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Rock the Tower Fundraiser 2020

With the record water levels in Lake Superior, Crisp Point Light Historical Society is again faced with the need to add additional rocks around the base of Crisp Point Lighthouse. These water levels may remain high for the next few years. The rocks around the tower and along the boardwalk are settling and need to be stabilized.

Rocks sliding down on east side of Crisp Point Lighthouse.

This project will cost approximately $40,000, is scheduled to start in 2021 (contractor availability and weather permitting), and will add another layer of stone directly around the lighthouse. All total, it will add an additional 300-350 tons of stone. Maintaining this protective base has become our highest priority in preserving Crisp Point. We are asking for your help to Rock the Tower! Our goal is to raise as much of the estimated project cost as possible so that we have funds remaining in our accounts to complete a tower exterior and interior restoration project again in the near future.

Those who contribute at least $75 will receive a limited-edition long sleeve t-shirt. Those who contribute at least $150 will receive a limited-edition sweatshirt and those who contribute $200 or more will receive both. These items will only be available to donors to this project and they will not be sold after this fundraiser is over. Please allow at least a month for the delivery of your item(s). This fundraiser will end on December 31, 2020.  There are two options to donate: 1) Download the order form by clicking here, print it out and complete, and mail with your check; or 2) Click on the following link: and donate using PayPal.  (You do not have to have a PayPal account to use your credit card.)  IMPORTANT: Make sure to select the “Rock the Tower” program, type your sizes (available sizes are small, medium, large, XL, XXL, or XXXL) and colors (long sleeve t-shirts are available in true royal, deep heather, and maroon triblend; sweatshirts are available in blue, heather graphite, light pink, or hot pink) in the “write a note” box, and check the box to share your address with us so we can send you your items and a thank you letter.

Long sleeve t-shirt in true royal.
Long sleeve t-shirt in deep heather.
Long sleeve t-shirt in maroon triblend.
Rock the Tower Sweatshirt (Blue is Shown)


Additional sweatshirt colors are Heather Graphite, Light Pink, or Hot Pink.

Never A Dull Moment at the Crisp’s Life Saving Station

Many people do not realize that before Crisp Point had a lighthouse, a life saving station was built at Crisp Point in 1875. The station became operational in 1876 and was called Life Saving Station #10. It began its life under the command of Life Saving Station Keeper David Grimmond. In 1878, Christopher Crisp was appointed the new keeper of Station #10. In 1883, the naming of the life saving stations by a number was discontinued due to the ever increasing numbers of life saving stations being built throughout the nation by the US Life Saving Service and the constant renumbering of stations that had to be done. At this time, Station #10 became known as Crisp’s, after Christopher Crisp.
The life saving station keepers had to keep a journal of all the activities going on at each station. One might think that these journal entries would be very boring to read, and in many cases they are. However, we did find some journal entries that we found to be very interesting. On December 1, 1897, James Hunter assumed charge of the station at Crisp Point and in a little over a month, he had to deal with some life threatening issues as you will see below from the following journal entries. The journal entries were completed by Captain Hunter in pencil and were at times hard to read and decipher, so we did the best we could.

Captain James Hunter

January 11, 1898
At 1:30 a.m. I was called over to Cooks House and was told that Surfman Keating was going to burn down his house, it being near the boathouse I went over to see him and found him heartily drunk he having everything piled on the floor it looked as though he intended to do it. I asked him what was the matter and he said he was going to burn down the house and shoot his wife he had drove her away the night before. I tried to reason with him for over two hours but could not. His wife came to the station at 4 p.m. and asked me to protect her and boy. I took them in the station and at 7:30 p.m. he came after her and came the back way with the gun and started to get her and she ran out of doors. I and my wife and Mrs. Cook held him at the door until his wife got away. No men being around at that time could not do nothing with him he patrolled with his gun in hand until 11:30 and then went back to his house. I kept watch all night – think he might set fire to some of the buildings. James Hunter, Keeper

January 12, 1898
Stood watch all night on account of Keating threatening to burn down his house. All quiet after 11 PM. Keating came over this morning and wanted the use of the telephone. I refused his request and told him to keep out of the station and from all public property. He told me that he would not come in the service next season. James Hunter, Keeper

January 13, 1898
Mrs. Keating returned home everything being quiet thanking me for assistance and shelter. James Hunter, Keeper

January 16, 1898
Mr. John Keating came over to the station and apologized for all he had said and done and was very sorry that any thing like that should have taken place and wished to be taken back into the service in the Spring. James Hunter, Keeper

Below are images of the journal entries completed by James Hunter:


For more information about James Hunter, please visit his page on our web site at


Crisp Point Light Historical Society Holds Marker Ceremony in Oscoda for Former Keepers

Philip Eby’s gravesite with new US Light House Service marker. Photo by Dr. Mark Davis.
Captain James Hunter’s gravesite with new US Life Saving Service Marker. Photo by Dr. Mark Davis.

The Crisp Point Light Historical Society held a marker ceremony at Pinecrest Cemetery on Adams Road in Oscoda on July 14, 2019 at 1 PM.  The ceremony was for Crisp Point Life Saving Station Keeper James Burton Hunter and for Crisp Point Lighthouse First Assistant Lighthouse Keeper Philip F. Eby. Eby’s gravesite received a US Lighthouse Service marker with a Keeper insignia below it. Captain Hunter’s gravesite received a US Life-Saving Service marker with Keeper and Surfman insignias below it.  (Eby’s plot is D271C (west end) and Hunter’s Plot is D415.) The CPLHS is attempting to place at least one gravesite marker at former Crisp Point Keepers or Surfmen each year.  Video taken of the ceremony can be viewed on YouTube at the following link:

USCG Petty Officer Jesse Laurio and CPLHS Member Carl Jahn. Photo by Dr. Mark Davis

CPLHS Members Carl & Marcia Jahn contacted Adam Castonia of the US Coast Guard prior to the ceremony and were able to arrange for Petty Officer Jesse Laurio to say some words on behalf of the USCG.   CPLHS was very appreciative of everybody at USCG Station Tawas that helped make the day special such as inviting all attendees to tour the 45 foot USCG Rescue Boat that was docked along the Au Sable River.

Larry & Elaine Watson, Steve & Ethan Kraus, Petty Officer Jess Laurio, Carl Jahn, Dr. Linda Kraus, Rick Brockway, and Cameron Lovett with Marcia Jahn taking a picture of the group.  Photo by Mark Davis.

The Ceremony was attended by Rick & Terri Brockway, Carl & Marcia Jahn, Cameron Lovett, Elaine & Larry Watson, Petty Officer Jesse Laurio, Dr. Mark Davis & Dr. Linda Kraus, and Dr. Steve and Ethan Kraus. The ceremony started with CPLHS Member Larry Watson saying some words on behalf of CPLHS. Carl Jahn talked about the typical daily lives of life saving station and lighthouse keepers.  Petty Officer Jesse Laurio told the biographies of the two men.  Dr. Linda Kraus then thanked the group on behalf of the family and Rick Brockway placed the markers at the gravesites.  The group was invited to the Au Sable River after the ceremony and they toured the Coast Guard’s 45 foot rescue boat and spoke with USCG members.

CPLHS Member Carl Jahn dressed in a US Light House Service uniform and Adam Castonia, USCG. Au Sable River, Oscoda, MI.  Photo by Dr. Mark Davis.
Captain James Burton Hunter
Captain James Burton Hunter

James Burton Hunter, was the Life Saving Station Keeper at Crisp Point from November 17, 1897 until his resignation on June 8, 1904. He was the father-in-law of Crisp Point Lighthouse First Assistant Keeper Philip F. Eby. Philip married Keeper Hunter’s daughter, Mary B. Hunter. We also found a US Treasury Department document from July 1, 1897 that showed he served as a Surfman at Middle Island, Michigan at the Life Saving Station located there.

James was born April 7, 1856 in Blackburn, England. He married Annie Laurie Vroman and he had one son named John that was born in 1888 but passed away June 23, 1889. James passed away on January 28, 1933 in Au Sable, Michigan. James, Annie, and John were buried in their family’s plot at Pinecrest Cemetery.

Philip and Margaret Eby

Philip F. Eby was a First Assistant Lighthouse Keeper at Crisp Point Lighthouse from 1915 or 1916 until his death or shortly before. He also was a Second Assistant Lighthouse Keeper at LaPointe Lighthouse (Wisconsin) from 1913-1915. He was the son-in-law of past Crisp Point Lifesaving Station Keeper James Burton Hunter. Philip married Keeper Hunter’s daughter, Mary B. Hunter. Together they had a daughter named Margaret Jean Eby (1913-1998). Margaret’s mother, Mary, would not let her swim much of the year because the water was too cold at Crisp Point. Margaret told her daughter Aprill that one time she went down early in the morning and dipped water out of Lake Superior and put it in a bucket. She set it in the sun and later in the day, when it had warmed, she took it inside and said “I dipped this water this morning mother and it’s warm enough to swim, feel it”. Then her mother let her go swimming.

Philip was born on April 17, 1866 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (although his grave marker says he was born in 1870) and died May 16, 1919 in Oscoda, Michigan. Philip was buried in his family’s plot at Pinecrest Cemetery.

Below are additional photos from July 14, 2019.

CPLHS Member Carl Jahn watches the USCG Rescue Boat coming in from Lake Huron on the Au Sable River on July 14, 2019. Photo by Marcia Jahn.
USCG at Au Sable River, Oscoda, MI. Photo by Cameron Lovett.
USCG rescue boat docked in Oscoda, MI.
Ethan Kraus and others check out the Coast Guard Resue Boat docked in Oscoda on July 14, 2019.
CPLHS Members Larry & Elaine Watson touring the USCG boat in Oscoda on July 14, 2019. Photo by Cameron Lovett.
Mark Davis, Steve & Ethan Kraus, and Marcia Jahn getting a below the deck look at a USCG boat in Oscoda, July 14, 2019.  Photo by Cameron Lovett.
Carl Jahn talks with the USCG Crew at the Au Sable River in Oscoda at the conclusion of the group’s tour of the boat. Photo by Cameron Lovett.

New Kids Activity Sheets Developed by Nikki Craig for Crisp Point

We are please to announce that after much hard work and dedication, Nikki Craig has developed some Crisp Point themed activity sheets that kids can work on during those rainy days at the campground or perhaps on that boring I-75 ride.

The sheets feature a picture of the Crisp Point Lighthouse that can be colored, a word search, lighthouse anatomy activity, a crossword puzzle, a “draw me” activity, and a fill in the blank.  Each of the six sheets can be printed out on a standard 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper.  Each file below contains two pages. Click each file to download and print out:

Crisp Point Activity Sheet 8.5 x 11_190501

Crisp Point Activity Sheet 8.5 x 11_190502

Crisp Point Activity Sheet 8.5 x 11_190503

2019 CPLHS Conference — Different Location, New Place, but More Fun!!!!

The annual Crisp Point Light Historical Society Conference will be held on Saturday July 20, 2019 at the Pentland Township Hall; 15474 M-28, Newberry, MI 49868. Coffee, juice, and breakfast treats will be available starting at 9:00 am as well as Crisp Point merchandise, so please arrive early. At approximately 10:00 am “the party starts.”  This is the first time in CPLHS history that we have held the conference in Newberry.

There will be a $5.00 per person ($15.00 max. for members of an immediate family) fee to attend the conference to help cover the cost. If you would like to volunteer time to set up on Friday (July 19) please contact Shelley Guy by email at or call 616-994-3144. If you wish to help with the food, or help with lunch, please contact Terri Brockway by email at or call 517-546-5283. Please do not bring any food to the conference unless you have contacted Terri no later than 6/1/19. Breakfast foods are not needed.

As the conference begins, the Board of Directors will update you on recent happenings, upcoming activities, current accomplishments, and future goals. We will have a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and guest speakers. If you have a story from your keeping duty or a special event or happening and would like to share your story, (Membership Moments or Lighthouse Laughs) please contact Shelley using the above information.

If you plan on attending, please email Teri Beasley at with your name, address, phone number and the number in your group by June 1, 2019. Or you may go to our web site,, where you can print out a form and mail your preregistration and attendance fee. If your plans change after June 1 and you are able to come, please come as a walk in. You are welcomed!

Remember anyone may attend. You do not need to be a member of CPLHS to attend. See you there!!

August 2020 Fundraising Cruise to Alaska

Crisp Point Light Historical Society is again partnering with Cruise Planners JBR to host a fundraising cruise for Crisp Point Lighthouse in August 2020.

We will be flying into Seattle on August 3, 2020.  The cruise will be on the Carnival Spirit starting on August 4, 2020 and ending on August 11,2020.  To learn more about the ship, go to the following link:

Photo Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

We have elected to choose from 4 different categories of staterooms at group pricing.  Others are available on request at rate published at the time of booking.  We will visit Tracy Arm Fjord, Skagway, AK, Juneau, AK, Ketchikan, AK, and Victoria, BC, Canada.

  • 8C category balcony, Deck 5 or 6, $1998.52 per person
  • 8B category balcony, Deck 4 or 5, $1988.52 per person
  • 8A category balcony, Deck 4, $1978.52 per person
  • 4K category interior with floor to ceiling window, mid ship deck 4, $1323.52 per person, window has obstructions
  • Ocean View staterooms available upon request and at current internet pricing.

Most balcony staterooms are capable of accommodating 3 people, but that inventory is limited, so reserve promptly!  Currently 3rd person rates are $756.52 but are subject to change without notice.  Prices are per person, include all taxes, port fees, stateroom cost and donation to Crisp Point.  Deposits are $475 per person, which includes a $75 per person, non-refundable donation to Crisp Point Light Historical Society.  Air, pre-cruise hotel, transfers, and excursions are not included.

To check out the Facebook Event listing for this cruise, click here:

To download a flyer for this cruise in Adobe pdf format, click here: Crisp_Point_August_2020_Alaska_Cruise_Fundraiser.

To reserve your space, or if you have questions, contact Jerry Roach, Travel Concierge, at 810-793-2468 (work), 810-938-3800 (cell), 800-582-0793, or                                   


Pampered Chef Fundraiser for Crisp Point Lighthouse


Hi everyone, one of our Historical Society Members and Independent Pampered Chef Consultant, Gina Moore, has offered to do an On-Line Party through Social Media to benefit the Crisp Point Light Historical Society and its restoration / maintenance efforts of the Crisp point Lighthouse.

The Online Party will run through February 6, 2019.  Gina will be donating 20% of sales to the Crisp Point Light Historical Society at the conclusion of the Fundraiser.  Hope everyone will at least review what Gina has to offer and if possible support Gina and donate to CPLHS at the same time.  Please help promote this Fundraiser by passing this along to your friends on Facebook and other social media.


● Fundraiser starts on Monday January 28, 2019.
● Orders must be submitted by Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
● Payments can be made online with a Credit/Debit Card!
● 20% of all sales will be donated to CPLHS!
● Orders MUST ship directly to the guest! If  you have questions about shipping, please
contact Gina.
● Place orders at
● For every party (Cooking Show/Virtual) booked from the fundraiser, CPLHS will receive an additional $5.
● Please share on social media and follow the fundraiser on the Facebook group
“Pampered Chef Fundraiser for Crisp Point” (
Contact Info Gina Moore- Independent Pampered Chef Consultant
Call/Text 810-964-4236


2019 Crisp Point Volunteer Keeper Program

As this year winds down with only five more days that we will be open at Crisp Point, it’s time to start looking to 2019.

The 2019 Keepers Program will start taking reservations on November 1st this year. Any request received prior to Midnight on November 1st will be moved to the bottom of the requests made on November 1, 2018. You may request from one to five days.
There are some rules you will have to follow and some work requirements you will have to do on a daily basis (at least) but the rewards of being a Keeper Volunteer go beyond words with the enjoyment you get being a volunteer. You can check out more Keeper Information on our web site at:

You MUST be a member of the Crisp Point Light Historical Society in order to request to be a Keeper. You must also be a member in good standing at the time of being a keeper. (See for membership info.)
Starting on November 1st, 2018 Jamie Rolfe, the CPLHS Vice President, will be taking over the Keepers Program. All reservation requests and any other questions regarding the Keepers Program will now go through Jamie. I will continue to monitor the Keepers Program behind the scenes, but please contact Jamie. If you contact me through phone or e-mail about the Keepers Program I will direct you to Jamie, so save your time and contact her first.

Over the next few months Jamie and I will be updating the Keepers Guidelines for 2019 which everyone who gets to act as Keepers in 2019 will receive a copy of through e-mail.  We will also be working on the 2019 Keepers Shirt Design and get the order forms out to you in plenty of time to receive your shirts before the 2019 season begins. In the past there have been a few that have to be reminded several times about the keeper’s shirt orders. This year we will send out the order form (via e-mail), give you 10 days to return it with payment, and that is it. We do not have the time or resources to continually remind you. If you are responsible enough to be the Keepers at Crisp Point then you should be responsible enough to handle this in a timely manner.

November 1st is just around the corner so start looking at your 2019 calendar now and make sure your Membership is up to date.  If you have membership questions you can contact Teri Beasley, the CPLHS Secretary and she can assist you.

For the 2019 Keeper season we plan on the first Keepers arriving on or before May 19th. Please keep in mind that we cannot predict the weather and Crisp Point may not be accessible due to snow. However we do everything we can to make sure we open on time. In 2019, the CPLHS Family Camping / Work weekend will be May 24 – 27. You may arrive the afternoon of the 23rd and stay until the morning of the 28th. The Keepers who sign up for the weekend will be required to make sure the Visitors Center is operated normally.

There are some plans to make some improvements to the Keepers Camping area so the cement pad may not be available for a short period after we open. We will keep the affected Keepers informed as needed.

Contact: Jamie Rolfe (CPLHS Vice President) Keeper’s reservations and questions(e-mail preferred especially for Keeper reservations):
Phone: 616-204-1729

Contact: Teri Beasley (CPLHS Secretary to the President) Membership questions:
Phone: 989-859-2425

Thank you and here’s to another successful year at Crisp Point in 2019!
CPLHS President

Presentation: Crisp Point, More Than Just a Beacon of Light, by Neal & Lonnie Lockwood

Crisp Point, More Than Just a Beacon of Light, is a presentation that is part of the Michigan Lighthouse Festival and will feature the history and stories of Crisp Point Area including Bodi and Culhane Lakes by Neal & Lonnie Lockwood. Neal owned and operated Ashley Building Supply for 38 years. He was a Master Firefighter Instructor for 20 years. Past Master of Ashley Masonic Lodge #614. Past President of Pleasant Lake Lions Club.

Lonnie worked for the US Postal Service for 35 years. She is a retired Postmaster. Lonnie is Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Stars. They are both active in their church and community activities. They have been Host Campers at Culhane Lake for 5 years. The couple married in 1965. About every vacation was spent at Bodi Lake & Culhane Lake with side trips to Crisp Point. They have made some neat finds at Crisp Point that they will share at the presentation.

Neal’s first visit to Crisp Point was about 1958. He was camping with his parents at Bodi Lake. That was when they were introduced to Charlie Singleton. Charlie was one the one would introduced them to Crisp Point. Neal will share this story at the presentation.

Neal has always been interested in local history. He has read several books about the Lifesaving Service, shipwrecks, and the UP logging industry. You will receive some history about the Lifesaving Service at Crisp Point. Neal will paint a verbal picture of daily life of surfmen for you. He will explain the dangerous things the surfmen had to do in their rescue efforts. He will also go down some side roads with interesting tid-bits.

We hope to see you all at Crisp Point on August 4th & 5th at noon.

This event is part of the Michigan Lighthouse Festival. For more info see


Kids Activity Pamphlet for the 2018 Michigan Lighthouse Festival

As many of you know, Crisp Point Lighthouse will be a part of the 2018 Michigan Lighthouse Festival that will be held August 3-5, 2018.  The participating lighthouses this year are Crisp Point, Whitefish Point, and Point Iroquois.  There is a Kids Activity Pamphlet which you can download and print out to take with you on your trip to see the lighthouses.  Click here to get yours!  The pamphlet includes a word search, a navigation activity, a crossword puzzle, and a fill in the blank activity.

Each of the lighthouses will have passport stamps, and there is a place in the Kids Activity Pamphlet where they can be stamped for each lighthouse.  Cut out the square on the top right of the first page of the pamphlet with your contact info filled in and leave it at the last lighthouse you visit or at the Michigan Lighthouse Festival booth at the Whitefish Township Community Center in Paradise. You will be placed in a prize drawing, to be held at a final meeting of the lighthouses! You do not need to be present to win. The Festival will contact the winner directly and post it on their Facebook page. You can also send a photograph of your entry to by August 10, 2018.

For more information about the Michigan Lighthouse Festival and planned activities, please visit