Floridays

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

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.

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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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Floridays
12:00 am
Fri August 7, 2009

There's an explanation for why U.S. 1 takes an unusual turn in Vero Beach

U.S. 1 turns to the west at this intersection.
Credit Janie Gould

The highway runs north to south along most of Florida's peninsula. The grandson of a pioneer Indian River County developer shares a story about why its path is different in the old Miracle Mile area of Vero Beach. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Thu July 9, 2009

Children shared textbooks at all-black Gifford school in Indian River County

Eddie Hudson also remembers hunting birds to add to his family's rice pot for dinner. He says times were hard but life was good when he was growing up in the 1940s and 50s.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Wed July 8, 2009

Carved bone found by amateur collector turns out to be of Ice Age vintage

James Kennedy with some of his finds
Credit Janie Gould

The find stirred renewed interest in the Vero Man archeological site.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Tue July 7, 2009

Mid-1960s were heyday of treasure salvage from wrecked Spanish galleons

Spanish treasure ship

Tommy Gore says it wasn't unusual for divers to bring up hundreds of pounds of silver a day during that era.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Tue July 7, 2009

Mother and daughter share thoughts on growing up in Gifford community

Fran Ross, top, with her mother, Johnnie Ross
Credit Janie Gould
Floridays
12:00 am
Mon June 8, 2009

Sexton's Mountain once rose in Vero Beach

Sexton's Mountain was near Highway A1A and Bethel Creek
Credit Sexton family collection, Archive Center, Indian River County main library

Waldo Sexton adorned the dig pile of fill dirt with tiles, statuary and a pair of thrones. Sean Sexton talks about the mountain and its ultimate fate. 

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