AÑO NUEVO ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS

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AÑO NUEVO LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS

The Año Nuevo Island Light Station was originally established as a Fog Signal Station. The first blast of the island’s twelve-inch steam whistle was emitted on May 29, 1872, with John Kenney as the first head keeper. Kenney served just six months before being removed, and most of his immediate successors served just a year or two before being removed or resigning. The keepers’ dwelling was placed at the southern end of the island, with a wooden walkway running north to the fog signal, located about halfway up the western side of the island. To collect water for the thirsty steam whistle, a water catchment basin and cistern were built on the slope just east of the fog signal building.

On February 12, 1890, the island’s first light, a lens lantern mounted on a post on the seaward side of the fog signal, was placed in operation to improve the station’s effectiveness. Ten years later, a small frame structure, with plate-glass planes, was constructed around the lantern to protect it from the weather.

In 1900 a lantern room was installed on the octagonal water tank. A metal tower replaced the water tank in 1914. The mainland is some 1000 yards across the channel.


HEAD:

  • John W. Kenney served (1872)
  • Henry Hernberger served (1872 – 1873)
  • Joseph Stone served (1873 – 1875)
  • William W. Scott served (1875)
  • George N. Reed served (1875 – 1876)
  • Thomas Owens served (1876 – 1880)
  • Henry O. Drexler served (1880 – 1881)
  • Henry W. Colburn served (1881 – 1883) drowned April 8, 1883 with Assistant Bernard Ashley
  • John C. Ryan served (1883 – 1886)
  • Joseph Hodgson served (1886 – 1888)
  • John M. Nilsson served
* Head (1888 – 1890)
* First Assistant (1888)
  • Henry Hall served (1890 – 1892)
  • John Olaf Stenmark served
* Head (1892 – 1894)
* First Assistant (1890 – 1892)
  • Thomas H. Butwell served
* Head (1894 – 1901)
* First Assistant (1892 – 1894)
  • Herbert H. Luff served (1901 – 1903)
  • Irby H. Engels served (1903 – 1904)
  • Lawrence H. Ward served
* Head (1904 – 1907)
* First Assistant (1894 – 1904)
  • Edwin F. Gunter served (1907 – 1910)
  • Martin F. Rasmussen served (1910)
  • John E. Lind served (1910 – at least 1913)
  • John Otto Becker served
* Head (at least 1915 – 1926)
* First Assistant (1910 – at least 1913)
  • John R. Chambers served (1926 – at least 1934)
  • Frank W. Ritchie served
* Head (1936-1937)
* First Assistant (1916 – 1917)
* Second Assistant (1915 – 1916)
  • Frederick A. Kreth served (at least 1938 – 1948)

FIRST ASSISTANTS:

  • W. W. Down served (1872 – 1873)
  • F. A. Freeman served (1873 – 1874)
  • Peter Latour served (1874 – 1875)
  • George H. Reed served (1875)
  • Michael Hassen served (1875 – 1876)
  • M. M. Gorman served (1876)
  • William C. Price served (1876 – 1878)
  • Lorin V. Thorndyke served (1878 – 1879)
  • C.V.S. Bingham served (1879 – 1880)
  • Walter Young served (1880 – 1882)
  • Bernard A. Ashley served (1882 – 1883) drowned April 8, 1883 with Keeper Colburn
  • James Russell served (1883)
  • John J. Galvin served (1883)
  • Asher C. Maxey served (1883 – 1884)
  • Joseph L. Bartlett served (1884 – 1885)
  • John J. Galvin served (1885 – 1886)
  • James M. Pierce served (1886 – 1887)
  • John M. Nilsson served (1888)
  • James Kent served (1888 – 1889)
  • John Olaf Stenmark served (1890 – 1892)
  • John S. Hall served (1892)
  • Thomas H. Butwell served (1892 – 1894)
  • Alfred F. Glendirming served (1894)
  • Lawrence H. Ward served (1894 – 1904)
  • Carl E. Reit served (1904 – 1907)
  • Andrew Biemel served (1907 – 1910)
  • John Otto Becker served (1910 – at least 1913)
  • August Nelson served
* First Assistant (1913 – 1916)
* Second Assistant (1913)
  • Frank W. Ritchie served
* First Assistant (1916 – 1917)
* Second Assistant (1915 – 1916)
  • George E. Bassett served (at least 1917)
  • Leon J. Bergman served (at least 1919 – 1920)
  • Stephen Pozanac served (1920 – 1922)
  • Oliver R. Berg served (at least 1928 – at least 1930)
  • Wayne R. Piland served ( – 1938)
  • Paul F. Fielding served
* First Assistant (1938 – at least 1941)
* Second Assistant ( – 1938)

SECOND ASSISTANT

  • Loring T. Parritt served (1912 – 1913)
  • August Nelson served (1913)
  • Frank W. Ritchie served (1915 – 1916)
  • Otto Niehaus, Jr. served (at least 1917)
  • Stephen Pozanac served (1919 – 1920)
  • Radford F. Franke served (1929 – 1930)
  • Neil F. McNab served (1934 – 1935)
  • Harry E. Orchard served (1935)
  • Herman J. Pfleghaar served (1936)
  • Paul F. Fielding served ( – 1938)
  • William A. Buchannon served (1938 – 1941)