Frank S. Knittle
Frank S. Knittle, state superintendent of water division No. 1 and for fifteen years city engineer of Douglas, was born at Port Carbon, Pennsylyania, November 29, 1870, and is a son of Francis and Emily (Allison) Knittle, both of whom were natives of the Keystone state. The father engaged in the mercantile business in Port Carbon, Pennsylvania, where both he and his wife reside, being representatives of a very prominent and well known family there.
Frank S. Knittle was the third in order of birth among eight children, four sons and four daughters. He was reared to manhood in his native city and acquired his early education in the schools there, passing through the consecutive grades to his graduation from the high school. Supplementing his educational training by a year’s study at Stevens Institute at Hoboken, New Jersey, he left before he was graduated, in order to make his way in the world. He then started out for himself and for several years he was employed by his grandfather as a mechanical draftsman, occupying that position for about four years in the employ of Robert Allison at Port Carbon, Pennsylvania. In 1888 Mr. Knittle made his way westward to the Black Hills of Wyoming, where he remained for several months, and then returned to the east, where he pursued a course in civil engineering in the Stevens Institute. Once more he came to Wyoming, arriving in Douglas in 1891, at which time he became associated with a brother in the hardware business, which they conducted for about three years, when the business was incorporated under the management of Robert H. Knittle. Frank S. Knittle then took up civil engineering, which profession he has since followed, making for himself a most creditable position in professional circles. His growing efficiency has led to his selection for important office and for fifteen years he has been city engineer, while at the present writing he is also state superintendent of water division No. 1. He has likewise held other public offices, serving for a term of two years as county treasurer of Converse county and as postmaster of Douglas from 1902 until 1997. He has likewise been a member of the city council and exercised his official prerogatives in support of many well defined plans and projects for the general good. For many years he has occupied the position of county surveyor.
On the 12th of January. 1893, Mr. Knittle was married to Miss Mary Priscilla Stockett, of Pottsville. Pennsylvania, who was born in Centralia, that state, a daughter of Thomas R. and Jemima (Edmonds) Stockett, the former a native of Maryland, while the latter was born in England. Mr. and Mrs. Knittle have become the parents of the following named: Dorothy S., who is in the registry division of the Douglas postoffice; Martin Edmonds, who is “somewhere in France” with the Canadian Field Artillery; Thomas Richard, who is associated with his father in business; Francis Allison, who is working on one of the local papers; Margaret S., a student in the Douglas high school; and Robert A. and Frank S., Jr., who are students in the Douglas schools.
In politics Mr. Knittle has always been a progressive in spirit, ever looking to the benefit and upbuilding of city, commonwealth and country. Fraternally he is a Mason and has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite. He is likewise a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, belonging to Korein Temple, and he is identified with the Order of the Eastern Star. He also has membership with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and in his life he exemplifies the beneficent spirit upon which these organizations are founded. His course has been marked by steady progress. It is true that all days in his career have not been equally bright, but he has never allowed himself to become discouraged or disheartened and as the years have passed he has taken many forward steps which have brought him to a prominent position among the civil engineers in his section of the state.