Today in Keys History Oct. 15

Lopez Funeral Home hearses are pictured in front of 415 and 417 Bahama St. around 1900. Founder and funeral director Benjamin Lopez is standing in front.

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4:30 and down to the wharf and took my things onboard the cutter and got off about 6 and beat up the reef to a fresh breeze from the north northeast and some seas which made me somewhat seasick and went into Bayo Honda about 4:30 p.m. Went into the lagoon with a castnet to try and get some mullet without success. Felix Senac, Daniel Davis and I make the party.

1896: May Johnson recorded in her diary: Cloudy Thur. Oct. 15, 1896. I arose at 7:15, dressed, did work, had breakfast, went to school, from school to Mrs. Gonzalez’s about her little girl, came home, had dinner, Aunt Lolla was here, did dishes, dressed, walked down with Myra, went to G. Wharf, then for Earle, went to “City of Richmond”, met Charlie, Fritot with Irene Pinder and Vickey Carey, we asked for Capt., he was not onboard, walked to Myra’s, to Rigell’s, to Mrs. Sewell’s, to Laura’s, to Woman’s Exchange, took car, came home, had tea, sat on piazza, came to bed. VERY MUCH DISAPPOINTED

1923: Benjamin Lopez, funeral director, undertaker and embalmer, was located at 413 Bahama St.

1975: The ceremonial planting of the first tree as part of the Downtown 76 restoration project took place in the 600 block of Duval Street.

1985: The Key West Post Office moved from the Federal Building on Simonton Street to the Key West Post Office on Whitehead Street. The move had been delayed since March in a dispute with the city over sewer impact fees.

1986: Mrs. Margo Golen, 70, philanthropist and civic leader died. She was co-owner and executive vice-president and chairman of the board of Holiday Inn of Key West. She had served on the Florida Keys Hospital board, the Monroe County Public Library board, the Key West Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist Development Council.

1993: Henry “Hank” Kokenzie Sr., who had devoted his life to helping veterans, died at 75. He was director of Veterans Affairs for Monroe County for 17 years.

1995: Larry C. Bowers was named editor of the Key West Citizen.

1999: Hurricane Irene brushed the Keys with heavy rains which causing street flooding and power outages.

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