Floridays

FLoridays is no longer produced by WQCS FM.  Archived shows are listed below.

S&H Green Stamps: 20th century American icon

Jun 20, 2012

A Fort Pierce bride to be received a shoebox full of green stamps as a wedding present in 1972. 

Local interest in the 1948 gubernatorial race was intense, because both major candidates had strong local ties. Two Vero Beach men who supported opposing candidates bet a wheelbarrow ride and ice-cream cone on the outcome. 

Backyard mangos became boy's cash crop

Jun 5, 2012

Jim Wilson often had several dollars to spend in downtown Vero Beach after selling the tasty tropical fruit and dividing the proceeds with his mother.  The family's mango tree died after the area received a dusting of snow in 1977. 

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It was one man's yard, filled with tropical plants and trees. Wilson Horne grew up  in Jupiter when the closest air-conditioning  was 16 miles south, in West Palm Beach.

Group seeks to restore historic Lincoln Theatre

Jun 4, 2012
Janie Gould

The movie house on Avenue D in Fort Pierce was a focal point for the African-American community during the era of segregation. Now the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee is seeking funds to reopen it. 

Carl Fetzer of Vero Beach painted his packinghouse machinery purple to make his citrus more appealing to prospective buyers.

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But the Sebastian to Fellsmere line never went farther west. Fellsmere Vice Mayor Joel Tyson rode it one time,  in the 1940s.  The train is long gone, but the site is expected to become a hiking and biking trail.

 

USGS

Janet Reno, attorney general in the Clinton  administration, once tried to save the geckos living inside the house, including a supersized one dubbed Moby Gecko, before it was tented for termites. Her sister, former Martin County Commissioner Maggy Hurchalla, tells the story.

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When school was out, Marilyn Cato Anderson and other children came up with their own entertainment. She and her sisters played a game they called "J.C. Penney's" in their large grapefruit tree.

 

Melba Campbell says slaughtering pigs taught her not to be afraid of the sight of  blood or "messy things."     

Surfer Remembers 'Boiler' Beyond the Surf

May 21, 2012

The boiler of a ship that sank more than a century ago was visible to Vero beach-goers for years. Bibble Irvin says surfers used to swim out to the boiler and stay all day. 

Janie Gould (2012-01-11) 

FORT PIERCE (wqcs) - The Fort Pierce police station is being re-named Thursday in honor of Officers Grover Cooper and Jimmy Wouters, killed in the line of duty 25 years ago. Officer Robert Spring, wounded in the cocaine raid, talks about what happened Jan. 12, 1987, and later. © Copyright 2012, wqcs  

David Gibson also grew pineapples in what's now northern Indian River County in the 19th century. Folks took note of his odd apparel, says Pam Cooper, Florida history and genealogy librarian at the Indian River County main library.

Before 'pill mills,' moonshine was king in Florida

Apr 12, 2012

Veteran law enforcement officer Jim Mills of Martin County, now retired, remembers trucks loaded with  moonshine made in North Florida that tried to pass through Stuart en route to Miami.

Some people hunted the big birds during the

Depression.

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