KNAPP, Samuel H. 1839-1921
KNAPP, SPRAGUE, PIERCE
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/28/2016 at 08:03:32
Samuel H. Knapp Passes Away
Another Grundy County Pioneer Called to His Eternal Rest
At about 1:30 this (Thursday) morning, June 30th, 1921, Mr. S. H. Knapp, one of Grundy Center's oldest and best known citizens, passed into that sleep which knows no awakening.
Mr. Knapp has been in failing health for the past few years and for the past two months he has been in very poor health. A week before his death he took to his bed.
At the time of his death Mr. Knapp was aged 83 years, 1 month and 17 days.
Funeral services will be held from the house at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, Rev. Fred Fisher, of the Methodist church, officiating. The G.A.R. of which Mr. Knapp was a member, will have charge of the services. Burial will be in the Beckman cemetery.
Samuel Henry Knapp was born in Monroeton, Pa., May 13, 1839 and died in Grundy Center, Iowa, June 30, 1921. He was the son of Charles and Amy Knapp and is survived by one sister, Mrs. L. A. Carpenter, of Grundy Center.
In 1856 the family moved to Baileyville, Ill., being one of the first families in what was then a new country. A short time later he entered the Seminary at Mt. Morris, Ill.
While here the Civil war broke out and he was among the first to enlist. So many men answered the first call that he was not accepted but when the second call came he again responded and was accepted.
He remained in the service of his country until discharged for disability.
After the close of the war he attended a business college in Chicago. At this time he joined the Masonic Lodge of which he has been a member fifty-six years.
Upon his return from school he was married to Laura A. Sprague who was teaching the Baileyville school.
For a number of years he handled grain, but later worked the farm.
In 1891 they moved to Grundy Center where he has since resided.
Eight years after moving to Grundy Center not only Mr. Knapp but hosts of new friends were called upon to mourn the loss of his wife.
Six years later he was married to Mrs. Sarah B. Pierce who died two years ago.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 30 June 1921, pg 1
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