Vernon Guthrie was born and raised at Harkers Island, but moved with his wife and children to Utah in the late 1950's. Before leaving he used his small Super-8 Film Camera to record hours of video on and around Harkers Island. Among his archives, shared with me by his son, Vernon Evan Guthrie, is this two minute clip shot during and immediately after Hurricane Hazel in 1954.
The fish houses shown are those of Henry Davis and of Alton Willis. Notice how far the water reached up the shore, the debris floating in the water, and even the home that had lost its entire top half.
If anyone recognizes any of the people, houses or stores shown, please add a comment pointing that out.
Harkers Island people and stories, as told to and by one of them.
"All the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life . . . the sun rose upon a tranquil world, and beamed down upon the peaceful village like a benediction.” Mark Twain - Tom Sawyer
For the last ten years or so I have been compiling a list of stories --- some sublime, and some ridiculous, and some in-between --- about the Island I grew up on. It remains my hope to arrange them into a coherent narrative that will convey some of what it was like to be a small part of a special place at a special time.