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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1933

DEATH CLAIMS ANOTHER CIVIL WAR VETERAN

Civil War Flags.jpg Another of the few remaining veterans of the civil war residing in Ringgold county answered the death summons Friday,January, 27, when Chas. A. KNIGHT passed peacefully away at his home in east Mount Ayr. Mr. KNIGHT had been in declining health for several years and death was due to the gradual wasting away of his physical strength. He was 87 years of age. His death marks the passing of one whose life was a worth example of patriotism and devotion to country. While always reluctant to talk about his army record, close friends recall that in the early days of the civil war, he at the age of 16, enlisted for service, despite the fact he was two years younger than the minimum age prescribed for enlistment, and served until the close of the war. The loyalty manifested during his four years of army service characterized his life as a citizen and his kind and gentle dispositoin endeared him to all his acquaintances.

Funeral services for Mr. KNIGHT were held Sunday afternoon at the Rhoades Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. W. Harold SMITH, pastor of the Church of Christ, and interment was in Rose Hill cemetery.

The following brief biography was read at the service.

Charles A. KNIGHT, son of Richard and Hannah KNIGHT, was born July 12, 1845, in Cleveland, Ohio, and departed this life January 27, 1933, at his home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, at the age of 87 years, seven months and 15 days.

At the age of 16 he enlisted with Company H 129th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and was discharged four years later. During his enlistment in the civil war he was in eight battles and was wounded three times.

When he was 20 years of age he came to Iowa, settling in Mahaska county near Oskaloosa. On the 21st of December, 1872, he was united in marriage to Maggie L. HOLT (sic), of Oskaloosa, Iowa. To this union were born seven children. His wife and four of his children, Lena, Rebecca, Mable and Laura, have preceded him in death.

On January 1st, 1923, he was married to Lora (sic) M. DENNIS and has made his home in Mount Ayr since that time. He has been a resident of Ringgold county for about 60 years. He has been a member of the Christian church since an early age. Mr. KNIGHT has the distinction of being the first man to be baptized after the organization of the Christian church in Mount Ayr.

He leaves to mourn his death a loving wife, three children, Orr KNIGHT of Mount Ayr, Earl KNIGHT of Torrington, Wyo., Mrs. Bernice CALDWELL of Mount Ayr; also thirty grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

NOTE: Maggie L. (HOLT), first wife of Charles A. KNIGHT, was born on February 24, 1851, and died on March 30, 1913 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Laura M. (DENNIS), second wife of Charles A. KNIGHT, was born in 1879, and died in 1950 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery. Orr R. KNIGHT, son of Charles A. and Maggie L. (HOLT), was born on October 18, 1885, and died on February 12, 1958 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery. Bernice (KNIGHT) CALDWELL, daughter of Charles A. and Maggie L. (HOLT) KNIGHT, was born in 1893, and died in 1977 with Rose Hill Cemetery.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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