Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Two More Great Friends Renew their Saltaire Roots

In the last couple of days we have had the pleasure of hearing from a couple great old friends.

Ellen Greer Glascock and Billy Poteat have reconnected through

Ellen Glascock is shown here not long ago on Surf Walk:

pic by Richard Greer

Billy Poteat is shown below in 1959 in his home in North Carolina. (Pic by Jeff Weinlandt).
The Poteats lived on Pacific Walk at Harbor Prom. When the Poteats left Saltaire in 1957 (?) they sold their house to the late JACK THORP. Hank Stillgebauer's photo of Doc and Mrs. Poteat in 1957 is here:

Pic courtesy Stillgebauer Lode
From our "Things we remember all our lives" department:
Billy and his brother Bobby Poteat, about ten and eleven years old, had the tiniest boat you ever saw. It was maybe four or five feet long. It was wooden and painted green. They painted the name "Bill-Bob" on the stern.
When the Poteats left Saltaire for good, (1957??) the boys left their beloved Bill-Bob behind on the bay beach at Pacific Walk. For year or two after that the Bill-Bob just lay there upside down. Nobody bothered it.
Once there was a storm and the Bill-Bob ended up in the bay half underwater at the water's edge. It was kind of broken up. The waves were lapping over its side and it was half covered with seaweed and flotsam and jetsam. It was September and we all would be going home until next year. The wind was pretty cold.
The Bill-Bob was heavy filled with bay water, but a couple of us kids bailed it and pulled it out of the bay and back onto the beach. We knew the Poteats had moved away, but we thought that if they would ever come back, the boys might like to ride the Bill-Bob again.
Never happened. We never saw the Bill-Bob after that. I guess the winter storms got to it, because it was not there when when we came back the next summer.

At any rate, more importantly, we have heard from Billy and Bobby again. They are still with us. And that is real fine news. Welcome back, Bill and Bob and your sister too.
Ellen Glascock sez:
"John has been sharing photos you send and I LOVE them. When I have some "free time" (read probably not soon as classes start all too quickly) I will ferret out my old albums and see if I can scan some of the best for you.
You have such a fabulous memory and the photos and your blog are great fun to jog mine!"
Billy Poteat writes to us from Down South:
"This is Billy Poteat who has had tears in his eyes going through this magnificent blog and reliving so many memories of the '48 - '57 or '58 era. I have recently scanned about 80-100 pictures of those days from Mom's slides. I'll try to upload them soon.Dad first came to Saltaire as the village Doc while he was finishing his residency at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn and bought our cottage shortly after that.Thanks for your efforts and this wonderful site. I have already shared and forwarded many of the info here on to my brother and sister."
--Billy Poteat Columbia, SC


deacincola said...

Great to hear from ya'll and the update on the Bill-Bob is so cool. Often wondered if we gave it to someone or what happened to her. Our grandfather , Chico who with Nana were with us most of the time helped build her.

Also, that's me sitting in the front bench in the pic with mom and Dad!!

And what a special day today is to think back to the Labor Day programs at the yacht Club. I remember like it was yesterday performing Andy Griffith's "What is was was football" at on of the last ones. I had acquired enough of a southern accent by then that I had em rolling in the aisles!!

And the haunting melody and lines of the grand old song to close the program ........."....... and all come back next year........"

Hope ya'll are having a great Labor Day up there.

Billy Poteat
Columbia, SC

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