David Charles KNIBBS, son of Edward D KNIBBS and Mary Christina HOFFMEISTER , was born 03 September 1881 in Saginaw County, Michigan, USA. He married Viola C DIER June 1909 in Tonawanda, Erie County, New York, USA. He died 19 May 1967 in Niagara, Niagara County, New York, USA. Viola C DIER was born 06 June 1884 in Tonawanda, Erie County, New York, USA. She died 27 December 1970 in Niagara, Niagara County, New York, USA.

Marriage Notes for David Charles KNIBBS\Viola C DIER:

From the North Tonawanda Evening News, Saturday, June 3, 1944
The News of Yesterday - 35 years Ago:
Mrs. W. F. Dier of 60 Scott street announces the marriage of her daughter, Viola C., to David C. Knibbs of North Tonawanda at the home of the bride yesterday afternoon.

Notes for David Charles KNIBBS:

Thanks to Julie Weiss for sharing this photo of David Charles Knibbs and his wife Viola (Dyer). I would guess that it was taken in the early 1920's.

From the Tonowanda News, 8 December 1900:
Y.M.C.A. Notes
The mechanical drawing class at the Y.M.C.A. has been organised. The following are enrolled: R.C. Broecker, Robert Hudson, F.J. Bubb, W.H. Cummings, David Knibbs, Emerson Hall, G.L. Jackson and W. Zastrow.


In 1905, we see that David was a 1st Sergeant in the Tonawanda 25th Separate Company of the National Guard.

A light hearted report, written in the North Tonawanda Evening News on August 19, 1905, concerning the antics of the 25th at Camp Roe, Farnham, marking the end of a week of field service, it seems David was a "bit of a one" with the ladies!:
Camp Roe, Farnham, Aug 19 - Today is the last of the week of field service. Camp will be struck about 3 o'clock this afternoon and the 25th will arrive in the Tonawanda about 6:30.
First Lieutenant John H. Meyers of Company G. First Battalion, is Officer of the Guard of the First, Second and Third Battalions. "Spike" has gained greatly in dimensions, especially around the chest.
While Sergeant Knibbs was walking down the company street with a young lady on each arm he was snatched from behind and took a half dozen beautiful ascensions in a blanket. The boys are trying to cure "Davy" of breaking so many hearts of the fair sex.
Corporal Robins is the white haired boy in the Company and is rapidly becoming a rival of Sergeant Knibbs with the fair sex.


In 1910, the census shows that David and Viola were living at Quewhiffle, Cumberland, North Carolina.
David L Knibbs Head Mar 28 Michigan
Viola C Knibbs Wife 25 New York

The Tonawanda Evening News reported in September 1912 that David's sister Frances Knibbs was staying with him and Viola at Kenly, North Carolina.

From the Washington Post, February 22, 1917:
Capt. David C. Knibbs, Second infantry. North Carolina National Guard, is discharged from the service of the United States, under the provisions of section 77 of an act of Congress approved.


A sample of David's signature taken from his military registration card, 1918.

David's military registration card gave us his middle name of Charles, and that he was medium height and build with blue eyes and light hair.

See David's Military Registration Card from 1918


From the Madison Wisconsin State Journal Newspaper Archives
October 07, 1928 color="#462300">
Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Knihbs, St. Louis, Mo., are visiting in the home ot Mr. and Mrs, L. W. Porter. Mr. Knibbs and Mrs. Porter are brother and sister.


The 1930 US Federal census return shows David and Viola were living at St Louis (Districts 251-500), St. Louis (Independent City), Missouri:
David C Knibbs Head Mar 48 Michigan
Viola C Knibbs Wife Mar 45 New York

In 1940, David was living at Magisterial District 4, Fayette, Kentucky:
David C Knibbs Head Mar 58 Sales Manager Michigan
Viola C Knibbs Wife 55 New York

From the Niagara Falls Gazette Sunday May 21st 1967
Death Announcements:
KNIBBS - David C. Knibbs of 409 Jefferson Apartments in DeGraff Memorial Hospital Saturday May 20, the beloved husband of Viola (Dier) Knibbs and brother of Mrs. Frances Porter of Sun Prairie, Wis. Funeral services from the chapel of Bell Funeral Home inc., 635 Main St. Tuesday May 23 at 2:00 p.m. the Rev. Calvin W. Bobcock Associate Pastor of St. Pail's Methodist Church officiating. Internment is private and of the immediate family.


From the Niagara Falls Gazette, Saturday May 20th, 1967.
David Knibbs
David C. Knibbs, 85, of 409 Jefferson Apartments, died Friday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a short illness. Mr. Knibbs was born in Saginaw, Mich., and spent most of his life in this city. He was employed for many years in the personnel department of DuPont Co. here. He was a member of the Scottish Rite of St. Louis, Mo., a member of the Sutherland Lodge, 182, F & AM of North Tonawanda, and a member of the Golden Age Club of Niagara Falls, and the board of St. Paul's Methodist Church.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Viola Knibbs; and a sister, Mrs Frances Porter, of Sun Prairie, Wisc. Private services will be held Tuesday at Bell Funeral Home here.


From the Tonawanda News, Monday Mat 22nd, 1967:
KNIBBS - David C. Knibbs, 85, of 409 Jefferson Apts, Niagara Falls, N.Y., passed away at DeGraff Memorial Hospital Friday (May 19, 1967) after a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife Viola (Dier) Knibbs, and a sister, Mrs. Frances Porter, of Sun Prairie, Wis.
He was a member of Scottish Rite of St. Louis, a 60-year member of Sutherland Lodge 826, F&AM North Tonawanda, the Golden Agers and the Retired Men's Club of Niagara Falls, and a member of the board of St. Pauls Methodist Church, Niagara Falls.
Friends may call 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Bell Funeral Home, Main Street, Niagara Falls, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Arrangements by the Hilliard Funeral Home. Inc.

Sources for David Charles KNIBBS:

  1. 1900 US Federal Census,
  2. US Social Security Death Index, gave date of birth 
  3. LDS IGI Records,
  4. Rootsweb GEN-OBIT, gave date. 
  5. Niagara Falls Gazette Archives, May-Jun 1955 
  6. 1905 New York State Census,
  7. Newspaper Article,
  8. Military Registration Card,

Notes for Viola C DIER:

Viola's father was William F Dier. He died suddenly on 2 March 1905 when Viola was just 20 years of age, and attending the Hiram College, Ohio. The Batavia Daily News reported that William had been found dead in his hennery at his home in Tonawanda.

We first see Viola in 1892 living at Tonawanda, Erie, New York with her parents and siblings:
William Dier Mar 42 Brewer Agent
Louisa Dier 38
Carie Dier 17
Libbie Dier 15
Lulu Dier 13
Gertie Dier 11
Viola Dier 10
Etta Dier 5
William Dier 2

In 1900, they were living at 100 Creek Road, Tonawanda:
William Dier Head 51 New York (both parents born in Germany) Agent for Brewery
Louisa Dier Wife 42 New York (both parents born in Germany)
Elizabeth Dier Daur 23 New York
Lulu A Dier Daur 21 New York Stenographer
Gertrude A Dier Daur 18 New York
Viola C Dier Daur 15 New York At School
Etta E Dier Daur 13 New York At School
William F Dier Son 9 New York At School
Vivian L Dier Daur 6 New York At School
Calvin V Dier Son 2 New York

The Niagara Falls Gazette of 8 Fewbruary, 1935 gave an obituary for Viola's mother, Mrs. Louise A. Dyer:
Mrs. Louisa A. Dier, 77 years old, widow of William F. Dier, died yesterday at her home, 60 Scott street, after a brief illness She was born in Buffalo, For the past 52 years she resided in Tonawanda. She is sur-vived by a son. William F. of Kenmore, and seven daughters, Mrs. John R. Simson, Mrs. Elizabeth L. Hardleben, Mrs. Lulu A. Dahl and Miss Vivian L. Dier of Tonawanda, Mrs. Gertrude A. Hart of Pasadena, Calif.„ Mrs. David C. Knibba of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Fred L. Mulberry of El Paso, Tex.


We learn from an obituary in the Tonawanda News, Tuesday Jul 2, 1968, in an obituary for Viola's sister Gertrude, that Gertrude married a man named Loren E Swartz. Her sister Etta married a man named F. L. Mulberry. Her older sister Elizabeth married a man with the surname of Hardleben. Gertrude died on 30 Jun 1968 at DeGraff Memorial Hospital.

From the Niagara Falls Gazette, Monday December 28th, 1970:
Mrs. Knibbs Dies at 86
Mrs. Viola C. Knibbs, 86, of 604 Jefferson apartments died in Memorial Medical Centre Sunday (Dec, 27, 1970) after a short illness.
Born in Tonawanda. she had been a resident of this city for 30 years. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, the City Mission Auxiliary, and the Cui Bono Class and Women's Society for Christian Services of the Church. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Etta Mulberry of El Paso, Tex., and Mrs. Elizabeth Harkleben of Buffalo, a neice and a nephew.
Funeral service will be held at the Bell Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Donald M. Peck officiating. Private burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Contributions to St. Paul's United Methodist Church would be acceptable as tributes, the family said.

Sources for Viola C DIER:

  1. Military Registration Card,
  2. Niagara Falls Gazette Archives,
  3. Obituary,