By Debra Baldwin. William V. Langlois was a seafaring man in his 30s when he came to America from the Isle of Guernsey. He went to sea as a boy, later served as an officer in the British Navy on a man-of-war ship, After arriving in America, he became the captain of a whaler. So it was natural that he would want be near the ocean when he staked a squatter’s claim in the future Portland area of the Oregon Country in 1844…Read the complete story with photos as was printed in the March/April 2017 Issue of Lighthouse Digest.
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