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Postby Grover » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:13 am


"There are two pips in a beaut, four beauts in a lulu,
Eight lulus in a doozy, and sixteen doozies in a humdinger.

No one knows how many humdingers
there are in a lollapalooza."
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:36 am


"His superintendent was not persuaded and would not recommend an additional keeper but, in typical bureaucratic fashion, transferred Woods to another station and then a few years later assigned an assistant to the new lighthouse keeper."


Heh....Talk about a kick in the rear... :roll:

Guess the 'squeaky wheels' back then didn't get Grease.....They got transferred !
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Postby island » Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:55 pm


There is a bit more to the Woods incident than was stated in this article.

Keeper Joseph Woods in 1918 was the tenth keeper in 21 years at this light since it was established in 1896 and with no assistant keeper position in those years. Several keepers served only a year or two. This light had accommodations for a keeper and his wife but not for a third person, an assistant keeper. If an assistant was added Wood's wife would have had to leave.

For person to qualify to be appointed as keeper of a single keeper light it was necessary to have a wife and/or family members to assist with operation of the light. This practice continued into the Coast Guard years at smaller light stations. Wood's stated his wife was too ill of health to assist with the light. If this was chronic illness she should not be residing at such a location. With no other family member to replace her, transfer was not only appropriate, it was a necessity.

The new keeper a few years (18 years) after Woods was Sidney Gross, appointed in 1936 with S.L .Bennett appointed assistant keeper. In that year the small fog bell was replaced by large diaphragm air horns with engine(s) to power the air compressors when electric power was lost. The additional responsibility and work load to operate and maintain this additional equipment is why the assistant keeper position was created at this lighthouse. Bennett was present with Gross during the 1938 storm.

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:54 pm


Heh...There's always more to the story, isn't there ? #-o

That explains a lot. 'Several Years' turns out to be, a Lotta Years !

Thanks for the clairification ! :)
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