North Point Lighthouse, WI
New York City, 1873
Things didn’t look good for Georgia. Her doctor said the relentless cough that had troubled her for weeks was caused by consumption, otherwise known as tuberculosis. In addition to his diagnosis, he predicted that she, like most people who contracted the disease in those days, only had a short time left to live.
The news hit Georgia and her husband Lemuel hard. Was there not any treatment, any hope for the twenty-seven-year old woman?
The doctor said there was a slim chance she could get better if she moved away from the bad air of the congested city to a place where she could breathe fresh, clean air. Georgia’s parents lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a developing new city on the shores of Lake Michigan, where her father, Daniel Green, was the lighthouse keeper at North Point Light. The couple decided she would move in with her parents, while Lemuel, a jeweler, stayed behind.