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Obituary of Joseph W. Knouff

Posted By on May 26, 2014


The following obituary of Joseph W. Knouff appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 15 April 1902.


Special to the Patriot

Enders, 14 April 1902 — Joseph W. Knouff, who has been critically ill for the last four weeks, died on Thursday night and was buried in Fair Cemetery on Sunday.  Revs. J. E. Francis and A. J. Lyeter, of Harrisburg, officiating.  Mr. Knouff was fifty-four years old.  He was the youngest man that had enlisted in the late war of the rebellion from this place.  He served more years as Constable of Jackson Township than any other man.  He as also a successful auctioneer in former years, taught school several terms and served the township as tax collector, and his honest and veracity were unquestioned.  He leaves a wife, sister to Isaiah R. Enders, of Harrisburg, and one son, J. B. Knouff.

Those who attended the funeral from a distance were James Rakestraw and wife of Williamsport; Isaiah T. Enders, J. Witmyer and daughter, S. Malich and wife, Amos Enders and wife, Uriah F. Enders and daughter, Cora Enders, of Harrisburg; Harry Knouff and wife of Tower City; Curtin E. Matter and wife, Hezekiah F. Matter and wife, of Millersburg; James Enders and wife, W. C. Enders and wife, C. E. Rettinger and wife, Daniel Rettinger and wife of Lykens; Joseph Siders and wife, Mrs. George Kreiner, Mr. and Mrs W. Griphith, of Williamstown.

In 1900, Mr. Knouff was cited in a 9 May 1900 news brief in the Patriot which commended him for his quick and timely action:


Joseph W. Knouff, the Constable, with a gang of men, was fighting the mountain fires in the northern part of Jackson Township.  His timely presence on the scene saved some of the farmers’ buildings, which otherwise would have been destroyed.

Previously on this blog, Joseph W. Knouff was featured in a post on the Knouff Family Civil War veterans of Enders and Millersburg.

Joseph is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Enders.


The news clippings are from the on-line resources of the Free Library of Philadelphia.


One Response to “Obituary of Joseph W. Knouff”

  1. I just discovered this blog and Joseph W. Knouff is my Great-Great Grandfather. My Grandfather ‘s name is Joseph W. Knouff..who was a school teacher in Camden NJ and taught Latin. His career took him to be Administrative Assistant Principal of Davis High School. He was born ion Oct 31, 1900…and married Helen Rickabaugh Knouff. My father’s name was James Byron Knouff born July 8 , 1924.
    I just happened to Google my Grandfather’s name…and to my surprise…this Civil War blog came up. I am excited to continue learning more. I have many stories and hope to share my knowledge. Hope to hear from you. Thank you . Cynthia Knouff

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