Mind the Light, Katie: The History of Thirty-Three Female Lighthouse Keepers

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Cypress Communications announces the publication of Mind the Light, Katie: The History of Thirty-three Female lighthouse Keepers, a nonfiction book for readers age 12 and up.
Kate was 44 years old when her son Jacob rowed his stepfather, John Walker, ill with pneumonia, to Staten Island for medical treatment. John's last words to his wife were, ""Mind the light, Katie."" John, official keeper of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse, never returned. When he died ten days later, a ...
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Overview

Cypress Communications announces the publication of Mind the Light, Katie: The History of Thirty-three Female lighthouse Keepers, a nonfiction book for readers age 12 and up.
Kate was 44 years old when her son Jacob rowed his stepfather, John Walker, ill with pneumonia, to Staten Island for medical treatment. John's last words to his wife were, ""Mind the light, Katie."" John, official keeper of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse, never returned. When he died ten days later, a substitute was sent to permit Kate to arrange for his burial and attend his funeral. She was back on the job before the day ended. Although she was paid only a laborer's wage, Kate faithfully minded the light until she finally received the keeper's appointment in 1894. Her only communication with the mainland was by rowboat or through the periodic calls of the lighthouse tender bringing supplies. Assisted by her son Jacob, Kate kept the Robbins Reef Light until 1919.
The 33 women presented here are those whose lives were recorded in logs, journals, official correspondence, newspaper articles and obituaries, and recollections by their children and grandchildren.
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The Cliffords, mother and daughter, are a two-woman cheering squad for all things related to the history of lighthouses. Their latest effort is a condensed version for younger readers of their earlier, Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers. That book was fairly monumental in its inclusiveness, but the Cliffords have chosen well for the stories they excerpted to pique their new audience's curiosity. Using a chronological approach, they begin with the tale of Hannah Thomas of Massachusetts, who kept the light while her husband went off to fight in the American Revolution. Succeeding women keepers who took over from fathers or husbands to finally secure the title and salary of a "Lighthouse Keeper" fill these pages. There are letters and logs; descriptions of amazing bravery while lifesaving; portraits of incredible pluck (pounding a warning bell with a hammer for twenty straight hours when a fog bell broke). And then there was Juliet Nichols holding down the light on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay in 1906, watching through field glasses as the Great Earthquake destroyed the city. Period photographs dot the pages of this no-nonsense book, and an excellent glossary is appended. But the marvelous true stories are what will enthrall any reader lucky enough to pick it up. 2006, Cypress Communications, Ages 10 up.
—Kathleen Karr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963641274
  • Publisher: Cypress Communications
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Age range: 10 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    Reviewed by Bri P. for TeensReadToo.com

    Katie Walker was a pioneer in her own way. I know you are saying "who is she?" I had never heard of her. <BR/><BR/>Katie Walker was thrown into the role of lighthouse keeper out of necessity. Her son, Jacob, had to row Katie's husband, John, to Staten Island for medical treatment from their lighthouse at Robins Reef Lightstation, New York City. John's last words of "mind the light, Katie" are the title of a fascinating book about lighthouses, their importance, and some of the women who became official lighthouse keepers -- not a very feminine position and not a high-paying job, either. <BR/><BR/>WOMEN WHO KEPT THE LIGHTS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF FEMALE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS is a very popular book for adults to read. MIND THE LIGHT, KATIE offers a smaller version and easier to read account of 33 women who held this non-traditional position. Many of these women fought incredible odds to gain official recognition as a keeper of the light. Sometime the daughters of lighthouse keepers would find their husbands by assisting men in keeping the lights burning bright. They may at times have married sons of lighthouse keepers or men who were old enough to be their own fathers. <BR/><BR/>I think girls ages 12 and up would love to read about women who fought for equality and success in doing "men's work." I have always liked seeing different lighthouses and like learning about the "olden days." I don't think I could have been like any of these women, since they must have gotten terribly lonely working by themselves 365 days a year. <BR/><BR/>Anything men can do, women can do better, or at least as well as, in lighthouse keeping!

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