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A Few Of FR's Finest....Every Day....08-06-03....The Lighthouse at Old Presque Isle, MI
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Posted on 08/06/2003 1:57:21 AM PDT by dansangel

A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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The Lighthouse at
Old Presque Isle, MI

A year or so ago, .45MAN and I happened to catch a series on PBS highlighting various lighthouses around the United States. The most fascinating, to me, was the vignette about the lighthouse at Old Presque Isle, MI. The following story tells why.

From: "Haunted? You Decide!":

Keeper George Parris and his wife, Lorraine, moved into the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse and Museum in 1977. The lighthouse had been built in 1840. In 1870 the lighthouse was decommissioned when the taller New Presque Isle Lighthouse was built. The old lighthouse suffered from neglect until the Stebbins family bought it from the U.S. government in the early 1900s. The family rebuilt the keeper's dwelling and used it as a summer home. They opened the restored keeper's dwelling and lighthouse to tourists. After their children were grown, the Stebbins family decided to give the property to the tourists. George and Lorraine became the caretakers, moving into the keeper's dwelling in mid-May.

George enjoyed the visitors to the lighthouse, especially the children. He enjoyed taking the visitors to the lighthouse on a tour of the buildings and grounds and telling them about the hard life and heroic deeds of the Keepers and their families. He also enjoyed playing harmless pranks on the light station visitors - the grownups as well as the children - by giving them a "muscle test" with the foghorn. The blast of the foghorn invariably knocked the visitors off their feet! In spite of his tricks, the visitors loved George and would return year after year to visit the lighthouse and to see what new tricks he had decided to play on them.

On January 2, 1992, George died of a massive heart attack. The following May, Lorraine didn't want to go back to the cottage alone, but her kids talked her into it. One evening when Lorraine was driving along Grand Lake Road on her way back to the light station, she felt her eyes drawn to the tower - and to her utter amazement she saw a light shining in the lantern room! Lorraine knew that this was impossible as George had disconnected the electricity to the tower so the light wouldn't accidentally be turned on. The Coast Guard said it was illegal to display a light in the tower as mariners might confuse it with the New Presque Lighthouse. To be doubly certain that no accidental lighting would occur, the Coast Guard had removed the gears so the lens could no longer rotate.

4th Order Fresnel Lens

As Lorraine approached the house, she could no longer see the light. The next day she climbed to the tower to reassure herself that someone had not reconnected the power lines and restored the gears. The lantern room was empty.

Lorraine didn't say anything to anybody about what she had seen as she didn't want to be ridiculed ... but she continued to see the light whenever she drove along the stretch of Grand Lake Road that looks out over Presque Isle Harbor.

Soon people began reporting the light in the old tower. The light appeared to have a yellowish cast, as if from an old oil lamp. National Guard pilots reported seeing it when they flew night missions over the peninsula. The Coast Guard being taking notice of it too!

On July 4, 1992, a little girl reported seeing a man at the top of the stairs leading to the lantern room. The little girl described a tall man with snow-white hair and a beard, and wearing glasses. When shown a picture of George, she said it was the man in the tower but he had been "brighter white" when she saw him than he was in the pictures. This child had never met George when he was alive.

These are but a few of the strange happenings at Old Presque Isle Lighthouse. People have reported that George's light had guided them safely to shore on dark, stormy, foggy nights. People have reported playful pranks by unseen hands while visiting the lighthouse. To this day, the light still comes on at dusk and goes off at daylight. The U.S. Coast Guard has classified it as an "unidentified" light.

There isn't much more I can add to that touching story other than to say it is truly a legend that speaks of love and devotion. The light still mysteriously shines to this day as George sends his undying love to his beloved wife Lorraine and the lighthouse that brightened up his life.

If you wish to learn more about lighthouses, the following Website is a gateway to the many sites available on the Internet offering photos and descriptions:

The Lighthouse Depot Explorer



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To: Calpernia
Cool! Thank you for sharing that!

The "floating" ones are so neat. Unfortunately, I don't think I could *live* in one - LOL!

OK....back to w-o-r-k (ugh!) for you all in a little bit.
41 posted on 08/06/2003 6:44:34 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: Aquamarine
Hiya Aqua :)
42 posted on 08/06/2003 6:46:58 AM PDT by Calpernia ('Typos Amnesty Day')
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To: dansangel
How ironic! My best friend and I went on a photo raod trip along the shores of Lake Michigan this Sunday, and we got three lighthouses!

This is the White River Lighthouse/Museum at Mears.

This is the Little Sable Lighthouse not too far from the White River one. This lighthouse sits right on the Lake Michigan shore.

And this is the Ludington North Pierhead Lighthouse as the storms roll in!

43 posted on 08/06/2003 6:47:48 AM PDT by rintense
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To: FreeTheHostages; Fiddlstix
>>>>WHY am I so busy!!!?

Hee hee, cause you ARE at work ;) You are doing everyone elses work so they can play? Just guess :)

>>>>something like vacation or business

Demerit to fiddlestix for not getting Free's Official Freeper pass!

I hope he can appreciate that he is missed when he is not freeping.

44 posted on 08/06/2003 6:50:34 AM PDT by Calpernia ('Typos Amnesty Day')
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To: rintense
Hi, Rintense! <p. Long time no "see"! :O)
45 posted on 08/06/2003 6:54:55 AM PDT by Pippin (Bush/Cheney in '04)
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To: Calpernia
Hi, Cal!

Two more weeks and I'll have a new modem!

Then I can posr from home! :O)

46 posted on 08/06/2003 6:55:56 AM PDT by Pippin (Bush/Cheney in '04)
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To: Pippin
Hey Pip! I mainly lurk, but I'm always here... ;)
47 posted on 08/06/2003 6:56:43 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Pippin
At least you got your state done before the modem debacle :)
48 posted on 08/06/2003 6:57:43 AM PDT by Calpernia ('Typos Amnesty Day')
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To: Calpernia
It's a good thing! :O)
49 posted on 08/06/2003 7:01:31 AM PDT by Pippin (Bush/Cheney in '04)
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To: rintense
Glad you stopped by to say "hi"! :O)
50 posted on 08/06/2003 7:02:27 AM PDT by Pippin (Bush/Cheney in '04)
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To: dansangel; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; daisyscarlett; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN
"This little light of mine

I'm gonna let it shine

This little light of mine..."

What do light houses have with me?


51 posted on 08/06/2003 7:05:40 AM PDT by lonestar (Don't mess with Texans!)
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To: dansangel; Billie; Mama_Bear; dutchess; Aquamarine; FreeTheHostages; ST.LOUIE1; JohnHuang2; ...
~ ~ Good Morning, Finest Room Persons ~ ~

What a beautiful presentation you've made of this tender story, dansy!
Demontrates there are often His reminders around us,
showing our need for The Light - -

John 8:12

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,
I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.

Many are these examples illustrating loving connections with those who precede usto the Kingdom, giving us encouragement and hope, and keeping us on the right path toward it - - -

52 posted on 08/06/2003 7:11:47 AM PDT by LadyX (( To God be the Glory ))
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To: Calpernia
Good morning. See #51.


53 posted on 08/06/2003 7:15:10 AM PDT by lonestar (Don't mess with Texans!)
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To: rintense
You ***ROCK*** (((((((rintense))))))

Thank you for sharing those beautiful and *very timely* photos. I love them all!
54 posted on 08/06/2003 7:15:26 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: LadyX; rintense

Good morning All!

My Goodness! Look at our photos! (my photo is on the left)
We were there at about the same time of year! There are well over 100 lighthouses in Michigan.
What are the odds? LOL!
55 posted on 08/06/2003 7:19:58 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan (God made us Freepers, Prozac made us friends.)
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To: Tooters
TOO FUNNY!!! We were there this past Sunday- a beautiful day before the storms arrived. This lighthouse was quite a surprise. We went walking on the beach and BOOM! There it was.
56 posted on 08/06/2003 7:23:51 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Aeronaut; Billie; jwfiv
Can't thank you enough, Aeronaut, for that chartered flight getting me to South Carolina last month so I could cover WVNan and LadyX in The Meeting of The Sistahs of The Spirit for Billie!

That story was published on Friday, August 1st, and, happily, Billie is paying the whole Expense Account sum I submitted.

( She of course need not know about that little side trip to Myrtle Beach and the flyover of the Sierras to waggle the plane's wings at Johnny Mac, on a walkabout there!! What a dear you were to accommodate those little requests!)

Will forward your fee in separate mail.

Hugs, from Maggie Malone - - -

57 posted on 08/06/2003 7:32:38 AM PDT by LadyX (( To God be the Glory ))
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To: The Mayor
Already nuked three cups of your Industrial Sized and Strength Coffee from last night in the micro to get me this far, Rus.

Many thanks!

58 posted on 08/06/2003 7:35:30 AM PDT by LadyX (( To God be the Glory ))
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To: lonestar; dansangel; All
Weinie! Great musical request to compliment Angels thread!

Click the cross!

59 posted on 08/06/2003 7:44:18 AM PDT by Calpernia ('Typos Amnesty Day')
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To: lonestar
Your wish is my command!
60 posted on 08/06/2003 7:46:40 AM PDT by Calpernia ('Typos Amnesty Day')
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