Author: Teresa Lee Rushworth

The Gang's All Here

Over the years, while Vero Beach has been become home to thousands of solid citizens, it appears that it was also home to a few bad apples of the gangster variety also walked our streets decades ago. “Entrepreneurs” John J. Williams and Harry Roberts leased what would later become the Ocean Grill, but they hailed from the Chicago nightclub scene and its organized crime-affiliated gambling establishments.

Power Plant

At its current, 150-acre aquafarm in Fellsmere, Parabel can harvest 40 tons (before drying) of Lemnaceae per day during peak growing periods when the weather is warm, which is, obviously, most of the time here in Indian River County. The water lentil is capable of doubling itself every 24 to 36 hours.

Leaf People In A Bean World

Legend has it that one spring day in 2737 BC, Chinese Emperor Chen Nung (or Shennong) was out for a walk and, feeling tired, paused for a rest. As was his custom, he boiled his water before drinking it, but on this particular day a breeze caused some leaves from a nearby plant to waft into his pot of water.

In The Footspets Of Vero Man

When Henry T. Gifford applied in 1891 to establish a post office in his home in the obscure new town of Vero (the name Vero Beach would not be adopted until 1925), he could hardly have dreamed that, within a few years, Vero would be catapulted into fame and controversy in the scientific world, and that his own son would have a hand in the events.

The Nights The Lights Went Out In Vero

On Sept. 4, 1882, the nation’s first power plant capable of producing electricity and distributing it to people’s homes–the Pearl Street Power Station, established by Thomas Edison–cranked up its generators and supplied electrical power to some 85 customers in New York City.

The Man Who Put Vero On The Map

When a baby boy was born in Eufaula, Ala., on Aug. 10, 1877, and named Robert Daniel Carter – in part after family friend Daniel Boone – one might have suspected that he was destined to lead an adventurous life.

Pictures Of The Year

With 119 total entries embodying a broad spectrum of talent, this year’s photo contest, sponsored by the Indian River Photo Club, lived up to the high standard we have come to expect from this annual event.