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Charles E. Knee

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Charles E. Knee

Posted: 28 Oct 2002 12:24AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 3 Nov 2002 10:33AM GMT
Surnames: Knee, Yaughgar, Downs, Brown, Gretzinger
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 530-31


Charles E. Knee. In the essentially and useful career of Charles E. Knee there is to be found a lesson for the youth of any land, especially those who are struggling with unfavorable circumstances in their desire for position and fortune. Left fatherless by the Civil war when still a child, he has known adversity and from boyhood has learned self-reliance, and through indomitable energy and tireless industry has made a place for himself among the substantial men of his community. Mr. Knee, who is Rural Free Delivery Carrier of Route No. 2, Andrews, makes his home in this city. He is an Indianaian by birth, having first seen the light of day, May 26, 1857, at Litchfield, Montgomery county, and is a son of Valentine and Rachel (Yaughgar) Knee.

Valentine Knee was born in Indiana and was a man of sturdy and industrious habits, in modest circumstances, but with a comfortable home, a good wife, and a family of bright, intelligent children. There were many excuses he could have given for not going to the front during the dark days of the Civil War, but when he saw his country’s honor threatened by Secession, he bravely shouldered his musket and marched away from home as a member of the Seventy-fifth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He never returned to his home or his loved ones, as on the bloody field of Chickamauga he met a soldier’s death. There were five children in his family, of whom three are still living at this time: Charles E., of this review; J. J., who is in the employ of the Wabash Railroad; and S. M., who is chief clerk of the offices of the Wabash Railroad at Danville, Illinois. Mrs. Knee still survives her husband and is living at her home in Andrews.

Charles E. Knee was a babe of one year when he was brought by his parents to Huntington county, and was but six years old when his father was killed. The brave mother managed to keep her little family together, and gave the children the best educational advantages she could afford, rearing them to habits of industry and honesty. Mr. Knee attended the public schools of Andrews to some extent, but the greater part of his education came from the schools of hard work and experience, and one of his earliest lessons was the value of a dollar. He made the most of his opportunities, accepted whatever honorable employment came his way, and wisely invested his earnings in valuable real estate, so that today he is a large landholder. In 1883 he was married to Miss Mary Downs, and to this union there have come two children: Mabel, who became the wife of Frank Brown of Andrews; and Lawrence E., a graduate of the Andrews High school. Mrs. Knee died June, 1894, and Mr. Knee was married (second) to Miss Anna Gretzinger, who was born in Dallas township, Huntington county, Indiana, and educated in the public schools. Mr. and Mrs. Knee have one daughter: Florence, born February 11, 1909. Mrs. Knee is a devoted member of the Christian church, and has been active in its work at various times. Fraternally, Mr. Knee is connected with Antioch Lodge No. 410, F. & A. M., Andrews Chapter No. 110, R. A. M., Andrews Council No. 64, R. & S. M., of which he is high priest and thrice illustrious master; and Golden Rule Lodge of the Knights of Pythias, at Andrews. A republican in his political views, he served as deputy assessor of Dallas township for a long period and as truant officer of Huntington county for five years. He passed the Civil Service examination and was appointed mail carrier on Rural Free Delivery Route No. 2.

Mr. Knee has always been a very popular and influential citizen of his community, and his course in life has been ever such as to commend him to the confidence and regard of those with whom he comes into contact, whether in business or social circles.

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