Kure Beach mail was first routed through Wilmington.
The first Kure Beach Post Office was off K Ave across the street from Clarence Danner’s Fish House. His wife Jessie Danner ran the post office.
A three cent stamp was needed to mail a letter. Zip codes had not been invented. After the war, Mitzi Saunders ran the PO.
The letter (shown below) is the first one post marked from the Kure Beach Post Office on opening day – June 10, 1942.
Faye Teague from the Carolina Beach PO worked relief for the Kure Beach PO for 12 or 13 years.
Kure Beach Post Office
The current Kure Beach PO was originally a Bank of America but people took their business to Carolina Beach because they were afraid the one employee would tell everyone how much money they had in the bank. When the Bank closed, it was replaced with a convenience store.
In the early 70s, Faye Teague was appointed Post Master at Kure Beach. Nobody worked for her. There was no delivery service. What was originally a one-person job has grown to 4 or 5 people plus home delivery. It used to be an honored job where you knew the people.
Their son Gary was with the post office some 30 years starting in 1973. Gary was the Kure Beach Post Master for about 5 years until 2004.
About 1967 the Teagues moved to Carolina Beach. After leaving the bus line, Norris owned and operated a Gulf service station across from the First Baptist Church. A lot of service station customers were airman from Ft. Fisher which had about 300 airmen on duty. In 1967, they moved to a house at 5th and Hamlet.
Faye was working 2 or 3 jobs. One was at Monty’s Restaurant owned by Ed Brown serving mostly sandwiches and fries and shakes. Bowman’s Restaurant is there now. Herman Dingler who owned the Texaco Station owned the ambulance which answered wrecks. Families took members to the emergency room when such services were needed.
Sand Castle Motel
Sand Castle Inn
When Norris sold the service station, he went into real estate for about 2 years. He was in the process of selling the Sand Castle Motel when he ended up buying it about 1973. It had 32 rooms and the Teague living quarters with 4 bedrooms. Kure Beach had utilities, water, electricity, phone, trash, and sewer.
Jerry Bigley’s Store at the corner of K street was a convenience store for tourists. There was an A & P at Carolina Beach. Hurricane Fran in the mid 90s got into the motel and pool.
Faye decorated her home at the motel at Christmas time for 16 years. Their home was often on the Island-of-Lights Christmas tour. She especially liked Hallmark and Possible Dreams brands – unusual things.
Norris ran the Sand Castle motel for several years. Son Gary was the main help at the Motel. The motel was opened all year unless they needed to go somewhere.
Some fisherman cleaned fish in the bathtub. Fish scales stopped up the drain. What a mess. Most cleaned fish at the pier. When they first opened in 1973, rooms were about $22 a night. By 2005, many were getting $75 or $80.
Five rooms had kitchenettes. They built a gazebo out back where families could celebrate together. Two got married at the gazebo. The Teagues had a lot of repeat business at the motel. It was easy to talk and become friends. The motel had overflow from those attending the Lutheran Center.
Norris is the only man on the island that has served on both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach councils. He resigned from Carolina Beach after they bought the motel in Kure Beach. Lee Wrenn was mayor; later it was Tommy Cosby. Norris was on the Board of Adjustment at Carolina Beach. Faye served on the Beautification Committee, the Community Center Committee, and the Tourist Development Authority (TDA).
In about 2000, there were 11 or more motels in Kure Beach – Nelsons, Tradewinds, Docksiders, Seashore, Sandcastle, Morans (Ronny Purnell). Six are now gone.
The Sand Castle Motel was sold and torn down. Teague’s moved across the street, right on the beach. Before this, they hadn’t been to the beach for 25 years. Faye looked at it from her bedroom at the motel. Now (2006) they have the largest yard of all with the ocean in front. Norris mows the whole block on both sides. Teagues say “Kure Beach is a good place to live.”
The Sand Castle Inn in it’s previous incarnation as Wrenn’s Motel
Faye and Norris Teague went to school together and lived on joining farms in Randolph County. They moved to Federal Point in 1963 when Norris Teague was transferred by Trailways Bus Lines. His bus run was mainly from Wilmington to Durham with occasional runs to Carolina Beach when he filled in for a driver.
Faye Teague didn’t have a job at first, but found work at the necktie factory – France Neckwear near 13th and Greenfield in Wilmington. Her job was pressing tie ends. Several ladies rode with Faye from Carolina Beach to work downtown at the Fish House where they cleaned fresh catch.
Eventually Norris had 5 bus trips a day to just past the Fort Fisher Air Station read more