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Obituary: Fergus Falls Newspaper
First Break in Home Circle in 56 Years, Mrs. J.C. Knoff, Wife of Fergus Falls' Oldest Merchant is Called, Beautiful Life Comes to Close - Resided Here Since 1881
Fergus Falls lost one of its finest women today in the death of Mrs. J.C. Knoff, which occurred at her home on Union avenue north at 1 o'clock this morning. Her health has been failing for some time and she has been quite seriously ill since a few days before Christmas. Mrs. Knoff was born at Oslo, Norway, Sept. 6, 1856, and dies at the age of 77 years. She came to the United States in 1862, locating with her parents at Esterville, IA, where they engaged in farming. She was married to Mr. Knoff December 27, 1877 at Mankato, MNand came to Fergus Falls in 1881. Last Thursday was the 56th wedding anniversary of their wedding. She is survived by her husband and family of six children, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The children are: Mrs. I.S. Catlin of Arthur, ND, Mrs. Ernest E. Anderson of Dickinson, ND, and Mrs. Jack Peterson, Mrs. Henry G. Dahl, and George W. Knoff, and John A. Knoff of Fergus Falls. She also leaves two brothers Anton Johnson of Jackson, MN and Hans C. Johnson of Lamberton, MN. Mrs. Knoff was a kind and devoted mother and her death is the first break in a beautiful family circle in 56 years - a family circle that ranges in age from two years to eighty. She lived for her home, for her children and grandchildren and they in turn almost worshipped her. She was a woman of lovely character and one who will be sadly missed in the community where she has made her home for more than an average lifetime. Mr. Knoff is the oldest merchant in Fergus Falls, having been continuously in business here for more than 52 years and the members of the family have long been prominent in the civic and business affairs of the community. She was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, which she and Mr. Knoff helped to establish here and was very active in church work upt to a few years ago. The funeral will take place at two o'clock Saturday afternoon from the First English Lutheran Church, the services being conducted by Rev. Mr. Tallakson. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery.