Floridays

Floridays
12:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Early Stuart dentist didn't stay long the first time

In the early 1920, Dr. Harry Hipson moved back to Jacksonville when he learned that Stuart had electricity only on Wednesday afternoons. He returned to Stuart about a year later, as soon as he was able to plug in his drill. His son, Dr. Dale Hipson, also a dentist, tells the story.

Floridays
12:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Murder trial thrust Fort Pierce into national spotlight

Reporters from all over the country descended on the St. Lucie County courthouse in 1961, when a judge from Palm Beach County stood trial for masterminding the murder of another judge. Stuart lawyer Rick Crary wrote about the case recently for Indian River magazine.   

Floridays
12:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

'Hobe Mountain' rises in Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Author James D. Snyder surveys the scene from atop Hobe Mountain
Credit Janie Gould

Snyder describes the hill as a parabolic dune that was part of the area's ancient coastline.   

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Floridays
12:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Eastern Airlines planes were familiar sight in Treasure Coast skies

Stan Harbourt, who worked as a station agent for Eastern at the Vero Beach airport, calls the midday flight from Miami the "noon balloon." Besides passengers, it carried copies of the morning Miami Herald for local delivery.

Floridays
12:00 am
Sun January 8, 2012

Western Union manager in Vero remembers town's WW II victory celebration

Hilda Harbourt also recalls the intricacies of transmitting telegrams in Japanese when baseball teams from Japan played at Dodgertown after the war.

Floridays
12:00 am
Sun January 1, 2012

Remembering 'golden age' of fishing

Red snapper

New depth finders developed in the late 1940s improved  snapper fishing, says a former commercial fisherman in Fort Pierce.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Family hiked Florida's sand ridge in search of 'perfect' Christmas tree

That was before Northern fir trees were available locally. Indian River County native Stan Tippin remembers sand pines instead.

Floridays
12:00 am
Sat December 17, 2011

Local dairy churned out truckloads of egg nog

A retired dairyman says the rich drink was a huge seller, but only between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

Floridays
12:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Pioneer guava farmer on John's Island finally called it quits, moved to mainland

Guavas

The last straw came when he couldn't get his guava-laden truck across the steep wooden bridge over the Indian River.  Grandson Bill Harp of Winter Beach tells the story. 

Floridays
12:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Preserve in Martin County draws enthusiastic students

Students from the Hope Rural School in Indiantown found a lot to look at when they visited the preserve.
Credit Janie Gould

These students, who had visited Florida Power & Light's Barley Barbour Swamp a few months earlier, were able to see seasonal changes when they returned in the fall.

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