Lighthouse Keeper Grave Marker Fund

$2,175 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 45 people in 36 months
Lighthouse Keeper Memorial Marker & Tombstone Restoration Fund Sponsored by Lighthouse Digest

The lighthouse keepers who served at our nation’s lighthouses under the old United States Lighthouse Service from 1789 to 1939 have never been honored with an historical service marker at their tombstones such as those placed by the tombstones of our veterans.  We can now change that. However, it can only be accomplished with the help of donations from the general public and lighthouse enthusiasts.   Additionally, many of the tombstones of our nation’s lighthouse keepers need to be restored, or replaced. Some are faded, some have fallen over, others have sunk into the ground, and others have simply disappeared. Many tombstones will need restoration or replacement.

Part of this process has already started with U.S. Lighthouse Service Memorial Markers having been placed at the tombstones of lighthouse keepers Lucius Davis, Roscoe Johnson, Willie W. Corbett, Abbie Burgess Grant, Isaac Grant, and Harris Grant.  The cost of the markers and tombstone restoration is expensive, and we need your help to honor the service that these people gave to our nation. Your financial contributions will help make a difference.
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In May and June of 2016 eleven more lighthouse keepers were honored with the placement of Lighthouse Keeper Memorial Grave Markers. See the full story in the July/August edition of Lighthouse Digest magazine.
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On Saturday, May 28 at 1:30 pm at the Corey and Olsen Cemetery we will be place historic markers at the graves of lighthouse keeper Ephraim Johnson, Maurcie A. Babcock, Sr., Don F. Ashby, and Ira Scovill.
The cemetery is located on Corey Rd. in Lubec, Maine.
The public is invited to attend.
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U.S. Lighthouse Service Memorial Grave Markers have recently been placed at the graves site of lighthouse keeper Edwin Clements and Lighthouse Commissioner Harold D. King and lightship sailor Alfredo Monteiro. Dave Gamage also placed markers at the grave sites of Fred Batty and Arthur Beal.
Gravesite of keeper Edwin Clements
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Historic grave markers have been placed at over a dozen grave sites, most recently in Washington State honoring lighthouse keeper Edwin Clements. Please help us in our efforts to honor these men and women who kept our shores safe.
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Marie Connaghan LaFreniere
27 months ago

My grandfather, Bertrand J. McDonough was a lighthouse keeper around the Great Lakes from approximately 1926-1962 and has never had a marker. How do I get him on the list?

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Ernest G. DeRaps
33 months ago

A great new idea and I shall help.

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Raised by 45 people in 36 months
Created July 22, 2015
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CN
$100
Carrie Norman
9 months ago

In honor of the 5 Seaman lost on the Julia A Warr in 1897. Two of whom were buried at the Little River Lighthouse in Cutler, ME by the Lighthouse Keeper. Thank you for putting together such for the wonderful ceremony yesterday and for placing the plaque at the gravesite on the island. Our family/descendants are so thankful for all your hard work and research to make this discovery and honor those lost 120 years ago. Thank you again!

KB
$25
Karen Bender
10 months ago

Thank you for your efforts in preserving and promoting lighthouse history.

SK
$75
S. Greg Krawczyk
10 months ago

This will pay for one set for you.

TP
$100
Terry Pepper
10 months ago

Happy Birthday Tim - and best wishes in pursuing this worthy cause of honoring those who served our lighthouses.

DP
$25
Don & Louise Perkins
10 months ago

Good luck.

Marie Connaghan LaFreniere
27 months ago

My grandfather, Bertrand J. McDonough was a lighthouse keeper around the Great Lakes from approximately 1926-1962 and has never had a marker. How do I get him on the list?

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Ernest G. DeRaps
33 months ago

A great new idea and I shall help.

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