On July 6, 1990,Edgar Howard (age 85) died. He was a native of Ocracoke and a retired vaudeville entertainer, having worked with the Milton Berle Show for 10 years, the Gene Autry Show, and other well known celebrities of the time. He also played his banjo with the Texaco Show. Edgar is buried on Howard Street. His tombstone has a banjo carved in it, and reads, "You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet!"
In April, 1979 Edgar's son, Ronnie, opened Howard's Pub. It had been 50 years since alcohol had last been sold on Ocracoke Island. The grand opening was the talk of the village. Edgar's comment was "We'll have hard-core hippies, hard-core Yankees, and hard-core Southerners. We're going to mix them all and I hope they all get along."
For the most part they have!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of a 1911 wedding on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022111.htm.