Floridays

Floridays
12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2007

Remembering 'Big Judge' and 'Little Judge'

Okeechobee native Jerry Walker says his father and grandfather were known by those nicknames around Okeechobee and Bassinger.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2007

Trapper team captured hundreds of alligators each year in St. Lucie County

An alligator seemingly at rest

Tommy Gore, Jr., and his wife, Sue, answered complaints of errant gators in people's pools and patios.

Floridays
12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2007

Young artist named Beanie Backus did movie murals for Florida Theatre in Vero

Beanie Backus

Former St. Lucie County Commissioner John B. Park, who worked at the theatre in the 1940s, tells the story

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sun September 9, 2007

Remembering Taylor's Soda Shop

The soda fountain was like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2007

Six decades later, Smathers-Pepper senate race remains controversial in Florida

Claude Pepper

The bitter contest in the early 1950s saw incumbent Claude Pepper ousted by challenger George Smathers. Fort Pierce lawyer Brad Culverhouse, who much later worked for Pepper, gives his take on the campaign.

Floridays
12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2007

Crayola Crayon inventor became philanthropist in Fort Pierce

Edwin Binney's great-granddaughter, Sally Chapman, tells the story.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat August 4, 2007

'Barbecue Charlie' case scared generations of youngsters in Indian River County

Charlie was a fisherman accused of  a killing in which the body was burned in an oil drum. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Mon June 4, 2007

Fort Pierce's Coca-Cola plant produced the famous soft drink in iconic green bottles

That was decades before 2-liter plastic containers hit the market. Business at the local plant started booming during World War II, when thousands of military personnel were stationed nearby.

Floridays
12:00 am
Thu April 12, 2007

No one's sure how Vero got its name

But it might have been derived from the pen name of a letter writer to an early newspaper. The  person signed letters as Veritas, which is the Latin word for truth. Pam Cooper of the Indian River County Library is investigating that and other possibilities, some of which she has debunked.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sun April 8, 2007

Remembering Backus Boats in Fort Pierce

Tommy Taylor says the company made landing craft during World War II. Some of the boats were shipped to Washington and then sent back to Fort Pierce where they were used in military training on the beaches.

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