CHARLES W. LIGHTHILL, alderman of the fifth ward of Allegheny city, Pa., was born in the ward in 1835. His father,
John Lighthill, died in 1880, and his mother, Nancy Lighthill, died in 1897. Charles was educated in the John
Kelley and first ward schools, and upon leaving school was apprenticed to a coach builder. After learning his trade,
he worked two years at it in New Haven, Conn., but at the end of that time came back to Allegheny city, where he
obtained a position on the river as a ship carpenter. He followed this occupation for four years, and then for
about the same length of time was engaged on the Pittsburg wharf. After leaving this place, he followed the river
for ten or twelve years, floating coal to the south. This coal trade was divided into two periods, before and after
the Civil war. During the war he worked for the United States at Bridgeport, Ala., building boats for the use of
the government. Since the war he has worked at various occupations, but the greater part of his time for several
years was spent on the river, being made a master in 1880. For ten or twelve years he was in the employ of the
Lindsey & McCutcheon iron works. His first election to the office of alderman was in 1872, serving five years.
He was again elected alderman in 1899, and continues in that position, his offices being at No. 1237 Ridge Ave.
In the meantime he served four years as a member of the common council of Allegheny city. When he was about twenty
four years of age he was married to Miss Caroline Fergeson, of Washington county, Pa., and they have two children,
Sarah and Sidney C, Lighthill. Mr. Lighthill is one of the leading republicans of the fifth ward, taking an active
interest in all questions affecting the public welfare. His wide experience has made him a good judge of human
nature, and he is rarely mistaken in his estimates of men.
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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