The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct. 20, 1901


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LIGHTKEEPERS DROWNED
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GOING FROM CROSS VILLAGE TO SKILLAGALLEE LIGHT
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HEAVY SEA WAS ON AND THEY COULD NOT HANDLE BOAT
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Harbor Springs, Mich., October 19. - (Special) - Keeper Garrett Bourissau of Skillagalee Island light, and his assistant, Walter Grubbens, perished on Lake Michigan, near Cross Village, this morning. The men had come to the village to procure supplies and left in a sail boat for the island at 4 p.m. yesterday. A heavy sea was running at the time and it is thought the men were unable to handle the boat. This morning the boat came ashore at Cross Village, with the body of Grubbens lashed to the rigging, but no trace of Keeper Bourissau has been found.

Isadore Lacroix, the third member of the crew, was left at the lighthouse and it has not been possible to notify him of the fate of his fellows, as the waves are running too high for a boat to venture out.

Both men were unmarried. Bourissau's brother, of Mackinaw Island, has gone to Cross Village, and a search will begin for the body. Grubbens' remains will be sent to his home in Milwaukee for burial.


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Date of Original:
Oct. 20, 1901
Local identifier:
GLN.20819
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct. 20, 1901