Floridays

Floridays
12:00 am
Sun July 8, 2012

St. Lucie native drove Flagler's Overseas Railroad on first trip to Key West

Flagler disembarking at Key West
Credit Florida Photo Archives

Retired St. Lucie County Sheriff Bobby Knowles tells the story.  

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Floridays
2:25 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Fort Pierce native recalls snook fishing, grove work, and a 900-pound goliath grouper

Tom Baumker, a professional photographer and former superintendent at Harbor Branch, says he used to eat 12 sandwiches at noontime to fortify himself when he was picking and loading citrus.

Floridays
2:15 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Stuart old-timer fondly recalls pet gator and raccoon, but was afraid of family's chickens

Stuart Heritage Museum, formerly a general store and feed store, stands as one of the oldest commercial buildings in the area.
Stuart Heritage Museum

Leona Luckhardt, 93, has lived in the same Stuart neighborhood since 1929. She likes to stop in at the Stuart Heritage Museum, and remembers when her father bought chicken feed there.

 

Floridays
1:46 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Local couple trapped otters to raise household cash

Indian River County native Edna MacPherson and her late husband shipped otter skins to Northern markets, where they were made into coats and hats. They made enough money that way to buy a couple of appliances for their home and pay for a power hook-up from Vero Beach.

Floridays
11:31 am
Wed June 20, 2012

S&H Green Stamps: 20th century American icon

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

Floridays
5:17 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Political wager in '48 race led to wheelbarrow parade in Vero

Dan McCarty

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. 

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Floridays
4:11 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Backyard mangos became boy's cash crop

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. 

Floridays
2:00 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Jupiter native remembers town's 'Garden of the Gods'

Wilson Horne says there were only a few structures of any significance in Jupiter when he was growing up. Of course, the Jupiter Lighthouse was one of them.
Florida Photo Archives

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.

Floridays
12:18 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Group seeks to restore historic Lincoln Theatre

Reg Floyd and Margaret Benton show artist's rendering of the restored theatre. Original theatre is behind them.
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. 

Floridays
11:51 am
Mon June 4, 2012

The color purple: Citrus man used the hue to make fruit look better

Assorted citrus fruit

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

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