R. W. McKnight, filling the office of county clerk, is proving very capable in the discharge of his duties and
has won the commendation of his fellow citizens. He was born near Niagara Falls, New York, on the 14th of May,
1863, a son of George W. McKnight, a native of Scotland. The father was a railroad man and died in Marengo, Iowa,
as the result of injuries received in a wreck. He married Miss Anna Miller, who was born in Germany and is also
deceased. To their union were born six children, of whom our subject is the oldest, the others being: E. W., a
resident of Lacona, Iowa, Frederick and Charles F., both living in Muscatine; Rosa M., the wife of T. Tora, of
Muscatine; and Jessie, who married Scott White, of Tacoma, Washington.
R. W. McKnight accompanied his parents to Marengo in 1868, when he was but five years of age, and received his
education in the local schools. After leaving the Marengo high school he engaged in the lumber business here until
the 1st of January, 1915, when he took office as county clerk. He has readily grasped the details of the work to
be done and has proved prompt, accurate and courteous in the performance of his duties. When he entered the office
he disposed of his lumber business and is giving his undivided time and attention to his work as a county official,
which insures its being done efficiently.
On the 22d of September, 1886, Mr. McKnight married Miss Addie E. Daniels, who was born in Vermont and is a daughter
of Judson and Adelaide (Thompson) Daniels, both deceased. The father was by occupation a farmer. Mr. and Mrs. McKnight
have two children: Ethel A., who married Jacob Vander Zee, a resident of Iowa City; and Rufus D., who is married
and is living in Washington, D. C.
Mr. McKnight has supported the republican party since he became a voter and has been a loyal worker in its ranks.
He is a Presbyterian in his religious belief and fraternally is associated with the Masons, the Knights of Pythias
and the Elks. While in the lumber business he ranked among the men who contribute to the commercial development
of Marengo and met with a gratifying measure of success and since assuming the duties of county clerk he has justified
the confidence of his fellow citizens who elected him to that position of trust.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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