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 Cora <I>Clute</I> McKnight

Cora Clute McKnight

Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Death 17 Dec 1926 (aged 88)
Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Burial Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 32118276 · View Source
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Cora is said to have been the first white child born in Nacogdoches.

Mrs. Felix McKnight, one of the oldest and most widely known and revered ladies of Nacogdoches died at her home in Irion hill which is also the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. Murphy. She was Miss Cora Clute and was born in Nacogdoches in a log house on North street just south of Hospital street. Her father, John R. Clute, moved to Texas from New York and settled in Nacogdoches, later living in Douglass.

Mrs. McKnight married in Douglass, where family lived for years, and there all her children were born and reared. Those surviving her are Mrs. P.M. Sanders and Mrs. M.H. Murphy of Nacogogdoches; John R. McKnight of Oklahoma City; and Arch McKnight of Seminole, Oklahoma; Mrs. O.T. Coats of Dailville, Cherokee county and Frank McKnight of Denton, Texas. Her husband passed away many years ago. In 1905 Mrs. McKnight moved to Nacogdoches where her home has since been.

May 1926 It has not been only recently that women have been asserting themselves. A long time ago, back in 1865, a group of the so-called weaker sex staged a sugar raid in Nacogdoches county, a raid that at least one person is still talking about. It happened in the little hamlet of Douglass near here and is recalled by Mrs. Felix L. McKnight, 88 years old and the oldest living native-born resident of Nacogdoches. Mrs. McKnight is aptly qualified to recall it. It was in the store of her father, John R. Clute, that the raid took place and the former Cora Clute, then a young married woman, was a wide-eyed witness to the proceedings. Moreover, the dramatic manner in which these invading women came forward was such as to indelibly stamp the occasion of her memory.

Sugar, not unlike the days of our more recent war, was in '65 a very scarce article. The vicinity of Douglass had seen none of it for several years. Then one day came the news that Clute's store had received a shipment from Shreveport of several hogsheads. Sugar at last! Several women rushed to make their purchases. But no, they were told, this sugar must not be sold until the government releases it; some ruling or other that required word from the authorities before a pound could be sold, Clute explained.

The statement sounded more or less convincing but it didn't get the Douglass wives any sugar. And that was particularly what they wanted. They wanted sugar desperately. They had not tasted sugar for more than five years. When one has been a stranger for that long, one will do most anything to get it. That's about what the Douglass women did. They waited until Clute had closed his store one evening, then swooped down on horseback. In a very business-like fashion they dismounted and stormed up to the door. It was, of course, locked. Sugar bent, though, they applied their roughly shod feet to the door and kicked it down. Then they got at the hogshead, broke them in and proceeded to load their aprons to capacity. Thus stocked they struggled onto their horses and dashed away, their bonnet strings flying in the wind. That was the famous feminine sugar raid of Nacogdoches county. Mrs. McKnight says her father did not attempt to prosecute the women. It probably was business acumen that told him not to. He never got any of it back.

Mrs. McKnight recalls other things about early nacogdoches, including frequent fisits to the home of her father by General Sam Houston. These were when she was 14 years old. She spent part of her early girlhood in Douglass. She was born in a little log cabin about three blocks north of what is now North street in Nacogdoches.





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  • Added: 11 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32118276
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cora Clute McKnight (25 May 1838–17 Dec 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32118276, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Sylvia L. Nimmo (contributor 47075296) .