Floridays

Floridays
12:00 am
Sat December 12, 2009

Priest headed off KKK threats in Fort Pierce in 1940s, parishioner remembers

Despite the pressure, the priest went ahead with a funeral service for a black parishioner. Paul Driscoll, an altar boy at the time, remembers.  

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat December 12, 2009

Before Gloria Estefan built her oceanfront resort, there were cottages called Taylor Town

Taylor Town sat where Gloria Estefan's resort is now.
Credit Archive Center, Indian River County Main Library

Mary Johnson's father, S. B. Taylor, bought the land for taxes during the Depression and built cottages.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat October 10, 2009

How a gaggle of geese learned to swim

Long-time Fort Pierce builder O.C. Peterson took them under his wing.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Florida book publisher calls century-old report about Everglades his favorite book

Val Martin owns Florida Classics Library in Hobe Sound. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Wed September 9, 2009

Treasure Coast resident worked as 'Peter Pan Peanut Butter Girl'

Mary Lou Hanlon of Vero Beach worked as a model in the 1940s. That's when she was selected to help promote the peanut butter brand.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sun August 9, 2009

Swim coach had underwater roles in 'Creature from the Black Lagoon'

Dick Wells organized Indian River Community College's nationally acclaimed swim program in the 1970s. Earlier, he swam  in horror flicks filmed at Wakulla Springs.  

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sun August 9, 2009

Literary couple spent later years in rural Wabasso; home lacked electricity

Their house is the site of an annual poetry festival.
Credit Janie Gould
  • An interview about Laura Riding Jackson

The poet and her husband were enchanted by the community's canopy roads. Their home is now on the grounds of the Environmental Learning Center.

Floridays
12:00 am
Sun August 9, 2009

Fort Pierce native remembers seeing bodies of Ashley Gang after shooting

The Ashley Gang
Credit Ueed with permission: Linda R. Geary

Ed Register was a young boy when he saw the bodies on a sidewalk in front of Fee Mortuary in Fort Pierce. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat August 8, 2009

Miami native remembers slot machines in drug stores and supermarkets

That was before World War II. Frank Pearce  became a highly decorated veteran of the war and later was an optometrist in Coral Gables. He retired to Vero Beach. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Fri August 7, 2009

Sebastian packing house dealt in frog legs

A woman who worked there, and a man who remembers frog-gigging, share stories.

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