History Oct. 14

On this date in 1989, Hilario Ramos, center, pictured in 1965 at 203 Duval St., died. He was the founder of Florida Keys State Bank.

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary. Rose at 4:30 and walked on the beach. Bought 8 mullet for $.25 on the Fort Wharf. Returned and bathed. At 8:30 a.m. barometer 29.49, thermometer 79, (at 4:30, 75), wind northeast 4, clouds 1.

1896: May Johnson recorded in her diary: Bright, Wed. Oct. 14, 1896. I arose at 7 o’clock, dressed, did work, had breakfast, went to school, from school went to Mrs. Niles’s about her boys, came home, had dinner, dressed, sewed until 5 o’clock, went out to La Brisa, such a sickening little prissy crowd, I was disappointed, came back to Fannie’s, all out so I stayed there, Charlie Curtis spent the evening there, came to bed with a bad headache. DISAPPOINTED.

1939: The U.S. Navy announced that the long unused Key West Naval Station would re-open on Nov. 1. The station was used to support ships engaged in neutrality patrols of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

1941: Will Doughhtry of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Commission announced that the corner of Jackson Square, at the intersection of Thomas and Southard streets, had been chosen as the site for the aqueduct’s reservoir and pumping station.

1950: Sam B. Pinder won the Monroe County Democratic special primary over Milton A. Parrott for supervisor of elections.

1964: Hurricane Isabel, with winds of 80 to 100 mph, caused minor damage in the city. The one casualty of the storm was a giant Spanish Laurel tree at the Oldest House on Duval Street.

1975: Gov. Reubin Askew reinstated Harry Harris as county commissioner. He had been removed from office when he was charged with accepting a bribe on which charge he was acquitted.

1978: Indian Key, which was the first county seat of Dade County but now part of Monroe County, was dedicated as a state park.

1989: Hilario Ramos Sr. died at 82. He was president of Lopez Wholesale Liquors and had been a founder of Florida Keys First State Bank and Boulevard Bank. He had been active in local, state and national politics and had hosted many dignitaries in his family home, known as the Southernmost House, at the ocean end of Duval Street.

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