Keeper Bio: Cale Ballance Stowe

Keepers

Date of Service: 1913-1924

1889:  Cale Ballance Stowe was born on April 12, 1889, to parents Henry B. & Jane Burrus Stowe in Hatteras, NC.

1910:  In the U. S. Census, Cale’s occupation is listed as a sailor.

1912:  Marries Frances Swain on May 21, 1912, in Hatteras, NC.

1913-1914: Serves as First Assistant at Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse, MD. His annual salary was $480.

1914: Serves as First Assistant at Brant Island Shoals Lighthouse, NC.

1915-1916: Serves as Second Assistant at Cape Lookout Lighthouse, NC. His annual salary was $456.00.

1916-1918: Serves as First Assistant at Laurel Point Lighthouse, NC. His annual salary was $480.00.

1918:  On April 24, Keeper Stowe aids a gas boat caught in a bad storm while stationed at Laurel Point Lighthouse.

19181919: Serves as First Assistant at Cove Point Lighthouse, MD. His annual salary was $720.00.

19191922: Serves as Principal Keeper at Turkey Point Lighthouse, MD. His annual salary was $780.00.

1921: Keeper Stowe tows a disabled powerboat with 7 men on board to Town Point Wharf, MD.

19221924: Serves as Principal Keeper at Drum Point Lighthouse, MD.

1924: Keeper Stowe dies on October 29, 1924, from tuberculosis at Black Mountain, NC, after serving a total of 11 years in the Lighthouse Service. He is buried at Rollinson Cemetery, Hatteras, NC.

 Sources –Paula Krum, Historian, TPLHS, Official Register of the U.S, Annual Report of the Commissioner of Lighthouses to The Secretary of Lighthouses, 1918 & 1920, Bugeye Times, Calvert Marine Museum, Winter 2014-2015.

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