Biography of Samuel Knier

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Samuel Knier is a son of Jeremiah and Sarah (Hopper) Knier, native of Perry County, Ill. His father came to La Salle County and embarked in the cooper business at Ottawa when there were but one or two small stores in the place. in 1852 he purchased land in what is now Otter Creek Township. Mr. and Mrs. Knier are the parents of twelve children ten of whom lived to maturity. Mr. Knier afterward engaged in the mercantile business at Marseilles and failed. He then removed to Clay County, Kan., where he died in the fall of 1883. He and his wife were members of the United Brethren church. Samuel Knier, whose name heads this sketch, enlisted in 1862 in Company F, One Hundred and Fourth Illinois Infantry. He participated at Hunterville where he was captured with the whole brigade and imprisoned at Columbus, Ohio. In the spring of 1863, he was sent to the front, and Sept. 20, 1863, he was at the battle of Chickamauga, where he was taken prisoner. He was at Atlanta three months, Belle Island two months and at Andersonville Prison from the suring of 1864 to the following spring, where he endured terrible hardships. He was discharged at the close of the war and mustered out at Springfield. He was married in 1867 to Susan Corner, daughter of John Corner. They have four children - Laura, Ralph E., Samuel F. and Lillian A. Mr. Knier has a fine farm of 160 acres, all of which is under a high state of cultivation. Politically he is a Republican. At present he is serving as Township Collector.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886