Myrna Gertrude Knight

22 October 1904–29 June 1978 (Age 73)
Lubec, Washington, Maine, United States

The Life of Myrna Gertrude

When Myrna Gertrude Knight was born on 22 October 1904, in Lubec, Washington, Maine, United States, her father, Fredrick Turner Knight, was 29 and her mother, Lillie Blanche Collom, was 22. She lived in San Diego, San Diego, California, United States in 1930 and National Judicial Township, San Diego, California, United States in 1940. She died on 29 June 1978, in California, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in La Vista Cemetery, National City, San Diego, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elmer Ernest Wiesendanger
1905–1966
Myrna Gertrude Knight
1904–1978
Carl Frederick Wiesendanger
1924–1997

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World Events (8)

1905 · Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout

Age 1

In 1905, a fire lookout tower (among the first of its kind) was constructed in Piscataquis County on Squaw Mountain. Due to Maine's abundance of lumber and paper mills, it was essential that a system be developed to help spot fires as quickly as possible.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 2

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1928 · Camden Public Library is Opened

Age 24

The citizens of Camden, Maine had voted (in 1896) to establish a free public library in the town. The land for the library to be built on was donated by Mary Louise Curtis Bok in 1916. After years of fundraising and construction, the cornerstone was finally laid on August 17, 1927. The library opened on June 11, 1928. The library remains open to this day, and is now considered a National Historic Landmark.

Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. In the feudal system introduced by the Normans the word was applied at first to a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier. Hence it came to denote a man of some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the rider or knight’. See also McKnight .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Myrna Knight in household of Frederick Knight, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Myrna Knight in household of Fred Knight, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Myrna G Wiesendanger in household of Elmer E Wiesendanger, "United States Census, 1930"

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