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    Local Fishing Legends: George Hommell, Jr. 1925-2013

    George Hommell Jr. grew up in Haines Falls, N.Y. and enlisted in the Navy at 18. Rank Gunners Mate 3rd Class Hommell served during World War II and was honorably discharged for the first time in 1945. 

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    Ed and Fern Butters, the final chapter

    Ed and Fern Butters experienced the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 and the 1929 hurricane that damaged their first hospitality endeavor, The Key Inn. When they learned of a tropical storm brewing off the coast of Cuba over the Labor Day weekend in 1935, they were not particularly alarmed.

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    Bertelli named curator of history foundation

    Keys Historian Brad Bertelli has been named curator of the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation.

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    Ed and Fern Butters, a love story, part 2

    It was the morning of Sept. 28, 1929 when the eye of a Category 3 hurricane roared across the island of Key Largo. Wind gusts were reported to have reached 150 miles per hour. It was fortunate that only three deaths were attributed to the storm, one of which could have been prevented if not for ...

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    Key West gets history back

    The Monroe County Public Library last week received an important collection of more than 1,000 historical documents and photographs that includes an 1823 letter that essentially founds Key West as a U.S. Navy outpost. The 47-word "general order" is signed by Commodore David Porter and commands ...

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    Brad Bertelli: Author, Historian, Tour Guide

    No offense to Chef Lupe and Michelle Ledesma, who have employed me at Islamorada’s Lazy Days Restaurant for nearly a decade, but I am trading in my server’s apron to pursue my professional passions.

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    The naming of Indian Key, Part 2

    Indian Key was once called Cayouelo de Matanzas or, roughly translated, little slaughter island. The reason why is unclear as there is no documented slaughter associated with the island other than the well documented 1840 Indian attack the island is perhaps most famous for.

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    The Naming of Indian Key, Part 1

    While today it is known as Indian Key, the not quite 11-acre island found just offshore of the Matecumbe keys has been labeled with Spanish, French and Bahamian names over the course of its history. The Bahamians used to call it Kay Comfort because the island is located approximately midway along...

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    Honeymoon turns 'historic'

    Pat and Ron Townley returned to Marathon to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary at their former residence. They were surprised to learn the Adderley House, where they stayed, is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Mystery surrounds the wrecker king’s final resting place

    Captain John Jacob Housman manufactured a wrecker’s paradise on the 11-acre island, Indian Key. He then died a gruesome death. It was called accidental.

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