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Hannah (Likens) McKnight (1908)


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Date: 2/27/2010 at 12:13:32

Winterset Reporter
Thursday, September 10, 1908
Page 6

Mrs. Hannah Likens McKnight Dead

It was a great surprise to the people generally of Winterset when the word came last week announcing the death of Mrs. Hannah McKnight.

About three months ago she broke up housekeeping and went to her daughters at Long Beach, Calif., where she expected to spend her remaining days. At the time she was in better health than she had been for a number of years and her friends were highly expectant that she would live many years in that salubrious cline. But for some reason it did not exactly agree with her and she rapidly went down until death claimed her.

The McKnight home, which is now broken and scattered, was for a great many years one of the leading centers of hospitality in Winterset. The large and spacious stone building which for half a century had domiciled the family was on occasions innumerable, the scene of joyous gatherings, and the entertainment provided for the guests was always considered of the highest standard. Both Mr. and Mrs. McKnight were of a social nature and they knew well how to entertain. The older members of Winterset society will remember the joyous expectancy when a function was announced at the McKnight home. On Dec. 2, 1905, Mr. and Mrs. McKnight celebrated their golden wedding.

The deceased had deep religious convictions and had been a constant attendant of the Winterset Presbyterian church since early womanhood.

Hannah Likens was born in Georgetown, Vermillian county, Ill., May 21, 1832 and died at the home of her daughter at Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 1, 1908. She came to Madison county in 1854 and has made this place her home until the past three months. She was married to W. W. McKnight Dec. 2, 1855, who preceeded her to the better world Feb. 14, 1908. To them seven children were born four of whom survive her. They are Mrs. Sarah Dorr, of San Francisco, Calif., Mrs. Emma McCaughan and Mr. Charles McKnight, of Chicago, and Mrs. Nellie Fritz, of Long Beach, Calif.

The remains arrived here Tuesday evening and the funeral was held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. B. E. S. Ely, of Des Moines, her former pastor. She was laid to her last rest beside her husband in the Rock City cemetery.

Winterset Madisonian
Thursday, September 10, 1908
Page 1, Column 2


Dies at Long Beach on September 1st, Was One of the Early Settlers of this County.

Mrs. W. W. McKnight passed away on Tuesday, September 1st at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Fritz of Long Beach, California. The remains were brought to Winterset the funeral party arriving here on Tuesday of this week. On Wednesday forenoon funeral services conducted by Dr. Ely, the deceased's former pastor, were held from the Presbyterian church and interment made by the side of the husband, who preceded her on February 14th of this year.

Mrs. McKnight, whose maiden name was Hannah Likens, was born in Vermillion county, Illinois, May 21, 1832. She came to Winterset in 1854 and on December 2d of the year 1855 was married to W. W. McKnight. To them were born seven children, four of whom survive the parents. They are: Mrs. Sarah Dorr of San Francisco, Mrs. Fred Fritz of Long Beach, Mrs. Emma McCaughn and Chas. McKnight of Chicago, all of whom were present at the funeral except Mrs. Fritz. Mr. and Mrs. McKnight were among, the very early settlers of the county and were residents of Winterset for more than half a century.

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