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Keeper John Lindquist

Principal Keeper of Mosquito Inlet Light Station from October 3, 1905 - June 30, 1924

John Lindquist was born in Sweden in 1861. Going to sea at age 15, he sailed around the world twice on sailing vessels. In 1883, while on an English tramp schooner bound for Galveston, Texas, he jumped ship in New Orleans and "became an American." He spent the next ten years in the coasting service and on fishing vessels off Gloucester, Massachusetts.Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, Lindquist signed aboard lighthouse tender Wisteria. Three years later, he went to his first lighthouse position at Cockspur Light on the Savannah River.

In 1893, he became First Assistant Keeper at St. Augustine and married Ella Pomar in 1897. Soon, their son, William T. Lindquist was born. In 1901, Lindquist was promoted to Principal Keeper of the Volusia Bar Lighthouse on Lake George, and in 1905, Lindquist came to Mosquito Inlet as Principal Keeper. At Mosquito Inlet Light, Lindquist built his own life saving boat and made a number of important rescues. In 1914, Lindquist was awarded the Efficiency Pennant and Star for having the best Light Station in the District. In 1924, he returned to the St. Augustine Light Station, from which he retired on December 31, 1926. He died in 1947, and his wife in 1955. Both, along with their son William T., are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in St. Augustine.