By Elaine Henson
Andrew Emile Kure was born March 30, 1893, the youngest child to Hans Anderson and Ellen Miller Kure. His parents had emigrated from Denmark in the late 1880s, first to Charleston, SC, and later Wilmington where they formed a ship chandler business.
When Carolina Beach was begun as a resort in 1887, the family bought property and started businesses in the new beach community. In early 1900s they purchased large tracts of land near Fort Fisher.
Hans and Ellen Kure formed the Kure Land and Development Company in 1915 with their four sons, William Ludwig, Hans Adolph, Lawrence Christian and Andrew Emile, thus becoming the founders of Kure Beach. They also had a daughter, Elene H. Kure Shands.
Twenty-four year old Andrew E. Kure enlisted in WWI on December, 15, 1917, in Lumberton, NC, leaving his job at the Atlantic Coast Line.
He served with the American Expeditionary Force in France, being promoted to Corporal in the Signal Corps in July, 1918, and then to Sergeant in the Air Service in September, 1918. He was discharged June 9th of 1919.
He returned to his job as auditor in the freight receipt department at ACL and remained there until 1945.
In 1925 he married Elizabeth Hall Singletary. The couple welcomed their only child, Andrew E. Kure, Jr., in 1927. Andrew’s mother, Ellen, declared that the baby looked “punky” the first time she saw him. The nickname stuck and has followed their son for 90 years at this writing.
After retiring from the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, Andrew became more involved in the family land and rental businesses and helping to care for his oldest Uncle William L. “Cap” Kure.
Andrew died in 1950 and is buried in the family plot at Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington.
(right) Andrew Emile Kure, Sr. and Betty Singletary Kure, parents of Andrew E. Kure, Jr, better known as “Punky” of Kure Beach, NC