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Herman and Helen Erickson arrived at Wind Point Lighthouse in 1942 and he would be the assistant keeper there for ten years. Herman Erickson joined the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1937, and his first assignment was at Michigan’s South Fox Island Lighthouse. Before he went to Wind Point Lighthouse he was stationed at Wisconsin’s Plum Island Range Lighthouse from 1937 to 1938. At the time he was stationed at Wind Point Lighthouse, there was only one telephone at the light station, and it was in the passageway to the tower. The man on watch would answer it, and, using a system of buzzers, would notify which keeper the call was for. His daughter Helen recalled that in those days the government supplied the soap, which came unwrapped and in different sizes. She said the government also supplied the toilet paper, which was something to be desired. She had vivid memories of the kitchen where the solid brass dustpan and the foxtail brush with polished handle always hung on the wall next to where her father would hang his lighthouse keeper’s hat. (Helen Carlson collection, Lighthouse Digest.)
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Split at Wisconsin's Wind Point Lighthouse
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