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More than one-half century of identification with the history of Sacramento county, covering the period between his birth October 19, 1858, and demise January 27, 1910, gave Mr. Slight a broad and comprehensive knowledge of this portion of the west, while extensive travels into other regions made him conversant with the magnitude of the undeveloped resources of our commonwealth. He was proud of the fact that he could claim California as his native state and proud also that his parents were among the goodly throng of emigrants to whose dauntless courage was due the original American occupancy of ancient Spanish and Indian habitations. No fortune ever rewarded the efforts of the industrious pioneer couple, but they gained that which is more to be desired, the esteem of all associates and the deepest affection of their family. Without any financial aid from them and without even the advantages of a good education, their son whose name introduces this article won his way to a substantial degree of success and in the span of life's brief but busy day accumulated a neat competency for his wife and children. His start in the earning of a livelihood was made through an apprenticeship to the trade of a carriage-maker, which later he followed as a journeyman and finally became a salesman in the same line of business.

The marriage of Samuel Brooks Slight, in Sacramento in 1888, united him with Miss Josie Wittenbrock, a native of Sacramento county, and the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Wittenbrock, of Germany, who came to the west during the eventful era of the '50s, establishing a home in Sacramento county and remaining there until death. Mr. and Mrs. Slight became the parents of three children. Their only daughter is now the wife of J. A. Holland and resides in Sacramento. The sons are Henry Cyril and Bertram, the elder of whom, while still making his home with his mother in the comfortable city residence, devotes much of his time to the care of her ranch. The ranch is on a part of the Haggin grant about four miles east of the city. This consists of forty-five acres devoted to hop culture, a business with which Mr. Slight became familiar and in which he was considered an authority. Notwithstanding the demands of business affairs, he found leisure for the oversight of the ranch and by his personal efforts made the place profitable as an investment. Certain of the fraternal organizations received his especial aid, among them being the Elks and the Eagles, and for years he also took a warm interest in the Native Sons of the Golden West, his membership being with the parlor in the capital city. In public affairs he took little part, yet he was a loyal citizen, progressive in principle and favoring all improvements of permanent value to the city. Official honors olid not appeal to Mm, for his tastes led him to find his highest happiness in his home and among his personal friends, rather than in the turmoil of partisan politics. By his own unaided efforts he accumulated a competency and left to his family an estate representing years of thoughtful, intelligent and arduous application to business affairs. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011