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LEWIS, Ida, heroine, born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1841. Her father was the keeper of the Lime Rock light house in Newport harbor, and she early became skilled in swimming and rowing. When eighteen years of age she rescued four young men that were upset in a boat in the harbor, and brought them safely ashore in her skiff. A little later three drunken sailors stove a hole in their boat; two swam ashore, and Miss Lewis saved the third. In 1867 she rescued three men. In 1868 she saved a small boy who had clung from the mast of a sail boat from midnight till morning, and the next year, assisted by her brother Hosea, she rescued two sailors who had capsized in a sailboat half a mile from the light. The citizens of Newport, Rhode Island, presented her with a boat as a token of their admiration of her bravery. In 1870 she married William H. Wilson, of Black Rock, Connecticut.
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