Society Notes – January, 2021

Harry Edell Oakes, III

January 7, 1943 – November 17, 2020

Our Society says a sad farewell to longtime member and staunch supporter, Harry Oakes. Harry, a longtime employee of the Town of Carolina Beach, is credited with the idea of turning the “new” Town Hall’s gazebo into our History Center in the late 1990’s.

As the story goes, Leslie Bright was talking to Harry about the difficulties the Society was having finding a regular place to hold meetings. Harry suggested we request the town allow us to finish the old Blockade Runners of the Confederacy Museum picnic shelter (gazebo) into a building we could use for a nominal rent on a long term lease. As they say “history was born.” Harry will also always be remembered as “one of the best Shaggers on the Island.”

Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center had ­­­­­­­­­­­­­42 visitors.
  • The UDC held their monthly meeting at the History Center.
  • Welcome to new members: Mark and Foy Yates, Carolina Beach and Gerald Hall, Kure Beach.