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History - Page Two
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Charles E. Blair, keeper from 1862 to 1864, witnessed Confederate prisoners being transported to Boston Harbor’s Fort Warren, which served as a prison during the Civil War. The next keeper, Thomas Bates, took over in July 1864 and remained until his death in April 1893. The light station was the scene of many happy gatherings during the Bates era. Frequent sing-alongs took place, with the accompaniment of Assistant Keeper Edward Gorham on accordion. When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder and Crossing the Bar were special favorites.

On January 31, 1882, Keeper Bates, along with an assistant and a local fisherman, rescued the crew of the Fanny Pike, which had run into Shag Rocks.

A brick cistern was added in 1884 in a building near the tower. The cistern held 21,800 gallons of rainwater for the keepers and their families. A second keeper’s house was added in 1885, located at the opposite end of the island from the lighthouse. Two houses had become a necessity with three keepers and their families living on the island with their families.
 Keeper Bates

Thomas Bates, Jr., Keeper of Boston Light 1864-1893
old photo of lighthouse and keeper's house

A Daboll compressed- air fog trumpet replaced the bell in 1872. It remained in use until 1887, when a steam-driven siren replaced it. In the late nineteenth century, students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducted experiments with fog signals at Boston Light, trying to perfect a signal that would penetrate the so-called “ghost walk,” an area about six miles east of the lighthouse where no sound could penetrate. 


Despite the students’ best efforts, even the largest horn could not penetrate the ghost walk.

Alfred M. Horte had a brief stay as keeper after the death of Bates. Henry L. Pingree was keeper from 1894 to 1909. Pingree’s son, Wesley, who was an assistant keeper at Deer Island Light in Boston Harbor, married Horte’s sister, Josephine.

Left: Late nineteenth century view, courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.

keepers inside lighthouse

An auxiliary light was added to the station in 1890—a fixed white light exhibited from a small wooden building. The light was designed to help mariners avoid dangerous Harding’s Ledge. If they strayed too far from the channel to either side, a red light was seen.

The next keeper, Levi B. Clark, weathered a tremendous blizzard on Christmas Day in 1909. The five-masted schooner Davis Palmer struck Finn’s Ledge and sank with all hands in the storm, and some of the wreckage came ashore at Little Brewster Island.

Charles Jennings, a Cape Cod native previously stationed at Monomoy Point Light, became keeper in 1916 at a yearly salary of $804. Jennings, who received a commendation from the secretary of Commerce for the rescue of 24 men from the Coast Guard patrol boat Alacrity, moved on to be the keeper of the range lights at Lovell’s Island in 1919.

John Lelan Hart was keeper from 1919 to 1926. In 1921, Hart and his assistant, William J. Howard—who later gained fame as a lifesaver at Wing’s Neck Light—were credited with saving the life of the second assistant keeper, whose boat had capsized. Hart was involved in several more rescues during his stay.

Left: The unveiling of a tablet at Boston Light on December 2, 1934, listing the station’s keepers. From left to right: J. Leland Hart, keeper from 1919 to 1926; Charles Jennings, keeper from 1916 to 1919; Maurice Babcock, keeper from 1926 to 1941, and Fitz-Henry Smith, author the 1911 book The Story of Boston Light. From the collection of Edward Rowe Snow, courtesy of Dorothy Bicknell.
Archford "Ted" Haskins was first assistant keeper for a decade beginning in 1927.  Every chore was more difficult at an island light station. When she wanted to wash the family's clothes, Haskins' wife, Betty, had to collect the water a bucket at a time from the basement. The water would be heated on a stove overnight, and the clothes were washed using a washboard and lye soap.

The Haskins children spent weekends and vacations on the island, and stayed in a boardinghouse on the mainland during the school week. Transportation was via a small boat called the Dolittle -- so named because it did little.

Ted Haskins picked up large quantities of food on the mainland when he had the opportunity. Canned food comprised most of the family's diet in winter.  “If they had to have corn chowder three nights in a row, that’s what they did," said Haskins' daughter Marla Haskins Rogers in an interview many years later.
lighthouse and boathouse
Circa early 1930s view
photo of 3 keepers


Maurice A. Babcock, formerly at Thacher Island, Bird Island, and Gay Head, was principal keeper from 1926 to 1941. 

In 1934, members of the Bostonian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society held a ceremony on Little Brewster honoring the 25 keepers of Boston Light.

Fitz-Henry Smith, author of a history of the lighthouse, unveiled a tablet bearing the names of the keepers. The modest and taciturn Babcock was invited to speak.  

Here is the entire text of his speech:

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am not much of an orator, but I enjoy keeping the light burning for the ships coming in, and the fog signal sounding. I thank you.


Left:
Three keepers of Boston Light: Charles Jennings, Maurice Babcock, and J. Lelan HartFrom the collection of Edward Rowe Snow, courtesy of Dorothy Bicknell 

The Babcocks’ children boarded in the nearby towns of Winthrop or Hull so they could attend school, and they spent their vacations on Little Brewster. On one occasion, Keeper Babcock rowed through dangerous ice floes to Hull to pick up his son, Bill, during a February vacation. The keeper’s wife watched her husband fight off giant ice cakes as he headed for Hull. She lost sight of him for an agonizing two hours. Finally, she caught sight of the returning dory, with her husband rowing and their son fending off the ice. “After I had given them a good scolding,” she later said, “I sat them down to a hot supper and we had a pleasant holiday.” Bill Babcock later carried on the family tradition, becoming a keeper at Graves Light in Boston Harbor.

The Babcocks were on the island for the devastating hurricane of September 21, 1938, which struck New England without warning. As the winds picked up late that afternoon, Keeper Babcock had to crawl on his hands and knees to reach the lighthouse. A dock at the island was wrecked by the storm. Babcock and one of his assistants spent the night in the lighthouse lantern, making sure the light stayed lit. Babcock’s log entries, now at the National Archives, make note of the storm but mention nothing of his own extraordinary efforts.

 Maurice Babcock
Maurice Babcock

In late 1939, Keeper Babcock lost part of a finger in an accident with a motor on the island. He spent a few weeks in Boston recuperating. In a newspaper article during that period, he said that he had never driven an automobile and had no intention of doing so. By boat, he could reach Boston’s South Station in 50 minutes, much faster than the trip by car from Hull. “We do our shopping for groceries just as anybody else does,” he told the reporter. “The only difference is that we are farther from the store. We lay in larger supplies than most people, on account of the distance. We can’t trot out to the chain store if we happen to forget the coffee.”

child in bucket

A grandson of Keeper Maurice Babcock taking an outdoor bath on the pier at Little Brewster Island
July 31, 1940

Courtesy of Dorothy Bicknell

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Maurice Babcock in Oct. 1941, shortly before his retirement. Courtesy of Dorothy Bicknell.


Friends of the Babcocks threw the family a farewell party on the island on the day of the keeper’s retirement in November 1941.

Edward Rowe Snow accompanied Babcock on his final trip up the lighthouse stairs and later wrote:

It was a sad journey we made that afternoon, and as we reached the lantern room he looked fondly at the lenses and the lighting apparatus with its gas mantle, all of which he would never see again.

Then Maurice Babcock, twenty-fifth keeper of Boston Light, stepped out on the platform that surrounds the tower and looked out to sea. Neither of us spoke, but each knew what was in the other’s mind—the old days of the lighthouse service were gone forever, never to return.


The Coast Guard took over the management of the nation’s lighthouses in 1939, and civilian keepers were given the option of remaining civilians or joining the Coast Guard. Ralph C. Norwood, an assistant under Maurice Babcock, enlisted in the Coast Guard and became the next keeper in 1941.

Click here to hear a recording of Keeper Norwood describing his duties at Boston Light (courtesy of his grandson, Willie Emerson).


Georgia Norwood

Georgia Norwood
The 1930s had been exciting years for the Norwoods. In 1932, Josephine Norwood, Ralph’s wife, was expecting their seventh child. (She would have nine children by the time she reached 27.) During a spring storm, Josephine believed the birth was imminent and a doctor was summoned from Hull. It took an hour and a half for the boat to land at the island in heavy seas. As it turned out, Georgia wasn’t born until a week later in calm weather, but the headlines from the night of the storm forever stamped Georgia as the “Storm Child.”

The writer Ruth Carmen based a novel called Storm Child on the story. The book was a highly fictionalized version of the Norwoods’ story that even included a tidal wave destroying the lighthouse. Georgia and her parents were showered with publicity, and they traveled to New York City to appear on the nationally broadcast We the People radio program.

Hollywood subsequently came calling to make a movie version of Storm Child, and five-year-old Georgia was slated to play herself. Described as “smiling and sunny-curled,” Georgia was to be the “Bay State’s own Shirley Temple.” The movie never happened. “I would not separate the children,” said Josephine.    “Each one was as precious as the other and they all needed my supervision.” Apparently Georgia agreed, reportedly saying, “I don’t want to go to Hollywood. I want to go back to Boston Light.”

The legend of the Storm Child lived on just the same. Georgia’s son, Willie Emerson, later wrote a book called First Light, which relating relates the true story of his mother’s birth and life at Boston Light. “The days spent on Boston Light were busy ones,” Josephine told her grandson for his book, “with eleven of us to cook for. . . . As we never knew when inspection of the houses, tower and fog signal would be held, it was a matter of course to have the beds made, the dishes done, and the sweeping and dry mopping done by ten o’clock. Of course our children were brought up to help with the work. Then they had their time to swim, go fishing, walking over the bar at low tide, or go rowing.”

In the 1930s, there were three families and as many as 19 children living on the tiny island. The school-aged Norwood children lived with their mother in Hull during the school year, but they always looked forward to their glorious summers on the island. “You never relaxed until they were all safely in bed at night,” said Josephine. She once rigged a leash attached to the clothesline for her young son, Bobbie, but “Georgia felt sorry for him and untied him.”

Ralph Norwood’s daughter, Priscilla (Reece), later remembered that her father would go to Hull once a month for groceries. “Sometimes he would take one of us kids with him,” she recalled,. “and the grocers would feel sorry and give you a cabbage or something.” Attempts to maintain a vegetable garden on the island met with little success, as the soil was poor. 

The Norwoods, of course, always had plenty of seafood. The children would harvest the plentiful crabs, periwinkles, and mussels from the shores of the island. The older children made money by lobstering.

Summers were lively, with filled with rowboat races and pie- eating contests with the children who summered on nearby Great Brewster. Games of all sorts were played, even baseball—in the water was an instant automatic out.

Life was generally harmonious, although Maurice Babcock Jr. did get a punch in the nose once from one of the Norwood girls. He had trespassed onto the Norwoods’ part of the island.

In the winters, the children boarded in Hull or Winthrop where they attended school, waiting eagerly for vacations and their glorious summers back on Little Brewster.
Norwood family
The Norwood family in 1946
Back row: Georgia, Wanda, Fay, Josephine, Ralph
Front row: Bob, Bruce, Dexter, Priscilla, Gail, Ralph II, Spunky
Courtesy of Willie Emerson
kids on fog cannon
Courtesy of Willie Emerson
The Norwoods left the island in 1945. Bruce Norwood said years later, “I’ve never been in another place that felt like the home Boston Light was.”

One of Ralph and Josephine’s sons, Gail, later became a lightkeeper in Nova Scotia, making four generations of keepers in the family.

Lavigne family Boston Light was extinguished during World War II, and it went back into operation in July 1945. The light was converted to electricity in 1948, and shortly after that the clockwork mechanism that rotated the lens was replaced by an electric motor. The second-order Fresnel lens remains in use today.

A child was born on the island in March 1950 to Mary Ellen Lavigne, wife of Joseph E. Lavigne, the Coast Guard’s principal keeper. When the baby’s birth was imminent, low tide prevented the keeper from launching a boat to get his wife to the mainland.

A doctor eventually was rushed over from Pemberton Point in Hull in a Coast Guard boat, and Joseph Jr. was delivered the baby at 7:30 a.m.  Mary Ellen was later taken to Quincy City Hospital to recuperate. The couple’s son, Joseph Jr., was their the couple’s first son and their fourth child.

In 1960, it was decided that the smaller 1885 seven-room keeper’s house would suffice for the island’s Coast Guard personnel. The 1859 duplex dwelling had badly deteriorated. a A 1949 inspection reported that the ceiling in the kitchen was falling down and there were rat holes in the house. The Coast Guard razed the house structure in the spring of 1960. After that, Coast Guardsmen lived at the station without their families.

Left: The Lavigne family at Boston Light.

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The remaining 1885 keeper's house

Boatswain’s Mate First Class William “Mike” Mikelonis was the Coast Guard keeper at Boston Light for several years beginning in 1962. The Coast Guard staff at that time spent two weeks on the island and one week off.

Mikelonis and other keepers over the years have enjoyed great fishing off the ledges. When Mikelonis retired in 1967, he said he had caught overmore than 1,000 striped bass, two of them over 50 pounds. Upon his retirement, Mikelonis was presented with the bulb that burned in the tower on his last day of duty.

Mikelonis shared the island with two assistants and a shaggy black dog named Salty, one of a long line of Boston Light dogs. Salty was succeeded by Salty II, and later by Farah (named during the era of Charlie’s Angels and Farah Fawcett), a friendly mutt who lived for 13 years on Little Brewster. Farah would whine and shake when taken to the mainland. Once, at low tide, Farah wandered over to Great Brewster Island, and 11 puppies resulted from her short trip away from home. Farah died in November 1989, and her final resting place is a marked grave not far from the cistern building. Click here to see a video clip of Farah in the late 1980s.

A later dog was named Shadwell in honor of the slave who drowned with the first keeper. Cats have also lived at the station, including a frisky black cat named Ida Lewis, after America’s most famous woman lighthouse keeper.

keeper hanging on side of lighthouse
A Coast Guard keeper painting the lighthouse, circa 1945
Courtesy of Dorothy Bicknell
Some people have reported weird happenings on Little Brewster over the years. Russell Anderson was a Coast Guard keeper in 1947. One day, his 22-year-old wife, Mazie, was walking along the shore. She heard footsteps close behind her, but saw no one when she turned around. That night as she tried to sleep, Mazie felt a presence in the room. Later she heard what she described as “horrible maniacal laughter” coming from the boathouse. On another night she heard the same sound coming from the fog signal house. This time a little girl’s sobbing voice followed, calling “Shaaaadwell!” over and over.

Mazie Anderson related this story in an article for Yankee magazine many years later. She said that on one occasion the fog signal engines started themselves and the light mysteriously went on by itself. Mazie saw a mysteriousn unfamiliar figure outlined against the lens. Soon she again heard the man’s laughing voice and the girl’s sobbing cries. It wasn’t until years later that Mazie Anderson read that the Boston Light slave’s name was Shadwell—the same name repeated by the little girl’s voice.

Petty Officer First Class Dennis Dever, the Coast Guard officer in charge in the late 1980s, had a few odd experiences. While working in the station’s boathouse, he liked to have his radio tuned to a rock station. Often, with nobody else in the boathouse, the station would change itself to a classical station. Dever said he and other Coast Guard crew attributed events like this to “Old George”—Worthylake, that is.


Dennis Dever, Coast Guard keeper, in the lantern room in 1989

One day, Dever was in the kitchen of the keeper’s house looking out the window at the tower, and he clearly saw a man in the lantern room. This was alarming, as the only other person on the island was his assistant in the next room. From a distance, it appeared that the figure at the top of the tower was wearing an old fashioned keeper’s uniform. Dever rushed to the tower and went up the stairs, finding but he found the lantern room empty.

Reports of mysterious figures seen in the tower and in the keeper’s house continue to the present day. A number of people have described the ghostly figure of a woman in a white nightgown at the top of the tower.

By 1989, the Coast Guard had automated every lighthouse in the United States and Boston Light was scheduled to be the last in this process. Preservation groups appealed to Congress and the Coast Guard, and with the help of Senator Edward M. Kennedy funding was appropriated to keep Coast Guard staff on Little Brewster, making the island a living museum of lighthouse history.

In 1990, Historic Boston, Inc., and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management commissioned a Stewardship Plan and preservation guidelines for Boston Light. As a result of the study, much work has been done on the island in recent years, including the replacing of trim on the keeper's house and the repainting of all the buildings.


This small museum of artifacts in the base of the tower was started by CWO Ken Black, 
officer in charge at Coast Guard Station Point Allerton in the 1960s

Boston Light became the last lighthouse in the United States to be automated on April 16, 1998, but a Coast Guard crew continued to perform all the other traditional keepers' duties except for turning the light on at sunset and turning it off at sunrise. The light currently operates 24 hours a day.

Coast Guard Auxiliary (volunteer) personnel have worked on the island since 1980, and women have often been part of the crew. Auxiliarists Sally Snowman and James Thomson of Plymouth, Massachusetts, were married on Little Brewster Island in 1994. The couple published a book called Boston Light: A Historical Perspective. It was the first book written about Boston Light's history in over 80 years.

Connie Small and Sally Snowman

Sally Snowman (right) in 2003 with Connie Small, author of the book The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife

In September 2003, Sally Snowman was appointed as the new civilian keeper -- the first civilian keeper since the Coast Guard took over in 1941, and the first woman keeper in the lighthouse's long history. The active duty Coast Guard personnel that had been assigned to the island were relocated to meet the needs of Homeland Security. There is one Coast Guard engineer currently assigned to work with the keeper to ensure the facility is sufficiently maintained. The Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel at Boston Light are now referred to as Watchstanders, and in 2000 a program was established for their training.

National Park rangers are also present during the days the island is open from June to October. The rangers are there during the day only, while the Watchstander Program requires staying overnight on the island for four to seven-day stretches.

lighthouse with scaffolding
During a 1996 renovation

You can see Boston Light distantly from the shores of Hull, Revere and Winthrop, and from high buildings in Boston. The Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands run several special trips to Little Brewster Island every summer, and the National Park Service runs trips from Boston in season. Visitors on these trips get to climb the 76 stairs to the top of Boston Light for a breathtaking view of Boston Harbor.

If you visit Little Brewster be sure to look on the rocks for initials and names carved by keepers and visitors to Boston Light, some dating back to the 1700s.

You can read much more about this lighthouse in the book The Lighthouses of Massachusetts by Jeremy D'Entremont.


Keepers: 

(This list is a work in progress. If you have any information on the keepers of this lighthouse, I'd love to hear from you. You can email me at nelights@gmail.com. Anyone copying this list onto another web site does so at their own risk, as the list is always subject to updates and corrections.)

George Worthylake (1716-1718); Robert Saunders (1718); John Hayes (1718-1733); Robert Ball (1733-1774); William Minns (1774-1776); Thomas Knox (1783-1811); Jonathan Bruce (1811-1833); David Tower (1833-1844); Joshua Snow (1844); Tobias Cook (1844-1849); William Long (1849-1851); Zebedee Small (1851-1853); Hugh Douglass (1853-1856); Moses Barrett (1856-1862); Charles E. Blair (1862-1864); Thomas Bates, Jr. (1864-1893); Alfred Williams (1893); Albert M. Horte (1893-1894); Henry L. Pingree (1894-1909); F. E. Tarr (1909-1910); Levi B. Clark (1910-1911); George Kezer (1911); Mills Gunderson (1911-1916); Charles H. Jennings (1916-1919); James Lelan Hart (1919-1926); Maurice Babcock (1926-1941); Ralph C. Norwood, (Lighthouse Service then Coast Guard, 1941-1945); Franklin A. Goodwin (Coast Guard, 1945); Julio DiFuria (Coast Guard, 1945-1946); Eldon W. Beal (Coast Guard, 1946); Leo F. Gracie (Coast Guard, 1946-1948); Stanley Batt (Coast Guard, 1948); Joseph F. Lavigne (Coast Guard, 1948-1950); John D. Hall (Coast Guard, 1950); Robert C. Merchant (Coast Guard, 1950-1951); Clinton M. Davis (Coast Guard, 1951); Ray O. Beard (Coast Guard, 1951-1952); Robert A. Reedy (Coast Guard, 1952); John Curran (Coast Guard, 1952-1953); Paul B. Guy (Coast Guard, 1953-1954); Hubert B. Jones (Coast Guard, 1954-1955); John E. Horner (Coast Guard, 1955-1959); J. B. Collins (Coast Guard, 1959-1960); Gottfried Schiffers (Coast Guard, 1960-1962); Wiiliam F. Mikelonis (Coast Guard, 1962-1967); Vernon T. Springer (Coast Guard, 1967-1969); Allick Rust (Coast Guard, 1969-1971); Dennis I. Reed (Coast Guard, 1971-1972); Edward J. O'Shea (Coast Guard, 1972-1973); James H. Clark, Jr. (Coast Guard, 1973-1974); James H. Turner (Coast Guard, 1974-1975); Alan D. Achorn (Coast Guard, 1975-1977); Carlon F. Brietzke (Coast Guard, 1977-1978); Marvin D. Gonzalaus (Coast Guard, 1978-1980); H. L. Murra (Coast Guard, 1980-1982); James F. Burt (Coast Guard, 1982-1984); Paul V. Dodds (Coast Guard, 1984-1985); Guy A. Veillette (Coast Guard, 1985-1987); Joe B. Lanard (Coast Guard, 1987); K. J. Galvin (Coast Guard, 1987-1988); Dennis Dever (Coast Guard, 1988-1990); Alexander ("Sandy") Booth (Coast Guard, 1990-1992); Wesley J. Pannett (Coast Guard, 1992-1995); Reid Hair (Coast Guard, 1995-1997); Scott Stanton (Coast Guard, 1997-1999); Richard Himelrick (Coast Guard, 1999-2001), Petty Officer Pedro Gonzales (2001-).

ASSISTANTS: Sylvester F. Douglas (1854-?); Joseph Hammond (1856); Charles Hooper (1856-1857); Joseph Wonson (first asst., 1859-1862); J W. Wonson (second asst., 1859-1862); Walter Hooper (second asst., 1861-1862); Marcellus A. Blair (second asst., 1862); Charles E. Blair (first asst., 1862); Charles H. Barrett (second asst., 1862-1863); Wallace D. Hooper (first asst., 1862-1865); Peter Harrington (second asst., 1863-?); John C. Connell (1863-1866); Robert Shore (1863-1866); William Hooper (1865); Lyman Ford (1865); Joshua L. Bates (1865-1870); N. H. Woodbury (1866-1867); Alexander Tolman (1867-?); John Sheehan (1868); George A. Ordway (1868); William H. Sylvester (1868-1869); Walter Colby (second asst., 1869-1870); Daniel McKenzie (1870-1872); Fred Hammond (first asst., 1872-1877); David Keating (second asst., 1875-1876); George G. Baily (second asst., 1876-1877, first asst., 1877-1882); John Philbrook (second asst., 1877-?); E. Lewis Gorham (second asst., 1877-1878); William H. Hammond (second asst., 1878-1880); Edward L. Gorham (second asst., 1880-1882, first asst., 1882-1884); Alfred Gorham (second asst., 1882); Frank L. Carson (second asst., 1882-1884, first asst., 1884); Charles E. Turner (second asst., 1884-1886, first asst., 1886-1888); Henry L. Pingree (second asst., 1886-1888, first asst., 1888-1892); William Garvin (second asst., 1888); James P. Smith (second asst., 1888-1891); George G. Baily (second asst., 1891-1892); Albert M. Horte (second asst., 1892); Alfred Williams (first asst., 1892-1893); William A. D. Hadley (second asst., 1893); Gershom C. Freeman (second asst., 1893-1895, first asst., 1895); Wesley A. Pingree (first asst., 1894-1895); Daniel D. L. Donovan (second asst., 1895, first asst., 1895); Charles F. Stranger [Stanger ?] (second asst., 1895-1896, first asst., 1896); William A. Pool (second asst., 1895-1896, first asst., 1896-1899); Joseph Keller (second asst., 1896-1899, first asst., 1899-1902); Ernest R. Sylvester (second asst., 1900-?); George E. Kezer (first asst., 1901-1905); Daniel E. Harding (first asst., c. 1901); Levi B. Clark (second asst., 1902-1904, first asst., 1904-1905); Charles W. Jordan (second asst., 1904-1905); Henry C. Towle (second asst., 1905-1907); William H. Oliver (second asst., 1907-1908, first asst., 1908); Joseph Philip Sousa (second asst., 1908, first asst., 1908-1910); Andrew S. Nickerson (second asst., 1908, first asst., 1911-1913); Charles H. Jennings (first asst., 1909-1911); ? Huse (second asst., 1913); ? McLaughlin (second asst., 1915); Martin Rolland (second asst., 1915); William G. Burtt (second asst., 1911-1912); William G. Mailbette (second asst., 1912); ? Kerr (second asst., 1913); James Lelan Hart (1916-1919); Charles Lyman (1916-1919); Ralph C. Norwood (1929-1941); William J. Howard (first asst., 1921-1923); Arthur Small (1919-1926); William Lane (first asst., 1927); Archford Veron "Ted" Haskins (first asst., 1927-1937); J. E. Poyner (second asst., c. 1927); Frank J. Ponte (second asst., c. 1927); Osborne Earle Hallett (2nd assistant, 1937-1943); Leo W. Wertman, Jr. (Coast Guard, second asst., 1950); James L. Cook (Coast Guard, second asst., 1951); Edward R. Benway (Coast Guard, second asst., 1951-1952); Leon G. Lewis (Coast Guard, first asst., 1952); Edward Whitmore (Coast Guard, first asst., c. 1952); Richard H. Fry (Coast Guard, second asst., c. 1952); John G. Steen (Coast Guard, first asst., 1958); William G. Desautels (Coast Guard, second asst., 1958); Norman J. Kauffer (Coast Guard, second asst., 1958); Judson E. Boardman (Coast Guard, first asst., 1960); Donald M. Nashawath (Coast Guard, 1962-1967); David L. Vitale (Coast Guard, 1967-1969); Alan Letto (Coast Guard, 1967-1969); Bert Glazier (Coast Guard, 1969-1971); Norman Gannon (Coast Guard, 1969-1971); Robert N. Greeley (Coast Guard, 1983-1984); Tony Kulik (Coast Guard, c. 1980s); Michael Bennett (Coast Guard, 1983); Patrick Doherty (Coast Guard, c. 1984); C. F. Ingham (Coast Guard, c. 1985); Joseph Allairi (Coast Guard, c. 1980s); ? Finnogan (Coast Guard, c. 1980s); Steve Stark (Coast Guard, 1986-1987); ? Danbby [Danby ?] (Coast Guard, 1986); Don White (Coast Guard, 1987); Tom Corcoran (Coast Guard, c. 1980s); David D. Sandrelli (Coast Guard, (1988-?); Kevin King (Coast Guard, c. 1988); ? Berg (Coast Guard, 1988); L. E. Wilkinson (Coast Guard, 1988); Jeffrey Currier (Coast Guard, 1988); Alan W. Ux (Coast Guard, 1989); James E. McClurkin (Coast Guard, 1989); Charles Joseph Pulaski (Coast Guard, 1990); ? Rosenburg (Coast Guard, c. 1992-1995); ? Wheeler (Coast Guard, c. 1992-1995); Mark Clements (Coast Guard, 1991-1995); Sean McGerry (Coast Guard, 1995-1997); Matt Fendley (Coast Guard, 1996-1997); Kevin Staples (Coast Guard, 1997-1998); Jeremy Rohanna (Coast Guard, 1997-1999); Chris Southerland (Coast Guard, 1998-1999); Gary Fleming (Coast Guard, 1999); Kevin Cullen (Coast Guard, 1999).

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