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jqhft •y CHRIS MATH I SEN 1 Star Staff Corr»ip—Htit TURKEY POINT. MD. IN UPPER CHESAPEAKE Bay, at an Intersection on the intracoastal waterway. Turkey Point Light directs traffic after dark. It is shown on charts as a fixed, or non flashing, white light, visible 13 miles, with a red sector when seen from one direction. Hie lighthouse, built in 1833, is of modest size. The light is only a 100-watt elec tric bulb, but a French prism lens projects its rays with impressive Intensity. Only one of many aids to navigation on the bay, Tur key Point Light is notable principally for its keeper— Mrs. Fannie M. Salter. The Coast Guard says she is the nnlv wnmin Uorhthouse keen er on United 8tates waters. 8he has held the lob since her husband's death in 1925. The Salters had come to the point several years, before from Hog Island Light on the Eastern Shore, where Mr Salter also was keeper. Her duties include a daily dusting of the glasses in the light tower, listening for radio weather reports, furnishing Information to boatmen when requested, turning the light on and off and making cer tain it shines throughout the night. The last is easy foi Mrs. Salter. Its rays entei her bedroom wmoow, ana ine j says she awakens immediate- I ly when it goes out, which is | rare. I If the regular power line \ fails, she starts an auxiliary generator. Its breakdown gj would send her to the tower fl with two oil lamps. Looking down the Bay, she | cam see intracoastal water- fl way traffic moving up and ft down Elk River on her left. fl On the right, other craft fl pass the point en route to fl and from landings on the I Northeast and Susquehanna fl Rivers. She watches for signs fl of distress. fl Mrs. Salter lives on une small reservation in a house provided by the Government. She has two daughters who are married and have homes elsewhere, but her son Brad ley stays with her. He does many of the chores around the station and drives his mother to town for supplies. She takes few vacations. Be cause she is proud of her res ervation, she is reluctant to leave It In the care of a relief keeper. Lassie, a Chesapeake Bay retriever, and a few sheep also live here. And there are turkeys at Turkey Point, al though the origin of its name has become obscured. Mrs. Salter has a small flock. mum i*i iinh — ~ —-—— Bradley Salter strums the banjo while his mother relaxes. Dusting the French prism lens of the light she tends is a daily duty for Mrs. Fannie M. Salter. Emergencies can be reported by radio-telephone, which also is used to receive weather information. Star Staff Photos by John Mueller.