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Hans Jakob Knudson 

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Hans Jakob Knudson
9/20/1843 - 8/2/1928
Hans Jakob Knudson was born on September 20, 1843 in Island of Dyskland (near Stavanger), Norway and died on August 2, 1928 in Harlan (Shelby County), Iowa. He lived to be 84 years old.

Born in Norway he is reported to have been a sailor for 16 years before immigrating to America. He moved to Iowa and lived most of his live in the Irwin, Iowa area.
Immigration6/1/1871  27 yrs old 
He is reported to have immigrated from Norway to America around 1871. He arrived in New York, then moved to Iowa.  
Census6/2/1880 Hilton IA (Iowa County) 36 yrs old 
The family of David Fleming (age 61) is recorded beginning on line 21: He lives with his wife Annie (age 58) and Jacob Knudson (age 33) who is his servant and works on the farm. David is a farmer. He and his wife were born in Scotland. Jacob and his parents were born in Norway.

William McLeod and his wife, Mary, live next door. William was born in Scotland, his wife in England, and their children in Iowa. Their children: Elizabeth (daughter, age 22), Ellen (daughter, age 20), William (son, age 18), George (son, age 16), Arthur (son, age 14), Hannah (daughter, age 12), May (daughter, age 10). William is a farmer and his daughter Ellen is teaching school.  
Census6/22/1900 Greeley IA (Shelby County) 56 yrs old 
Recorded as family #126: Jacob Knudson (age 55), Lizzie (wife, age 41), Louie (son, age 17, born 2/1883), Merle (son, age 14, born 9/1885), Ella (daughter, age 11, born 9/1888), Florence (daughter, age 9, 12/1890), Dilbert (son, age 5, born 4/1895), Willis (son, age 2, 6/1897). Lizzie has given birth to 6 children and all are still living. Jacob was born in Norway while Lizzie and the children were born in Iowa. Lizzie's father was born in Scotland and her mother in England. Both of Jacob's parents were born in Norway. Jacob indicates that he immigrated to the US in 1877 (23 years ago) and he is not a citizen. Jacob is a farmer. All of the children, except the youngest, are attending school. All can read, write and speak English. 
Census4/16/1910 Shelby IA (Jefferson County) 66 yrs old 
Recorded as family #23: Jacob Knudson (age 64), Elizabeth (age 53), Murl (son, age 24), Florence (daughter, age 18), Delbert (age 15), and Willie (age 11). Jacob was born in northern Norway and Elizabeth and children were born in Iowa. Jacob's parents were also born in Northern Norway and Elizabeth's parents were both born in England. Jacob lists his occupations as teaming and odd jobs. Murl is a manager of a ????. All adults indicate they speak English and can read and write.  
Census1/1/1915 Irwin IA (Shelby County) 71 yrs old 
Iowa State Census Card #61: Jacob Knudson, age 68, is living in Shelby County and the town of Irwin. He is a laborer. His total earnings for 1914 was $360.00. His place of birth is Norway. He says his church affiliation is Lutheran. His mother and father were born in Norway. He is white, married and can read and write. He is naturalized and has been living in the US and Iowa for 44 years.  
Census1/1/1925 Harlan Ward 4 IA (Shelby County) 81 yrs old 
Recorded as house #2126 beginning on line 1: Florrine Schwab (age 30), Jacob Knudson (father, age 81), Elizabeth Knudson (mother, 69), Roma Schwab (daughter, 11), and Russle Schwab (son, 8). Florrine is a widow and the family lives in a rented house that costs them $20 a month. She was born in Iowa, completed high school and can read and write. Jacob Knudson has been in the United States 51 years. He was born in Norway. He completed grade school (7th grade) and can read and write. His father was Neigh Knudson and he does not know the name of his mother, however, he says both parents were born in Norway. Elizabeth Knudson was born in Iowa, completed 8th grade and can read and write. Her father was William McLeod born in Scotland. Her mother was Mary ? born in England. The children have been attending school.  
Graveyard/Tombstone8/2/1928 Irwin IA (Shelby County) 84 yrs old 
Posted on Find-a-Grave: Jacob came from a large family in Norway. He has been a sailor for 16 years and been in most ports all over the world before immigrating to the United states around 1873. He was a farm hand in a newly formed Scottish settlement in Hilton Township, Iowa County Iowa in 1888. He fell in love with and married Elizabeth McLeod whose father was one of the original Scottish settlers. He was a farmer in Shelby County Iowa and raised several children: Louis, Merle, Ella, Florence, Delbert, Willis and Earl. Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin, Shelby County, Iowa. 

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1 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
10 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
13 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
16 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
22 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
26 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
34 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
36 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
46 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
52 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
54 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
57 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
57 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
58 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
59 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
60 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
61 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
63 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
63 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
63 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
69 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
70 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
71 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
80 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
80 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
81 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
83 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
84 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
85 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
18 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
19 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
39 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
42 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
65 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
69 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
70 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
74 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
76 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
12 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
17 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
19 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
20 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
22 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
25 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
32 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
33 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
66 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
67 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
84 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
66 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
71 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
74 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
76 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
77 1920 Adolph Hitler begins to organize the Nazi party in Germany; The Ku Klux Klan launches a recruitment campaign using mass marketing techniques to gain 85,000 new recruits; the first commercial broadcast is made.

Elizabeth McLeod
Born on May 10, 1860 and died on June 10, 1945
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The Children of Hans Jakob Knudson

33 years old
Delbert Alden Knudson
Born in Irwin, Iowa on April 1, 1895 and died in an unknown location about 1944. He was about 48 years old.

His parents came from Norway and could not speak English. He was the first generation born in America. He was Nicknamed 'Del' and had a wooden leg due to a fire injury as a child. His leg caught on...
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