Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ALBERT KNOWLES. To the
steady and progressive farmers we owe a debt for the opening and development
of the country upon which none other can levy a just claim. The resources
may be patent, the surroundings may be favorable, but until the hand takes
hold and with patient toil wisely manipulates these resources we would
have only a barren country still. Among the real builders of the
Lake Chelan section, he mention here the gentleman whose name appears above,
and who has manifested true energy and industry in his career.
Albert Knowles was born in Wisconsin, on April
30, 1862, the son of Jonathan and Lydia (Barnard) Knowles, natives of New
York and Pennsylvania, respectively. Our subject received his education
from the public schools of his native place, and when he was a lad went
with the balance of the family to Minnesota, whence they returned to Wisconsin,
on account of the grasshoppers. The mother died while they were en
route, the trip being made with teams. In 1890 Albert came to Pomeroy,
Washington, and two years later went thence to the Ruby district, in Okanogan
county. Eight months later he returned to Wisconsin, and for two
years was engaged in quarry and railroad work. Then he came to Pomeroy
again, and in 1895, he located in his present place. His farm is
located six miles northwest from Chelan and is improved in a becoming manner
and has been the family home since he located here. Mr. Knowles does
general farming and also handles some fruit and stock.
Mr. Knowles has the following brothers, Burt
and Sherman, and also three half brothers, Amos, mentioned elsewhere in
this work, Stephen and Jasper. He also has three sisters, Alice Aeron,
Nettie Segar and Belle King.
At Pomeroy, Washington, on September 26, 1894,
Mr. Knowles married Mrs. Charlotte Sewell, nee
Warren, whose parents
were Hat and Martha Warren. Mrs. Knowles has four brothers and one
sister, Truman, George, Frank, Fred, and Julia Aton.
Mr. Knowles is a good, active Democrat
and a man of substantial qualities.