During the 1920s, Kuntz breweries and later Carlings breweries were prohibited from selling beer in Canada. Land was bought by their employees and used to smuggle booze across Lake Huron to Michigan.
There was an attempt to automate the lighthouse in 1920s. Point Clark’s Lighthouse was automated after the 1924 shipping season, eliminating the need for Keeper George Ray, who had been in charge of the light for a decade. However, mariners soon complained about the quality and reliability of the light, and John Ruttle was hired as keeper in July 1926. John Ruttle who kept the lighthouse from 1926-1929 used to pick up a little extra money on the side by charging people a dime to go to the top of the lighthouse where one received a beautiful view of the area.
In July 1933, a canary flew into a home in South Buffalo, New York. Somehow, John E. Ruttle, the keeper at Point Clark Lighthouse at the time, learned of this and wrote to the police in South Buffalo claiming the bird was his.
The newspaper account of the incident, entitled “Man 250 Miles Away Says Canary Is His”, did not say whether the bird was returned to the keeper.
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