This lighthouse stands on a 70' cliff. Completed in 1909 in response to the lumber traffic to rebuild San Francisco. Automated in 1971, the 3rd order Fresnel lens is still in place. Our family lived here Feb 1984 - Dec 1985.
Lee Wilson was Regimental Supply Sergeant for the 33rd MI Nat'l Guard & served on the Mexican border from Oct 1916 - Mar 1917. This unit later became the nucleus of the 125th AEF serving in France & Germany in WWI.
Only Col. Heckel, front & center, is identified in this photo that belonged to my grandfather, Capt. Anthony L. Wilson, Sr. (he is standing tall in the rear left, age 23).
"America's Tall Ship", USCG Barque Eagle, a prize of war following WWII, was originally "Horst Vessel", built in 1936 to train members of the German Navy. She serves as a training platform for Coast Guard cadets & as a good will ambassador world-wide.
My grandfather was the Capt. Wilson who sent the message announcing the armistice. He began as a supply sgt. in the MI Nat'l Guard, served in the Mexican border wars, & was promoted to LT. The war broke out & he was promoted to CAPT - all in 2 years!
Eliza Summers, wife of Frederick Wilson, is my great-great-grandmother.
Portrait photo of Frederick Wilson, my great-great-grandfather.
This is a copy from a ferrotype photo made circa 1870. James & Eliza are my great-great-grandparents. They lived in Ontario, Michigan, Illinois, then Missouri.