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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.

Floridays
2:14 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Nine-mile railroad in Indian River County was seen as the start of a cross-Florida rail

Undated photo shows 'motor passenger, baggage, mail railroad vehicle' in Fellsmere.
Florida Photo Archives

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.

 

Floridays
1:57 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Donkeys, monkeys, macaws were welcomed by by Miami's Reno family

Tropical gecko lizard
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.

Floridays
12:23 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Vero native remembers summers before day camps and Disney

Hopscotch and other simple games kept youngsters busy in the summer.
Google Images

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.

 

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