appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 6 Aug 1908, p. 3, column 3
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DEATH OF RICHARD McKNIGHT.
A Pioneer of Ontario and Thirty
Years in Manitoba.
The following sketch from the Carman, Man., Leader, will be read with interest by many friends in Acton and elsewhere of the late Mr. Richard McKnight:
"The people of this community were startled to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Richard McKnight on Wednesday morning. Although a sufferer for the past few years, which often confined him to his home, he fought his trouble with great fortitude, and was about every day. The day prior to his death he was on the grounds attending Dufferin Fair. He had reached the ripe age of 83 years and 8 months.
Mr. McKnight was born in the county of Down, Ireland, and when seven years of age came to Canada with his parents. They located in the township of Beverly, Ont., where he resided until he reached the age of manhood, when he went to California in 1851. He remained there for three years and then returned to Canada and settled in the township of south Norwich, Oxford County, Ont., where he was married to Miss Matilda Staunton. They celebrated their golden wedding in Carman on the 9th October, 1906. In 1879 he, with his wife and family, came to Manitoba and settled in this district, three miles east of the present town, where they resided until he retired from the active duties of farming and moved into town.
Mr. McKnight was a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church and has been an elder of St. Andrew's Church here ever since its organization. He was Conservative in his political leanings but never took any active part in public affairs. He is survived by his wife, five sons and one daughter. They are Thomas, who resides in Homewood district, William in Wyndham township, Norfolk county, Ontario, Frank in North Dakota, Smith in Leslie, Sask., and Mrs. Frank Buettner in Vancouver."
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