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    My maternal great-grandparents Captain Joseph Hall Quillen (1874 - 1942) & Mary Perdue Quillen (1882 - 1948) with their children Lula O. (born 1899), in the center is Frederick Carl (born 1907, he was my grandfather) and sitting on the box is Joseph (born 1904). Capt. Quillen served in the United States Life-Saving Service (now called the Coast Guard) at Rehoboth Beach Life-Saving Station Number 141 in Dewey Beach, Delaware. This photo was taken about 1911. It's neat to see my great-grandfather in his USLSS uniform (look carefully at his hat) and I love the anchor detail on my grandfather's outfit.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Interesting photograph-- it is nice to see that it has remained in the family.

    2. SMD SMD, 10 years ago
      Thanks. The original photograph is framed under glass 21" x 17" and was passed on to me by my mother this past weekend. It has spots on it, not sure the cause but I plan to take it somewhere to look into have it restored in order to prevent further deterioration. The copy of it pictured above was done many years ago.
    3. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      Does anyone here know anything about photo restoration?
    4. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      AR8Jason, what was the name of that book?

      The scanned image posted here is a copy of the original.
    5. junkmanjoe junkmanjoe, 9 years ago
      Do you subscribe to the Lighthouse Digest Magazine? You Should send some of your information to them for an article on your grandparents. And to have a picture documented in the lighthouse museum in maine.
    6. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      No, I have never heard of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. I will look into that, thanks.

      There is a chapter in a book called "Dewey Beach History & Tales" about Life-Saving Station No. 141, and this photo was featured. (My mother produced the book, there are now two editions).
    7. toolate2 toolate2, 9 years ago
      Dewey Beach is right around the corner from where I live! Here's a link you might like...
    8. junkmanjoe junkmanjoe, 9 years ago
      Your Welcome Msd! You can Look Them up on-line too at It would great to have it archieved in the lighthouse museum.
    9. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      My mother is Dewey Beach's town historian (volunteer). I am well versed in the history of Life Saving Station No. 141, and the history of all things Dewey Beach for that matter. The town website you linked also has a page about "Dewey Beach History & Tales" and that reminds me, I need to get them to update the information about where to purchase copies since that has changed.
    10. junkmanjoe junkmanjoe, 9 years ago
      Sorry Smd! I twisted your letters around!
    11. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      You can call me Sarah!
    12. toolate2 toolate2, 9 years ago
      Very cool! So you're a local DelMarVa-ite!! I love the area. I moved here over 40 years ago from NH. I'm now an official
    13. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      Just found the 1899 regulations and it's really neat to read it and then look at his uniform in the picture again:


      Sec. 274.

      1. Coat--To be of dark indigo-blue kersey or flannel, single-breasted, straight front sack, rolling collar, and lapels to close to within 4 inches of neck, with four medium-sized plain black buttons, the front and back of coat to descend to top of inseam of trousers.

      2. From the point where the collar and shoulder seams meet a plait 2 inches wide, descending through the center of each forepart, and also in the back through the center of each half back, to bottom of coat.

      3. A belt of same material as garment, 2-1/2 inches wide and double-stitched on the edges, confined at the waist line by passing through and under the four plaits, the loose ends being closed by two small black buttons. One inside breast and two outside hand pockets.

      4. Upon the right sleeve of the coat, midway between the shoulder and the elbow, will be placed the emblem of the Life-Saving Service (the life-buoy, oar, and boat hook), and in a corresponding position upon the left sleeve the number of the surfman will appear.

      5. The emblem and the number will be of white silk or linen, embroidered upon a square of dark-blue cloth. The buoy of the emblem will have an outer diameter of 2-1/4 inches. The number will be 2-1/4 inches in height. In placing these devices upon the sleeves the stitches will be placed through the edges of the cloth; not "overhanded."

      6. Trousers--Same as for keepers.

      7. Cap--to be of dark-blue cloth, the same as for keepers, except that the ornament and chin strap will be omitted, and around lower part of crown there will be a black silk ribbon 1-1/2 inches wide, with" U. S. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE" printed thereon in gold block letters 7/8 inch in height.

      8. For summer wear the cap may be made of white linen drilling with same ribbon.

      9. Overcoat--To be the same as for the keepers, except that it will have large, plain, black buttons.

      10.Jumper--To be of unbleached cotton duck, extending 2 to 3 inches below the hip. Collar of the same material, seaman pattern. Sleeves open, without cuffs, and large enough to fit easy.

      11.Overalls--To be of same material as jumper, loosely cut, fastened at the waist with a drawstring, to have a large pocket in front of right leg and two buttons on the flap.

      12.Canvas hat--To be of strong cotton drilling with single-ply round top in four pieces, stitched, and taped inside; three-ply rolling brim quilted, sweat band of same material as hat.

      13.Storm suit--Coat and trousers of brown rubber cloth or unbleached cotton duck treated with linseed oil; the coat to have an inscription in black on the breast similar to that on the storm hat in letters 14 inches in height, so arranged as to be distinctly read when the coat is buttoned.

      14. Uniform hat--To be of southwester pattern, like that for keepers, painted black, with inscription in front show­ing the name of the station and the letters "L. S. S.," arranged as follows:

      This inscription will be painted in white block letters 3/4 inch in height.

      15. Winter service cap-- A dark-blue knitted cap (Have­lock), with crescent-shaped visor 2 inches deep at center, the crown 44 to 5 inches deep, with a band of the same material 3 inches deep, that may be rolled down over the ears; visor and edges of rolling band to be bound with black silk braid, and the two ends of the band to be con­fined in front, above the visor, by a double bowknot of the same braid; small puffball finish at the apex.

      source: Regulations for the Government of the Life-Saving Service of the United States, 1899, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1899.

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