Etc. -- William J. Knowles' 1914 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 9 article in the 14 May 1914 issue of the Simcoe Reformer.

The Late William Knowles

On Monday, 4 May 1914, there died at his old home, on Lot 19, Concession 9 North Walsingham, a very respected resident in the person of Mr. William J. Knowles, at the age of 40 years, after being ill for a week with pnueumionia.

The late Mr. Knowles was a man of a very unassuming disposition, quiet, affable, honored and respected by every one who knew him.

He was born and raised on the farm on which he died, being the son of the late William Knowles.

He married first Miss Gordon of Port Rowan, whose daughter Annie, survives.

Some few years ago Mr. Knowles was married to Miss Maud Halliday of Silver Hill, who with their six-year-old son, William D., survives.

One brother, James of Winnipeg, and his step-mother, Mrs. Hanna Knowles, who has made her home with them, also survives.

Of late years the deceased had devoted his time to the study of bees, and had at the time of his death an apiary of 103 colonies on his place, and was consider an authority on the subject.

Mr. Knowles was a staunch Conservative and a life-long Presbyterian, being an elder in the Carholme Presbyterian church.

Passing so suddenly and at the first tinge of age, when most men of the out-of-door life just begin to feel the joy of living and being able to pursue their cherished hobby, adds to the sorrow that is felt at the death of Mr. Knowles.

Many are the expressions of regret that are heard on all sides, and the many good qualities and kind deeds of the deceased, will linger long in the memory of the citizens of the neighborhood.

Interment was made in Knowles Cemetery at Carholme, a plot of land given by the deceased to the residents of that district to be used as a burying ground.

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