Category Archives: Keepers’ Logs

Daily excerpts from Apostle Islands lighthouse keepers’ logs.

Keeper’s Log, July 23

Raspberry Island Light Station, July 23, 1891 The extraordinary drought of this season received a welcome interruption by frequent showers during the last three days. The rain almost came too late for the withering vegetation and garden crops. So maybe … Continue reading

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In The News, July 19

Banner date for Sand Island: Bayfield County Press, July 19, 1884 Lederle of Sand Island Has a Ten-Pound Boy Last Tuesday. Lightkeeper Lederle of Sand Island rejoices over the arrival of an assistant lightkeeper who arrived Tuesday evening. Ha! I’ll … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, July 13

Sand Island Light Station, July 13, 1899 N. E. breeze and cloudy with fog outside. At 9:00 A. M. N. E. fresh with fog. Keeper worked in garden til noon. At 1:40 P. M. Keeper and folkes were startled by … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, July 8

LaPointe Light Station, July 8, 1895 Nothing done today. Lots of visitors today from Bayfield. LaPointe Light Station, July 8, 1906 N.W. heavy rain. From the 3 day of July to the 8 the flies were so bad it was … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, July 7

Raspberry Island Light Station, July 7, 1930 Painted skiff. Trimmed grass around buildings. worked at Sand Island Painting dome and trimming on tower and inside of dome. The aeroplane “Silver Cloud” from St. Paul, landed at Sand Island at 12:10 … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, July 5

Outer Island Light Station, July 5, 1912 Cleaned and trimmed Lamps and Lens. Scrubbed canvas rugs, and engine covers. Cleaned up Fog Signal, tended same. Tender “Amaranth” arrived at Station 1 PM. Came ashore with 5 tons of soft coal. … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, June 26

Raspberry Island Light Station, Keeper’s Diary, June 26, 1886 Yesterday passed my birthday – the 46th.  On the 9th wife and two children (Edward and Joe) surprised me with their a visit.  Stayed 10 days with me cleaning and whitewashing … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, June 16

Quite often, people ask me if I know of any ghost stories about the lighthouses. I answer, “No, but I know a good horror story. Wanna hear it?” Then I tell them this one. Sand Island Light Station, June 16, … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, June 12

Whaleback steamer at the Soo Locks LaPointe Light Station, June 12, 1896 Variable light clear. On the night of the 8, two pigs went ashore east of fog signal. They heard the signal and headed for the sound but was … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, June 4

Outer Island Light Station, June 4, 1897 SW, light, during day changing into a heavy E gale. Cleaning Lence and Lamp, changing burner, strainer, and float, and tending to general duty. I, the Keeper, left Bayfield at 7 AM with … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 28

Outer Island Light Station, May 28, 1935 Working on coal bunker, and put in new gasket on cylinder head in motor boat A party from Bayfield of the U. S Forestry Service and the U. S. Indian Service arrived at … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 23

Outer Island Light Station, May 23, 1935 Left 8:10 A.M. for Devils Island. Keeper returned to Station at 2:45 P.M. Burnt out condenser on timer in motor boat and was adrift in boat from 8:30 A.M. till 1:30 P.M. Calm … Continue reading

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