Thursday, August 17, 2006


A reader recently asked, "Were you a member of Ocracoke's legendary horseback-mounted Boy Scout troop?"

Sad to say, I was not. I was the right age, but unfortunately my father had moved off the island, and I did not live on Ocracoke year 'round. My father's older brother, my Uncle Marvin, was the scout leader and it was his idea to organize the mounted troop.

Marvin was such a wonderful man, and an extremely positive influence on island teenagers. I believe it 's fair to say that all of the scouts in his troop thought the world of him.

However, even if I weren't a mounted scout I did ride the ponies now and again when I was on the island. I would never claim to have been very accomplished, but the photo below at least verifies my comment. It was taken about 1958 in my grandparents' yard on what is now called Lawton Lane.

You can read our latest newsletter here. It's about Ocracoke Islanders and "tokens of death.".

1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to let you know about a tragic event that happened last week in Southern Pines, NC to my cousin’s son. Here is the text from the local paper.


    Lightning Strike Victim Remains In Critical Condition


    A Southern Pines teen continues to cling to life Thursday after being struck by lightning Tuesday.

    According to reports, Bryan Howard, 17, had been out walking near his home, at 105 Baystone Court, when lightning struck him. Someone called 911 about 3:15 p.m. and reported the injury. First responders from the Southern Pines Fire Department and Moore County EMS went directly to the scene and transported him to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.

    A hospital spokesperson said Thursday that Howard remains in critical condition.


    Bryan Howard is Darrell Howard’s son. You probably know Darrell and his family because they frequently vacation at Ocracoke. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Life is so fragile—it’s important to treasure each moment.

    Bob MacKinnon


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