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Fripp Island Hog Hunt

Before the bridge was completed, Kilgore floated a bulldozer on a barge to Fripp Island to begin building roads and survey lots. A full-time crew worked on clearing, grading, surveying lots and road construction. Kilgore and his wife, AJ decided to name the street after fish. Using a reference book, they selected names of roads. Remora, one of Fripp island’s major thoroughfares, had such a nice sound; however, they experienced some disappointment in learning that it was not an unattractive fish.

An obstacle in building the road and golf course was the presence of numerous wild hogs. Krell estimated the wild hog population in 1962 to be in excess of 100. Planters from the 19th century probably placed domestic pigs on the island to control the poisonous snakes that are the greatest danger to the hunters; the hogs returned to the wild and grew tusks. Kilgore recall that they would be quite ferocious and that one hog he saw was probably 6 hundred pounds.

Krell used wild hog problem as an occasion to invite area sportsmen and those with an interest in Fripp to a wild hog hunt. In invitations, Krell announced that the group would meet at rest point on Hunting Island at 9:00 AM on November 30, 1962. Each owner was to bring his own shotgun, shells and lunch, and a Fripp island resort would provide transportation. Jack Pittman, a Greenville businessman who had purchased a lot, attending the hog hunt. He remember that several black St. Helena shrimpers ferry the hunters over to Fripp in their shrimp boats for what turned out to be the most successful hunt. They shot about 100 hogs, most of which were given to the shrimpers.