Trinidad Lighthouse, 1884


Jerry Kiler is the man standing on the lighthouse–and this is from the HSU Special Collections Site describing the source of a collection:

Sub series: 7113HME1-7115HME4  Milton and Edith Hunter Collection I (1999.03.0821-1999.03.0851) [there are a lot of great photos if you click on the collection link].

Milton and Edith married when they were past 50.  They had been married before.  They shared an unusual history as Edith (Kiler) was a descendant of the first lighthouse keeper of Trinidad, Jeremiah Kiler, and Milton was grandson of Frederick Harrington, the second lighthouse keeper at Trinidad.

The son of Jeremiah Kiler was acting lighthouse keeper for a brief time in 1888 after his father’s death.  He then went to S.F. Bay area and was in the lighthouse and custom service several years.  Frederick Kiler was in charge at Trinidad from June 30, 1888 to August 7, 1888.  His father had served from 1871 to 1888.  Frederick was born in 1850 and had assisted his father at the lighthouse.  Frederick L. Harrington was lighthouse keeper from 1888 to 1916.  Edward Wyberg served until 1925, followed by Malcolm Cady.

[7113HME2.17 is an obituary notice of Jeremiah Kiler’s son, Frederick / RK]: “Jeremiah Kiler’s son, Frederick, passed away at his home in Soquel, Santa Cruz Co. Monday, Oct. 18, 1915. “Born in Bennington, Vermont in 1850, was 65 years of age. “Well known in Bay cities having been identified with govt. lighthouse service for many years.  He was in charge of Alcatraz Is., Rowe Is., was later stationed on Yerba Buena Is. “His father, the late Jeremiah Kiler, was keeper at Trinidad from 1871 to 1888.  Before going to Soquel, F. Kiler was in customs service, S.F.  (He assisted his father at Trinidad as a young man.)”


2 Responses to Trinidad Lighthouse, 1884

  1. nan abrams says:

    particularly enjoyed the photos of the “Karok” but I am skeptical that the male attire was authentic. Looks like plains Indian regalia to me.

    • Lynette M says:

      Not sure Nan. I wouldn’t think that tribal members would wear inauthentic regalia but don’t know for sure.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: