Clyde Ellsworth KNIBBS, son of George James KNIBBS and Zara Elizabeth ADKINS , was born 10 July 1882 in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA. He married Ida Mae WALKER 27 October 1904 in Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas, USA. He died 30 July 1954 in Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, USA. Ida Mae WALKER was born 24 October 1881 in Springfield, Green County, Missouri, USA. She died 12 August 1959 in Argonia, Sumner County, Kansas, USA.

Children of Clyde Ellsworth KNIBBS and Ida Mae WALKER are:
1. Lyneol Ellsworth KNIBBS, b. 30 September 1906 See Lyneol Ellsworth KNIBBS & Nina Catherine CATES
2. Delbert KNIBBS, b. 20 March 1910
3. Violet Mae KNIBBS, b. 15 March 1911 See Earl Basil HULS & Violet Mae KNIBBS OR Percy Halbert MONROE & Violet Mae KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for Clyde Ellsworth KNIBBS\Ida Mae WALKER:

Notes for Clyde Ellsworth KNIBBS:

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

Clyde E Knibbs appears in the 1910 US Federal Census living at Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas, USA aged 38 years.
Clyde E Knibbs, Wilson, KS abt 1883
Ida M Knibbs, Wilson, KS abt 1882
Lynod E Knibbs, Wilson, KS abt 1907

We see Clyde and family in 1915, living at Augusts, Butlet County, Kansas:
C E Knibbs Head Mar 32 Illinoisl
Idea May Knibbs Wife Mar 33 Moissouri
Lyneal Knibbs Son 8 Kansas
Vilot May Knibbs Daur 4 Kansas

Clyde's military registration card which was completed on 12 September 1918 tells us that Clyde was a self employed Printer Publisher. He was tall, and slender with blue eyes and brown hair, and was living at Hardtner, Barber County, Kansas.

See Clyde's Military Registration Card from 1918


We see Clyde living in Sedgwick County, Kansas in 1920:
Clyde E Knibbs, Sedgwick, Kansas abt 1883
Ida May Knibbs, Sedgwick, Kansas abt 1882
Lyneol E Knibbs, Sedgwick, Kansas abt 1907
Violet M Knibbs, Sedgwick, Kansas abt 1912

We can see Clyde in 1930 living at Sedgwick County, Kansas with his wife, children Violet and Lyneol, and Lyneol's wife Nina:
Clyde E Knibbs, Sedgwick, KS b. abt 1883
Ida M Knibbs, Sedgwick, KS b. abt 1882
Violet Mae Knibbs, Sedgwick, KS b. abt 1911
Lynelle E Knibbs, Sedgwick, KS b. abt 1907
Nina C Knibbs, Sedgwick, KS b. abt 1903

In 1940, Clyde was living at Buffalo, Clifton Township, Wilson, Kansas:
Clyde Knibbs Head Mar 57 Illinois Newspaper Editor
Ida May Knibbs Wife Mar 58 Newspaper Editor Assistant Missouri

The census shows that on 1 Apr 1935, they lived at Scott City, Scott, Kansas.

From the Kansas Trails Genealogy Web site we have learned the following about Clyde. Click their logo below to view a fascinating insight into Kansas and Scott County in particular:



Clyde Ellsworth Knibbs, editor and publisher of the Scott County Record, was born at Verona, Illions, July 10, 1882 and for fifty years has resided in Kansas. He is the son of George James Knibbs, a farmer and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Adkins.
George James Knibbs was born at Little River, Wisconsin, July 25, 1854, and died at Toronto, Kansas, January 14, 1912. His wife, Elizabeth who is still living was born at Verona, February 7, 1859.
Educated in district school until 1896, Clyde Ellsworth Knibbs attended Southern Kansas Academy from 1899 until 1901. He has been an editor and publisher for the past twenty-five years, having owned and operated the following papers: Toronto Republican, 1907-10; Fredonia Herald, 1910-12, Benton Record, 1912-14; Potwin Record, 1914-15; Augusta Journal and Gazette, 1915-18; Hardiner Press, 1918-20; Clearwater Courant, and Hazelton Herald, 1920-22; and the News Chronicle at Scott City, 1929-31. During 1922-29 he worked for daily papers at Wichita.
On October 27, 1904, Mr. Knibbs was married to Ida May Walker at Fredonia. She was born at Springfield, Missouri, October 24, 1881. Three children were born to them, Lyneol E., September 30,1906 who married Nina Catharine Cates and who met accidental death on December 13, 1931; Adelbert, March 20, 1910 who died the same day; and Violet May, March 15, 1911, who is married to Basil Earl Huls.
Mr. Knibbs is a Republican. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Chamber of Comme4rce, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Eagles. Residence: Scott City. (Illustriana Kansas, 1933, pages 654 & 655)


Clyde was involved at a senior level with the Buffalo Enterprise Newspaper:
"The first paper was the Buffalo Clipper in 1886. W. H, Trueblood was the publisher; J. H. Hale, editor and Charlie Bushfield, typesetter.
The Clipper became the Buffalo Express in 1888 with J. H. Hale and J. P. Bell as owners.
In 1889, the Buffalo Express became the Buffalo Advocate with Nancy Libbey and Lizzy Hollis.
Grant Keesling and C. C. Wilmore followed Libbey and Hollis.
In 1891, the Cowdery brothers bought the paper, followed by the McCarty brothers, N. B. Anthony, J. P. Bell and Clyde Bell.
In 1915, Wallace Torbert changed the name to Buffalo Blade.
The Buffalo Blade was published by George Eyer from 1922 to 1937.
Clyde Knibbs changed the name to the Buffalo Enterprise in 1937. It ceased publication around 1942."

Clyde was also the Publisher of the following weeklies:
Scott County Record produced in Scott City, Kansas between 1931 and it's final edition on 14 Mar 1940
Buffalo Enterprise produced in Buffalo, Kansas between 1938 and it's final issue on 13 Sep 1945

I believe he was also directly involved in the publication of these weeklies:
Milan Mirror published in Milan, Kansas by Knibbs-Kimmel Publishing Company from 1922(?)-1923
Hunnewell Herald Published in Hunnewell, Kansas by Knibbs-Kimmel Publishing Company from 1922(?)-1923
Goddard Gazette Published at Goddard, Kansas by Knibbs-Kimmel Publishing Company from 1923-1924

Clyde is buried at the Highland Park Cemetery, Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas.


Clyde Ellsworth Knibbs was born July, 1882 at Peoria, Ill., the son of George and Elizabeth Knibbs. Clyde was brought to Kansas by his parents when he was six months old, to Greenwood County near Fall River.
He was married to Ida May Walker October 27, 1904, and he owned and edited newspapers in the following Kansas communities: Toronto, Fredonia, Benton, Potwin, Augusta, Hardner, Clearwater, Wichita, Scott City, Buffalo and Argonia. At Argonia he operated the paper for seven years , prior to moving to Winfield.
Knibbs was a member of the First Methodist church, Masonic and Eastern Star Lodges, and the Winfield Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors are his wife, Ida; one daughter, Mrs. Violet Monroe of Wichita; three granddaughters; also eight grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs.
Anna Wright and Mrs. Gladys Close of Toronto, Mrs. Myrtle Okerberg of Fall River, Mrs. Sadie Rigdon of Emporia.
Funeral services were held at the Morris Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. Monday, with the Rev. W. E. Shuler of Wichita in charge. Interment was in Highland Cemetery at Winfield.

Clyde Ellsworth Knibbs, who owned and operated weekly newspapers in 11 Kansas communities over the past 46 years, died Friday night at his home. He was 72. Knibbs ran a printing shop here since he came to Winfield from Argonia in October, 1951. He operated a weekly there for seven years. Knibbs has published papers in Toronto, Fredonia, Benton, Potwin, Augusta, Wichita, Clearwater, Harding, Buffalo and Scott City.

Clyde and Ida are buried at Highland Cemetery, Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, USA.
Our gratitude goes to members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the deails in their memory.

Sources for Clyde Ellsworth KNIBBS:

  1. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book, Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book gave date. 
  2. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA, 111Personal contact with Ken Close Jr., USA gave date and location. 
  3. Obituary,
  4. Obituary of Clyde Ellsworth Knibbs,

Notes for Ida Mae WALKER:

Ida was the daughter of William Oscar F Walker and his wife Mary. William was born at Rogersville, Tennessee, USA. William died at Hoquiam, Washington, USA, aged 73. He'd lived there for the final 7 years of his life.

There is a little confusion with regard to where Ida was actually born. Some sources we've seen say Tennessee and some say Missouri.

From the Wellington Daily News, August 08, 1959:
Mrs. Ida Knibbs, who sufferedai heart attack recently, was enter'd in the Wellington hospital Sumner for treatment.


Ida Mae Knibbs

Ida Mae Walker was born in the state of Missouri October 24, 1881. She was next to the eldest of three brothers and sisters. All of them preceding her in death, except one brother, Tom Walker of Oregon. She spent her early life near Eureka, Kansas, where she grew to young womanhood.
In 1904 she was united in marriage to Clyde Ellsworth Knibbs of Toronto, Kansas. To this union three children were born, two sons and one daughter. The second son dying in infancy, and the eldest son Lyneol was killed in a car wreck in 1931. Her husband Clyde, preceded her in death in 1954. He was a life long editor, having purchased The Toronto Republican from A. L. (Dutch) Shultz, now of Topeka, Kansas, and selling it a few years later to E. E. Kelley, now deceased, and later editing papers in various other parts of the state, residing in Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, at the time of his death.
She was a member of the Methodist church; a past worthy matron of the Eastern Star of Buffalo, Kansas, 1942.
Soon after the death of her husband she moved to Argonia to be near her granddaughters. She became ill and was taken to the hospital at Wellington, Kansas, expiring August 12th after a short illness. Funeral services were held at Argonia at the Methodist church at 1:30 p.m. August 15, 1959, and interment was in the Highland Cemetery at Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, beside her husband.
She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter, Violet Monroe of Wichita, Kansas; three granddaughters, Mrs. Bruce Lewis of Scott City, Kansas, Mrs. Thornton Wolfe of Argonia, Kansas, and Mrs. Bud Coleman of Danville, Kansas; and twelve great-grandchildren and three sisters-in-law; Anna Wright, Myrtle Okerberg and Gladys Close of Toronto.
Miss Winifred Burkett, Anna Wright and Myrtle Okerberg attended the
funeral services.

Ida Mae Knibbs

Mrs. Ida Mae Knibbs, 78, of Argonia, formerly of Wichita, died Tuesday in a Wellington hospital.
She was the mother of Mrs. Violet Monroe, 1305 N. Topeka.
Mrs. Knibbs was born Jan. 21, 1881, in Tennessee. She was a member of College Hill Methodist Church, and Order of the Eastern Star. She served as grand matron of the OES in 1942 at Buffalo.
Mrs. Knibbs was associated with her husband Clyde L. Knibbs, in the newspaper business, prior to his death three years ago. The couple
published papers at Clearwater, Harper, Caldwell, Scott City, Buffalo and Whitewater.
Survivors, in addition to Mrs. Monroe, include three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Argonia Methodist Church.

Sources for Ida Mae WALKER:

  1. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book,
  2. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA, 111Personal contact with Ken Close Jr., USA gave the middle name of Mae 
  3. 1920 US Federal Census, gave Missouri 
  4. Kansas Trails Genealogy Web Site, gave location 
  5. Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society,
  6. 1940 US Federal Census,

Notes for Delbert KNIBBS:

Also known as: Adelbert

Sources for Delbert KNIBBS:

  1. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book,
  2. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA, 111Personal contact with Ken Close Jr., USA gave date only 
  3. 1920 US Federal Census, gave Kansas