Moneek

The Upper Canada Revolt of 1837 may have contributed to the dissatisfaction of some displaced loyalists in the area of upper Canada, including the regions surrounding Port Dover, or it may have simply been the desire for better land and the simple concept of a warmer climate that inspired some members of the community to set out for the new frontier of Iowa. However,...

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Strong Medicine

The story of Barbara (Knight) Coeur as related through writings and contributions of her children, Patti, Ann, and Skip. Barbara Jean Knight was born April 2, 1930 in Eau Claire, Wisc onsin, the daughter of Hazel and Bayard Knight, and the younger sister to Donald Knight. Barbara was an independent spirit, inspired by her father to not allow her thinking to be limited by...

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“The Use Of The Pig”

My dad enjoyed old time humor. I can remember and count the times he cursed on just one hand. (Most of those times related to something that I had just done or was about to do) And he was embarrassed by any reference to sex. He thought it unfair and disrespectful to women and wouldn’t abide it. But when it came to humorous stories, he really liked the ones that involved

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May You Survive A Difficult Journey

Sometimes the greatest agents of beneficial change in our lives arrive cloaked in a shroud of misfortune and grief. Such was the life of William Reed. William was, from a very young age, stricken with debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, challenging not only his movement and comfort, but his very enthusiasm for life as well. In the age of farming William was uniquely ill suited for that life.

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A Cathedral For Wolves

Far from being as it is today the North America encountered by the early settlers and pioneers was a place comprised, generally speaking, of two great oceans of trees divided by a broad central plain standing over six feet high in buffalo grass. The native peoples lacked the technology to alter these elements in any significant way rather, for the most part, relying on forest and prairie fires as well as other naturally occurring events to clear

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Sadly, Our Keeper Of The Family History Has Become Part Of It

Sadly, Our Keeper Of The Family History Has Become Part Of It. Jaimee Hedlund January 11, 1957 – August 6, 2019. Few families can claim to be so richly blessed by having someone that takes it upon themselves to carefully research and record the family history so that those that come after will be able to find a sense of who they are and where they are from.

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Fiddles, Banjoes, and a Squeeze Box Full of Beer

In the old days, before iTunes, before Dolby Digital sound, before cassette tapes, and even before phonographs and gramophones, music was just as sought after and looked forward to as it is today, but back then you had to find those that could spontaneously make it, or better yet, make it yourself!. The Knight family, like many or most others had its share of gifted, and at times, not so gifted musicians. I would say

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Knights’ Pool

On the Eau Claire River Frank Arnold Knight Sr. was born August 10th, 1855 in Winneshiek Iowa, the son of Benjamin Knight, Silas Knight Srs’ brother. It is unclear as to when Frank Knight migrated to Wisconsin or built a cabin deep in the woods along the Eau Claire River but whatever the year, this area where the cabin was built surely was deep wilderness at the time....

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For Ann

Some time ago my niece suggested that I write a short summary of our family so that her children, and their children to follow, might gain some insight into the familys’ life and times. The writing of it, for me, served as a reminder of how utterly staggering has been the change we have experienced in only a short time. I remember, when I was very young, my dad

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