On January 1 94 year old Beulah Covell-Myers passed away in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Beulah was the daughter of Franklin J. Covell. Covell served as a keeper with the U.S. Lighthouse Service at Split Rock Lighthouse from 1913-16, and again from 1922-44. He was head lighthouse keeper at Split Rock from 1928-1944. Beulah, and her younger sister, Ileana, married two brothers from a commercial fishing family that lived near the lighthouse, Mike and Otto Myers.
Beulah, and her sister Ileana, were great friends of Split Rock Lighthouse and had a real love and interest in the famous historic site. Both women provided a great deal of information on their lives at the light station in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. They were very generous with sharing their photographs and memories of their life at the lighthouse which contributed greatly to the interpretive story of the historic site.
The historic site staff was looking forward to Beulah returning to Split Rock for this summer’s centennial celebration, as I know she was. I know that she will be here in spirit. We are hopeful that other members of the Covell-Myers clan, including Ileana, will be able to make it.