Today in Keys History Oct. 29

On this date in 1960 an Aerovias Q plane, pictured in the 1950s, was hijacked over Cuba and flown to Key West.

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4. On my way to the duck pond saw a Raccoon on the dead tree by the hole of water to the left side of Simonton’s Road. He jumped as soon as he saw me but a dog that had treed him made him take the tree again and I fired both barrels and killed him though could not find him till I returned where he was lying dead within a few feet of the spot where I loaded my gun. Killed a Mallard duck in Mead’s Pond, the only one I saw. Returned home bathed and skinned the coon, which was very fat. Wind east northeast 3, clouds 9. At 9:20 a.m. barometer 29.56, thermometer 80. Went to a party at Major William H. Chase’s with Matilda and remained till after 12.

1896: May Johnson recorded in her diary: Bright, Thur. Oct 29, 1896. I arose at 7:20, dressed, did work, had breakfast, went to school, came home, had dinner, Mr. Fritot came up for awhile, gave me a letter from Myra and Everest, he left, did dishes, sewed awhile, Mamie Curtis and Nellie Saunders came here to spend afternoon, I took them over to see the baby, came home, had tea, dressed, Charlie and I went to La Brisa, the Cuban Band gave a concert, Capt. Bravo met us, treated us to ice cream and cake, also Fritot and Walter C. and Isabelle Urbach. I had a very fine time. EXCELLENT.

1899: High winds destroyed a landmark when it blew down the large almond tree at the Custom House. The tree was planted by John P. Baldwin when he was Collector of Custom from 1853 to 1861.

1923: Florida Publishing Company, publisher of “Florida,” a Cuban weekly newspaper, was at 727 Whitehead St. Feliciano Castro was the editor and Juan P. Rolo the manager.

1923: M.K. Gwyn was the surgeon in charge of the U.S. Marine Hospital.

1951: Gov. Fuller Warren, speaking before approximately 1,200 people at Bayview Park, announced that the toll gate, which presents an economic barrier between Key West and the north, would be removed before the close of 1952, as per his promise made during the 1948 election campaign.

1960: An Aerovias Q flight was hijacked over Cuban and forced to fly to Key West. In the hijacking, a Cuban guard was killed and three people were wounded.

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