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By the time Peter J. Peterson arrived to become the head keeper at Wind Point Lighthouse on March 16, 1891 he had a proven lighthouse career having been stationed at the Milwaukee Pierhead Lighthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Grosse Point Lighthouse in Evanston, Illinois. While he was stationed at Wind Point Lighthouse, records indicate that he lost a finger while operating the foghorn machinery. Apparently it did not affect his handwriting, which is shown as being quite eloquent in the log books of Wind Point Lighthouse. However, in early 1913 when the head keeper at Sand Point Lighthouse in Escanaba, Michigan retired, the government transferred him there. It is unclear if he requested the transfer to the smaller and easier to maintain station or not. But his stay at Sand Point Lighthouse was only one month long. On April 30, 1913 while in the kitchen at Sand Point Lighthouse, he suddenly slumped over and died. His wife was then appointed as his replacement, but the job was more than she could handle or wanted, and she resigned on June 16, 1913. (Lighthouse Digest archives.)
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Split at Wisconsin's Wind Point Lighthouse
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