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Keeper Edward Lockwood Meyer

Principal Keeper of Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station August 12, 1937 - July 7, 1939
 
Born 1897, Died 1957  

Edward Lockwood Meyer, born on September 14, 1897, on John's Island, South Carolina, joined the Light House Service in 1923 as second assistant at the St. Augustine Light Station. Two years later, he became First Assistant Keeper at the Mosquito Inlet Light Station. With him were his wife, Ellen Mary, his two young sons, Edward, Jr., and Jack, and daughter Betty. A second daughter, Gladys, was born at the Light Station and would become a life-long resident of Ponce Inlet. Meyer proved conscientious and heroic on a number of rescues and was often commended by the Bureau of Lighthouses.

In 1930, Meyer became first assistant keeper at the Jupiter Inlet Light Station, and three years later became Principal Keeper of the Charleston Light Station and later of the Charleston Harbor and Cooper River Lights. In 1937, Meyer was appointed Principal Keeper at Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station. He was again often commended and once received a surprise visit from Daniel C. Roper, the Secretary of Commerce.
 
In 1939, the Lighthouse Service was merged with the Coast Guard and Principal Keeper Meyer opted to enlist instead of retiring. He continued to serve as the Principal Keeper of the Ponce Inlet Light Station with the rank of Chief Petty Officer and the title of Officer in Charge (O.I.C.). Chief Meyer remained at the Ponce Inlet Light Station for half of World War II before being tranferred to the Sombrero Key Lighthouse in December, 1943, and later to the Dry Tortugas. Retiring from the Coast Guard in 1945, Chief Meyer returned to Ponce Inlet where he ran a well-known fish camp a stones throw from his beloved lighthouse until his death on October 9, 1957.
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