Clyde H. Knox, of Sedan, Kan., a young man of fine ability and charactcr, has taken up journalism as his life work and has already demonstrated that he has more than ordinary talents in that direction. With a keen sense of the power of the press to educate and direct public opinion he has adopted that attitude toward his profession which makes his paper, the "Sedan Times-Star," a potent influence for good in his community. His progressive spirit has brought him into prominence among the men of his profession in Kansas, his standing in the newspaper fraternity being indicated by his position as vice-president of the Kansas State Editorial Association, and as a former president of the Republican Editorial Association of the Third district. Mr. Knox, furthermore, is a native Kansan and a representative of that energetic younger generation of the state which is ably replacing those men who were the helmsmen of affairs during the first half century of Kansas statehood.
Mr. Knox was born at Baldwin, Douglas county, Kansas, April 19, 1878, son of Hiram W. and Amelia M. (Knox) Knox. Both parents were natives of New York state and came to Kansas in an early day, locating at Baldwin in 1876. There the father died, in 1878, the year of his son's birth. He was a cabinet maker and a carpenter by trade. Responding to Lincoln's call for troops to preserve the Union, in 1861, Hiram W. Knox promptly tendered his services and enlisted in Company F, Seventeenth New York infantry. This regiment, known as the "Westchester Chasseurs," was mustered into the United States service at New York City, May 28, 1861 for a two-years term. During that period its principal engagements were the first and second battle of Bull Run, the sieges of Yorktown and Fredericksburg, and the battle at Chancellorsville. A large proportion of the members of the regiment reënlisted immediately after being mustered out at New York and with the addition of recruits again took the field in October, 1863. During the second period of service it participated in the Mississippi campaign, the Hood campaign, and Sherman's march to the sea. At the close of the war it participated in the Grand Review at Washington, D. C., and aas mustered out at Alexandria, Va., July 13, 1865. Hiram W. Knox was a loyal Republican in his political views.
Clyde H. Knox was an infant at the time of his father's death and early had to commence the struggle of life for himself. Born and reared in Baldwin, the seat of Baker University, by persistent effort he managed to complete three years' work of the university course, but the necessity of assuming life's responsibilities at that time precluded his further study in the university. He learned the printer's trade in the "Baldwin Ledger" office, under William C. Markham, of Baldwin, and worked several hours each day in that office for three years, while attending college. He was business manager of the "Baker Orange," the college paper, for a year. From there he went to Kansas City, Kan., where he was employed on the "Kansas City (Kan.) Tribune." In January, 1898, he accepted employment as editor of the Coffeyville Journal," at Coffeyville, Kan., and remained there until Aug. 1, 1902, when he bought the "Times-Star," at Sedan, Kan. He conducted that paper until Sept. 1, 1906, when he sold the plant and returned to Coffeyville, where he bought an interest in the "Journal." He disposed of his stock in that paper, Dec. 1, 1908, and on March 1, bought the "Sedan Lance," which he consolidated with the "Times-Star" on Oct. 18, following. This paper, now known as the "Sedan Times-Star," is a weekly paper of merit and reflects the editor's political views, those of the Republican party. Mr. Knox has prospered in his business ventures and, besides his newspaper plant, has acquired some good property. In Masonry he has attained the Consistory degrees and, in 1910, was secretary of the Blue Lodge at Sedan. That city numbers Mr. Knox among its most worthy and representative young men.Pages 527-528 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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