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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

November 2001

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Fri, Nov. 2, 2001 - Freddie - 1985 to 2001

Freddie - 1985 to 2001

A few pictures and words to help express my grief. Freddie.

Sun, Nov. 4, 2001 - Cornered

Cornered

Just as we were getting ready for bed tonight, we noticed Meg pouncing on something in the parlor. At first Lori and I both thought it was another grasshopper that had made its way into the house. On closer inspection it was a tiny little bright green frog. I thought it would make a cute picture of the day so I scooped it up and put it in the office. It was a very persistent hopper and before I could take a picture it would keep hopping away. So I had to keep scooping it up and putting it back where I could take a picture of it. It managed to escape into the hall where I followed it and finally got a picture of it trapped in the corner. Or so I thought. It started climbing the walls, just like a gecko. So the I decided I better put it back outside. That's when I noticed that my hand was tingling. After a few minutes it went numb, then back to tingling. At that point I was starting to get worried so I jumped on the Internet, went to Google, and typed in poisonous frogs. The very first page that came up had a picture that looked a lot like the frog I just handled, more so than my picture here indicates. Now I was really worried. But the more research I did, the better I felt. When kept as pets they loose their poison, and if it did have its poison, I would have been dead pretty quickly. Even so, I went to bed feeling just a bit freaked out. I still haven't found out if it was a native frog or not, but I know I'll be a bit more cautious handling bright green frogs in the future.

Mon, Nov. 5, 2001 - Mouse in the House (again)

Mouse in the House (again)

For the second night in a row we've had interesting intruders into our house. Tonight we heard a commotion in the kitchen, so Lori went to see what the cats were up to. Either Ricky or Galen had caught a mouse and they were both taking turns flinging it around the kitchen. It was properly disposed of, and I made sure not to touch it, just in case.

Sat, Nov. 10, 2001 - Mushroom Colony

Mushroom Colony

Fortunately the rest of the week went by without any more animals intruding into our house, although Galen also bagged a gopher in the yard this week. Sometimes they earn their keep. Today's picture is a group of mushrooms I found while traveling Forest Service Road 1. On a clear day there is one spot where you can see out to the ocean to the west, and looking east, you can see Mount Shasta. Unfortunately I can't verify this yet, since I've only been up there on cloudy days.

Thu, Nov. 15, 2001 - title

title

Today I had to go down to the recorders office to get some forms for a new business I'll be starting with another photographer (more on that later, I don't really want to give it away just yet). Since ficticious business names are handled by the same people that keep track of marriage licenses and death certificates, I figured while I was there I would do a bit more research on the family. I found out that John G. Knowles, our great-grandfather was born Oct. 16, 1855, and died Sept. 2, 1911. His occupation was listed as carpenter. His father was listed as W. A. Knowles. I'm not sure about the "W" but that is my best guess. So maybe he was a Warren also? John's mother's maiden name was listed as Eleyel A. Morgan. Again I'm not sure about the spelling. Both John and Eleyel were listed as being born in Maine. John had lived in Fortuna since 1886, and moved to California in 1874. He died of tuberculosis of the lungs which he had been suffering from for 5 years. A secondary cause of death was scarlet fever. The coroner was listed as E.J. Hunter, and he was buried in Fortuna on Sept. 4th by the Hansen Hunter Co. All that just from the death certificate!

Fri, Nov. 16, 2001 - Knowles Plot

Knowles Plot

Well the plot thickens. (sorry couldn't resist the pun). I took my newfound information about John Knowles and called the Fortuna Cemetery District. They oversee several cemeteries in Fortuna. I told them I was looking for a John Knowles who was buried in 1911. The nice lady found the information very quickly and his grave is at the Sunrise Cemetery. So this afternoon I went over there and she led me down the hill to where the Knowles plot is. Yep that's right, we have a whole plot in the cemetery. The weird thing is, is that the plot was paid for by a J.K. Knowles but he's not buried there. The plot holds six, but only two people are buried there. In slot #1 is Cornelia V. Smith, who passed away in 1903. I'm guessing she (I say she, because in one register she is listed as Nellie) must be related to Frances M. Smith who was John's wife. She has a pretty substantial marker for the headstone and also has a footstone which I had never heard of before. John Knowles is buried in slot #3, but the only other marker in the whole plot was a small one marked "C. S". Which seems like it would be Cornelia Smith again. The lady at the cemetery mentioned that since it is a family plot, if we can prove to them that we are related to J.K. Knowles, then we would be able to be buried there since it is paid for. I never considered burial before, but I did leave thinking it would be pretty cool to end up next to my great-grandfather.<\p>

I also did some research on Charles Knowles who I thought might be our great-great-grandfather, but given the name on John's death certificate, I don't think that is the case. However I did find the date of death for Charles Knowles and his wife Elvira, so I plan to research those dates in old newspaper obituaries. There is also a Robert Knowles listed in the 1890 census who was also from Maine, so he is probably related somehow. An 1884 directory listed a Galusha G. Knowles from New York. I'm not sure there are many people named Cornelius, Galusha, or Eleyel anymore.