LIGHTER, Jacob H. 1831-1883
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Date: 12/27/2015 at 22:38:37
Sudden Death of J. H. Lighter
Died--At his residence in Melrose Tp. near Alice, Grundy county, Iowa, on Sunday morning, April 15th, 1882[sic], of stone in the gall bladder, Mr. Jacob H. Lighter, aged 52 years lacking three days.
The funeral services were held at the Alice church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and was conducted by J. H. Basore assisted by Rev's Klein and Sherbon.
Mr. Lighter was born in the State of Maryland, April 18, 1831, and removed to Carroll county, Illinois, when comparatively a young man. Was joined in wedlock with Miss Sarah Strickler, September 14, 1852; made a public profession of religion the same year; was baptized and joined the church at Mt. Carroll, of which he was shortly afterward elected an elder.
He continued in that capacity until 1864, when, with other of his neighbors, he removed to Grundy county, Iowa, where he again became identified with the religious work under the labors of Rev. J. M. Klein at Alice and upon the organization of a church at that place was again chosen elder. He continued in that capacity until the time of his death. He was also an enthusiastic worker in the Sunday School; a genuine Christian; always working for the best interests of his Master, and the good of humanity.
Mr. Lighter never failed to represent his church in the annual eldership day during the seventeen years of his life in Iowa. He was also a delegate to nearly all the general elderships, and at the time of his death he held the responsible position of treasurer of the Iowa Eldership.
As a neighbor he was highly esteemed and naught can be said against him. In the death of J. H. Lighter our county has lost a valuable citizen.
A short time before he died Rev. J. H. Klein had a conversation with him. He expressed himself as being ready to die, and said: "If it is the Master's will, I am ready," feeling that he had a strong hope of a happy entrance to his Heavenly home.
The deceased leaves a wife and 8 children (two girls and six boys) to mourn his loss. They have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.
--The Grundy County Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 April 1883, pg 4
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