I love the Los Angeles Public Library. It’s a wonderful building and it has a HUGE genealogy section. It’s kinda of a pain to get there from where I live and, during the week, the traffic downtown is a nightmare. But the things you can find! Here’s a section from the book “HISTORY OF STEELE & WASECA COUNTIES, MN” published in 1887.
W. R. Knickerbocker, one of Somerset’s most prominent men, came to Steele County, Minn., in 1868, locating on his present place on section 20, Somerset Township, where he carries on general farming and stock-raising. He was born in New York, January 11, 1830. When nine years of age his father died, and our subject made his home with an uncle, until he reached the age of twelve,. He then worked out at farming, until twenty-eight years old, when he began for himself. He has been twice married, first to Miss Caroline Lyon, a native of New York, in January, 1858. She died in 1862, leaving two children: William R., now dead, and Charles L., born October 3, 1861. Mr. Knickerbocker’s second wife was Miss Helen E. Burgess, who was born in new York, September 15, 1844. They have four children: Irene, born August 22, 1869; Nellie, born January 13, 1872; Clarence, born August 11, 1874, and Eleanor, born September 11, 1880. Chas. L., was married, in 1884, to Miss Irene Wilkinson, a native of Wisconsin. They are located in Lemond Township. Mr. Knickerbocker is a Republican in politics and a representative man of the township.