Roy's grandfather, James Knowles, had been vacationing in Lynn Haven Florida and passed away on  January 17, 1913. His body was returned to the Mt Carmel, Illinois area by train.  Roy left Dallas, Texas, to come to Mt. Carmel to handle the arrnagements for the funeral.   Sarah Leora Canedy, or "Sadie" as she was known then, was living at home with her parents in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.   Roy was a newspaperman and a smooth talker.  Roy and Sarah met at a dance in Mt. Carmel in January of 1913. She was already engaged to another man at the time.  A whirlwind romance ensued that ended with Sarah and Roy marrying one month later on Feb 22, 1913 in Mt Carmel.   

Knowles Graphic Chart

Knowles History



1900 census shows Roy living in Chicago Ward 13, Cook County, Illinois with "Ephraem" (38), Dora (33) and half-sisters Marguerita (6) and Pauline (4).

In 1907, Roy was  in Kansas City working for Gate City Amusement Company with an office at 718 K C Life Building. His residence is listed as 612 E 9th Street, the same residence as a listing for E. Harry Knowles. Was there a reason for Ephraim H. to suddenly go by E. Harry?
City Directory listing
In 1915, Roy and Sarah (Leora) were in Fullerton, ND with Roy C. as a child.
1915 ND State Census
Roy Otis Knowles registry for WWI
In 1920, Roy and Sarah were in Waycross Georgia with 4 kids and Sarah's brother Alvin Canedy.  1920 Census Links to Other Family Sheets

Roy Canedy Knowles

William James Knowles

Rex Hanna Knowles

Alma Illona Knowles - Roberson

Roy & Sarah's 4 kids: Alma, Rex, William, Roy
In 1928, Roy was listed in Little Falls NY city directory as a salesman residing at 517 E Lansing Street..
1928 Little Falls NY city directory listing
In 1930, Roy and Sarah were in Little Falls NY with 4 kids.  1930 Census
Family Photo Pages
Roy Otis Knowles