":I just loved the life.":
Catherine Poor was 22 years old and a new bride when she moved to Ram Island Light with her husband Merrill.
":Our first Christmas on Ram Island we went out there and came a storm.We hadn’t prepared except bought powdered milk.":
":We had sardines and crackers for Christmas dinner.":
":we didn’t know.First time we’d been on a lighthouse.Nobody warned us to get food and stuff.":
Ram Island was the first of three lighthouse where Merrill served as keeper.
":Cuckles was nothing but rocks.You had no place for kids to stay outdoors and play or anything.":
":when it came a storm we had big shutters we had to close on the house all the way around.":
In 1945 Merrill became the keeper at Brown’s Head light on Vinalhaven.Their second child was born while they were living there.":
":she was born in a hurricane and I was down to a nursing home here on Vinalhaven.No way Merrill could come up for 2 days.The road was flooded and he had to wait 2 days for the coast guard to come inspect before he could take off.":
Priscilla was two days old before he got to se her.":
":It was kind of hard when I lived at Brown’s Head Light with two small kids.We had no electricity,no bathroom, no running water and everything had to be delivered by boat.":
And they didn’t have a telephone….
":We was at Brown’s Head Light 2 days before we found out the war was over with.":
":the coast guard boat came in and said how come the flag isn’t at half mast and Merrill said why.They said the war is over with so we didn’t know the war was over.We had no communication.":
":It was isolated but I did lots of sewing,knitting,crocheting,did braided rugs,made quilts so I had plenty to do.I kept myself busy.":
Catherine says she grew to love the peacefulness of lighthouse life.There were a lot of hardships but Catherine says they also made a lot of friends.
":We were the first ones to open up the lighthouse so people could come.":
":we still keep in touch with a lot of families that we met.":
Moving away from Brown’s Head Light was a sad day for Catherine.Today she lives a few miles from the light that was her home.She says she would do it all again.
":It gets in your blood.":
Today’s keepers have a different role.They are more groundskeepers and hosts for overnight guests at the Little River Light off Cutler.
":We play cards.We put puzzles together.We play games.To be honest we aren’t really TV people and the kind of people that come here like the same thing.They want an adventure but they also enjoy sitting around a table having good conversation.":
":I think my favorite part is meeting all the people we’ve met.":
Susan Farley- Coastal Bureau Chief