Monday, January 19, 2015

St. Simon's Island, Georgia

Keepers of the Light:  There was a time when every lighthouse needed a keeper, someone to replenish the whale oil and, later, the kerosene. Carl Olaf Svendsen was one of the keepers of the St. Simons's Island Light Station. He began in 1907 and served until 1935. The portrait below shows him as a young man on the left, with his brother and father. The body stone does a good job of defining the geography of his life:  He was of Norwegian origin, was born in Wales, and died in South Carolina. Christ Church Cemetery. [2009 and 2007]

Source: South Carolina Lighthouses
by Margie Willis and Kim McDermott

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