History | Characteristics | Keepers
Peter Girth was appointed Keeper on June 30, 1853 at a salary of $400 per year. He served until October 17, 1862, when he was removed from office.
Keeper John McDonald appointed October 17, 1863. Listed as "Date of Vacation - July 16, 1873" and the "How Vacated" is listed as "Deceased." He was paid $540 per year.
Hannah McDonald took over her husband's duties. She was officially appointed August 19, 1873 and appears to have served until January, 1879 when she resigned and was replaced John H. McDonald (presumably her son).
John McDonald was appointed acting keeper on January 28, 1879 at a salary of $540 per year. He was permanently appointed on February 14, 1881, and served until May 17, 1881, when he resigned the post.
George V. Post was appointed acting keeper at a salary of $540 on May 17, 1881. On November 2, 1881 he was permanently appointed. He served until August 22, 1882, when he was removed.
Alexander Ferreira was appointed acting keeper on August 25, 1882. The appointment became permanent on December 1, 1882. He served Bergen Point until May 29, 1884, when he was transferred to Throgg's Neck Lighthouse, N.Y.
John J. Prentiss was appointed May 29, 1884, took oath of office on August 1, 1888 and served until August 31, 1888 (unconfirmed). He resigned the post and was replaced by Joseph Coons. Records seem to indicate that Joseph Coons was appointed acting keeper at a salary of $540 per year on September 7, 1888 and served in that capacity until March 15, 1889, when he was appointed permanently. He apparently served in the Navy.
Joseph Coons from New York was appointed March 15, 1889 and served until January 16, 1902 when he was transferred.
Robert Ray, from Ireland, was appointed January 24, 1902, took the oath of office on February 4, 1902. He was on the payroll until February 15, 1902 when he is listed as "drowned."
Mrs. Francis Kelly was appointed acting Keeper on March 14, 1902, apparently retroactively to February 15, 1902. She is listed as serving 30 days.
August Kjelberg was appointed Keeper March 31, 1902 and took the oath April 22, 1902.
Keeper Jno. R. Carlsson at an annual salary of $540, appointed March 16, 1906, oath of office March 21, 1906.
Hans Beuthe, who came to the United States from Germany in 1898, was the keeper from 1921 to at least 1939.
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