|Birth: ||Nov. 23, 1847|
New Hampshire, USA
|Death: ||May 9, 1923|
Son of Andrew B Knowlton, 1822-1893, & Elizabeth M Blake, 1824-?;
In 1874, Charles A. Knowlton and his wife, Mary Jennie Cook Knowlton, moved to Putnam County, Florida from Nashua, New Hampshire. Accompanying the Knowltons were her parents, John M. and Emeline Cook, and his parents, Andrew Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth Blake Knowlton. There were also four other Nashua families involved in settling the area, which they called Woodland. They cleared land, built houses, and, though none of them had any farming experience, planted orange groves. By 1880, there were 15 families living in Pomona, on the shores of Lake Broward.
In successive years, Woodland would go by many names. In autograph books of this period (1878), it was called Crystal Lake. In 1879, one writer called it Lake Broward, but by 1880 it was agreed to call it Pomona. It is now called Pomona Park.
Pomona - In the death of Charles A. Knowlton, which occurred on May 9, 1923, Pomona has lost one of her oldest and most respected citizens.
Mr. Knowlton was born Nov. 23, 1847, and came to Pomona, then called "Woodland," in 1874. He was the first postmaster, and continued in that office until his death, more than forty years. He was also Pomona's first store-keeper. The postoffice and store were then located near the house that has been his residence for well-nigh half a century. He was also tax collector and treasurer of the town, holding the latter office at the time of his death. Mr. Knowlton had engaged in the cultivation of oranges for many years. Devoted to his business, he refused to remain away from the store and office, and stood at his post of duty when most men would have considered it impossible. Quiet and unobtrusive he was known among his friends and those with whom he transacted business as a man of the strictest integrity.
Believing in the old maxim that speech is silver, but silence is golden, he said little but though was much an example to the young men of the present generation.
Mr. Knowlton was a voluminous reader, and kept up with the national and international events of the day. His family and those who were his closest friends knew best his tenderness and kindness of heart.
He was twice married; his first wife, Jennie M. Cook, of Nashua, N.H., died in 1903. The second wife, who survives him, was Grace E. Keown, of DeLand. To the latter union was born one daughter, Miss Edna, now a student in the Palatka High School.
Charles A. Knowlton was laid to rest in the Pomona-Como Cemetery on the afternoon of May 12th. A short service was held at the home, conducted by the pastor of the Pilgrim Congregational Church of this place, Rev. Elizabeth T. Howland. The beautiful flowers, and large number in attendance testified to the esteem in which he was held by this community. Relatives from DeLand and Lakeland and friends from Palatka, Como and San Mateo came to pay their last tribute of love and friendship to one that had known through many years. (Times-Herald Obituary dtd Friday, 18 May 1923.)
Mr. Charles A. Knowlton, for years a prominent citizen of Pomona, passed away at his home Wednesday night. Mr. Knowlton had been in declining health for the past year, and for several months was compelled to give up business and was confined to his home. He was a native of New Hampshire, but about thirty years ago came to Pomona and entered the orange industry. He later opened up a general merchandise store and for years was postmaster at that village. He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Miss Edna Knowlton, to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended. The funeral was held Thursday from the home, the sad service being conducted by Rev. Elizabeth Howland.
The interment took place in Pomona-Como Cemetery. (Times-Herald Obituary dtd Friday, 11 May 1923.)
Lake Como-Pomona Park Cemetery
Plot: L4-4, gr 5
Created by: John Walker Taylor
Record added: Mar 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34451466