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Vern Bender

About the Author
Vern J. Bender is a local historian at Ocean Isle Beach. While a native of Saginaw, Michigan, he has been a property owner at Ocean Isle Beach since 1979. Mr. Bender received a BS degree in marketing from Michigan State University. Vern has over 35 years of field and corporate executive experience in retail and financial management. He has held various field and national management positions with Sears, Roebuck & Co., and TransAmerica Corporation, San Francisco, California.
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The Revolutionary War Years History of Ocean Isle Beach-The Early Years Civil War History of Ocean Isle Beach-the 1950's OIB Fishing Celebrate 50 years of Family Fun on OIB Before the Explorers Arrived Coastal Native Americans, The Explorers, The Colonists, & The...

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The Explorers

  The Explorer Years (1524 to 1699) at Ocean Isle Beach In March 1524, the Cape Fear Indians watched Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano anchor his ship near Ocean Isle Beach and come ashore. Verrazano spent a few weeks exploring. He found the local Indians to be...

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The Prohibition and Great Depression Years (1920 to 1939) at Ocean Isle Beach The National Prohibition Act passed over Woodrow Wilson’s veto on October 28, 1918 and provided enforcement for the 18th Amendment outlawing liquor. The Act took effect on the Federal level...

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