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Death & Lighthouses of the Great Lakes

By Dianna Higgs Stampfler of Gaylord

Dianne Stampfler has been professionally writing and broadcasting since high school. She first began researching lighthouses in 1997 while working for the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) and continued a deeper dive into the topic after launching her own company, Promote Michigan, in 2004. ee the Product Description below for more details about this book. Please buy all of your books directly from the author or an independent Michigan bookstore.

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Blending her long-time interest in maritime history and true crime, Death & Lighthouses on the Great Lakes is the latest title by Michigan author Dianna Higgs Stampfler. Losing one’s life while tending to a Great Lakes lighthouse sadly wasn’t such an unusual occurrence. Death by murder, suicide or other tragic causes–while rare–were not unheard of. Two keepers on Lake Superior’s Grand Island disappeared one early summer day in 1908, their decomposed remains found weeks later. A newly hired and some say depressed keeper on Pilot Island in Wisconsin’s Door County slit his own throat after a consultation with a local butcher about the location of the jugular vein. A smallpox outbreak in the late 1890s led to the tragic death of a lighthouse hired hand on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. Stampfler uncovers the facts , and debunks some fiction behind some of the Great Lakes’ darkest lighthouse tales.