Biography: Albert and Harry Lightcap

The biography of Albert and Harry Lightcap, sons of George and Rhoda (Herod) Lightcap, appeared in “Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana” published by Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago, 1894, p. 407.

LIGHTCAP BROTHERS. This well-known firm, which is engaged in the sale of clothing, hats and gents’ furnishing goods generally, is composed of Harry and Bert Lightcap, who are wide-awake, pushing and enterprising young business men, destined to make their mark in the commercial world.  This business was established in July 1893 and is conducted in a two-story brick building, 24×80 feet, which was erected in the spring of 1893 by George Lightcap, at a cost of about $3,500.

These gentlemen carry a stock of goods valued at about $10,000 and do annual business of some $15,000 which is remarkable for the short time that they have been in business.  Harry Lightcap, the senior member of the firm, was born in North Judson, Indiana June 24 1871 was here reared and educated and consequently he has the interests of his natal place warmly at heart.  His early life was passed in the mercantile establishment belonging to his father during which time he obtained such a thorough knowledge of commercial life that although young in years he was old in experience and was eminently fitted to commence business for himself at the time he did.  He has resided in Starke County all his life with the exception of two years which were spent in Nebraska and California.  He is a member of the 100F, the Sons of Veterans and politcally is a Republican.

Bert Lightcap, the junior member of the firm, is also a product of North Judson.  His birth occurring on the 30th of November 1872.  His early educational training was obtained in the public school of his birthplace, after which he finished his education in the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparasio, which institution he attended two terms.  From the time he was twelve years of age, he assisted his father in the store and like his brother acquired an excellent knowledge of the mercantile trade.  He and his brother have a well selected and complete line of goods, are courteous and attentive to their patrons, and that a bright future is before them cannot be doubted.  He is a member of the K of P, the Sons of Veterans and in politics is a staunch Republican.

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