Keeper Bio: George Henry Leikam Sr.

George Henry Leikam Sr.

Date of Service: 1940 – 1960

1902:  Born on March 4 in Baltimore, MD

1940:  Stationed at Norfolk, Virginia as Quartermaster on the U.S. Coast Guard Tender, Violet.

1942 to 1943:  Keeper Leikam begins service as 1st Assistant Keeper at Holland Island Bar Lighthouse, Maryland. Salary – $1,440 a year.

1943 to 1945: Keeper Leikam is promoted to Principal Keeper at Holland Island Bar Lighthouse. His beginning salary was $1,620 and ending salary was $1,974.

1945 to 1954: Transferred to Hooper Strait Lighthouse, Maryland in 1945 to serve as Principal Keeper. His beginning salary was $1,974 and ending salary was $2,484. Keeper Leikam was the last keeper to serve until the lighthouse was completely automated.

1954 to 1960: Transferred to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, Maryland in 1954 to serve as Principal Keeper. Keeper Leikam spent a total of 18 years in the Lighthouse Service.

1960:  Died on February 3 at age 57 while stationed at Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. Keeper Leikam spent a total of 20 years in the Lighthouse Service, and is buried at Oaklawn Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sources: Mary Leikam; USLHS J. Candace Clifford Lighthouse Research Catalog https://archives.uslhs.org/ Chesapeake Chapter of the USLHS Keeper Database, 1940 U.S. Census

 

 

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