Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Daniel R. Knous

DANIEL R. KNOUS. This much respected pioneer citizen of Labette township, Labette county, Kansas, has been identified with the interests of the county for a third of a century and has long been recognized as one of its best citizens.

Mr. Knous was born in Pennsylvania, in 1849. His father, John Knous, was a native of that state, and was born in 1809. He followed farming until his career was cut off by death in 1864. He married Rebecca Scarbrough, who was born in Pennsylvania, in 1826. Seven children blessed their union, namely: George W., deceased; Elizabeth, wife of J. S. Adamson, a sketch of whom appears in this volume; Daniel R.; Mary; John F. and James F., miners in Colorado; and Alfred L., who married Clara Cooper, and resides in Colorado, and, has four children, namely: Elizabeth; Lucile; and Mildred and Marion, twins. In 1867, Mrs. Knous married for her second husband M. J. Smith, of Ohio, who at the time of their union lived in Iowa. Two children were born to them: Rilley and Emma.

In 1851, when Daniel R. Knous was but two years old, his parents removed to Ohio, where the boy was reared up to his thirteenth year and mentally trained. After his father's death, he accompanied his mother and other members of the family to Jasper county, Iowa, 45 miles east of Des Moines. In 1869, Mr. Knous came south to Kansas, and on October 6, of the same year, located upon the farm where he now lives. He remained on this farm until 1871, perfected his claim, and then went back to Iowa. He subsequently spent six years in Colorado, where several of his brothers had previously located. In 1887, he returned to his farm in Labette township, and has made his home there ever since. He has enjoyed to the fullest extent the confidence of the people of his community. He has improved his farm in many ways, and it is in some respects a model for his neighbors. Politically, he is a stanch Republican, and has wielded a powerful influence in his section. He is a valued member of Parsons Lodge, No. 1, A. 0. U. W., and of the Anti-Horsethief Association, Lodge No. 183. He was joined in marriage with Mary B. Thornburgh, who has been his faithful helpmeet for many years. She is a native of Hagerstown, Indiana, where she was born in 1859

Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Knous, executed from recent photographs, are shown on a page in proximity to this.