Today in Keys History Oct. 23

On this date in 1962, a HAWK missile is pictured on Smathers Beach as the U.S. military buildup amid the Cuban Missile Crisis continued.

1770: The HMS Carysford wrecked on the Florida Reef off Key Largo and gave its name to the reef that was changed to Carysfort.

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4:30 and walked on the beach. Returned and bathed. At 8:45 a.m. barometer 29.57, thermometer 86.5, wind calm, clouds 6. Bought of Charles Howe one pair of walking shoes for $1.25. Sent my big gun by John Smith to have a piece cut off the barrels that is now 46 inch barrels and I will have 10 inches cut off. At 3 p.m. barometer 29.47, thermometer 88, wind variable, clouds 8. Commenced raining about 4 p.m. and rained all night.

1896: May Johnson recorded in her diary: Bright and little rain, Fri. Oct. 23, 1896. I arose at 7:15, dressed, did work, had breakfast, went to school, came home, had dinner, dressed, went for Myra, we went down street, met Manuel, went to Babcock’s, got weighed, Myra 109, Minnie 118 and I 127, from there went on Wharf, N. came there, talked awhile, went to Jake’s, bought shoes for Mama’s birthday, came home, Aunt Lola, Lily and Emmie were here, Charlie and I went to dance at La Brisa, the doctor sat by the whole evening. Ha! Back. PLEASANT.

1899: The cornerstone of the Gulf of Mexico Wesleyan Methodist New Church on Simonton Street was laid in the afternoon. Four stones were laid: one by the Pastor J.A. Brindley, one by Mayor Bartlum, one by James E. Sands on behalf of the leaders and officers of the church and one by Alonzo Kelly the superintendent of the Sunday school. Reverend Dr. Fulwood made the address. Earnest P. Roberts added a few timely remarks.

1962: In reaction to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. military buildup in Key West continued.1968: Mayor Kermit Lewin cut the ribbon to open the new Firestone facilities on White Street.

1986: The Monroe County Commission hired retired U.S. Navy Capt. Tom Brown, former commanding officer Naval Air Station Key West, to replace retiring Monroe County Administrator Kermit Lewin.

1999: The new central fire station on North Roosevelt was dedicated and named for the late Fire Chief Richard “Dickie” Wardlow.

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