Visitors this year at New York’s Tibbetts Point Lighthouse in Cape Vincent saw a new plaque that was dedicated June 6 with the names of what is believed to be all the lighthouse keepers who served at the lighthouse since the station was first established in 1827.
Joseph Dudek, President of the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Society, who did most of the research, said it was a daunting task to locate the names through the files of the National Archives, the Coast Guard and other nonprofit groups, and it is possible that someone might have been missed, but the task had to end at some point.
The dedication of the plaque took place on a day when the weather refused to cooperate. But this did not deter the dedicated people who turned out for the ceremony, including William Montonna who is a descendant of two lighthouse keepers, and Pauline Waterman who traveled from Rhode Island for the ceremony. She is the widow of John Waterman, a Coast Guard keeper who once tended the lighthouse.
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