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fishing.” Fortunately, his grandson Judge John C. North of St. Michaels recalls the incident well, though he was just seven years old at the time. R ob er t Nor t h w a s a n oy s ter dredger at the turn of the century, captain of the bugeye Rasmussen, but he moved his family to Easton so his academically promising son John could at tend high school. In Easton, he and his wife, Noda, established a restaurant and ice cream shop on North Washington S t r e e t . W hen son Joh n g r aduated from Georgetown University in 1920 (perhaps the first Tilghman’s Islander to achieve a universit y degree), the family moved back to Bay Hundred. Near the ferry landing in Claiborne, they established the Sea Gull Inn, where they lived and worked. Judge North says he answered the telephone that Sunday when his distraught grandmother called to say her husband was missing. He had gone out fishing in his motorboat that morning, but later

his boat was found adrift. Despite a thorough search, he could not be found. Several days later, his body came to the surface, dislodged by the wake of the ferryboat from Kent Island. It is assumed that Robert North had a heart attack and fell overboard. A water man named Dav id Crockett (1942) had a heart attack when on his boat passing through Knapps Narrows. Stanley Covington recalls that Crockett’s boat was a double-ender (“shaped like on old iron”) with a one-cylinder engine that had parts identical to those in a Model T Ford engine. Crockett’s death is given in the Program as 1946, and his name appears on the Plaque in that position; the Covington List says he “fell in boat” but gives no date. Fortunately, Ada Harrison gives the date quite precisely: March 2, 1942. Her daughter Roberta H. Marshall, who compiled the Journal, noted: “The headline in the Star Democrat contained the worst typo I ever saw: ‘Dav y Crockett Dies while Pissing through the Narrows.’” Henry Harrison (1945) “fell in Baltimore Harbor,” though the circumstances are not known. Next is a double accident, involving Cleveland “Cleve” Jackson and War f ield “Warr y” R ichardson (1947). It is said that they went off fishing together, across the Choptank to Cook’s Point. On their way back, both were in the cabin


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