Elwin C. Nickerson

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Elwin C. Nickerson

Also Known As: "(Winne)"
Birthplace: Orleans, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Orleans, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: East Harwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of <private> Nickerson and <private> Nickerson (Dill)
Husband of Evelyn May Nickerson
Father of George Elwin Nickerson; Minerva May Nickerson; Stanley W. Nickerson; Roscoe Joshua Nickerson; <private> Nickerson and 2 others
Brother of <private> Nickerson; <private> Nickerson and Luella L. Houdlett

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About Elwin C. Nickerson

Surfman Creed

When the Lord breathes His wrath above the bosom of the waters, When the rollers are a-pounding on the shore, When the mariner's a-thinking of his wife and son's and daughters, And the little home he'll, maybe see no more;

When the bars are white and yeasty, and the shoals are all a-frothing, When the Nor'easter's cutting like a knife; Through the seethin' roar and screech he's patroling on the beach, The Government's hired man for saving life.

He's a-struggling with the gusts that strike and bruise him like a hammer; He's a-fighting sand that stings like swarmin' bees, He's a-listening through the whirlwind and the thunder and the clamor, A-listening for the signal from the seas.

He's a-breaking ribs and muscles launching lifeboats in the surges, He's dripping wet and chilled in every bone, He's a-bringing men from death, back to flesh and blood and breath, And never stops to think about his own.

He's a pulling at an oar that is freezing to his fingers, he's a-clinging to the rigging of a wreck. He knows destructions nearer every minute that he lingers; But it doesn't seem to worry him a speck.

He is draggin' draggled corpes from the clutches of the combers, The kind of job a common man would shirk; But he takes them from the waves and fit them for graves, And he thinks it's all included in his work.

He is a rigger, rower, swimmer, sailor, doctor, undertaker, And he's good at every one of them the same; And he risks his life for others in the quicksand and the breakers, And a thousand wives and mothers bless his name.

He's an angel dressed in oilskins; he's a saint in the "Sou'wester," He's a pluck as they come, or ever can; He's a hero born and bred, but it hasn't swelled his head, For he's just the U.S. Government's hired man.USLSS- Pamet/Monomoy-

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Elwin C. Nickerson's Timeline

December 21, 1867
Orleans, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
July 25, 1890
Age 22
Orleans, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 24
Orleans, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 26
March 10, 1938
Age 70
Orleans, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States