Today in Keys History Oct. 27

Members of the Key West Fire Department stand in front of Station 1 on Ann Street around 1900.

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4:50 and sat till near sunrise at Mead’s Pond and saw several Teal at which I fired but they were too far for my number 6 shot to hit them. On my way home by the beach Linn told me that there was a wild goose in one of the small ponds. I went after it and got within 20 feet of it on the edge of the pond and shot it in the head. I found that one of its feet had been shot nearly off with a few hours, two days at most as the wound was fresh not suppurated at all. Killed four Tringal. At 8:40 a.m. barometer 29.60, thermometer 78, wind east northeast 3, clouds 2. Yesterday bought a lamp of Robert P. Campbell for $6.00 which has a button just at the top of the flame which faces it and causes the unconsumed vapor to come in contact with oxygen and consumed given a very brilliant light. Read papers. Walked to the Fort with the children.

1896: May Johnson recorded in her diary: Bright, Tues. Oct. 27, 1896. I arose at 7:23, dressed, did work, had breakfast, went to school, came home, Lillie Cold here to dinner, dressed, went down to Club, to Mamie’s, took a walk, went to Mrs. Clara Pinder’s, to Mrs. Fogarty’s for Lena, didn’t find her, went to Mamie’s, spent the evening there, also, Maud Filer, Sibyl Curry, Hattie R. Charlie came home with me. MUCH. Arthur Crusoe was made to marry Susie Wade this morning, baby born 6 o’clock. Poor Louisa Lowe, he was engaged to her.

1900: At the annual meeting of the Fire Department the following officers were elected: H.G. Fulford, chief; S.J. Wolf, first assistant chief; Phil Henson, second assistant chief, Ernest Higgs, secretary and C.F. Albury, treasurer.

1911: Rear Adm. Lucien Young arrived and took command of the Key West Naval Base.

1923: The U.S. Quarantine Station used the barge Wisteria anchored in the harbor for a disinfecting station. Acting Assistant Surgeon J.Y. Porter Jr. was in charge.

1953: Monroe County voters by a 6-to-1 majority defeated a bond issue for $14 million that would have been used to build a second water pipeline from Key West to the mainland.

1962: As part of the U.S. military buildup amid the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Army leased Wickers Field from the city for $1 a year.

1979: The first Fantasy Fest parade of 26 floats marched down Duval Street before a crowd estimated at 10,000. The winning float was “Bride of Dracula” sponsored by Fast Buck Freddie’s.

1983: Gov. Bob Graham appointed Danny L. Kolhage as Clerk of Court to fill the unexpired term of Ralph White, who resigned to return to the banking business.

1998: Former President George H.W. Bush was in the Keys for the fifth annual George Bush Cheeca Lodge Bonefish Tournament

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