Category Archives: Keepers’ Logs

Daily excerpts from Apostle Islands lighthouse keepers’ logs.

Keeper’s Log, May 22

Raspberry Island Light Station, May 22, 1910 Keeper painted bedroom and hall upstairs. Observed Halley’s Comet at 9:20 P.M. Visible until 10:45 P.M. Cool! We were living on Fire Island when the comet returned in 1986, so that even though … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 19

Raspberry Island Light Station, May 19, 1928 Transferred raft with horse from Frog Bay to sand point, about 5 miles. This would be the horse’s second summer on Raspberry Island. A log entry the previous year explained, “Keepers will use … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 15

A bad time of year for forest fires? I’d say so: when the smoke is so thick that lighthouse keepers have to sound their foghorns to guide ships through the murk, that’s bad. LaPointe Light Station, May 15, 1898 Run … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 8

Outer Island Light Station, May 8, 1891 Keeper and Second Assistant E. Luick and Robert Carlson arrived at Station at 1:30 PM. Left Bayfield on the 7th at 11 AM, and as their was to much ice to get through … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 6

Another rough opening: Sand Island Light Station, May 6, 1917 SW Breeze & Clear cold The Tender Marigold left Bayfield at 5:15am with Keepers and some Assistants on. After passing through lots of ice and breaking away with the Marigold … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 5

LaPointe Light Station, May 5, 1899 Left Bayfield 7 A.M. Arrived at station 10 A.M. Found things in good order. The channel filled with ice. Came around by the mainland. Got the lights ready to light. The people that lived … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 2

Outer Island Light Station, May 2, 1935 Second Assistant came to Station, but could not land. Went to South end. Mr. Carpenter and wife walked from South end to Station. Blowing hard from the N. E. A very laconic account … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 1

Devils Island Light Station, May 1, 1956 Commenced demolition of single one family frame dwelling on W.O. no. 4074-56. This would refer to the second assistant’s quarters, which stood just to the east of the keeper’s dwelling. It appears to … Continue reading

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In The News, April 29

April 29- another one of those days. Just to start: Outer Island Light Station, April 29, 1935 Packing up; about ready to leave. Sounding for fog. Tram car got loose and went down the hill. Broke the four boxes. Outer … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, April 22

LaPointe Light Station, April 22, 1876 Frank Genry while passing from Ashland to La Point (sic) with a team of dogs broke through the ice off the end of the point but succeeded in getting himself and dogs out again … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, April 17

Opening days at the Sand Island Lighthouse, thirteen years apart. Sand Island Light Station, April 17, 1906 S‑SW breeze at times. Calm, warm, very pleasant. Steamer S. Barker left Bayfield at 6:00 A. M. with five keepers and five assistants … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, April 15

Opening up is hard to do… LaPointe Light Station, April 15, 1903 Left Bayfield for station 4 P.M. Arrived at station 10 P.M. Comment: OMG! Had a hard time to get ashore through the ice. Had to get in the … Continue reading

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