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Nicholas Knauf

Death 20 May 1899 (aged 59)
Burial Chilton, Calumet County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 89644378 · View Source
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Nicholas Knauf Chilton Times May 27, 1899

UNEXPECTED DEATH – Expired on Sunday Morning
On Sunday morning last, May 21st, one of our prominent citizens, Nicholas Knauf, died at his residence after an illness of but a few days. Death came with so little warning and was so unexpected by the family that not all of its members were able to be present at the sad end. Mr. Knauf has always been in good health except now and then he would suffer from a severe attack of rheumatism. The Times announced last week that he was quite ill but neither himself nor his family thought his sickness to be anything serious and the latter is now nearly heartbroken with grief. His devoted wife and those of his children who were at home were with him at the last and death came like a peaceful, quiet sleep, almost before they were aware of its presence.

Nicholas Knauf was born at Treves, Germany, June 1st, 1839. In 1846 he came with his parents to America and located at Sheboygan, this state, where he attended school until the age of thirteen. He then obtained a position as clerk in a general store and followed this pursuit until 1856 when, like many young men of his age, he caught the ‘gold fever' and left for the west. He reached California by the Panama route and spent six years in the mining districts of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho and Colorado, searching for the precious metal.

When the war broke out he was prospecting on the Columbia River in Washington Territory, and with other miners rode a distance of over 300 miles on horseback to offer his service to the government. He was informed that the quota of troops had been filled and had left for the front and that there was no chance for him.

He then proceeded to Idaho, where he remained until 1865, when he came back to Wisconsin and put in a short time in the Lake Superior copper district. He left here for Colorado where he discovered coal while prospected. He was developing his find when in 1866 he received word that his brother-in-law, John Mallmann, was dead and he returned to manage his sister's business for her. He carried on this business until 1871 when he opened a flour and feed store for himself. This he disposed of and in 1876 he came to Brillion, this county and engaged in the general mercantile and grain business. He carried on this business until 1880, when he disposed of it and left for California. He remained there one year and returning to Wisconsin located in this city, purchasing the grain warehouse of H. F. Bagley and opening a general store, in company with Peter Juckem. He was afterwards a member of the firm of Knauf, Juckem & Berger and later one of the members of the N. Knauf Co. He has always been an active, energetic business man and made Chilton his home since 1881 with the exception of a short time spent in California, where he had landed interests in search of health.

Under his skillful management a large and lucrative business was built up at the Center. The warehouse was changed into an elevator and he did much to make the market at this place widely known throughout the state.

In 1869 he was married to Emilie Diedrich, who, with eight children—William, Mrs. C. Walter, Millie, Fred, Lorena, Nick, and Arthur of this city, and Mrs. W. Raiche, of Marinette – survive him.

The funeral took place on Wednesday morning. St. Joseph's Society of which the deceased was an active member, marched from the society hall to the Knauf residence and escorted the remains to St. Mary's Catholic Church. At the church Pontifical High Mass was celebrated. The remains were conveyed to St. Mary's cemetery, where they were mournfully laid to rest.

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  • Added: 6 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89644378
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nicholas Knauf (1 Jun 1839–20 May 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89644378, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, Chilton, Calumet County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Rose Mohnsam (contributor 47105797) .