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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Samuel "Sam" Lightwood

Sam Lightwood

Sam Lightwood was born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. He spent his youth in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1950 from Millersville Teachers College with a BS in Elementary Education. He joined his brother in Alaska, working as a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) teacher. In 1960, Sam and Marian Lightwood got married and lived in Girdwood for a year before moving to Kenny Lake, Alaska to stake their homestead claim at 6 1/2 Mile Edgerton Road. Together they faced the challenge of Alaska homesteading to carve out a unique life amidst the beauty of the Wrangell Mountains. Sam made his living homesteading, teaching, and running a local newspaper. For more about Sam Lightwood, please see his obituary in the Anchorage Daily News newspaper.

Date of Birth:
Dec 27, 1927
Date of Death:
Jul 28, 2012
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