Several evenings ago I hosted a family dinner. Someone told a story about a missed opportunity (I can't remember the details). Without prompting, my eleven-year-old grandson, Lachlan, said, "Too late, I've done promised Freener!" My cousin, Lee, who was visiting from Virginia, looked at me with a quizzical eye.
It was an opportunity to share another Ocracoke Island story.
I had been told that in the late 1800s Ocracoke native, Alexander Garrish, fell in love with a young woman. When he asked for her hand in
turned him down. She refused his offer several times, and he finally
quit asking. In the meanwhile, Epherena ("Freener") Fulcher had set her
sights on Alexander, and let him know she wanted to marry him. Alexander
put Freener off twice. The third time Alexander claimed he
had a toothache. Freener is reported to
have said, “Heat a brick and put it to his jaw. It’s now or never.”
Shortly thereafter the first young woman
decided she would accept Alexander's proposal. "Too late," Alexander said, "I’ve done promised
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of
Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it
by clicking here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042116.htm.