Floridays

Floridays
12:00 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Remembering Polly Parker, legendary 19th century Seminole

Polly Parker
Credit Archive Center, Indian River County Library
  • An interview with a rancher

Parker reportedly jumped ship rather than move to Oklahoma, and lived out her days in Florida. Rancher Bud Adams remembers seeing her on his family's ranch in the late 1930s. She was more than 100 years old.

Floridays
12:00 am
Sun May 1, 2011

Gardner House shows how families lived in mid-20th century and earlier

Dan Gardner at the house that bears his name
Credit Janie Gould

The house, originally west of the Indian River, now sits on the South Beach site of the St. Lucie County Historical Society and is open for tours.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Long-time lifeguard says he never goes to the beach since retiring

Gollnick is kneeling, left front
Credit Archive Center, Indian River County main library

Charles Gollnick  made hundreds of rescues during his long career at Humiston Beach in Vero Beach. Many were children of inattentive parents.   

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Floridays
12:00 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Before Port St. Lucie was created, Pruitt's Fish Camp attracted visitors from all over

After the fish camp closed, one of the old cabins became a bureau for the Fort Pierce News-Tribune. Reporter Nina Baransky remembers working without air-conditioning and finding "creepy crawlies" in desk drawers. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Black musician charmed a 'country-western' crowd at a wedding reception

Don Scott and members of his group

He says he defused racial tension by playing a song  people thought was made popular by a white singer.  

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Floridays
12:00 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Life-long crabber says industry has new nemesis

Blue crab

Tommy Herndon of Fellsmere says laws protecting sea turtles had an unintended consequence. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Black educator banished from St. Lucie County for voting rights activities

This elementary school in Fort Pierce is named in honor of C.A. Moore.
Credit Janie Gould

The county's first black judge, Ralph Flowers, a generation younger than C.A. Moore, tells the story. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Rancher recalls stint as 'coon tycoon'

Raccoons have been prized for their fur, and some folks like their meat too.

R.D. Thomas of Bassinger says he sold whole raccoons to a meat market in Belle Glade, and some of the fur went to Russia for hats.  

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Floridays
12:00 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Woman in curlers helped save the day for Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Heathcote Botanical Gardens
Credit Karl Gercens

Heathcote leader Gloria Moore says the woman rushed to the gardens to keep a city bulldozer away, even though her hair was still in curlers. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Remembering Vero Beach's 'Crackertown' community

A Vero Beach man reminisces fondly about the neighborhood east of the railroad tracks where he grew up. 

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