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Lighthouse Keeper Original Portrait Donated


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Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan

Jean Budrow, a descendant of Maine lighthouse keeper Herbert Robinson, is shown here presenting an original portrait of keeper Robinson to Timothy Harrison, editor of Lighthouse Digest.

Herbert Robinson had a 32-year-long lighthouse keeping career that started in 1896 during which time he served as a keeper at a number of Maine lighthouses, which are: Lubec Channel, West Quoddy Head, Moose Peak, Monhegan Island, and finally at Pemaquid Point where he retired in 1928.

Herbert Robinson married Mary “Mae” Estelle Myers, the sister of Loring Myers, who was the keeper of the Lubec Channel Lighthouse from 1890 to 1923. One of their ten children, Inez Beatrice, married lighthouse keeper Eugene Ingalls.

The old portrait was located by Lighthouse Digest historian Debra Baldwin while she was conducting research on the old documents and letters pertaining to lighthouse keeper Eugene Ingalls that were recently donated to the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association.

Harrison said that the old painting, which is in fragile condition, will need to be professionally restored before it is framed to hopefully be put on permanent display at the museum at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse where Herbert Robinson served from 1905 to 1907.

This story appeared in the Sep/Oct 2019 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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