Society member Ford Reiche has won awards for his restoration of Halfway Rock Light Station, located off the coast of Maine. He’s put together a book on the history of the station and his work in bringing the station back to its former glory. The book will be available for purchase soon.
Constantly documenting his station as well as its history, Ford recently sent these photos indicating that his “son, Sam, and ten of his friends spent the night at Halfway Rock . . . and one of them snapped the attached photos of some lettering deeply etched on a ledge on a remote part of the little island. I had never seen this before: ‘Hutchins, 1907, Matinicus, ME.’ It only took a couple moments on the internet for me to confirm that Harold Hutchins was assistant keeper at Halfway Rock in 1907 and 1908. He was also stationed at Boon Island.”
Submitted by Ford Reiche, May 20, 2018
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Candace was the US Lighthouse Society historian from 2016 until she passed away in August 2018. For 30 years, her work involved lighthouse history. She worked with the National Park Service and the Council of American Maritime Museums. She was a noted author and was considered the most knowledgable person on lighthouse information at the National Archives. Books by Candace Clifford include: Women who Kept the Lights: a History of Thirty-eight Female Lighthouse Keepers , Mind the Light Katie, and Maine Lighthouses, Documentation of their Past.