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The Family Who Named Vero

Charles Gifford looks back on his great-grandparents’ extraordinary 125-year long legacy.

Margaret and Charlie on their wedding day 56 years ago. The two grew up in Vero Beach, graduated high school a year apart, and Charlie and Margaret’s father became business partners.

Margaret and Charlie on their wedding day 56 years ago. The two grew up in Vero Beach, graduated high school a year apart, and Charlie and Margaret’s father became business partners.

“I’ve got just one word for myself – grateful,” says Charlie Gifford. “Vero Beach has been good to me, my family and my neighbors. Everybody.”

I am sitting in the living room of Charlie and Margaret Gifford on Margaret’s birthday, in the home they have shared for more than 40 years on Vero Beach Avenue. It’s a  fitting address, since it was Charlie’s great-grandfather, Henry T. Gifford, who named Vero (the “Beach” came later, in 1925).
 

Read the entire article in the March 2014 issue