Biography of Clair K. Light
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Clair K. Light, a leading citizen of Oswego, enjoys prominence in the business life of the North Country as vice president of the Diamond Match Company. He was born in New York City, Aug. 12, 1880, the son of M. K. and Mary Jane (Kidd) Light.

M. K. Light was born at Lebanon, Pa., where he spent his early life and received his education. He became prominent in business at that place, and died in 1921. His wife, who was born at Baltimore, Md., died in 1929. They are buried at Lebanon and Oswego, respectively. Mr. Light was a Republican throughout his life and held membership in the Episcopal Church. Clair K., the subject of this sketch, was the only child born to Mr. and Mrs. Light.

After his graduation from York (Pa.) High School, Clair K. Light attended Patrick's Business College there. He began his business career in the offices of the York Match Company, and in 1899 came to Oswego to enter the employ of the Diamond Match Company. He began work in the company's factory and through hard work and steady advancement, he became manager in 1913, being elected vice president of the concern in 1922. He is also in complete charge of production.

In 1903 Mr. Light married Miss Louise Eddy, of Oswego, the daughter of Dr. J. W. and Hannah (Eggelston) Eddy, the former a native of Williamson and the latter of Henderson, N. Y. Both are deceased and are buried at Oswego.

Politically Mr. Light is a Republican, and he is a member of the Harbor and Dock Commission of Oswego. He and his wife hold membership in the Episcopal Church, and he belongs to the Oswego Country Club. They maintain their residence at 105 Fourth Street, Oswego, and also have a summer fishing camp at Redfield, N. Y.

Alexander Kidd, maternal grandfather of Mr. Light, served throughout the Civil War and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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