In the late 1800’s, many of the lighthouses that guided ships around the great lakes were isolated from civilization, and the keeper along with their assistant, or their family, lived a lonely life with little contact to the outside world. The lighthouse tender Dahlia would make visits to the lighthouse carrying supplies and the officer responsible for inspections of the lighthouse. The visits of the Dahlia also meant the keeper would get a “treasure” chest not filled with gold or riches, although possibly their meager pay, but they would get a chest filled with books for the keeper to read. When the Dahlia would return the keeper would exchange the chest for a different one, and a list of books written on the lid would verify all the books were with the chest, if not, there would be hell to pay, or maybe they would just take it our of their salary. I would assume they would just swap chests from lighthouse to lighthouse, but I would think a lonely lighthouse keep must have looked forward to getting a new set of books to read. it’s not like they had satellite internet back then or even AOL to dial up let alone a telephone to use.
P.S. since I am on the subject of books, I thought I would update you on my latest project. I posted on facebook asking if there would be interest in me publishing a book and the response was overwhelmingly positive. So now I am in the process of taking some of my most popular posts and assembling them into a book. It’s gonna take me some time to go thru and edit and fix my grammar, and you know what I am talking about if you have read many of my posts. I hope to have a book out in late spring or early summer, if I get a little sparse in posting, it’s because I am deep into working on my book. Right now I am in the process of finding a printer, and yes I plan to have them printed in Michigan.
P.P.S. if you’re wondering, the lighthouse in the photo is of the Crisp Point Lighthouse, you can read about my trip to the lighthouse HERE
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