Category: Keeper Recognition

Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper George M. Wible – May 14th, 2022

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The Chesapeake Bay was home to a large number of lighthouses.  Each one was maintained by a dedicated group of public servants, Lighthouse Keepers.  One of these public servants, Keeper George M. Wible, was honored on Saturday May 14th in Crisfield, MD. The chapter installed the first U. S. Lighthouse Service marker of 2022 at …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper John A. Phillips – November 6th, 2021

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It was a beautiful Saturday at the Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore.  The family and friends of Keeper John Phillips gathered for the U. S. Lighthouse Service Grave Marker dedication ceremony to honor his service as a Lighthouse Keeper from 1869 to 1877.  His grave marker was installed by a family member with an assist …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keepers William M. Yeatman & William Yeatman on Saturday September 25th 2021

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Southern Maryland Lighthouse Keepers Honored by Greg Krawczyk St. Mary’s County is home to a number of lighthouses, located in the Potomac River and directly on the Chesapeake Bay. Two keepers of these lighthouses, William M. Yeatman and William Yeatman , were honored on Saturday September 25, 2021. The Chapter installed U. S. Lighthouse Service …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keepers Noah and Nancy Lawson – May 8, 2021

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  Our second ceremony of the day on May 8th 2021 at 2pm and was the “second” one in more ways than one.  It was the second one that day, the second one in Asbury Cemetery, plus it was for the second husband-wife team we have honored, Noah and Nancy Lawson.  Noah Lawson had been …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper Charles Tyler – May 8, 2021

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The ceremony was held at noon on May 8th 2021 for Keeper Charles C. Tyler who is buried in Asbury Ceremony in Crisfield.   Starting in 1905 he served at five different lights, Thimble Shoal, Great Shoals, Janes Island, Watts Island and Holland Island Bar, some more than once as both an Assistant Keeper then later …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper George Leikam – August 20th, 2020

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In August a Coast Guard civilian Lighthouse Keeper marker was installed at Keeper George Leikam’s grave.  Keeper Leikam was the last Lighthouse Keeper at Hoopers Straight Lighthouse.  His photo was featured on the 2013 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge $9 Buck for Hooper Straight.   The marker was installed at the request of his family living in Fort …

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Lightship Crew recognition ceremony for Captain Alexander Andersen – March 27th, 2021

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On Saturday March 27 at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Baltimore Maryland, the Chapter honored Alexander Andersen for his many decades of service on lightships. This was the Chapter’s first ever Lighthouse Service grave marker installation for an employee who served exclusively on lightships. In addition to lighthouses, the U.S. Lighthouse Service also operated lighthouse tenders …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremonies for Seven Keepers in Mathews County on October 3rd, 2020

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On a crystal-clear early October day, the Chapter honored seven well-deserving Chesapeake Bay lighthouse keepers who served at 14 different Virginia stations, three in Maryland, and two Coast Guard tenders.  The weather on October 3 in Mathews County was “picture-postcard-perfect”. With a color guard from Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 66 and three Coast Guardsmen from …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper Henry Sterling – November 7, 2020

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  The ceremony for Keeper Henry C. Sterling was held on November 7th.  The 18 friends and family attending in Crisfield MD were treated to a picture perfect day to honor Henry Sterling.  Keeper Sterling’s career started in 1900 at Solomons Lump Light as an Assistant Keeper.  Before the year was out, he transferred to …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper L. Dow Evans – November 8, 2020

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The  Fall weather was exceptional on the 8th of November for the ceremony to honor Keeper L. Dow Evans.  It was an intimate group of 13 family and friends who met in Crisfield MD for the ceremony.  Keeper Evans commenced his first assignment with the Lighthouse Service in 1879 at Solomons Lump Light.  In January …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper Otho Bounds – October 24, 2020

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The ceremony for Keeper Otho Bounds was held on the 24th of October 2020 in Allen MD.  Thanks to the earlier March 2020 article in the local newspaper, there were 34 friends and family at the ceremony, well under the 50 people maximum for an outdoor event.  .  From 1892 through 1893 Keeper Bounds served …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremonies on April 13th, 2019

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Click photos to enlarge On Saturday, April 13, 2019, members of the Chapter returned to Mathews, “Virginia’s lighthouse keeper county”, to honor six Chesapeake Bay lighthouse keepers at rest in four county cemeteries. We dedicated U.S. Lighthouse Service plaques at the graves of Keepers Frank Raymond Lewis, Nelson Stanley Atherton, Levi D. Marchant, Isaac Foster, …

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Lighthouse Keeper Kelly Honored on March 9, 2019

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On a cool, overcast, but dry and windless afternoon, members of the Chapter gathered at Ford Cemetery in Dames Quarter, Maryland to honor another Chesapeake Bay lighthouse keeper. Along with 10 family members and approximately ten friends, we unveiled a new U.S. Lighthouse Service plaque at the headstone of Keeper William James Kelly. Keeper Kelly …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper Thomas on August 18, 2018

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On August 18, 2018, family members of Barney Crockett Thomas gathered with two groups from the U. S. Coast Guard and members of the Chesapeake Chapter to honor another Chesapeake Bay lighthouse keeper. We were at the Thomas grave site in Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Onancock, Virginia on a warm and mostly sunny afternoon made …

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Six Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremonies on April 7, 2018

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On Saturday, April 7, 2018, the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society honored six lighthouse keepers in ceremonies at four cemeteries in Mathews’s County Virginia. A specially designed Lighthouse Keeper Grave Marker was installed at each grave site. Article in the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal       Any questions, email programs@cheslights.org  

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper John O’Neill on August 4th, 2017

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Grave Site Ceremony – Keeper John O’Neill – Angel Hill Cemetery UPDATE: 8/4/17 Ceremony program: 2pm—Commence Ceremony – Welcome by Master of Ceremonies: S. Greg Krawczyk, President, Chesapeake Chapter, US Lighthouse Society – Introduction – Reading of events leading to the appointment of John O’Neill as the first keeper of Concord Point LH Lighthouse – …

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Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper Thomas Steinhise on November 20th, 2016

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UPDATE:               On Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, on Ritchie Highway in Baltimore, MD 21225, the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society unveiled a special marker at the grave of Thomas Jefferson Steinhise, the last civilian keeper of the Seven Foot …

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