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    Pearl Zane Gray: baseball player, dentist, writer

    Pearl Zane Gray was born on Jan. 31, 1872. Growing up in Zanesville, Ohio, a town founded by family on his mother’s side, Pearl had three loves: baseball, fishing and writing. He was a pretty good baseball player and both pitched and played left field. Gray was good enough to play minor-league...

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    Bertelli, Wilkinson team up for second book

    Upper Keys historians Brad Bertelli and Jerry Wilkinson have a new book about the island chain coming out Monday. 

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    Crocodiles, a success story

    Long before I became interested in snorkeling, history or writing I was a nut for all things reptile. Growing up my bedroom was filled with 10-gallon aquariums housing an assortment of snakes, lizards and geckos -- several species of which I can now spot in the front yard here at home. 

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    Notes on Monroe County

    The signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 occurred one year into the American Revolutionary War. 

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    Fishing legends of the Upper Keys: Pinder and Albury

    The fishing tale associated with the late George Hommell Jr. in the last edition of Notes on Keys History, referred to as a doozey, was attributed to the wrong George. The rightful recipient of that particular fish story was George Herman. 

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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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