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Samuel Light

Samuel Light, one of the most progressive
agriculturists of Allen County, owns 80 acres of land n section 23,
Monroe township, where he has resided for 30 years.  He was born in
Franklin Township, Richland County, Ohio, February 11, 1837, and is a son
of Michael and Catherine (Heinkst) Light.
       Both parents were natives of Pennsylvania, the father of Dauphin
County and the mother of York County.  when children, they came of Ohio
with their parents in wagons.  Here they grew up and were married in
Richland County, which was their home as long as they lived.  He was a
man of small stature, while she was a woman who weighed 275 pounds.  The
paternal grandfather, John Light, was a native of Pennsylvania, of
German extraction.  Both the grandfather and the father of our subject
used the German language almost entirely in their families.  The
grandfather had two sons and five daughters.  He died in Richland County
at the advanced age of 93 years. The Children of Michael and Catherine
Light were as follows: Mary Reppert, deceased; Daniel, of Oklahoma;
Samuel; John, who died at the age of 10 years; Catherine (Bradley),
deceased, and Lydia (Urich), of Richland County, who were twins; George,
who died in Oklahoma; Michael, who died at the age of 18 in Richland
County; and Maggie (Rhodes), of Shelby.  George Light served four years
as drummer boy in the Civil War, being too young to enlist for regular
service.  Like his father, he was small of stature but was a man of
prominence wherever he lived, popular and of affable manner. He was a
school teacher a number of years and was sent to the Legislature two
terms  by the Democrats of Putnam County, where he had been engaged in
medical practice for 15 years before locating in Oklahoma.
          Samuel Light made his home in Richland County until he moved
to Shelby, Ohio, where he was employed in operating a jack in the woolen
mills for five years, his machine taking 150 threads.  He also assisted
in the office.  He then engaged in the grocery business with two
partners for about three years and did a large volume of business,
buying and shipping practically all the eggs produced in the vicinity of
Shelby.  In March, 1871, he came to Monroe township, Allen County, and
for 10 years ran a threshing machine here, introducing and operating the
first threshing machine engine in Allen County.  In 1876 he purchased
his present farm of 80 acres in section 23, Monroe township, and the
same spring moved into the log cabin which had been built on the
property.  Since 1881 he has given his entire time to farming and to
improving his place which, under his intelligent methods, has become
twice as productive as is was originally, and never fails to yield good
crops.  He has about 77 acres cleared and has beautified it with
handsome buildings and other improvements.
        Mr. Light has been twice married, his first union being with
Mary N. Hood, a native of Wayne County, Ohio. Two children were born to
this marriage, viz: Sherman, who resides in Monroe township and is the
father of four children; and Emma Catherine, wife of Rev. W. V. Davis,
pastor of the United Brethren Church at Robinson, Utah, and formerly
stationed in Monroe township for 15 years.  Mr. and Mrs. Davis have
three children: Clyde, who is an electrician in the United States Army;
Leo, who is a talented musician; and Virgil E., a minister of the
Gospel.  Mr. Light's present wife was a widow of Jeremiah Hershiser, her
maiden name was Mary Cline.  She had three children by her first union,
the only one living being Mrs. Jennie Bistline, of Williams County,
Ohio.  The second union resulted in the birth of two children: Maggie
Elizabeth, who married Oscar Weaver, of Monroe township, and has five
children; and Carrie Luella, who married Clark Kidd, of Orange township,
Hancock County, and has five children.  Mr. Light is a member of the
United Brethren Church at Columbus Grove and has been an active worker
since his conversion at the age of 23 years.  He was class leader during
the entire eight years he lived at Shelby and has also acted in that
capacity here.  He has been a life long Democrat; has served as justice
of the peace and township treasurer two terms each, and for six years
was an infirmary director.