Cultural Objects, Photos and Documents
Light Family Scrapbook
PeopleAssociated Person: Jasper Light
Associated Person: Lillian E. Light
PlacesSimpsons (Locust Grove District), the Philippines, Roanoke, Virginia, and various other places
Paper, mixed media
- Length: 10 inches
- Width: 12 inches
- Depth (before use): 4 inches
This purchased scrapbook bulges with letters, photographs, telegrams, sympathy cards, a fifth grade report card, poetry, newspaper clippings, wedding announcements, graduations, football games, military service, and other papers marking family milestones. The opening page includes “Dedicated to the memory of Jasper Light (1873-1942) and Lillian E. Light (1875-1953)” along with a condensation of the poem “Look To This Day” by Sanskrit poet Kalidasa.
Jasper Light was the son of schoolmaster Samuel Jackson Light and Salina Elizabeth Link Light. He married Lillian Evans Livingston who was the daughter of William and Mary Evans. Jasper was well known as the mail carrier in Locust Grove. The Lights had six sons and a daughter. The majority of items in this scrapbook feature their descendants.
Their son Newton H. Light was a career Marine who survived the Bataan Death March after being taken prisoner by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. The scrapbook contains a handwritten note from his commanding officer, telegrams, and the newspaper clipping announcing his death in 1951.
Brownlow Light (1861-1947), a brother to Jasper, was an esteemed school teacher and postmaster in the Locust Grove area. His teaching career and educational influence is fully documented on pages 203-205 in Sarah Simmons’s 1987 dissertation, “The Development of Schooling in Floyd County, Virginia 1831-1900,” Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.