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.

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.


1:57 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

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

Tropical gecko lizard

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.

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.


9:34 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Woman Says Farm Life Helped Prepare Her for Nursing Career

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

12:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Surfer Remembers 'Boiler' Beyond the Surf

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. 

9:49 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Surviving Officer Recalls Drug Raid That Left 2 Officers Dead

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  

12:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Black-caped settler tried to dig an inlet at Sebastian

Beach scene at Sebastian Inlet State Park

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.

12:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Before 'pill mills,' moonshine was king in Florida

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.

12:00 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Sandhill cranes once were prized for their meat, longtime St. Lucie County resident says

Adult sandhill crane and chick

Some people hunted the big birds during the


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