From: Terry Pepper
Location: Mackinaw City, Michigan
Time: 9:07:16 AM
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
Janice, in ten years of lighthouse research, I have never come across written instructions on the terms to be used in completing the “How Vacated” column in personnel appointment listings. This is surprising, as the Lighthouse Service provided succinct instructions on how to complete all forms. I have reviewed hundreds of personnel records on microfilm, and I do not recall ever seeing “Absolute” as en entry. However, I have seen many instances in which a keeper was dismissed, and subsequently re-hired at a different station. I would SPECULATE that the entry “Absolute” may have been requested by the District Inspector to indicate that the violations which led to the termination were of such an egregious nature that the individual should not be re-hired under any circumstances. If you could post or email me the full name of the keeper and the station from which he was terminated, I will be happy to look through my files and see if I can come up with anything further for you. Terry.
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