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.
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.
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.