Untold Stories of Old Currituck Duck Clubs

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In this fourth installment of stories about the tradition of duck hunting on Currituck Sound, local resident Travis Morris delves into the history of the Currituck, Pine Island and Narrows Island private hunting clubs. These fascinating untold stories of the clubs weave together documents from old files with a variety of firsthand interviews and accounts. From stories of the clubs’ prestigious members and guests—such as J.P. Morgan and William Vanderbilt—to tales from local guides of some of the old float box ...
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In this fourth installment of stories about the tradition of duck hunting on Currituck Sound, local resident Travis Morris delves into the history of the Currituck, Pine Island and Narrows Island private hunting clubs. These fascinating untold stories of the clubs weave together documents from old files with a variety of firsthand interviews and accounts. From stories of the clubs’ prestigious members and guests—such as J.P. Morgan and William Vanderbilt—to tales from local guides of some of the old float box rigs, fans of Morris’s Currituck books won’t be disappointed by this latest volume, and first-time readers will find themselves transported out to the marshland, drifting along to the sound of duck calls.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596299511
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Series: Narrative Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 986,262
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Travis Morris was born in Coinjock, North Carolina, in 1932 (in the same house his mother was born in on April 3, 1908). He was the only child of Chester and Edna Morris. His daddy was an attorney and later a Superior Court judge. He represented many of the old duck hunting clubs when he was practicing law, which is how Travis got a lot of his firsthand information. Travis was in the Coast Guard from 1951 to 1954. He married Frances Meiggs in 1953. When he got out of the Coast Guard, he attended Campbell College for a year and a half. He came home and started farming in 1956. In 1957, he also started in the long-distance trucking business to haul his own produce. To keep drivers, he had to give them year-round work, and to do this he had to haul produce out of Florida in the winter. He was soon in the trucking business more than he was farming. While he had drivers in the trucks, he also guided sportsmen in the winter during the duck hunting season. One winter, he commercial fished. All of this was done to try to make a living and stay in Currituck. He followed these professions until 1970, when he and Frances got their real estate licenses and started Currituck Realty, a business he still owns forty years later. In 1971, he took people across Currituck Sound in an old gas boat and out to the beach in an old Corvair for which he paid fifty dollars. He’d written “Currituck Realty” on the side of the car with white shoe polish. He sold oceanfront lots for $12,000 that are now valued at over $1 million. In 1974, he operated Monkey Island Club and opened it to the public for the first time since its founding in 1876. He did this for four years during the process of selling it with three miles of property for the Penn family from Reidsville, North Carolina. They had owned the club since 1932. Charles A Penn was one of the founders of American Tobacco Company. In 1983, Travis and John H. High started Piney Island Club, which Travis is still a member of. Frances died in 1992 and Travis married Jo Ann Hayman in 1995.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Currituck Shooting Club 11

Working at Currituck Shooting Club in 1960 and 1961: As Told Newton Hampton 31

Graham Keaton: Currituck Club from 1961 to 1965 41

Carl Ross: Sixth Superintendent of Currituck Shooting Club 45

The 1971-1972 Hunting Season at Currituck Club: As Told Levie Bunch Jr. 51

Narrows Island Club 55

Earl F. Slick 65

William E. Hollan Jr. 69

Clarine Doxey: Cook at Pine Island 77

Working at Pine Island Club: As Told by Ernest Brickhouse 81

Foreman: Roberts Brothers' Float Rig 93

Working with "Preacher" Riddick: As Told Newton Hampton 101

Rescue 105

Frank Midyette Carter: January 1, 1913-April 1, 1995 107

Frank Carter: As Told Wayne Penn Twiford 109

Coast Guard License 115

History of the Gray Goose (former Red Wing): As Told Jarvis Snow 117

Ray Adams with a Load of Game 123

Erleen Snow: Famous Goose-Calling Champ 125

Walton Carter and Billy Brumsey: Episode on the Gray Goose 127

Leon A. Dunn Jr. 133

About the Author 141

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