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Three generations of Lewes Delaware Wingates take a reunion trip to Lewes Henry Wingate served as a lighthouse keeper in the East End Light of the Delaware Breakwater in the early part of this century. He and his wife had two chil- dren while living in Lewes - Anna and Charles. Then the govern- ment transferred Henry To Panls- boro, New Jersey to work on a lighthouse there. Though Henry and his family had no further direct association with Lewes after moving to New Jersey, his fondness for the com- munity would never be a secret. When his wife bore another son in New Jersey, the couple decided to name him for the town they had left behind and so the first Lewes Delaware Wingate began his life in this world. Lewes Delaware Wingate died a few years ago but the legacy given him by his parents passed on. Lewes and his wife, Jean, decided to name their first son Lewes Delaware Jr. and when Lewes Delaware Jr. and his wife had a son, they named him Lewes Delaware HI. When the offspring of Henry Wingate decided to have a re- union a number of months back, they decided that a ferry ride to the town so important in many of their lives would make a good day trip. The day came last Sunday and three carloads of Wingates and Wingate relatives formed a cara- van and headed south from Jean Wingate's Wildwood home to Cape May for the trip across the Delaware. "We traveled across on the Twin Capes - that's somethign we wanted to do because it's the newest vessel," said Jean Wingate. "We had a nice trip." Members from the family came from as far away as India and Illi- nois and Atlanta, Georgia. Lewes Delaware Jr. and Lewes Delaware HI live in Atlanta where they frequently have to explain their names. "Of course people want to know why I'm named af- ter a city and a state," said Lewes Jr. "And of course I tell them. It usually starts when I spell my first name. I'm shy about my middle name because then I have to go in- to the whole story. And of course a lot of people have trouble pro- nouncing the name." "Sure," said his mother, Jean, Mrs. Lewes Delaware Wingate. "They say Loooz. But it's not just any town these boys are named af- ter. It's the fwst town in the first state. I think it's kind of clever myself." Young Lewes Delaware III, about seven years old, said he didn't know if he would ever have children or whether he would con- tinue the naming tradition. "But I like my name just fine," he said, as he stood in front of town hall. Jean said the Wingates had lots of relatives in the Lewes area in- cluding members of the Maull, Russell and Metcalfe families. She said they are not related how- ever to Lewes Delaware Orton - also a resident of Lewes. "But we're used to unusual situ- ations," said Mrs. Lewes Delaware Wingate. "We live in the only town along the Atlantic coast, Wildwood, that has a beach that keeps getting wider. In Wild- wood the beach is about a quarter mile wide and getting wider." That's not enough though to spawn any Wildwood N.J. Wingates. Shown in front of Lewes City Hall are O-r) Lewes Delaware Wingate III, Lewes Delaware Wingate Jr. and Mrs. Lewes Delaware Wingate. They traveled to Lewes last Sunday from New Jersey for a re tt!aion of the Wingate fatality. CAPE GAZ]WIWE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 199t - 7 REDUCED! This Is A Great Time To Sell/ 205 Federal Street, Milton $139,500 16 Hickman St - 3W 2/1 - $119,500 571] Delaware- Rehoboth 3/1 - $127,000 6 Bay Road - Rehoboth 2/1 - $108,500 .... i!!i:/ .... 203 Loganberry 3/2 - $129,500 CALL 123 Breezewood Dnve " 4/2 - $149,900 8Someet-RBYCC DougG$Resull 13 Bayside CL - Dewey 3/2 - $153,000 6 Baystrand 4/2 1/2 - $165,000 8 King St - Camelot 3/1 - $16,000 Pierre's pantry Business - $95,000 114 Coleman Ave. 5 unit apartment building in the heart of Lewes. Fully rented The Happy Salmon Business - $125,000