Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ford Times

The text for my post for October 10, 2010 was somehow deleted. I reproduce it below:

I recently came across an article in the vintage magazine "Ford Times" from October, 1950, entitled simply "Ocraocke." I thought our readers would enjoy the following paragraph:

"With all those elements of elegant living [beaches with romantic relics of old shipwrecks, ...eighty varieties of tropical, fresh and salt-water fish...fifteen kinds of brant, duck and geese...a few herds of wild ponies and steers...semi-tropical sunshine and weather as fine as Bermuda’s...500 friendly, geared-down North phone, no law and no worries], it’s no wonder Ocracokans leave their island only on rare occasions. 'Now take my cousin,' said one old fishing guide. 'One day he went to Rodanthe – that’s fifty miles up the beach – to marry a gal, but she was out. So he married her sister. He waren’t goin’ all that way fer nothin’.'"

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article, with a number of photos, documenting the history of water cisterns on Ocracoke Island. Click on the following link to go directly there:


  1. That is a really funny story, I have not heard that one before!

  2. Anonymous10:50 AM

    Woke up a little grumpy- thanks for the smile!

  3. I wonder if that article has anything to do with our 1956 vacation on Ocracoke. My dad worked for Ford his whole life!

  4. Anonymous3:01 PM

    I'd be interested in knowing who had the first telephone on Ocracoke.

  5. Anonymous7:40 PM

    It was at the Coast Guard Station.

  6. See tomorrow's (Monday's) post for more information about telephones on Ocracoke.