The main industry was seafood . There was Leonard Seafood Co. which ran "pound" boats to the ocean, and my father hauled 2-3 truck loads of fish a week to N.Y.C. and PA. and returned with a load of coal.
As for genealogy, the most common names are: Cherricks, Williams, Birch, Jones, Leonard, Burton, Bowden, Jester.
In 1920s the causeway was built. My grandfather was a blacksmith, he rented a diving suit and laid the pipeline from the mainland to Chincoteague along the causeway. My father bought the first truck on Chincoteague at cost of $900 and hauled the steel for the water tank from a barge from mainland.
In 1930's main business, other than seafood, was raising chickens. In 1936 there were 9 million chickens on the Island when hurricane came, it killed all 9 million--washed them out of houses into streets and it took 2 weeks to haul them all off. That ended the chicken industry on Chincoteague - most of the chicken houses were converted into motel rooms !!
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