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Knowlton, A.S. 1852-1944

KNOWLTON, SWEETSER, FREAME

Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 10/25/2011 at 10:57:29

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
January 11, 1944

ALVAH KNOWLTON CLAIMED BY DEATH
Among First Settlers In Fredonia Township

Miss Josephine Winslow of this city was notified Saturday of the death of her uncle, A. S. Knowlton, 92, at Medical Lake, Wash., where he lived of late years. Mr. Knowlton was a well-known former resident here and was one of the early settlers in Fredonia township. On retiring from the farm he lived in LeMars. He died at the home of a sister, Wednesday, January 5.

Alvah Sweetser Knowlton was born near Rockland, Maine, March 6, 1852, and was the eldest son of William G. and Nancy W. (Sweetser) Knowlton. His parents left Maine in 1853, moving to Port Huron, Mich. His father died in 1865 and the widowed mother and five children moved to Keokuk, Iowa, where they resided two years and then lived in Black Hawk county three years. They came to Plymouth county in 1870 where his mother homesteaded land in Fredonia township and the family developed a fine farm and home. Alvah Knowlton was united in marriage with Helen A. Freame February 5, 1885, and they lived on the place his mother homesteaded until 1923, when they moved into Seney. Mrs. Knowlton passed away May 9, 1926. Mr. Knowlton lived in LeMars after that for a time and then went to Washington.

Surviving are a brother, Roscoe H. Knowlton, of Fairfield, Idaho, and a sister, Mrs. Eugenia L. Wilson of Medical Lake, Washington, and a number of nieces and nephews. Josephine Winslow of this city is one of the nieces. Mr. Knowlton, although quiet and reserved, was widely known among the earlier residents and held in high esteem by friends in the community.

Final arrangements for the funeral were not completed last evening, but will probably be Thursday afternoon at 2:30 in the Mauer Funeral Chapel. Rev. W. M. Hubbard of the First Methodist church will conduct the service and members of the Seney quartette will render music. Burial will be at Seney.

The remains will be accompanied to LeMars by Fred Winslow of Spokane, Wash., a brother of Miss Winslow.


 

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