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George Knieriem

Various parts of the United States have profited by the industry and capability of George Knieriem, at present the owner of 80 acres of land in Multnomah County, and one of the practical and successful farmers of this locality.

Born in Germany in the year 1844, he was 6 years of age when he came to America with his father, John Knieriem, his mother Elizabeth having died in the Fatherland. For 6 years father and son were residents of Philadelphia, after which they moved to Dane County, Wisconsin, where the father settled on a farm and reared his son to an agricultural life. The youth attended the district schools as opportunity permitted, at the same time performing his share towards the family support. While a resident of Philadelphia, John Knieriem married Catherine Miller, a native of Germany.

The breaking out of the Civil War found Mr. Knieriem working in his fatherís Dane County fields, and in July 1862, he enlisted as a private in the Third Wisconsin Battery for three years, and was in the Army of the Cumberland and a part of the 4th and 14th Army Corps under Gen. Thomas. He participated in the battles of Stone River, Chickamauga, and others of equal interest, numbering in all 18 battles and skirmishes. Eventually he joined Shermanís army and was with the famous commander as far as Jonesboro, and was discharged from a meritorious service in July, 1865.

After the war was over, Mr. Knieriem returned to Wisconsin for a short time, afterwards living in Webster County, Iowa for 2 years, and near Hannibal, Missouri for 2 years. At Burlington, Iowa, he worked in a furniture factory for about 2 years, afterwards in an iron foundry, where he remained until 1872. The same year Mr. Knieriem removed to Fremont County, Iowa, and lived on a farm, and in 1882 took up land in South Dakota upon which he lived for 8 years.

In 1896 he located on the 80-acre farm which is now his home, having previously spent some time in the neighborhood at various occupations. He is engaged in general farming and stock-raising, and has every reason to rejoice that his lines should have fallen in such profitable and promising places.

The wife of Mr. Knieriem was formerly Emily B. Trobes, and of their union there have been born 10 children, all of whom are living, the order of their birth being as follows: Addie, who married W.F. Bellrood, and resides in Washington County, Oregon; Frank, Benjamin L., John R., William E., Fred D., Chester L., George T., Robert and Bessie.

Mr. Knieriem is a member of the Grange, and is regarded as one of the high minded, industrious and helpful residents of Multnomah County.


[Source: Submitted by Dorothy Keefe, from a compendium of biographies hand typed and distributed by the East Multnomah Pioneer Association in about 1972, pp. 107-108.]