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Hatchet Bay Reunion - 40+ Years Later

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image Reunion Group at the Shark Hole, Hatchet Bay Eleuthera

Approximately 65 ‘Hatchet Bayer's’ many of whom had not been back to Eleuthera for 40+ years had the opportunity in spring of 2008 to return to the island for an emotional reunion. A representative of the group contacted the Eleutheran to share the experience with all of Eleuthera. Rainbow Inn hosted the Hatchet Bay Reunion and organizers say that "Ken and Charlie were the awesome host to the reunion dinner on the Weekend night when everyone tried to play ‘catch up’ after being away for so long".

For some who were not back to Eleuthera since the 1970's it was quite an experience visiting places like shark hole, the cave and Surfer's Beach. About shark hole, they remarked how little it had changed, however about the cave it was "wow, who widened the opening and where did the Banyan tree go"?  "To the Surfing Beach where we surfed as teenagers before the ‘surfin beach’ was discovered by others. It is an awesome feeling to know that we, when kids, were the first to try the new founded adventure of surfin’ on Eleuthera and to form the Twin Silos's Surfin’ Association with members who included Les Lathrop, Wayne Stewart, Danny Tomlinson, Betty Tomlinson, Leona Russell, Ray Shilling & Frank Bashore" said the group in their communication with us.

Here's more of what they had to say: "To many of those that returned, Hatchet Bay was home, having been born and raised in this little unique place. As we drove the streets looking at the houses that we had called home, searching for the school house, it was a sad experience to realize that the ‘Hatchet Bay’ as we remembered it would be forever gone. The ‘Plantation’ was a ghost town, the ‘grocery store’ (burned to the ground a couple weeks before we arrived), the Yacht Club, the ‘Office’, the Poultry Farm, the Slaughter House, the Dairy Farm, even the Dock Master's building, disappearing with the passing of time. To many of us, Hatchet Bay, as we remembered it, was no more, at least it wasn't what we had left behind.

BUT on to brighter and happier events, we went searching for our old friends and shed many tears of joy when we found them. Some attended a festival at the ‘old ballpark’ where we once again were reunited with old friends like ‘Red’ from the grocery store, Austin Thompson from Gregory Town and many more.
To all of our friends on Eleuthera, we will return to see you someday and hope to plan another trip to Eleuthera in 2010."

Some members of the reunion group: Les & Ed Lathrop, Don, Craig, Brent Stewart, Rupert, Patsy, Cheryl Albury, Arlene & June Albury, Leona Russell, Billy, Phil, Mary & Ivy Roberts, Jill, Marshall, Patricia, Jim Irby, Kay & Jan Ohlhues, Linda Pendry, Tammy Edgmon, Sam Gifford, Patty, Bunky, Bob & Jim Musselwhite.

Billy Roberts & Tammy Edgmon
Arlene, Seabreeze, Leona & Les Lathrop
Jim Irby, Don Stewart & Ed Lathrop
Arlene, "Red", Les Lathrop & Leona an evening at the ole "ballpark"
Arlene Albury with Penny Edwards at the Reunion Dinner
Andrea Stewart & Cheryl Albury enjoying the reunion
Marshall Irby, Billy Roberts, Arlene Albury and Phil Roberts
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Wayne Adams on 28 October, 2015 12:47:09
My brother and I, lived in the house at the end of the street, on the same side, from the school from the August, 1957 to August, 1958. We were non natives, i.e., we were one of the Navy families, whose fathers were stationed at the base near Governors Harbor.

Does anyone know when Mrs. Saxon finally retired from teaching?

I have a funny story about her. Right after the storm that grazed the island in the summer of 1958, the highway was flooded at the low point headed toward Governors Harbor. The Navy personnel put a small Navy Dinghy in the flood water to ferry people from one side of the highway to the other. You would drive up, wade to the boat, ride to the other side where a car would take you the rest of the way into town.

So here comes Mrs. Saxon in the boat coming back to Hatchet Bay. The boat stops and before she could say a word, a young sailor jumps out, grabs her and carries her to dry ground, all the while she is protesting. I didn't see it, but the story was told all over the base to all the naval personnel.

I would like to get in touch with Wayne Stewart and David Weiss. If anyone has any information, or lived in Hatchet Bay from 1957 through 1958 and would like to reminisce, you are welcome to email me at
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Stephen Bicknell on 27 December, 2008 07:56:13
Sorry that I could not make it... so wanted to of course. Just that our move from CT to CA happened to be at same time... Awesome photos and write-up. Wonderful memories!! Miss the Island.

Glad I recieved a copy of the photos! Thank you Leona
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