Author Archives: Robert F. Knapp (1913-1994)

Robert F. Knapp (1913-1994)

About Robert F. Knapp (1913-1994)

Robert F. Knapp was born Wausaukee, Wisconsin, in 1913, and moved with his family to the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s. His father, James Asa Knapp Jr., worked in the logging camps and rarely spent much time with his eight children. Eventually, James and the children's mother, Emma Beatrice Primley, divorced and Emma packed up the family and headed west. Robert grew up working odd jobs in logging camps, railroad camps, on farms, and taking what work could come his way until finding steady work and a home with his wife, Evelyn, in Monroe and Lake Stevens, Washington. He had four children and many grandchildren. Robert left behind a legacy of stories and poems written for a creative writing class throughout 1960-1980, writing of life growing up in Northern Wisconsin and the struggles to find work with a huge family to support through the Depression. Permission to reprint this has been graciously granted by the family of Robert F. Knapp with the hope that you will enjoy reading about the life and times of this amazing man.

Poem: Evenin’ by Robert Knapp

Poem: Evenin' by Robert Knapp

Night drops down with usual clam. The peaceful night birds cry. The whippoorwill reiterates song, Natures own sweet lullaby. An owl hoots, from his lofty perch, A hungry coyote whines, Nocturnal animals in search, Make chills go up one’s spine. … Continue reading


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Poem: The Little Kids (Robert and Wayne Knapp)

In our family’s history, few brothers were as close as Robert and Wayne Knapp. A year apart in age, and the youngest of the family for a long time, they were bound at the hip during the rough and tumble … Continue reading


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Knapp Family: Our Introduction to the West in 1930

Knapp Family: Our Introduction to the West in 1930

In this story by Robert Knapp, he tells of when the family arrived in 1930 in Oregon as part of their Depression Era move from Wisconsin looking for work. In nineteen thirty, my mother and four brothers came west from … Continue reading


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Poem: The Good and the Bad by Robert Knapp

Poem: The Good and the Bad by Robert Knapp

Written February 3, 1965, as part of the creative writing class taken by Robert Knapp in Lake Stevens/Everett area of Snohomish County, Washington. The Good and the Bad You have all had your portions of sorrow and pain, And have … Continue reading


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The 1967 Trip Back to Taylor Rapids, Wisconsin

The 1967 Trip Back to Taylor Rapids, Wisconsin

This is a paper describing the trip back to Taylor Rapids, Wisconsin, by Knapp brothers, Wayne and Robert. It’s a beautiful piece that describes the now lost-to-time logging community and the landmarks that shaped their lives growing up there. It’s … Continue reading


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Poem: My Mother by Robert Knapp (Emma Primley Knapp)

Poem: My Mother by Robert Knapp (Emma Primley Knapp)

Dated December 1, 1964, written for his mother, Emma Beatrice Primley Knapp, died 1960. My Mother She waited on me hand and foot. That’s as the saying goes. I know great care of me was took, And thanks so seldom … Continue reading


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Lunch On the River on Old Jim With Nonie and Wayne

Lunch On the River on Old Jim With Nonie and Wayne

I have spoken often of how much of my youthful happiness is owed to my wonderful departed sister, Nonie. She was one in a million. She a teacher, mother, and sister to us, especially to my younger brother, Wayne, and … Continue reading


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My First Chaw Of Tobacco

My First Chaw Of Tobacco

This is another childhood story by Robert F. Knapp (1913-1994), telling about his first time he and his brother, Wayne Knapp, chewed tobacco. The Clemmens/Clemens family of Kentucky are mentioned. The story takes place in July of 1925 near Taylor … Continue reading


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The Castaway

The winter rain came down in sheets, Drenching the fields, and flooding the streets, Driven by winds that howled and screamed, Like the nightmarish plot of a devil’s dream! Oh, pity the soul without warmth of friends, With no one … Continue reading


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Cooking On The Tug Boat Skagit Chief

Cooking On The Tug Boat Skagit Chief

The following is another story by Robert F. Knapp (1913-1994) of his years working on the The Skagit Chief tug boat towing logs on the Skagit River and Puget Sound in Washington State during the 1930-1950s. People mentioned include Captain … Continue reading


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