Posted By:Gayleen Gindy
Subject:Samuel S. Knabenshue - Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio
Post Date:March 16, 2007 at 19:17:44
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I am researching Samuel S. Knabenshue who lived in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. He moved to Toledo, Ohio in 1883 and became the chief editorial writer for the Toledo Blade newspaper in 1884.

I am interested in sharing e-mails with any of his descendants.

Gayleen Gindy


This is what I found in a book titled "Men of Northwestern Ohio" by C.S. VanTassell - 1898:

Samuel S. Knabenshue, for many years identified with the Toledo Blade as chief editorial writer, was born amid the hills of Fairfield county, near Lancaster. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. In the second year of his high school course he left to learn the printer's trade and afterward worked in Cincinnati for two years as a compositor. His health broke down from night work and he was obliged to quit the trade. He then completed his education and spent several years in teaching. In 1876 he purchased an interest in the Republican, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and remained there two years, returning to school work in Lancaster at the expiration of that time, where he was superintendent of public schools from 1879 to 1881. The fascination of a daily newspaper is difficult to dispel and Mr. Knabenshue joined himself to newspaperdom permanently at the end of his two years in the Lancaster schools. He became night editor of the Ohio State Journal and in 1883 came from Columbus to Toledo to accept the position of managing editor of the Morning Commercial. In June, 1884, he changed once more, this time to the Blade, where he has since remained. Mr. Knabenshue is probably one of the best posted men on the great political issues of the day, in the editorial profession in the United States. He is especially versed concerning the tariff and currency issues, is a sincere and earnest advocate of protection and honest money and can give the reasons for the faith that is in him. As an editorial writer he is master of a clean and convincing style. He has a predilection for the use of plain and forceful Anglo-Saxon in editorial articles and his work as one of the newspaper champions of Republicanism, has aided in making the Blade, both daily and weekly issues, a power in the land as one of the great national exponents of the party. Mr. Knabenshue has been a student all his life, with special leanings toward science and political economy. He is an omnivorous reader, not only of current events as chronicled in the periodical press, but of the best literature of the day. In the office of The Blade he is looked upon in the light of a living encyclopedia of information, for he carries about his head an infinite collection of miscellaneous knowledge on every subject imaginable and can reel off dates and facts with consummate ease. No better requisites, it will be seen, can be asked in an editorial writer--called upon to comment daily on a diversity of topics he has but to draw upon his well stocked brain for all the data necessary. Mr. Knabenshue was married in 1871 to Miss Salome Mattock, of Lancaster, and has a family of five sons; all living.