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Knapp, Myron C. 1881-1933


Posted By: The Larsons
Date: 11/4/2011 at 03:05:55

Myron C. Knapp
Myron Clark Knapp was born June 8, 1881, at McGregor, Iowa, and died at his home in McGregor, Sept. 18, 1933, aged 52 years, 3 months and 10 days. Thus, his whole life has been spent in this community.

On April 21, 1904 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Kadlec, also of McGregor. To them were born eight children, all of whom are left to mourn. They are: Mrs. Deva Ross, Mrs. Donna Noggle, Della, Erma, Marie, and three sons, Elmer, Clifton and Harry George. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Ida Kicherer of Minneapolis and Mrs. Betheny Brotherton of Gerry, N.Y., also four brothers, Arthur, Milo and John of Marquette and Eugene of Elkader.

Mr. Knapp was a quiet hard working man. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad Co., for many years. Then he worked for the Dauben[paper torn] Lumber and Coal Co. It was [paper torn] working for them that he was hurt in an accident from which he never fully recovered.

Mr. Knapp was a good neighbor, a kind husband and father. The whole community extends their sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our neighbors and friends for the many kindnesses shown us during our recent bereavement.
Mrs. Myron Knapp

Shoots Wife, Then Commits Suicide - Myron Knapp Kills Self; Believed to Be Temporarily Deranged

Myron Knapp, father of eight children, early Monday morning, shot and seriously injured his wife and then took his own life.

Mrs. Knapp, with a bullet wound in her left lung, has a 50-50 chance to recover.

Funeral services for Mr. Knapp were held yesterday.

The double shooting occurred at about 6:30 o'clock Monday morning, as Mr. Knapp was about to leave for Edgewood, where he had been working on a county highway with a road gang.

Mrs. Knapp was preparing breakfast when her husband suggested that she and the two younger children make the trip with him. She refused, saying that it was necessary for the children to go to school. "I'll fix that," Mr. Knapp is reported to have said, leaving the room. A few minutes later he returned with his .38 calibre revolver. He shot his wife through the lower part of the neck, the bullet glancing downward, through the left lung. Then he turned the gun on himself, firing the bullet through the throat, upward through the head. He was dead before the children, sleeping upstairs, reached the kitchen. Mrs. Knapp was rushed to the McGregor hospital.

Authorities were notified of the shooting. No inquest will be held, it was announced. Knapp who several years ago suffered a fractured skull when the team he was driving ran away, was believed to have been temporarily deranged. Neighbors say that his actions were queer at times during the past month and it is believed the old injury was affecting his mind.

He is survived by eight children, five of whom were at home during the attempted murder and suicide. They are: Della, Irma, Clifton, Marie and Harry, at home; Elmer, living on a farm near McGregor; Mrs. Donna Noggle, of Prairie du Chien; and Mrs. Deva Ross who recently moved from McGregor.

~scrapbook clipping, hand-dated 1933

~Note: buried in Pleasant Grove cemetery


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