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Description: A Sudden Summons Death of William N. Knabe, for Many Years a Resident of Laramie

Date: January 16 1890

Newspaper published in: Laramie, WY

Page/Column: Page 4

A Sudden Summons Death of William N. Knabe, for Many Years a Resident of Laramie

William N. KNABE, a young man well known both here and at Cheyenne, died suddenly at Baker City, Oregon, Wednesday evening.

KNABE came to Wyoming from Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1871, when quite young. He entered the employ of the Union Pacific at Laramie and much of the time until 1875 he was a locomotive fireman. For a while, however, he worked in the hardware store of C. R. LEROY. In 1875 he engaged in the printing business with E. A. SLACK on the Laramie Sun and went with the latter to Cheyenne. He returned to Laramie in 1878 and worked on the Sentinel until the beginning of 1880. He was subsequently employed on the Cheyenne Leader for a year and a half and on the Boomerang for two or three years and for some time he owned a half interest in the Boomerang job office.

In 1882 he made up his mind to go to California, and in company with Will KEMMIS of this city went to San Francisco. Soon after arriving there KEMMIS died and KNABE brought the remains back to Laramie, his California experience having had the saddest of endings.

In 1884, KNABE went to Cheyenne and formed a partnership with S. A. BRISTOL in the job printing and bookbinding business. He withdrew from the firm about six months ago and having passed the necessary examination, was appointed to the railway mail service about a month ago. His run was from Green River, Wyoming, to Baker City, Oregon. In the course of his duties he contracted a severe cold which settled into pneumonia. The announcement of his death was the first intimation any of his friends had that he had been ill. He was 36 years old and a member of the Knights of Pythias.

In the latter part of 1884 the deceased was married in this city to Miss Rebecca WHITESIDE of Pennsylvania. She survived him together with two children. Mr. KNABE was thrifty, hard working and highly esteemed by his friends. He owned considerable property in Cheyenne and Laramie and this with his life insurance will leave his wife in good circumstances.

Submitted: 11/06/12 (Edited 11/06/12)

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