Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thurston Gaskill

Thurston Gaskill was born on Ocracoke Island in 1902. He was a popular and well-respected hunting and fishing guide. He died in 2000.

Thurston Gaskill, left

On June 30, 1978 The Washington Post published an article by Angus Phillips. It was titled "Ocracoke Is an Island Unto Itself "

Phillips includes this exchange with Thurston:

"I worked a couple of months on a dredge boat in Delaware Bay when I was 18," said Gaskill. "I got to see a little of how the city folks lived and then I turned around and sniffed my way back home like a dog. Been here ever since. It hasn't changed much."

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a transcription of a letter describing the September, 1944, hurricane, its aftermath and cleanup. You can read the letter, with vintage photographs added, here:  


  1. Anonymous3:46 PM

    I sure would like to find that Washington Post article...I am sure it's out there but I couldn't find it...(another good blog Philip,as they all are) NS

    1. Even though this post was published October 26, 2017, I wrote it some time ago. I must have the newspaper in my files somewhere. Will look for it, but it may be a while before I find it!

  2. Anonymous7:20 PM

    Thank you, But don't do this on my account. It would be interesting though..NO HURRY. Thank you again!