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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: LadyX
Have a Great day, I am leaving right now for Albany.
I have been sneaking back to post things.
61 posted on 08/06/2003 7:57:43 AM PDT by The Mayor (Psalms 118:8 (NKJV) -- "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.")
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To: LadyX
Will forward your fee in separate mail.

Please send it to your local Boy Scout organization. Thanks.

62 posted on 08/06/2003 7:57:57 AM PDT by Aeronaut ("He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool...shun him.")
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To: The Mayor
Have a safe trip Mayor! And thanks for the coffee :)
63 posted on 08/06/2003 8:02:11 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: dansangel
There is still time to wish everyone a very good morning and to warn all newly married husbands not to get a room at a lighthouse on the honeymoon. You can never corner the bride in one of those places.
64 posted on 08/06/2003 8:03:01 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Temple Owl
You can never corner the bride in one of those places.

ROFL (((((((Temple Owl))))))))!!

65 posted on 08/06/2003 8:10:55 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: Temple Owl
Wise fella, isn't he??
does us proud, 'e does - -

( Mornin' to ya, Temple Guy - - - )

66 posted on 08/06/2003 8:11:24 AM PDT by LadyX (( To God be the Glory ))
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To: lonestar
What do light houses have with me?

You are the "light" of lonestar's heart!

((((((Weinie))))))) and (((((lonestar))))))

67 posted on 08/06/2003 8:12:56 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: LadyX
Thank you for the beautiful reminder that Our Lord is *The* Light.

I think it is the "spirituality" that surrounds lighthouses that draws us to them. They are a reminder of our One and Eternal Light.

68 posted on 08/06/2003 8:15:02 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: Calpernia
Thank you (((((Cal))))) - just beautiful and so fitting for the thread.
69 posted on 08/06/2003 8:16:17 AM PDT by dansangel (America - Love it, Support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: Calpernia
Thank you! I'm so excited I'm running figure 8's! I can sing!


70 posted on 08/06/2003 8:17:38 AM PDT by lonestar (Don't mess with Texans!)
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To: dansangel; lonestar
Thank Weinie! Weinie has an excellent choice in music.
71 posted on 08/06/2003 8:20:21 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: lonestar
(dances with Weinie!)

72 posted on 08/06/2003 8:39:31 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: dansangel
Dansy, what a beautiful story this is, and your presentations of the topics you choose are always perfect! I wonder how long this mysterious light will continue to shine every night - until George's beloved wife is gone, too?


73 posted on 08/06/2003 8:44:33 AM PDT by Billie
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To: .45MAN; dansangel
Good morning to all Dansangel was a little late this morning but it was my fault I was busy reading an article on Guns, oh well, sorry people.... Have a great day..

Well, we'll have to think of some really bad punishment for you both - being so late getting this posted today - 4:57 AM! Humphhh! LOL Geez, that makes two mornings in a row the thread has been 'late' getting posted. Whoever posted it yesterday morning didn't get it done until about 10 AM CDT! May have to rethink these huge salaries everyone's getting. :)

74 posted on 08/06/2003 8:53:42 AM PDT by Billie
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To: dansangel
Good morning, dansy!

I believe you when you say the lighthouse is in Michigan not Maine.

But you wouldn't mind in I did some research just to be sure? :-)

75 posted on 08/06/2003 8:59:53 AM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: Calpernia; dansangel
I did the tagline right after I saw him declare it Typos Amnesty Day. I don't think he ever noticed it. I am about to change it to a quote I found. So take a peak now TTM.

You mean "peek" don't you?

Typos Amnesty Day is officially over! LOL!

76 posted on 08/06/2003 9:08:45 AM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: The Thin Man
Good thing you don't follow me through FR. I never pay attention to typos. I even have a bad habit of using wrong words. I work as a Freep. So I barely pay attention to grammar in message posts.

77 posted on 08/06/2003 9:14:04 AM PDT by Calpernia ('Typs Amnesty Day' Forever and Alwasy. Love the TTM. :)))
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To: dansangel
But you wouldn't mind in if I did some research just to be sure? :-)

I know! *sigh*

78 posted on 08/06/2003 9:17:13 AM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: The Thin Man
I forgive you.
79 posted on 08/06/2003 9:18:09 AM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Pippin; Aeronaut
Good morning Hugs to cheerful EarlyBird Pippin. :)

'morning, Aeronaut. So nice to see you back where you b'long. :)

80 posted on 08/06/2003 9:22:01 AM PDT by Billie
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