FRANK E. KNIGHT.
One of the most interesting records relating to the development of the farms of Solana county is that of Frank
E. Knight, who, with keen foresight and a vision of future possibilities, took a vast tract of land, a large portion
of which had been considered practically worthless, and by the exercise of heroic measures and the expediture of
considerable money created one of the finest ranches in the southwestern part of the county, now abundantly reaping
the fruits of his investment of time, labor and funds. Mr. Knight is a native of California and was born in Humboldt
county on the 22d of November, 1871, a son of Andrew H. and Mary J. (Parkinson) Knight. Andrew H. Knight crossed
the plains in 1850, going to Oregon, and then, at the age of eighteen years, he started to walk down the coast.
He walked chiefly at night and rested during the daytime, thus avoiding the extreme heat, and at length reached
Humboldt county, where he remained for two years. He then went to Australia and after spending fourteen years there
returned to his former location in Humboldt county. In 1902 he came to Solana county, locating on a ranch on the
Napa road, and there he spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring in 1907. He is survived by Ms widow,
who is now over eighty one years old.
Frank E. Knight obtained his education in the public schools of Humboldt county and remained on the home ranch
until he was twenty three years of age, when he engaged in the creamery and dairy business in that county. About
1904 he came to Solana county and bought seven thousand acres adjoining Vallejo, a large part of which was tidewater
land. In Border to redeem this tract and render it arable he was compelled to construct a vast system of dykes
to keep back the tides, and when this was accomplished there was available a fine area of land which had hitherto
been absolutely worthless. Altogether Mr. Knight spent about eighty thousand dollars in this redemption work, but
it proved a good investment, and his efforts have been well rewarded.
Mr. Knight was married to Miss Lottie L. Randall, of Santa Cruz, California, and they are the parents of three
children, Randall Frank, Mildred and Rawson. Mr. Knight is independent in his political views, voting according
to the dictates of his judgment as to men and measures. He is eminently public spirited and has long been regarded
as one of the representative men of his county.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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