Lighthouse Keeper recognition ceremony for Keeper L. Dow Evans – November 8, 2020

Keeper Evans Family & Friends after the November ceremony in Crisfield, Maryland. Also shown are the local Crisfield Coast Guard sailors who participated in all three of the Maryland Eastern Shore ceremonies.

The  Fall weather was exceptional on the 8th of November for the ceremony to honor Keeper L. Dow Evans.  It was an intimate group of 13 family and friends who met in Crisfield MD for the ceremony.  Keeper Evans commenced his first assignment with the Lighthouse Service in 1879 at Solomons Lump Light.  In January 1893, the lighthouse was smashed by heavy moving ice and abandoned by the keepers.  It was declared a total loss and Keeper Evans transferred to Holland Island Bar Light while the new lighthouse was under construction.  In 1895, the new caisson-style Solomons Lump Light was completed and placed in service with Keeper in charge.  He served there until 1900, when he resigned after 21 years of service.  

For those who are wondering about his resignation vice retirement, it is interesting to note that prior to June of 1918, there was no retirement system for Lighthouse Service Employees.  But more on that subject in a later newsletter.

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