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History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.

Page 882-883

L. C. KNUPP is one of the leading agriculturists of Homer township, where he owns a valuable farm of two hundred and forty acres in section 8. He was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, March 29, 1863, a son of John and Eliza (Cable) Knupp, both yet living, their home being at Garrison, although they have spent the past several months in California. John Knupp was born in Pennsylvania, near Johnstown, in January, 1837, a son of Daniel Knupp, a farmer and stockman in that state, where both he and his wife spent their entire lives. John Knupp attained to manhood's estate in Westmoreland county. He was also married and began life for himself in that state, and finally purchasing the home farm there he continued its operation until coming west, arriving in Benton county on the 12th of September, 1868, with his , wife and son. He secured about a section of land in Monroe township, improved his property and also handled stock quite extensively, and was very successful in his financial operations. It was about ten years ago that he retired and moved to Garrison. He is a stanch Republican in his political affiliations, and has served in various local offices, and both he and his wife are members of the River Brethren church, a church of that denomination having formerly existed in Monroe township. Mrs. Knupp was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, June 14, 1839, a daughter of Henry Cable, of an old Pennsylvania family, and Mrs. Knupp is the only one of this family to come to Benton county, although another daughter is living in Kansas, where she was also reared and married. L. C. Knupp was the first born of his parents' thirteen children, and the six sons now living are: Daniel, an abstractor at Vinton; Joseph, a farmer near that place; Samuel, in the government employ at the navy yard at Bremerton, Washington; Noah, attending the University of Iowa at Iowa City, and also an instructor there; and Adam, a farmer near Vinton. Noah Knupp was awarded a year's scholarship at the University of Iowa for proficiency in his studies of liberal arts in that institution. A sister, Emma, died at the age of twenty years, and the remainder of the children died in infancy.

L. C. Knupp was reared in Benton county, receiving a common school training, and he has devoted his life thus far to agricultural pursuits and the handling of good grades of stock. He married here in 1887 Miss Minnie Kinderfather, born in Cook county, Illinois, in 1866, a daughter of Fred and Christena (Coleman) Kinderfather. both born in Hessen, Germany, and coming to this country when young they were married in Cook county. Illinois, and were farming people there. Coming to Benton county. Iowa, in the spring of 1869 they located in Monroe township, but after many years they retired from farm work and moved to Dysart in 1896. A few years after this, on account of ill health, they gave up their home and lived with their children until death, Fred Kinderfather dying in June of 1909, when eighty-two years of age, and his wife Christena died on the 18th of March, 1900, when about seventy-two years of age. They were member of the River Brethren church. Mrs. Knupp is one of their six children, five daughters and a son, namely: Mrs. Charles Thiele, of Dysart; Mrs. John Grimes, of Garrison; Mrs. Charles Goken, of Dysart; Mrs. Ernest Breneisen, of Topeka, Kansas. The only son, Carl Kinderfather, died at the age of twenty years, soon after the family located in Benton county. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Knupp, manda S., Vernon and Floyd. Mr. Knupp is a member of the Republican party, and he is serving as both the director and president of the board of district No. 3, Homer township. Mr. and Mrs. Knupp are members of the Rogerville Methodist Episcopal church in Homer township.

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