Lewis Knapp - Obituary

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and most the after of Dot AS HE Lira, B. • his B, the met with following of in He had was for and he two of Queer Old Lewis Knapp of Kenosha Kenosha at Best Under His Monuments CHRISTIAN WHO DIDN'T KNOW IT Uncanny Messages Graven in Stone and Iron Gravestones in the Cemetery, Kenosha, Wis., Jan. 28.—[Special.]— Eccentric, bnt warm and generous- hearted Lewis Knapp has gone to his reward, reward, literally leaving behind him sermons sermons in stone and good in almost everything everything he did. Many a poor unfortunate man or woman lost one of the most helpful helpful and encouraging human beings it has ever been their lot to meet, when heart disease suddenly struck down and removed removed from earth this strange old man He died full of years and possessed o the warmest friendship even of many o those whose dearest sentiments he hac for yean inveighed against. So strong a Knapp adopted, fcBt'wnplwajf^SIed 'by^'a t street car in Mil wft^cee, while lej-was attempting attempting to save a child from b^ng run over." Mnea;«f thU matter on.'thSshsft is not calculated for-publication in newspapers. newspapers. _ t , The next?moimi»4tBtands. just -outside the family lot on theSext lot to the-south. This w»s erected to the memory, of his brother, Charles' Knapp. This 'shaft is also of metal and informs the spectator that Charles— At first In lire believed In : the doctrinal tenets of the Christian religion, by which a plenty of psalm-singing, praying and faith in a virgin-begotten child, lie would sorely be saved from an eternal, iacohsnmmable roasting la a brimstone-fed, burnln™ lake, • • • * because all-his childhood teachings taught him to believe In thts-munmoth bom- bus; bad be been born In Turkej- be would have been a Mohammedan religionist, or In China a Conf uclanist or a Lavatzeaa Taulst religionist. Later in life, historically, he discovered discovered the Christian f religion "which now (1KH) is fast merging Into rationalism and spiritualism, which In turn.TOES unerringly evolved from Hebrewism, which wss cmerg- Ingly evolved from Magian Parseeism. and It from Buddhism, and it from Brahminism, which was emergiagly evolved from the Bactrlnn country "Spltaina Zarathustrian Zoroasrrlan religion, and It from Confucian- Ism, which was emcrsingly evolved from Lavatzean Tauism, all of which erolve- mcots used 4004 years to do, before the Christian religion was ever heard or of in rebellion of reduced of it to THE LATE I.OD1S KNAPP. fact was this that Rev. I. W. Corey, pastor of the First Baptist church, who preached a funeral sermon over his' remains, remains, declared with the entire approval of his auditors, thaf'Knapp was a Christian, Christian, but didn't know it. His rentains were borne to the city cemetery and lowered lowered beneath one of the curious monuments monuments which have been for years the astonishment astonishment of thousands ol people who have annually visited them. For forty or fifty years Mr. Knapp had been a strong opponent of the Christian religion. He was a man of most pronounced pronounced opinions, and never hesitated to declare himself whenever his opinion was sought. He never forced it upun others. For a long number of years he conducted a mercantile establishment in this city, and accumulated property. About fifteen or twenty years ago he retired retired on an ample competency. Since that time he has conceived and brought forth the monuments and tombstones which have given him a wierd and many time uncanny prominence. Superstitious people people have many times been heard to declare declare that they have seen flames shoot out from these marble and composition metal shafts, a certain indication that they were the handiwork of his satanic majesty. Mr. Knapp has been heard to relate several times how he had been unable unable to get the monuments made anywhere anywhere in America but in one place, and that in New Haven, Conn., and this firm always made its contract with Mr. Knapp provide against his telling where thought of,.which was 600 jears before the Mohammedan religion wai emerglnglr- evolved from the Hebrew and Christian religions, religions, aod all of, itnich used 'a'time of 4604 years after the mythical humbugging, Mosalcal account of an Imaginary God, six creation days, who Imaginatively existed somewbere (where was that?) before He created space to exist In Himself, or matter to create from, or time, fore; or motion, to use In creative proceedings.-and yet In Judges, 1, xlx.. It reads: "He conld not drive out the Inhabitants of the valley be-, cause they had chariots of iron." The lucidity of Mr. Knapp's style is equal to any of .the above-remarks in his' explanation of the secular source of the establishment of Sunday as a day of worship, worship, and of numerous} other thrusts intended intended to injure the Christian religion. Still, notwithstanding alt these eccentricities, eccentricities, his genuine charity, love of humanity humanity and honorable, upright life made him "a Christian, though he did not .know it." ' JTJST PLAIN WATEB. Neither Champagr^ Nor Whisky to be Used at the Kentucky Christening. LouisvHe, Ky., Jan. 28.—A special to the Times from Frankfort, Ky., says: "When, next month, the battleship Ken- tacky glides from the ways at Newport News, her prow will not be bathed in champagne, nor in good old whisky. The fair sponsor. Miss Christine Bradley, will uncork a beautifully-embellished silver silver vessel'full of pare water, "On the farm in Lame county, where Abraham Lincoln was born, there is an unfailing spring of cola, crystal water at which in his boyhood the great emancipator emancipator was wont to slack bis thirst, using gourd or oak-leaf dipper. The idea is to have a committee formally visit the spring, fill a silver vessel vessel with sparkling water and seal it. Then the vessel will be given to Miss Bradley, who will gnard it as a sacred thing until the time for breaking the seal on board the Kentucky." M'DKLETS BIRTHDAY. The President Is 55 Years Old-He Received Many Congratulations. Congratulations. Washington, D,. C., Jan. 29.—[Special.] —President McKlnley is celebrating his irst birthday in the white house today. The chief executive of the nation is 55 vears of age. Telegrams of congratula- ion poured into the executive mansion all he morning, and probably the only sor- owful recollections of the day were oc- asioned by the fact that he conld no onger, as he had done for many years ast. spend the afternoon and dine with lis venerable mother. President McKin- the to a of to of now for The plant ings no and by • understand some This as each were a Ala.; and Sheffield, and A donate build Offers to for supply this Tool county donate Of It of that the armor. KNAPP'S MONUMENTS IN THE CEMETERY. they were made. He says that the workmen workmen always feared to go into the shops where they were in the coarse of construction construction after dark. There are five of these curious monn- metns, all standing on the top of an eminence eminence which overlooks Lake Michigan, but a few rods to the east. The first is a marble shaft erected to his brother, Daniel. Daniel. This has nothing on it out of the ordinary. Next south of it stands a small disc-faced tablet erected for his wife, who preceded him to that bourne, etc., several years ago. Deeply graven in its face are the words: : S0SAN P. FOSTER. : Wife of Lewis Knapp. : My dear and-loving wife meet me : with our spirit friends at the gate- at : the elj-slun fields ot paradise, where : I am coming by nature's fast ei: ei: press; until there we meet, a loving : adieu. Next to this stands the monument erected erected to his own memory, and which has been awaiting his death for years. It is exactly -like the one erected for his wife. This reads: * OLD BROAD GAUGE ' * I LEWIS KNAPP. \ : : Emigrated - to join bis wife : : and other friends In the celestial fields : : of paradise: thanking God for sense : : enough to die as he bad lived for: : thirty years, thoroughly Infldel to all : : ancient and modern theological hum- : -: bug myths, as taught for fine clothes : :and place at others' cost by an In- : : dolent, egotistic. 'self -elected, priestly : i * crew. : .............. .......... . ............. • On the marble part of the pedestal it reads: : The fear of tbe right reverend doc- * : tors of divinity, theological scare- : : crows of hellflre and damnation to: :«11 who refuse to pay their tithes to : : their support hid no force or effect : ewis K • ley is about the. average age among Presidents Presidents in the first year of their inaugurals. William Henrv Harrison became President President at 68: Buchanan at .65; Taylor, 64r John Adams and Jackson, 61; Washington, Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe, the Virginian presidents, and John Quincy Adams, each 5T; Johnson, 56; Benjamin Harrison, 55; Van Bnren, Hayes and Mc- Kintey, 54; Lincoln, 52: Tyler, 51; FU1- more and Arthur, the New York presidents. presidents. 50; Polk and Garfield, 49; Pjerce^ 48; Cleveland. 47. and Grant. 46. All tbe members of the cabinet called at the white house this morning and presented presented their congratulations, and .the ambassadors ambassadors followed suit. Mrs. McKlnley was radiantly happy and .received many callers. ?• BEC08D OF HIS STEALINGS. Jewelry Clerk Kept a Com'plet* Set of - Boob*. St Louis, Mo., Jan. 29.—Developments in the case of Fred TJrfer, under arrest for robbing the J. Holland Jewelry company, company, by which he was employed as clerk, show that 'he stole goods - aggregating $12,000 in value. tFrfer.kept a complete set of books, in-which his stealings were' carefully entered together with their disposition. disposition. There' WeJ*-pferhaps 150 to 200 names in thjs bogk'jof persons to whom the stolen jeweliy. iad .been sold. These people have been notified and .much of the Bolland property-is-returned from day to day. •• • • : on Lew ».. Knapp. On a small foot piece these words an- r Knapp ny* the nineteenth * : century -science of prlestenft la the : : buck of winning Wg salaries, so-; :ctety jeod clothe*, .summer vaca- ; : tints end money to 1 «pend without: : WBrtc at -others' coit %-th« art of V : : teachbic what they themselves know : i and Bdence prove* -t> be false mnd : : inrasaibfe, about Imaginaij god*, f : devils and eternal damaatfan Inbdm- • for *I1 OB»ear*d tne- * '• Salt Rheum Intense SufferlngHCould Hot Sleep -Cured by Hood's Saroaparilta. "I had satt rheom on my aims, which itched intensely andkspt me from sleeping* sleeping* The the resignation Lindsay this yesterday also 25 to being voting The chamber the resolution .made Jones should might represent of.it, he the Senator the was passed A National Stock a wild yesterday given. feeding viands bears, antelopes, 'possums. loaves 400 attended, crowd deep. five of the unable charged boards. pelted the head. there not DfilVE open. My friends believed! was •ante- Ing froniv Moodr jchantng. I decided to take Hood's Hsrsi^«rlls;^l did not see any .impcowttita with toe 'fef bottle Irat Mpflntfapn^ -^Iti^ .-f)?«r T^ffrff*^ n»^ after tak±oKflTV%ottlairwas completely MyhanoSar»iio»Msinoothas Boston, Bigelow, Montana Copper Copper legislative' opposition stock distributed moderate here he state. ' CoL vice-president of company; stockwas kept an of abont said, company to

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  1. The Weekly Wisconsin,
  2. 05 Feb 1898, Sat,
  3. Page 8

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