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Lighthouse keepers to be honored in Mathews

The lives and careers of six Mathews lighthouse keepers will be honored on Saturday, April 13, in four cemeteries across the county as the Chesapeake chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society honors the service provided by these beacons of maritime history.

First to be honored will be Frank Raymond Lewis, who served at six lighthouses including Pages Rock, York Spit and Stingray Point. In 1926, while at Great Wicomico Lighthouse, he assisted Keeper A.B. Sadler in rendering aid to a grounded yacht, the Red Wing.

Nelson Stanley Atherton, who served for 21 years at lighthouses including Smith Point, retired in 1965 as one of the few civilian lighthouse keepers in the country.

Levi D. Merchant, who spent 32 of his 38-year career at Stingray Point, is believed by the U.S. Lighthouse Association to be one of the longest tenured careers of service at a single location. “During my long time in the lighthouse service I have not been sick a single day and not lost a day’s pay,”...

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