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Blowing the Horn for Lighthouse Families - Book Review

Author Preserves Memories of Being a Child of a Lighthouse Keeper


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Sadly the stories of the lighthouse keepers and their children are quickly becoming a thing of the past. However, in the new book, Children of the Lighthouse, Ila G. Lee preserves the unique stories of her experiences with lighthouse living during the Great Depression and World War II.

The daughter of a lighthouse keeper, Lee grew up along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, with her family occupying different lighthouse stations in Oregon and the San Juan Islands of Washington.

“Often keepers risked their lives to save victims of the sea,” recalls Lee. In one tale, she describes the moment that made her see keepers like her father as heroes. “A winter storm was brewing as they watched a Foss Tug pulling a heavy raft of logs into the northern currents of the point,” Lee explains. “The tug swamped so quickly there wasn’t any time for any safety measures. The crew’s first cries for help were heard by Wyman and Pete, who threw blankets into the row boat, unhesitatingly heading to the rescue.”

Featuring historical photographs, Children of the Lighthouse is an exceptional opportunity for readers to come face to face with a bygone era that has been lost to the pages of time.

Children of the Lighthouse is available for $14.50 from www.AuthorHouse.com or by mail at Author House, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403 or by calling 1-888-519-5121.

This story appeared in the September 2010 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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