Two years ago I posted a few paragraphs about Ocracoke native Wilbur Gaskill (1912-1980) and the artist JoKo. Wilbur was a colorful island character, and a regular fixture at Corkey's Store. He could often be found on the porch carving small birds with his penknife.
You can read that post here: https://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2014/07/wilbur-jo-ko.html.
A few days ago Outer Banks photographer, Michael Halminski, posted a couple of photographs of Corkey's Store and Wilbur on his blog: http://photoblog.michaelhalminski.com/?p=3477.
Wilbur died 36 years ago. I wonder if any of our current readers remember Wilbur.
I recall one evening 40 or so years ago when I went to Corkey's about 8 o'clock in the evening. Two off-island college-age young ladies were there trying to shoot a game of pool. Wilbur, who had been imbibing, kept reaching onto the table (without saying a word, but gesticulating in his unique manner) and re-positioning the cue ball. The young ladies got to laughing so hard they couldn't even remain standing. It was one of the funniest encounters I have ever witnessed in a public place. I suppose they are still telling their story of visiting Ocracoke when so many unique island characters called this island home.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about one of the early
July 4th Parades written by Alice Rondthaler in 1953. It is accompanied
by vintage photos.You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062116.htm.