Ephraim Light, well known citizen of Calistoga, Napa county, who is now living retired after a long and active
business career, was born in Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, on the 20th of October, 1852, and is a son of Adam and
Susan (Sane) Light, both of whom also were natives of the old Keystone state. The father, mother and four sons
came to California in 1858, by way of the Isthmus of Panama, having sailed down the Atlantic to the isthmus on
the steamer Moses Taylor and having come from the isthmus to San Francisco on the Golden Age. They proceeded to
Plumas county, this state, where for sixteen years they ran a dairy business. On May 13, 1874, they came to Napa
county and established the first vineyard ranch south of Calistoga, and there they remained for eight years. The
father also owned another ranch north of Calistoga. On the latter place Ephraim Light started in the vineyard business,
growing grapes and making wine, his first wine being made in 1885. He was eminently successful in this enterprise
and conducted it for mangy years. He developed the property into a valuable ranch and continued to live there until
about four years ago, when he deeded it to his three sons and, retiring from further active business, established
himself in a comfortable and attractive home in Calistoga, where he now lives, enjoying the rest to which his years
of labor have so richly entitled him. The first geyser struck in the Napa valley was on his ranch.
Mr. Light has for many years taken a deep interest and an active part in the public affairs of his community. He
has always been a stanch supporter of the republican party and in 1916 was a delegate to the republican national
convention at Chicago, which nominated Charles E. Hughes for the presidency. He served as a member of the board
of supervisors of Napa county for two terms, from 1899 to 1907, was a trustee of the Calistoga grammar school for
twenty four years and for twelve years was a trustee of the Calistoga union high school. He also was a director
of the Stenns Bank in Calistoga. Fraternally he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Independent.
Order of Odd Fellows.
Mr. Light was married to Miss Alice C. Caroway, who was born and reared in Iowa, and they became the parents of
three sons, E. E., L. E. and W. T.; and a daughter, Mabel E., now deceased.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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