Louis Knoop, a well-known and industrious farmer of Brandywine township, this county, is a native son of Hancock county and has lived here all his life. He was born on a farm in Sugar Creek township, May 5, 1872, son of William and Louisa (Roesner) Knoop, both natives of this county, of German parentage, who were the parents of five children, the subject of this sketch having two brother, John and William, living in Sugar Creek township, and two sisters, Mary, who married Charles Simon, and Louisa, who is still living at the old home with her widowed mother, the father, an honored veteran of the Civil War, having died in the spring of 1878 from the effects of wounds, hardships and exposures incurred during his service in the army, his death occurring when he was thirty-six years old. He was an earnest member of the German Lutheran church, as is his widow, and their children were reared in that faith.
Louis Knoop was reared on the home farm in Sugar Creek township and obtained his schooling in both the parochial and public schools. He remained at home, assisting in the labors of the farm, until his marriage, after which he rented the place on which he is now living, a well-kept and profitably cultivated farm of one hundred and twenty-eight acres in Brandywine township, where he is engaged in general farming and, to a limited extent, stock raising. He has taken a warm interest in the upkeep of the farm and the place is in an excellent condition. He is the owner of an automobile and his farming operations are carried on in accordance with modern methods. Mr. Knoop is a Democrat, and gives close attention to political affairs, but has never been an aspirant for public office.
Louis Knoop married Cora Andis, who was born in this county, daughter of Morgan and Amanda (Racey) Andis, the former of whom also was born in this county, May 29, 1841, and the latter, near Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in 1855. Mrs. Andis died in 1900. She was the mother of five children, Mrs. Knoop having three brothers, James, William and Harry, and a sister Margaret, who married Harry Ostermeyer. William Andis is living in Custer county, Colorado. Mrs. Knoop is an earnest member of the German Lutheran church in Sugar Creek township and Mr. Knoop is a liberal contributor to the same, both taking a warm interest in neighborhood good works.
Transcribed from History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Pages 1135-1136.
Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI November 28, 2001.
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