06 July 2012

Obituary: Andrew Knowles

This obituary comes from the same day's paper as our previous obituary.  But this is a man with a different background and different life.  While previously a farmer, he was retired and living in the village at the time of his death.  
From the pages of the 1 November 1917 Fremont TimesIndicator:

Andrew A. Knowles was born in New Lime, Ashtabula county, Ohio, August 15, 1844 and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Hewitt.  in Brunswick, Mich., October 21, 1917, aged 73 years.
He was married to Miss Ida Tucker of Unionville Ohio, and moved to Pentwater, Mich. in 1865.  To this union two children were born, his wife dying in 1871. 
He was married to Josephine Freeman of Gobleville, Mich. in 1873, they coming north in 1879 and purchasing the farm seven miles north of Hesperia on which farm they lived until fives years ago when they moved to the village of Hesperia.  He with Mrs. Knowles was visiting his daughter at the time of his death. 
He leaves to mourn their loss, a wife, two daughters, Mrs. Wm. Sellman of Ashtabula, Ohio, Mrs. George Hewitt of Brunswick, Mich., five sons, Asa of Bedford, Ohio, Albert and Edson of Hesperia, Guy of Klondike, Ray of Grand Rapids.  Also three brothers, Thomas of Walkerville, Almond of Volney, Elmer of White Swan, Washington, several grandchildren and a host of distant relatives and friends.

One thing I noticed while typing this up was that the author of this obituary, as opposed to last week, author, never spelled out Michigan in full.  It was always Mich. and never spelled out completely.  Also unmentioned is that after his first wife died, he apparently moved south, possibly to Gobleville.  I don't know if it is present day Gobles or not, which is south, but since he and his second wife later moved north to Hesperia in 1879, which is south of Pentwater, he had to make a move sometime.  I also wonder if he also came to Michigan via the Great Lakes, since Pentwater is another west coast town, and Ashtabula is on Lake Erie.

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