Digest>May/Jun 2016

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Conrad Stram was a veteran keeper by the time he arrived in 1927 at the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Lighthouse. Starting his lighthouse career in 1903 at Michigan’s South Fox Island Lighthouse, he had previously served at St. Martin Lighthouse in Michigan, Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse in Wisconsin, Chicago Breakwater Lighthouse in Illinois, Racine Reef Lighthouse in Wisconsin, and Cana Island Lighthouse, also in Wisconsin. We wonder how Conrad Stram would react today knowing that the Coast Guard would want to tear down the original keeper’s house at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Lighthouse where he was the head keeper from 1927 to 1933. He enjoyed life in Sturgeon Bay and probably would have liked to have stayed there longer. But, in 1933, upon the death of William Cochems, the keeper at Wisconsin’s Sherwood Point Lighthouse, the government, wanting a knowledgeable person, transferred Conrad Stram to Sherwood Point where he served until his retirement in 1945.
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