Floridays

Floridays
10:55 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Fort Pierce used to be a busy hub for the railroad

Undated photo shows pineapple packing house near Fort Pierce with FEC rail siding in front.
Florida Archives

Edward Blanton, age 90, remembers the roundhouse where Florida East Coast Railway locomotives were re-positioned. He also has vivid memories of the town's horse and buggy era.

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.

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