Isaac W. Lightner was born at the little village of Medway, Clark County, Ohio, on March 28, 1861. While he was still young his parents removed to the little village of Stringtown, Preble County, Ohio, where he received his education in the district school. After growing to manhood he followed the occupations of farming and teaming. Desiring a change he later removed to Dayton where he followed various forms of employment until appointed to the police force, December 13, 1892. Mr. Lightner is affiliated with the Maccabees and Modern Woodmen. He has a wife, Martha, and two daughters, Cleo and Laura.