J. M. KNOTE, merchant, Springfield; dealer in ready made clothing and gents' furnishing goods, No. 5 East Main
street. He was born in Franklin Co., Ind., Aug. 22, 1846; is the son of Samuel and Margaret Knote; he remained
in Franklin County until the fall of 1852, when he came to Clark Co., Ohio, with his mother, his father having
died Jan. 23 of that year; after remaining in Clark County one year, he removed to Preble Co., Ohio, where he remained
three years, working on a farm; he then returned to Clark County and continued at farm labor until the spring of
1860, when his mother moved to Springfield; he continued to labor on a farm during the summer season, and attended
school in the winter, acquiring the rudiments of an education. In 1862, he began work in the shops of Springfield,
and in 1864 accepted a clerkship in the clothing house of B. & W. Frankle, with whom he remained eight years;
afterward, he served with Straus & Bro., and at the end of one year this firm gave him an interest in the store;
he continued in this partnership until 1878, when he opened business on his own account, and has so continued.
His integrity and business tact have won for him an enviable reputation wherever he is known; his boyhood had been
an index of his character in after years, for diligence and frugality had characterized his early life, helping
to support his widowed mother from his meager earnings. He is a Past Grand and one of the Trustees of Ephraim Lodge,
No. 146; a Patriarch of Mad River Encampment, No. 16, I. O. O. F.; he is also a Past Scribe of Lagonda Tribe, No.
61, I. O. R. M. In 1877, he was elected a member of the City Council from Second Ward; this position he filled
with great acceptability, and he was accordingly reelected in 1879. He was Secretary of the English Lutheran Sunday
School of this city for eighteen months, and has been Librarian of said Sunday school for the past four years.
He married, in June, 1879, Miss Lillie V. McBride, daughter of Rev. Jacob C. and Matilda McBride; they have one
child, Mrs. J. M. Knote was born in Logan Co., Ohio.
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