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Christian H. Siegle Worked Behind The Scenes


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When Christian “Chris” H. Siegel retired in May of 1957, he had put in a total of 41 years in government service, first in the U.S. Lighthouse Service and then in the U.S. Coast Guard when it took over the Lighthouse Service in 1939.

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As a foreman mechanic, he is one of the many people who were not a lighthouse keeper, but who worked diligently behind the scenes to care for our nation’s lighthouses during a very transitional time. Family memories indicate that his friends called him “C H.”

Christian H. Siegle was born in Baltimore Maryland on March 9, 1897 and died on May 5, 1981. He is buried in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The photos shown here were taken in 1954 and are a vital part of lighthouse history and are important to be published and saved for future generations to honor and remember those who came before us. If Lighthouse Digest doesn’t do it, who will?

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