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Keeper Charles Leslie Sisson

Principal Keeper of Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station July 1, 1924 - August 16, 1926
Born 1871, Died 1950

Charles Leslie Sisson was born in Black Hill, South Carolina, on November 25, 1871. After a stint in the army, at 20 Sisson joined the Light House Establishment as an assistant at the Venus Point Light in the Savannah River. In his early career, Sisson served as Keeper of many stations in South Carolina, but when he came to the Fort Clinch Range Lights and Tiger Island Range Lights in Cumberland Sound on the Florida-Georgia border, he met his future wife, Ruth Ellen Sharpe, and married her.

Sisson served at the Morris Island Light Station, Hilton Head Light Station, Parris Island Range Lights, and the Haig Point and Daufuskie Island Range Light Station. When the last was discontinued in 1924, Sisson was appointed Keeper at the Mosquito Inlet Light Station. During Sisson's short tenure at Mosquito Inlet the Great Florida Land Boom occurred, and electricity came to the Light Station. After 1926, Sisson served at the St. Johns River Light Station at Mayport, FL, and the Lower Flats Range Lights in the Savannah River.

In 1932, his wife died in a fire, and the next year, Sisson retired from the Lighthouse Service to raise his children. Charles Leslie Sisson died at the age of 79 in the U. S. Marine Hospital in Savannah on April 4, 1950. He was buried in the Bon-adventure Cemetery in Savannah.
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4931 South Peninsula Drive - Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
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