Monday, August 28, 2017

Stormy Gale

In a 2016 article, "Aycock Brown Sang the Praises of the North Carolina Coast" (, Teresa Leonard quotes a 1949 article by writer Jack Riley, who introduced readers to Aycock Brown and credited him with putting the North Carolina coast on the map.

Although Brown was born in Happy Valley, NC, as a young man he fell in love with the Outer Banks and with Ocracoke native Esther Styron. Aycock and Esther married and had two children, William and Esther Gale. 

Aycock renamed his daughter Stormy Gale when she was less than two years old. This is how Jack Riley related the story:

Read more here:
"Biggest by-line of his career came to Aycock for a Saturday Evening Post story on Ocracoke which was titled “Cape Stormy.” The story appeared in August of 1940, and in elation, Aycock named his 20-months-old daughter “Stormy Gale.” She had borne the name Esther Gale and is probably the only child the magazine has had a hand in renaming."

You can read the entire atricle here.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a brief history of Howard's Pub. You can read it here:  


  1. Hi Philip, I believe Uncle Aycock and Aunt Esther also had an older son named Brantley.

    1. Now that you mention it, I am sure I've seen references to Brantley. Thanks for the comment.


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