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Editor’s Note: For a while, William C. Williams’ son, Charles S. Williams, followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Lighthouse Service as a 2nd assistant keeper under his father at Boon Island in 1896. He was promoted to 1st assistant keeper in 1897 and served until 1905 until he left to take a higher paying job at the Navy Yard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He worked there for most of the rest of his life, except for a short stint in the Coast Guard from March 1917 to April 30, 1919. Charles S. Williams is shown here with his wife Susannah. The number “1” on his jacket lapel indicates that he was the 1st assistant keeper at Boon Island Lighthouse when this photo was taken sometime between 1897 and 1905. Charles was born on January 19, 1874 and he died at the age of 100 on March 4, 1974. Charles S. Williams is interred at the First Baptist Church Cemetery in Kittery Point, Maine, where his lighthouse keeper father is also buried. Perhaps the day will come when his grave site is also honored with a U.S. Lighthouse Service Memorial Marker. (Lighthouse Digest archives)
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