Keeper Bio: Lorenzo Dow Evans

Keepers

Date of Service: 1879 – 1900

  1831: Born in Maryland

1875: The first Solomons Lump Lighthouse is constructed. It was a square, screwpile on five wrought iron piles. It was painted white with a brown roof and black lantern and exhibited a fixed white light.

1879-1893: Serves as Keeper at Solomons Lump Lighthouse, MD. His salary is $560/year.

1886: On August 31, the Keeper Evans reports feeling two shocks from an earthquake, 15-minutes apart.

1893: In January, the lighthouse is smashed by heavy moving ice floes and is pushed over so part of the structure is underwater. Keeper Dow transfers to Holland Island Bar Lighthouse, MD. until a new lighthouse is constructed.

1893-1895: Serves as First Assistant at Holland Island Bar Lighthouse, MD. His salary is $420/year.

1895: The current caisson style lighthouse at Solomons Lump is completed and equipped with a fifth-order lens.

1895-1900: Serves as Keeper at Solomons Lump Lighthouse, MD. His salary is $560/year.

1899:  New model fifth-order lamps are installed at the lighthouse.

1900: Resigns as Keeper at Solomons Lump Lighthouse after serving 21 years in the Lighthouse Service.

1917: L. Dow Evans dies in 1917 at age 86. He is buried @ Riggins Family Cemetery, Crisfield, Maryland.

Sources: Chesapeake Chapter Keeper database; Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board, various years; Lighting the Bay: Tales of Chesapeake Lighthouses, Pat Vojtech, 1996

 

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