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Frisco Native American Museum SUMMER PROGRAMS AT THE MUSEUM Visitors to the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center will have the opportunity to participate in a number of special programs offered for children and adults this summer. Sessions are held at the museum and generally last an hour. Explorer’s Fossil Pile Enjoy the museum’s nature trail and explore the fossil pile located near the maritime forest pavilion. What looks like a big table filled with sand is actually a treasure-trove of sharks’ teeth, fossilized shells, and other artifacts dating back thousands of years. Fun for the entire family. Available daily. Talking Sticks From a very early age, Native American children are taught to listen and respect others’ point of view. Many native tribes use Talking Sticks as a creative and effective way for both children and adults to extend their listening skills and conduct meaningful conversations that are orderly and fair – even with adversaries. Make your own Talking Stick and learn how to use it. Available every Thursday, June 9 — August 26, 2016. Native American Traditions: Tattooing Tattooing and body painting have been widespread among Native Americans for centuries. Designs, meanings, and colors vary among tribes as well as the specific reasons for adorning the body. Tattoos may be used for special ceremonial traditions, to increase personal power, honor someone else, follow the dictates of a dream or visionary experience, prepare for combat, or display personal messages and designs having special significance. Learn about native tattooing and make your own personal tattoo. Available every Thursday, June 9 — August 26, 2016. Programs are appropriate for all ages and are included in museum admission which covers an entire week. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is located in Frisco on Hatteras Island. For more information, visit the web site at or call 252-995-4440. The museum is located on Hatteras Island and is open with winter hours from 10:30 AM - 5 PM Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 252-995-4440 or visit All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Senior Center Mention this Ad and get a free Hot Dog when you purchase a Hot Dog. The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Senior Center “Serving the Young at Heart, Adults 55 or Older” The Senior Center offers a wide variety of exciting programs, trips and activities for the senior citizens of Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County. We strive to create a “family” atmosphere that promotes social, mental, physical and emotional overall well-being. Lauren Turner Senior Center Coordinator Phone: (252)337-6661 or (252)337-6662 26 Albemarle Tradewinds June 2016

Northeast North Carolina Family History - Coast Guardsmen murdered… By: Irene Hampton - With Memorial Day just past, I was reminded of my husband’s great uncle, Chief Boatswain’s Mate Sidney Cantwell Sanderlin and his tragic death at the hands of rum runners during prohibition. Operating out of Coast Guard Section Base, Boatswain Sanderlin was in command of the 75 foot patrol boat CG-249. The account was recorded in a variety of publications, including Malcolm F. Willoughby’s “Rum War at Sea”. Willoughby states that in 1927 rum was being purchased in Bimini with counterfeit American dollars. That brought the interest of the U.S. Government to the situation. Secret Service Operator Robert K. Webster was sent to attempt to locate the plates and presses and was aboard CG-249 on August 7, 1927 headed to Bimini with the seven-man crew. About 17 miles from Bimini a suspicious motorboat, heading for the Florida coast was sited and after orders to stop went unheeded, several shots were fired across her bow before she obeyed . A search was conducted and 20 cases of illegal liquor was discovered. An account in “Coast Guard to the Rescue” by Karl Baarslag indicates that the men claimed to be on their first trip and asked if the Coast Guardsmen couldn’t just take the liquor and let them leave on their boat. The two men, James Horace Alderman and Robert W. Weech had struggled to put the trip together and Weech claimed a wife and two children in Miami as the reason to let them go. Sanderlin told them he could not do that and after checking them for weapons, ordered them onto the patrol boat. Here the two books differ on what happened next. Willoughby writes that Alderman managed to pick up a gun he had hidden while Baarslag states that “four automatic pistols were lying on a table just inside the door” of the patrol boat and while Sanderlin was in the pilot house radioing Fort Lauderdale, Alderman claims to have “snatched up a pistol and shot Sanderlin in the back, killing him.” Both books state that Victor A. Lamby, motor machinist’s mate first class saw what had happened and headed to the armory and Alderman saw him and shot him in the spine. Lamby fell into the engine room paralyzed and in a deathbed statement said one of the “rummies” kicked him and beat him because he would not break the gas lines in the patrol boat even after he told him he could not move. Lamby died four days later. The crew of CG-249 had been busy transferring the cases of liquor from the motorboat to the patrol boat. Now at gun point they were ordered by Alderman to return them to his boat. Alderman, who intended to blow up the Coast Guard boat leaving Sanderlin and Lamby on it, directed Weech to throw a lighted match into the engine room. It failed to ignite. Back on the rum boat, Weech attempted to start the engines to remove themselves from the anticipated explosion of the Coast Guard boat, but when the engine failed to start, it distracted Alderman enough that the coast guardsmen and Webster rushed him. Alderman began firing, shooting the Secret Service Agent Webster and killing him instantly. Ship’s cook, Jodie L. Hollingsworth, was shot through the shoulder, the bullet continuing through his throat and temple and destroying his right eye. The remaining men beat and stabbed Alderman, (one account says with an ice pick), and knocked him unconscious. Weech, coming up the companionway was grabbed and thrown overboard. Once he was brought back onboard, both he and Alderman were placed in shackles. With the boat under control, the remaining coast guardsmen radioed their situation to their base and Coast Guard Cutter 2246 was dispatched with Lieutenant Jordan, Ensign Hahn, six petty officers and two seamen to render aid. There are conflicting reports about what has happened to certain documents from that era, but the trial resulted in two convictions. Weech received one year and a day for smuggling. Alderman was sentenced to death for the murders. He claimed he believed his life was in jeopardy and acted in self-defense as he wasn’t sure who had boarded his boat. Some reports state that the coast guardsmen were in tee shirts and dungarees instead of uniforms, but I have seen pictures of CG- 249 and there is no mistaking that it was a Coast Guard vessel. Lamby’s deathbed testimony also confirms the version in Willoughby’s book. Webster, Lamby and Samderlin were dead. Sanderlin was 30 years old and left a 26 year old wife and two children, Mildred Virgina, 5 and Sidney Maxion, 4. Young Sidney would go in to serve 22 years in the Coast Guard himself. I hope you will take time while in family gatherings or while travelling this summer to investigate your family history. If you have military connections, some information will be found on and a great deal on a paid website Irene Hampton earned a Certifi cate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and worked as the Genealogical/Local history Researcher for the Pasquotank-Camden Library for over 12 years. She has also abstracted and published “Widow’s Years Provisions, 1881-1899, Pasquotank County, North Carolina”; “1840 Currituck, North Carolina Federal Census” and “Record of Marriages, Book A (1851-1867) Currituck County, North Carolina”.You may contact her at Albemarle Tradewinds June 2016 27