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Knut Adolph Florine Family

Florine Recalls Early Days
By Mildred Smith


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Knut Florine celebrated his 80th birthday this week from amidst a bower of exotic flowers and a shower of letters and remembrances from many points in this hemisphere.

The flowers, filling nine vases when removed from the boxes, came from Dr. Charlotte Florine in Honolulu, Hawaii. A birthday tie with an embroidered “80” was sent to him by his daughter, Pat and family in Switzerland. Greetings came from widely divergent places where various members of the family live.

The Hawaiian flowers included an orchid spray, vanda orchids, hawn flowers,
bird of paradise, red ginger, anthurium, and a cigar lei plus others we were
unable to identify.

The cigar lei looked as though it was made of flower centers or leaves and could, with proper care, be kept and worn for a long period.

Knut is acquainted with the flora and fauna of Hawaii. He has through the years that Dr. Charlotte has lived there, visited twice – Once for a period of seven months and again for a three month stay.  Dr. Charlotte has been in Hawaii since 1954.


Knut has traveled extensively too, as his children have lived in many parts of the world in pursuing their careers.  Gladys, now Mrs. Herman Flint, taught in government schools for several years, living in many different countries including Africa during that time. She now teaches in Minneapolis.

He has also visited many European countries, especially while Tom was stationed abroad. This included his homeland of Sweden and Denmark, the homeland of his wife.

In addition to Charlotte and Gladys, the Florine family includes: John and Bonnie, deceased; Lucille (Mrs. Art Lorenzen) nurse in Scottsdale Ariz.; Bob, Retired Lt. Col. In Air Force, now farming near Sutherland; Della (Mrs. Bob Moss) Plant City, Fla., an ex-teacher; Lt. Col. Tommy, veterinarian in Army now at Libertyville, Ill.; Patsy (Mrs. Dan Pokorny). Rev. Dan and Patsy Pokorny are now living in Switzerland on an exchange program, ministering to the deaf. He is on leave from Gallaudet College for the Deaf in Washington, D. C.

Mrs. Florine died in 1948. Knut says it was no snap raising 10 children but he adds hastily, “They all worked.” He says the boys did the farming while he operated the store known as “Florine’s Paint Shop” located in the building since remodeled for Don Hankens’ office in Cherokee.


Knut came to the U.S. from Sweden when he was 16 to join his brothers, Bob and Axel, at Cleghorn and Marcus who were in the paint business.

Those were not the most prosperous of times for anyone. Knut says he first farmed in the Larrabee area then moved to the present farm south of Cherokee 30 years ago. He operated the paint shop for 33 years.

He recalls hanging wall paper and painting for 25 cents an hour. He also remembers bringing in wall paper by the semi-truck load and selling it at 12 cents a single roll.  “I paid the first girl I hired, Ruth Banister, $9 a week,” he reported. “No one got rich,” he remarked, “but I made a living.”

Knut is the oldest member of the Cherokee Order of Odd Fellows Lodge. He has been a member for 55 years.

He lives alone on his farm south of Cherokee, doing for himself, “except for cleaning. Bob’s wife does that for me.”


Knut has 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and enjoys the frequent visits of his children and grandchildren. He keeps busy “puttering around” and keeping track of the family in all of their various activities.
(Source: Former Cherokee County Historical Society scrapbook.  Clipping hand dated 1972)



Patricia Louise (Florine) Pokorny

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Click here to see Pat's information she submitted in 1974 for her 20 Year Class Reunion
According to a 1959 news article, Pat Florine, the youngest daughter of K. A. Florine, spent her summer vacation on the home farm 7 miles south and 1.4 east of Cherokee.  She teaches Physical Education, including swimming, at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, located at Vinton, Iowa.  Pat, a 1954 graduate of Washington High, attended Iowa State University for two years and the Iowa State Teachers College two years. Pat planned to return to the Braille School again the next term.

In 1964, the paper contains an engagement announcement:
MISS FLORINE TO WED MINISTER - Knut A. Florine, Cherokee, aannounces the engagement and approaching April 25 wedding of his daughter, Patricia Louise, to Rev. Daniel Harry Pokorny of Indianapolis, Ind., son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pokorny of Maspeth, N.Y. Miss Florine, a graduate of Cherokee High School and Iowa State Teachers College has been teaching at the Indiana School for the Blind in Indianapolis for the past two years. Rev. Pokorny, a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary at St. Louis, MO., is now pastor of Peace Lutheran Church for the Deaf, Indianapolis. Wedding vows will be spoken in English Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Indianpolis, of which Miss Florine is a member. (Source: Cherokee Courier, Feb. 20, 1964)

On November 17,  2008, Patricia died in Indianapolis, IN. of septic shock, due to colitis.

In Memory of the Florine Family

Knut Adolph FlorineAnne Christine (Norgaard) FlorineCharlotte M. FlorineJohn Adolph FlorineLucile Christine (Florine) Lorenzen
Robert Norgaard FlorineGladys (Florine) FlintBonita Eloise (Florine) Jelinek
Dale Richard Florine
Adelia "Della" Rosemond (Florine) Moss
Thomas Edward FlorinePatricia Louise (Florine) Pokorny

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