Floridays

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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Floridays
12:00 am
Mon May 4, 2009

Cold War: Counties planned for the worst

Typical items for a fallout shelter

Indian River County designated a site for mass burials. Roy Howard Jr. wrote the county's disaster plan.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat May 2, 2009

Hallstrom House holds thousands of documents, many written in Swedish

The home is owned and mantained by the Indian River County Historical Society.
Credit Janie Gould

Pioneer businessman Axel Hallstrom left a voluminous written record of his life, including a meticulous day book. Archivist Marian Newbold and a team of Swedish-speaking

translators have been studying the papers, some of which were found in coat pockets and dresser drawers. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Tue April 7, 2009

First black sheriff's deputy recalls resentment from some blacks as well as whites

Dallas Yates, now retired, was hired by the Indian River County sheriff in the early 1960s.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Tue April 7, 2009

Granddaughter of early settler in Stuart remembers visits

Sarah Prado's grandfather, Sam Coutant, is credited with printing Stuart's first regular publication.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Thu April 2, 2009

Early South Florida aviator learned from Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Alice Walters Wallace talked about growing up during Miami's boom years in this interview recorded in 2009. She died in 2013 at the age of 90. 

Floridays
12:00 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Remembering an old-Florida tourist camp

Postcard of Camp Gordon
Credit Indian River County Historical Society, Archive Center, Indian River County Library

The proprietor says some guests came for the season with "two shirts and $20."

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