Sunday, September 15, 2013

Colorful O'cockers

Ocracoke islanders enjoy traveling. Years ago they may not have left the island often, but when they did they usually traveled by schooner, often to large northeastern cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York.

Most Ocracokers didn't want to be away from home very long. And few wanted to move to the city. However, in the first half of the twentieth century many men left home looking for work.

Some years ago I was teasing a particularly colorful islander. In his presence I said (fallaciously) to a visitor that he was originally from [a section of a large city in the northeast]. "Dey blessed Father," was his immediate rejoinder, "I'd rather be in Hell with my back broke!"

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the recent skirmishes islanders have had with North Carolina legislatures over the issue of ferry tolls...and a 1955 newspaper editorial advocating free, state-operated ferries across Hatteras Inlet. You can read it here:

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