"A number of enterprising [Ocracoke] residents were able to make a good living [in the early 20th century] by combining service-related jobs with nontraditional maritime occupations. "The John Wilson McWilliams family, for example, owned livestock at free range 'down below,' in the marshes between the village and Hatteras Inlet to the northeast, and had such products as sheep wool for sale to markets in Newport News." (See our blog post for September 07, 2016.)
|Cows being herded "Down Below"|
"Will and Sigma Willis had a store on Cockle Creek and operated a mailboat. Walter O'Neal built a second house in 1918 which was an elaborate foursquare style. O'Neal was a fisherman, a hunting guide for visiting mainlanders, and operated a freight boat and a mail boat to Hatteras."
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about earthquakes that have affected Ocracoke and the Outer Banks. You can read the newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092116.htm.