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Source: July 1997 Volume 35 Number 3, Page 119

In Memoriam: Louise Hines Kneass

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Louise H. Kneass, an active member of the History Club, along with Franklin Wandless, Howard Okie, Alden Mason, Mildred Fisher and others in the early 1950s, died on April 25, 1997 at the advanced age of 93. She was president of the Club in 1954, and wrote a history of Daylesford published in the Quarterly in 1955.

Her father was in the Navy, and the family went with him, spending four years in the Orient, and then all up and down the East Coast. After World War I he was made head of the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Louise was a student at Penn and, at age 19, married Dudley Kneass.

The newlyweds moved to Berwyn, out in the country, and then to Daylesford to a house with seven bedrooms. Louise Kneass reminisced about the years from 1929 to 1964, when she lived there, in an article published March 15, 1979 in The Suburban and Wayne Times, likely on the occasion of her seventy-fifth birthday.

Some accomplishments remembered were 45 years of service in the Red Cross, time spent on the Boards of the Dental Clinic and Valley Forge Historical Society, and World War II service on the local Ration Board and spotting airplanes at night with her son. But remembered most fondly of all were the Fourth of July celebrations at her home in Daylesford, which became neighborhood legend. They were held for 30 years with a sparkler parade, gallons of ice cream and, after dark, fireworks.

Louise Kneass is survived by her daughter, Polly Kneass Kelly, a sister, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildrem. Her son George died in 1990.


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