Solano County

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Duty has ever been the motive of action of Alonzo S. Knight, one of the enterprising and successful ranchers of Solano county, and usefulness to his fellowmen has by no means been a secondary consideration, for he has earnestly supported every measure designed to advance the best interests of the community. Though an American citizen, Mr. Knight was born under an alien flag, his birth having occurred on the 24th of August, 1869, in Australia, and he is a son of Andrew H. and Mary Jane (Parkinson) Knight. The father, who was born and reared in the east, crossed the plains to California in 1851, remained here for a few years and then went to Australia, where he was married. In 1871 he returned to California and located in Eureka, Humboldt county, where he remained until 1902, when he went to Tulano county and engaged in ranching. He bought a large tract of practically worthless swamp land and by the hard and persistent labor reclaimed twelve hundred acres of it. His death occurred in 1907, and he is survived by his widow.

Alonzo S. Knight received his education in the public schools of Humboldt county and also in private schools. He then devoted himself to his father's ranch and has been engaged in farming during all the mature years of his life. He owns one hundred and sixty acres and operates six hundred acres altogether, in the handling of which he has exercised excellent judgment, realizing very gratifying returns for the labor expended. He has occupied his present ranch for seventeen years and has been very successful in the raising of live stock, principally cattle, of which he built up a fine herd, though he was recently so unfortunate as to lose one hundred head of his best stock. He also has always been interested in good horses and has raised some fine animals, one of the best of which was "Mamie Scott," with which he broke a world's record.

Mr. Knight was married to Miss Anna V. Massey, who was born in the east but was reared and educated in California. They are the parents of a daughter, Betty Anne, and a son, Andrew Hinckley Knight. Politically Mr. Knight has exercised his franchise in support of the democratic party and has taken a commendable interest in public affairs, keeping in close touch with the leading questions of the day and supporting earnestly all measures for the benefit of his community. Fraternally he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having attained the degrees of the encampment in the latter order. In every phase of life's activities in which he has engaged Mr. Knight has performed his part to the best of his ability and he is universally regarded as a splendid citizen, in the truest sense of the phrase.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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