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Samuel "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.