Floridays

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
  • An interview with a Vero native

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
  • An interview with a mother and daughter.
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
  • An interview with Sexton's grandson

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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Floridays
12:00 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Remembering a beer-drinking bull

Beverly Tyson used to hand-feed calves sometimes, and once rescued a newborn calf that was about to roll into a drainage ditch near her pasture.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Fri May 8, 2009

Air-conditioning was a big plus for stores in the postwar years

Wodtke's Department Store was in Vero Beach.
Credit Archive Center. Indian River County Main Library

In the 1950s, Wodtke's Department Store sold lots of white gloves to women, and hats to men and women. Women also bought bathing caps. Kay Wodtke Trent tells the story. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Thu May 7, 2009

75-year retail tradition comes to an end in downtown Vero Beach

Berggren's Hobby Shop opened its doors as a dime store during the Great Depression.

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