The History of Crisp Point

William John Gramer, First Assistant

William John Gramer was a First Assistant Lighthouse Keeper at Crisp Point Light from 3/1/1904 to 6/30/1907 when he was transferred and promoted.

William was born in New York City on December 14, 1870. He later worked for Michigan Northern Power Company until he retired in 1938. He moved to Topeka, Kansas in approximately 1953 due to ill health where he was able to live with his daughter Ethel Halbert. He passed away in Topeka, Kansas on Saturday, April 16, 1955 at 2:30 pm at St. Francis Hospital. He was a member of St. Joseph's Church and the Holy Name Society. At the time, he was survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Mrs. James (Ethel) Halbert, and Mrs. Evans (Layona) Palmer of the Sault; four grandchildren; one brother, Frank, of Lapeer, MI; and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Longworth of Lowell, MI. Visitation was held at the Bailey-Newhouse Funeral Home on a Tuesday afternoon and evening. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph's Church with Rev. Oliver O'Callaghan officiating on the following Wednesday at 9 am. William was laid to rest in the family lot at Riverside Cemetary in Sault Ste. Marie. He is located in the Catholic Section, Block 2, Lot 6, Grave #3.

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