Charles Byron Knapp

Brief Life History of Charles Byron

When Charles Byron Knapp was born on 11 September 1926, in Purdy, Pierce, Washington, United States, his father, Earl Horace Knapp, was 40 and his mother, Lily Magnhild Forsberg, was 37. He married Marilyn Edith Peterson on 10 November 1955, in Seattle, King, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 9 July 1983, in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Gig Harbor, Pierce, Washington, United States.

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Charles Byron Knapp
Marilyn Edith Peterson
Marriage: 10 November 1955
William Byron Knapp

Sources (6)

  • Charles B Knapp in household of Earl H Knapp, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Charles Byron Knapp, "Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965"
  • Charles B Knapp, "Washington Death Index, 1965-2014"

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Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.


Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind gusts came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.

1942 · The Japanese American internment

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

German: occupational or status name from the German word Knapp(e), a variant of Knabe ‘young unmarried man’. In the 15th century this spelling acquired the separate, specialized meanings ‘servant, apprentice’, and ‘miner’. This surname is also found elsewhere in central Europe, e.g. in Czechia and Slovakia, where it is more commonly spelled Knap (compare 3 below).

German: in Franconia, a nickname for a dexterous or skillful person, of the same ultimate origin as 1 above.

Germanized or Americanized form of Polish, Czech, Slovak, Rusyn, and Slovenian Knap , a surname of ultimately German origin (see 1 above).

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

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