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 Wilhelm “William” Knopf

Wilhelm “William” Knopf

Hessen, Germany
Death 21 Jul 1923 (aged 79)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Justice, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 5856328 · View Source
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Wilhelm, age 30, and his wife Auguste (Triebe) Knopf, age 24 arrived on the ship, COLUMBUS, from Bremen to New York on August 5, 1872. They settled in Chicago where Wilhelm was a laborer for the Chicago Stockyards. The funeral service was held in the Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church (31st and Racine Ave) - Chicago. His brother, Charles Knopf, arrived in America in 1869 and settled in Detroit, MI. In 1873 Charles and his family homesteaded land in Belknap Township (Presque Isle County), MI. Another brother, David Knopf, arrived in America with his family in 1872, settling in Detroit, MI and remaining there the rest of their lives.

The 1880 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago Federal Census (ED 47; Page 34B) enumerated 09 June 1880 shows:
Living in a 4-plex at 3026 Maine Street
KNOPF, Wm., head, 37, laborer, born Prussia
KNOPF, Augusta, wife, 32, keeping house, born Prussia
KNOPF, Louis, son, 2, born Illinois, parents born Prussia
KNOPF, Bertha, 7/12, Oct., born Illinois, parents born Prussia

The 1900 Illinois, Cook County, South Town Township, Chicago Ward 6 Federal Census (Page 3B; ED 148) enumerated 02 June 1900 shows:
Living at 892 31st Place
KNOPF, William, head, 57, born Sept 1842 Germany, to America 1872, married 30 years, laborer at stock yards
KNOPF, Augusta, 52, wife, born January 1848 Germany, to America 1872, 8 children born with 4 children living
KNOPF, Bertha, daughter, 20, single, born October 1879 Illinois, parents born Germany, laundress
KNOPF, Charles, son, 18, born October 1881 Illinois, parents born Germany, laborer at stock yeards
KNOPF, Augusta, daughter, 14, born September 1885 Illinois, parents born Germany, cashier at department store
KNOPF, Helen, daughter, 7, born September 1892 Illinois, parents born Germany, at school

(Haven't been able to locate the 1910 nor 1920 Chicago census records for Augusta in 1910 and William in 1910 & 1920. DK)

The Chicago Union Stock Yard was built in 1865. Tavern owners usually provided pastures and care for herds of cattle awaiting sale during Chicago's early years. With the advent of railroads, stock yards were set up and eventually there were a number of yards scattered over the city. Construction for a consolidated Union Stock Yard began in 1865, and the Union Stock Yard opened Christmas Day, 1865. The stockyard grew to occupy a square mile of land from 39th to 47th and from Halsted to Ashland. The stockyard saw its peak years in 1924 and then a gradual decline started caused by the decentralization into regional markets and packing operations. The Chicago Union Stock Yard went out of business at midnight Friday, July 30, 1971. Today the site is occupied by a flourishing industrial park.

There is no death certificate for Wilhelm from Cook County, IL. However, his obituary was found. William was interred on July 23, 1923 in Bethania Cemetery, Justice (Cook County), IL. He is buried with his wife, Augusta nee Triebe Knopf and their son, Carl Knopf. Also buried on the Knopf plot are Thompson, 7 months and Augusta (Knopf) McGowan, their daughter. There is one empty grave in that plot. Augusta's husband, David McGowan, remarried and is buried in Arlington Cemetery in Elmhurst, IL. That empty grave in the Knopf plot in Bethania may have been reserved for her husband, David.

OBITUARY: Chicago Tribune
"KNOPF - William Knopf, beloved husband of the late Augusta, nee Triebe, fond father of Mrs. Joseph Sullivan, Mrs. David McGowan, and Mrs. Lena Bieul, grandfather of twenty grandchildren. Funeral from chapel, 1145 W. 31st St., Tuesday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 31st. and Racine-av. Interment Bethania Cemetery. For information call Lafayette 6646."

Their daughter, Bertha Knopf, married Joseph John Sullivan 1901. Joseph owned the sheep section of the Chicago Stockyards, and was a sheep speculator. This information was provided by Charles Wise, Jr., a grandson of Joseph.

1. Robert KNOPF, born about 1874, died 02 March 1893. Possibly buried in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery of Forest Park, IL.
2. Caroline KNOPF, born 1876, died about 1879. Possibly buried in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery of Forest Park, IL.
3. Louis KNOPF, born 1878, died between 1880-1900. Possibly buried in Either Concordia Lutheran Cemetery of Forest Park, IL or Bethania.
4. Bertha Mary KNOPF, born 29 October 1879, died 04 March 1963, married Joseph John SULLIVAN. Bertha and Joseph are buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery of Worth, IL.
5. Charles 'Carl' KNOPF, born 11 October 1882, died 17 September 1905. 'Carl' is buried in Bethania.
6. Gustav Adolph KNOPF, born 1883, died 22 November 1884. Possibly buried in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery of Forest Park, IL.
7. Augusta 'Gussie' KNOPF, born 02 September 1885, died 29 March 1932, married David McGOWAN. Augusta is buried in Bethania. David is buried in Arlington Cemetery of Elmhurst, IL.
8. Helena 'Lena' A. KNOPF, born 10 September 1891, died 08 August 1965, first married George Gamauf, second married John Bleuel. 'Lena' is buried in St. Mary R.C. Cemetery of Evergreen Park, IL. Burial locaitons of husbands are unknown at this time.

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  • Created by: donald knopf
  • Added: 19 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5856328
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Wilhelm “William” Knopf (2 Sep 1843–21 Jul 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5856328, citing Bethania Cemetery, Justice, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by donald knopf (contributor 5792782) .