Biography of Herbert D. Knight
Riverside County, CA Biographies





HERBERT D. KNIGHT
A short distance from the shores of Lake Ontario and in close proximity also to the islands whose picturesque scenery have given fame to the St. Lawrence river, the Knight family lived and labored for several generations and earned their livelihoods mainly through the tilling of the soil near Kingston in Frontenae county on the Canadian side of the water. A soil none too fertile and a climate none too genial developed within them powers of courage, perseverance and endurance, but proved obstacles of such power that attainment of worldly wealth was impossible and a continuous struggle was necessary in order to provide the necessities of existence. Into such surroundings Stephen Knight was born in 1853 and such also were the early associations of his wife, Margaret; nor did their circumstances change with their marriage. The most indefatigable exertion was necessary in order to provide for their family. It was finally decided to remove to Southern California and in 1888 the family settled in Riverside. Besides the subject of this sketch the children in the parental family were James S., rancher; Bessie, Annie and John F., all residents of Riverside, and the youngest a native of this city. The mother of these children died at the family home in Riverside in November, 1905.

The first business in which Stephen Knight became interested was the management of a livery barn, which he bought and conducted at Riverside. After conducting the business with fair succeeds he disposed of it and from that time until 1901 he carried on a hardware store in this city. Upon selling out his stock of goods he turned his attention to the feed and fuel business and remained so engaged until November, 1907, the date of his death. During the years of his residence in this city he won many warm friends and recognition as a business man of high character and upright principles. Movements for local advancement met his ardent support and he proved himself to be progressive and public spirited in civic affairs.

Herbert D. Knight was born in Kingston, Canada, in August, 1882, and therefore was just ready to enter public school when the family settled in Riverside. After his school days were over he began to serve an apprenticeship to the plumber's trade, at the age of eighteen years, and continued at the same until he had acquired a thorough mastery of all details, when he began to work for wages. Continued experience increased his skill in the occupation and now he ranks as one of the most capable plumbers in the county. During August of 1907 he became a member of the firm of Potter

Knight and has since built up a large business in apparatus for plumbing, heating and ventilating, besides taking contracts for such work. Various substantial and elegant residences have been piped under his supervision and in every instance the owners have expressed satisfaction with the character of the work, whether in the line of plumbing or in the equipment for heating. Ever since he started out to learn the trade he has been so deeply engrossed with his chosen occupation that he has had no leisure for participation in public affairs nor has he taken part in any fraternal activities, aside from those connected with the local lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias. In the circle of young people he enjoys enviable popularity and among all ages and every class he has a large number of well wishers who have witnessed with interest his energetic and capable application to business.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

NAVIGATION

Riverside County, CA
Biographies

Online
Biographies

New York
Histories

New York
Biographies

Maine
Histories

Pennsylvania
Histories

Pennsylvania
Biographies

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012