Rondout Creek Lighthouse
When the Eddyville dam ruptured upstream, the resulting flood carried away houses, barns, barges, and boats. In the darkness, Catherine heard the sound of rushing water and crash of debris as it went downriver, but she continued to keep the light beaming all night. The next morning she surveyed the disastrous scene, amazed that the lighthouse had sustained little damage. The local newspaper called her home a “waterborne castle,” and so it was, withstanding the onslaught of the flood.
Catherine kept the Rondout Creek Light, both the old wooden one and its stone replacement, for fifty years, the only female keeper at the light. True to her word, her son James became assistant keeper, then principle keeper when she retired.
Who, indeed, could teach him better than his own mother?
Catherine taught her children by her example of hard work and commitment. Instead of giving up, she pursued her position. Instead of accepting the status quo and “no” for an answer, she persuaded the lighthouse authorities to see her value. And instead of permitting fear to weaken her resolve, she persisted in her duty.
Her life illustrated Proverbs 22:6 in the Bible: “Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
She also lived Proverbs 31: 27-28: “She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed;” (NKJV)
May God shower His blessings on our mothers.
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