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Ida Wilson Lewis, lighthouse keeper and fearless Federal worker

In observance of National Lighthouse Day, we’re sharing the story of lighthouse keeper Ida Wilson Lewis of Rhode Island, one of the most well-known lighthouse keepers in the world and a Federal civil servant. During her career, she saved somewhere between 13 and 25 lives, including men stationed at Fort Adams and a sheep.

Photograph of Ida Wilson Lewis, from her official personnel folder. The image is from New Idea Woman’s Magazine, vol. 21, January 1910. The magazine captioned the image “As Miss Lewis looked in 1869.”

Ida Wilson Lewis was born Idawally Zorada Lewis in 1842.  In 1853, Ida’s father, Capt. Hosea Lewis, was appointed the first lighthouse keeper at Lime Rock, an island in Newport Harbor, Rhode Island. A few months after his appointment, Captain Lewis was stricken by a paralytic stroke. As a result, his wife, Zorada, and Ida carried out the lighthouse duties in addition to their everyday household chores.

Performing numerous lighthouse and domestic duties groomed Ida for an appointment as the official lighthouse keeper of Lime Rock in 1879 and sent her down the path to becoming a renowned rescuer. Ida was an expert oarswoman and had developed exceptional boat-maneuvering skills from making countless trips back and forth between the island and the mainland to transport supplies and her four siblings.

Ida’s first rescue occurred in 1854. The 12-year-old girl came to the aid of four men who had capsized a small sailboat. But it was the 1869 rescue of Sergeant Adams and Private McLaughlin of Fort Adams that made her famous. Because Ida (a woman) saved two men from drowning in the midst of a squall, she was deemed the “Grace Darling of America,” after Grace Darling, a famed English lighthouse keeper’s daughter who helped save several people from a 1838 shipwreck.

For her bravery, Ida was awarded a silver medal from the Life-Saving Benevolent Association of New York and presented with a new boat by the citizens of Newport. She was featured on the cover of Harper’s Weekly magazine (the only lighthouse keeper ever to receive such a distinction).

Throughout her life, Ida received numerous other awards, including the Gold Lifesaving Medal (awarded to an individual who attempts rescue at the peril of his or her own life) and the congressionally awarded American Cross of Honor.

Read more at:  Ida Wilson Lewis, lighthouse keeper and fearless Federal worker | Pieces of History

When TV Shows are dying because technicalities

SO THIS IS BASICALLY ME WATCHING MY TV SHOWS ON ANY GIVEN DAY…

AND THEN SOMEONE COMES IN (On Twitter / Tumblr / Whatever) AND SAYS

AND I’M LIKE WHADDYA TALKING ABOUT?

AND THEY GO ON ABOUT RATINGS, AND CANCELLATIONS AND STUFF AND ALL I HEAR AFTER THAT IS “TUNE IN! TUNE IN! LETS GET THESE RATINGS UP! LETS SAVE OUR SHOW!”

AND I’M LIKE…

RATINGS ONLY COUNT IF YOU WATCH IT “LIVE” OR THROUGH THE OFFICIAL SITES. BUT TO DO SO, YOU HAVE TO LIVE IN THE U.S, OR… HEAR THIS: YOU DON’T GET A VOTE!!

AND SO THE WHOLE WORLD IS LIKE;

DON’T WE MATTER? BY HAVING THEIR OFFICIAL SITES CLOSED TO THE INTERNATIONAL VIEWERS THEY’RE BASICALLY DOOMING THEMSELVES FROM THE START, BECAUSE WE, THE OUTSIDERS, FREAKING MATTER TOO, ALL RIGHT?

AND WE CAN’T VERY WELL VOTE OR HELP THE RATINGS BECAUSE THEY WON’T FREAKING LET US!

IT’S 2-FREAKING-THOUSAND-AND-14, PEOPLE!

SO, YEAH… EVERYTIME I HEAR THE OLD SONG “LETS TUNE IN.LETS TUNE IN! LETS SAVE OUR SHOW” MY BLOOD BOILS. AND WHY? BECAUSE I HAVE TO SIT THIS ONE OUT TOO AND BE LIKE

AND OF COURSE THE CLASSIC:

“DON’T YOU DARE LOOK AT ME.OK? YOU’VE GOTTA DO THIS ALL BY YOURSELF, YOU HEAR ME? MY ONLY JOB HERE IS TO HOLD THIS SIGN, LOOK PRETTY, AND WAIT FOR BETTER TIMES”.

SERIOUSLY THOUGH. OUR ONLY OPTION IS TO PRACTICALLY SPAM OUR FOLLOWERS, AND SOME MORE, SO EVERYONE AND THEIR COUSIN KNOWS THAT WE WANT THIS SHOW RENEWED. HOW SCREWED UP IS THAT?

SO NOW, IF YOU’LL EXCUSE ME…

The most well-known lighthouse keeper in the world was an American woman who was a Federal civil servant. Ida Wilson Lewis, lighthouse keeper of Rhode Island, saved somewhere between 13 and 25 lives.

In 1853, Ida’s father, Capt. Hosea Lewis, was appointed the first lighthouse keeper at Lime Rock, an island in Newport Harbor. A few months after his appointment, Captain Lewis was stricken by a paralytic stroke. His wife, Zorada, and Ida began to carry out the lighthouse duties in addition to their everyday household chores.

Ida’s first rescue occurred in 1854. The 12-year-old girl came to the aid of four men who had capsized a small sailboat. But it was the 1869 rescue of Sergeant Adams and Private McLaughlin of Fort Adams that made her famous. Because Ida (a woman) saved two men from drowning in the midst of a squall, she was deemed the “Grace Darling of America,” after Grace Darling, a famed English lighthouse keeper’s daughter who helped save several people from a 1838 shipwreck.

For her bravery, Ida was awarded a silver medal from the Life-Saving Benevolent Association of New York and presented with a new boat by the citizens of Newport. She was featured on the cover of Harper’s Weekly magazine (the only lighthouse keeper ever to receive such a distinction).

Throughout her life, Ida received numerous other awards, including the Gold Lifesaving Medal  and the congressionally awarded American Cross of Honor.

The official personnel folder documenting Ida Wilson Lewis’s remarkable Federal serviceis open to the public.

Visit http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/archival-programs/civilian-personnel-archival/ to learn more about requesting this and other official personnel folders of former civil servants from the National Archives at St. Louis

Read more about Ida here: http://go.usa.gov/3ry9W

Photo: Ida Wilson Lewis, from her official personnel folder. The image is from New Idea Woman’s Magazine, vol. 21, January 1910. The magazine captioned the image “As Miss Lewis looked in 1869.”

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