2014: East Carolina Eats2012 Preview

Hello, and welcome to the 2014 edition of Life on the Pamlico. For this edition, students in my Cultural Studies class studied the culture surrounding food in Eastern North Carolina. Food is a defining quality in the Southeastern part of the United States, and in Eastern North Carolina, the tradition of gathering around the table for Sunday dinner carries a special significance.

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Over the course of the semester, my students have honed their research and writing skills. They conducted interviews both on and off camera, and the video clips from these interviews can be viewed on our YouTube page. Within the pages of this edition, you’ll find copies of generations-old recipes as well as a glance into more than one kitchen.

Traditions, family, and food all go hand-in-hand in Eastern North Carolina. In the pages of this text, you will learn about the origins of favorite Southern dishes and a secret family recipe or two. Thank you for joining us for the “East Carolina Eats” edition of Life on the Pamlico. Enjoy!

Suzanne Stotesbury, Editor


2012 Preview2013

Welcome to the 2013 issue of Life on the Pamlico. New and exciting things are happening with our publication, and we are happy to share them with you!

Students in my Cultural Studies class at Beaufort County Community College this Spring semester have worked very hard writing biographies and stories of local interest for this year’s edition. Over the course of the semester, they have learned and implemented in- terview and research skills to bring the very best to this edition of our publication.

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A new addition to the Life on the Pamlico repertoire is video, an addition suggested by James E. Casey, our designer. Take a moment to view the preview, using interviews the students conducted. Additional videos of the full interviews are available on our YouTube page. It is the staff’s desire to include more multimedia elements in future editions.

Students wrote stories on a wide variety of topics this year. Inside, readers will learn about the life of a family of fisherman from Belhaven, Washington business owners who bring a different type of cultural flair to the area, and how one octogenarian couple continues to build a thriving relationship in Pinetown. A successful saxophonist shares a story of his unique relationship with his instrument, and the tales of farmers, teachers, and home- makers who have lived in Eastern North Carolina have all been preserved by the articles written by the students in this course.

This year’s edition also includes stories based a little farther away from the Pamlico River area including a Martin County urban legend, a bed and breakfast in Greenville, and non-profit organizations in the area that strive to help others. Please read on to learn about these and other pieces of the cultural heritage of life on the Pamlico and Eastern North Carolina. The students, staff, and I hope you enjoy reading this edition of Life on the Pamlico.

Suzanne Stotesbury, Editor

As you read this year's issue, download a copy of the Life on the Pamlico theme music written and performed by local string band Carolina Still, and sit back and imagine the quiet, easy flow of the Pamlico.



Welcome to the 2012 issue of Life on the Pamlico.

Students in my Cultural Studies class this Spring semester have worked very hard writing the biographies in this issue. They interviewed their subjects many times in order to preserve the memories they have for generations to come.

In this issue are many stories about those who have lived in Eastern North Carolina. Some were born here—some were born abroad—and some were born in other states. But they all spent time living here.

You’ll enjoy a fascinating story about an Italian immigrant who eventually decided to bring his family to Washington, NC, and provide authentic Italian food, and support for local athletics, to the community. Also, read about a woman born in the mountains of Virginia, whose father was the first farmer to breed Angus cows and buffalo to market Beefalo!

All of the stories within document hard working, persevering, family-oriented people who recognized the value of religion and community while raising their families—without the luxuries of life we now enjoy. Relive their Lives on the Pamlico.

Bryan A. Oesterreich, Editor

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20112011 Edition

Welcome to the 2011 issue of Life on the Pamlico, the second edition of our new online, digital format. When we first discussed a redesign of the LOTP publication, we had only begun to realize the possibilities that a purely digital format would afford. It is a paradox of sorts, in that technologies so thoroughly alien to many of the subjects here, have become such an asset in preserving these glimpses of the past.

With this edition, we have reproduced not only images of the people profiled here but also some of the documents—records of marriage, employment, publications—which serve to flesh out the lives chronicled in these pages. As a design prinicple, we have tried to balance a modern, magazine-style layout with the vintage aesthetic of a shoebox full of old photos, spread out on the kitchen table.

But above all, the varied experiences sketched out in this edition, whether of profound hardships or manifest joys, speak together of a complex past that we would do well not only to remember but also to celebrate: the rich culture of Life on the Pamlico.

James E. Casey, Designer

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Welcome to the 2010 issue of Life on the Pamlico – a journal of oral histories from residents of coastal North Carolina. This issue is a continuation of a tradition at Beaufort County Community College that dates back to 1981.

Originally published in paperback, LOTP is now published exclusively online. Earlier issues have been digitized and are available in the Archives.

The format has changed from a question and answer style to biographical narratives. Students in my Cultural Studies college transfer class spent this fall semester interviewing residents of our area (most of whom are relatives) and wrote their stories to preserve the richness that was their way of life – for generations to come. Find a comfortable chair, pour a glass of sweet tea, and learn about how life used to be – Downeast Style.

Bryan A. Oesterreich, Editor

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Spring 2008

Dutchman to American: The Life of Jake De Jong
John Irvin Morgan; Lending a Helping Hand
"The Critter Getter"
Mildred Tunstall
My Grandfather, Carl Jones
The Life of a Farming Mother
The Intriguing Life of Nora Grey Foster Braddy
Uncle Starley Stell
The Story Lady
Ira and Lizzie Holloway: A Lifetime Together
Mrs. Charlotte Adams
From Farm to Factory and Loving It All The Way


December 2002

John Tigchelaar: First Generation American
Growing Up on a Tobacco Farm: The Dallas Foreman Story
Jean Eborn: A Spirited Lady
Farmer's Daughter: The Lorena Tetterton Story


December 2001

Jack Lucas: Youngest Man to Win Congressional Medal of Honor
John Amos Brown: Modern Renaissance Man
Sergeant Kit Campbell: Modern Day Peace Officer


December 2000

Percy Carawan: Decoy Maker of Lake of Lake Mattamuskeet
Dr. J.T. Wright: Providing Rural Health Care the "Wright" Way
Ashely B. Futrell, Sr.: Publisher Emeritus of the Pulitzer Prize Winning Washington Daily News
Everette's Trucking: A Partnership for the Long Haul


December 1999

Scott's Cash Grocery
Slatestone Grill and Grocery
Henry Rumley: The Huck Finn of the Pamlico
The Frans Van Baars Story

May 1999

Miss Millie, Beaufort County Sheriff
Hallet Buck, Fisherman
Earl Harris and the H&W Grocery

December 1998

The Legendary Oden Store
You Can Find It at Brooks Grocery
Bill Hodges, Witness To History
Meeks Grocery: Where Ms. Helen Always Knows Your Name

May 1998

Art at the Edge of the Sea
Old Ford Church of Christ
The River Forest Manor

August 1997

Goose Creek State Park
The Legendary Oden Store
Hog Killing

May 1997

Tommy Campbell and His Big Band
Touring the Turnage Theaters with Whiting Toler
Sally Love and the Restoration of the Turnage Theater

December 1996

The Terra Ceia School
Nathan Hooker, Mason Leader and Former Logger
Bass Fishing with Stan Lilley

June 1996

Mitchell Warren to the Rescue of Disaster Victims
Praising the Lord with Mrs. Eva Mackey
Jack Wallace of Bath, Educator

December 1995

Helping Others in Honduras: The Deane Parker Story
Grimesland Fire Department: 100% Volunteer!
Happy Days at the Radio View Grill, 1956-66

June 1995

Conversation with Jatha and Lucy Grey Brinn
The Inward Light of the Quakers
The Bushhousen Gameland Farm
A Conversation with Walter Collins, Former Logger

December 1994

Frazier Woolard, Pearl Harbor Survivor
The Green Grass Cloggers!
The Church Moved by the Hand of God
Frankie Arrants, Logger

July 1994

Mrs. Louise Tankard, Bath Matriarch
Gary Gaddy, Knife Maker
The 1834 Meadowville Plantation
Johnathan Christenberry, Young Man with a Bow and Arrows

January 1994

Making Crab Pots with Geraldine and George Bush
Logging and Paper Making with Jennings O'Dell
Old Times on the Pamlico River: A Talk with Mrs. Sylvia Clark Mills
The Fountain Powerboat Story

June 1993

James Tyson, Boat Builder
Katie G. Paul, Pioneer of BCCC Nursing
The Bethany Methodist Church
Adrift in a Cruel Sea - The Brian Cherry Story

December 1992

Bill Colvin, Gunsmith
Mr. Bill Hackett, BCCC Pioneer
The Belhaven Museum

August 1992

Mrs. Belzora Moore, Age 104, of Blounts Creek
Beatrice Moore and the Loving Union Free Will Baptist Church
Pat Cleve of Fish 'n' Stuff

April 1992

Keeping Bees with "Old Bird" Truman Harris
Jackie Sutton, Horsewoman
Dr. Chuck Manning and the Pamlico Animal Hospital

March 1991

John Morgan, Register of Deeds for Beaufort County
The Late J.E. "Lige" Edwards of Belhaven
Trucking with W.H. "Buster" Varnes

May 1990

Dr. Charles Boyette, Man of Many Hats
Picking Sans and Ducks in Hyde County
Henry Hudson's Half Moon Sails Again
Mr. Jim Blanton, Retiring President of BCCC

August 1989

Mr. Willis Pippen and the Violin
Edward Cuthrell and the CCC Camp
Robert Sawyer, Lawman

December 1988

A Conversation With Their Grandfather
Jim Cox's Pit Bulldogs
Jesse Jefferson, Deer Hunter

Summer 1987

The Legend of the Devil's Hoof Prints of Bath
The Bath Air Force Part One: Warren Smith
The Bath Air Force Part Two: Warren Smith
Mr. Ric Gibbs

Winter 1986-1987

Queen Anne's Revenge Sails Again
The Story of Douglas Crossroads
Eeling on the Pamlico

Summer 1986

The Herb Lady
The Story of a Triplet, Three's Better Than One

Winter 1985-86

Miss Ella Bonner, School teacher
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Jones of Blounts Creek
A Photographic Essay of Bath

Summer 1985

Mrs. Bertha Webb of Plymouth
John A. Wilkinson: Attorney and Man for all Seasons

Winter 84-85

Washington Collegiate Institute, 1913-1930s
An Old House in Hyde County
The Holiday House of Washington

Spring 1984

Carolina Seafood Company
Vernon Waters of Pinetown
The Wahabs of Ocracoke Island

Winter 1983-84

The Grande Ole Bayview Hotel
Robert Hodges, Potter
Looking Back With Annie Elizabeth Guthrie
Looking Back: Phate Hodges Remembers Old Times

Summer 1983

The Curse of Bath
Kirby Avery Skins an Otter
Baseball in Beaufort County--An Old Timer Remembers
Mr. "Tee Wee" Blount Describes the Jamesville Easter Monday Herring Festival
A Concise History of Ocracoke Island


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Suzanne Stotesbury

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