North Carolina Newspapers

Issue #10 February 1974
COMMISSIONERS MEETING, JA^^UARY 10: The comm.lssioners passed an ordlrianc2
forbidding vehicxes on t.hs ocean beach except for police, emergency
vehicles,' flr':gover;r-mf:;nt vehicles engaged in maintenance or cleaning.
After dxscusG-on as to whether construction of boa^ slips on the Sound
or the canal should be regulated or restricted by che Tov^n, the matter
was referred to the planning beard which was requested to study the
question and report at a future meeting.
Our coTmiissioners were represen':ed at a county-wide meeting regarding
a water and ^ewer authority, Chir board expressed its interest in joining
the aui-hority but djd not make any financial commitment, preferring to
wait until a financ?.al set-up is worked out at the county level*
The commissioners also voted to retain the 45 mile speed limit on Salter
Path. They approved purchase of a police car.
NEXT CCMMISSiONERS MEETING: Mayor Jim Redfield announces that, at the
regular boarc meeting on February 14, Col. Paul Dennison of Henry Von
Oesen and Associates - and, possibly also Professor W.W. Woodhouse of
the Dept, of Soil Service, N,C„ State University - will propose and
discuss an experimenvial marsh grass planting project for beach stabili
zation along the Sound, All who are interested are urged to come and
hear these gentlemer^,
ANOTHER CIVIC PROJECT: Plans have been made for joint meetings of the
Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment on the last Monday of each
moi^th at 8pm at rhe Atlantis Lodge, The two groups will work together
to plan for grrowth and its management in the best interest of our town.
Property owners are invited to attend these meetings and to contribute
ideas or suggestions which will lend themselves to improvement in any
OUR POLICE: All of us have reason to be grateful to our police officers
and t(> Rudy McBride, Commissioner for Security and Public Safety, In
one montli, the officers answered thirty-five calls while on duty and
twenty~ three, while off duty. They were contacted by twnety-six
recidents rcgai-ding residence security. They spent over fifty hours in
fuicher school training. They work long hours and do a conscientious
joo, ani we want them to know we appreciate it,
BOGUE BANKS HISTORY: Fex^7 of us who have moved here from other areas of
No?.th Carolina or from other states know that an Indian burial mound was
discovered in 1968 near Salter Path in the section that is now Indian
Village, The mound was discovered by George E, Thompson and his son
Wa\ne Thompson when GSorge Thompson cut into the mound while digging a
boat for use by residents of the mobile home park ha was developing.
Someone not as interested in Indian history and not as awa?je of Indian
relics might have missed the find entirely because the bones were choc
olate br„'wn and looked like tree roots. The Thompsons also noticed
red earth (ochre) which evidently had religious significance and was
usfcid as war paint. Aware of the historical importance of their find,
the Thompsons stopped work on their project and notified the office of
the State Archaeologist, Dr, Joffre Coe. The archaeologists sent here
from his office believed that the mound was in use about 500 to 800
years ago. The Indians were ancestors of one of the Algonquin tribes.
Bogue Island marked the southern extent of the Algonquin tribes who
occupied the coast area when Europeans first came. They lived by
hunting and fishing and had small gardens.
The burial mound was located on the Sound about 75 to 100 feet from the
water. As successive burials were made, the mound surface was prepared
by adding a clean layer of sand. Then the body and ritual objects
were laid on the saiid and covered with additional sand. In this mound
two complete skeletons were found and parts of five or six more. Spear
points and pottery were also found, and drinking vessels made of conch
shells. The weapons were polished, not made by the chip and flake
method, and the one Wayne Thompson showed us is smooth as satin in your

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