By Elaine Henson
Our Bathing Suit Exhibit will be open through Labor Day. If you haven’t been by to see it, we encourage you to do so, Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays, 10-4.
In keeping with that theme, we want to showcase two Carolina Beach bathers that are also members of FPHPS.
Judy Cumber Moore was a teenager when she posed for this photo on the rock jetty in front of the boardwalk. She is wearing a one piece suit with straps removed for a bare shoulder look.
Judy spent summers at Carolina Beach since her family owned Cumber’s Cottages near the lake. We know her now as Judy Moore, wife of FPHPS board member, Byron Moore.
Byron was a Carolina Beach lifeguard and taught swimming lessons to beach children at the Nel-El Motel pool. Judy and Byron were high school sweethearts now married for 57 years. He later became an orthodontist and he and Judy raised their family in Winston-Salem. Fortunately for us, they now mostly live at Kure Beach with monthly trips back to Winston-Salem.
Long time Carolina Beach resident Fran Doetsch sits on a blanket in front of the wooden boardwalk in 1956. She is wearing a trim one piece suit with straps over the shoulders and a kerchief covering her hair. If the sun got too hot, you could get some shade “under the boardwalk”.
Fran’s family moved from the Sea Gate community of Wilmington to Kure Beach in the early 1930s when her step father, Dawson Mosley, took a job at the Ethel-Dow plant.
Like most teenagers at the beach, she loved spending time at the boardwalk. She met her husband, Bob Doetsch, there and took him home to meet her mother the very night they met. Bob was in the Army during WWII and stationed at Fort Fisher. They married December 1, 1943 and were married for 64 years when he passed away in January, 2008.
Bob worked for many years with the Army Corps of Engineers and served on the Carolina Beach Town Council as does their son, Gary Doetsch.
At 95, Fran remains a lively lady with an outgoing personality well known to residents of Carolina Beach. She is also a wonderful resource on our history at Federal Point and always glad to share it with others.