Below is the rest of Ben Salter's book chapter (see Thursday's post) about Samuel C. Tolson:
"Mr. Sam Tolson was born on Portsmouth island, N.C. November 7th, 1840, lived, died and was buried on this island November 17th, 1930, making his stay on this island a little over 90 years.
"He was a nice old man when I was a boy, he used to tell me of days on Portsmouth when he was a boy, many interesting stories he would tell. Once he said that when he was a boy the ducks, geese and brant were so thick that you could stick a bush down on the banks of the shore and kill all you could carry home.
"He said he could remember when people on the island had no window panes in their homes and had no matches to make fires. They did as the Indians did, they rubbed sticks together to start their fires. They had wooden shutters at the windows to close against the wind and rain and when it was cold.
"He used to smoke a clay pipe with a long stem. When he dressed up he wore a derby hat and a stiff breasted shirt with gold studs in it. He was rather sharp looking for that day.
.... [I quoted this paragraph Thursday.]
"He told me that when he was a boy there was a big Fort on Beacon Island, a big castle on Castle Rock, and Flounder slew Rock was a large rock with folks living on it."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of slavery on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092111.htm.