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Knatz Family in the Yukon and Washington State

Knatz Trip over the Pass to Dawson (Photo from Charles Edward Knatz, the 7th)

In 1985, I made contact with Lois Knatz who was living in Seattle Washington. I had sent her a letter asking about her family and she kindly shared information with me. Her grandfather’s name was Henry Knatz and her grandmother’s name was Elizabeth Weigan Knatz from Lonaconing, Allegany County, Maryland. She was aware of four children, three boys, Henry, Bill, and Charles and a daughter.

The 1870 census for Maryland shows Henry Knatz, shoemaker, age 50, married to Elizabeth, age 40, livingin Lonaconing, Allegheny County, with 6 children:

Matilda, age 11

Elizabeth, age 16

Henry, age 14

William, age 9

Charles , age 6

George, age 4 months

At the same time, the 1870 census shows August Knatz , single age 18 living with a Geiger family of which the father John was a confectioner. I have always assumed, although his age is not correct that this August is my immigrant ancestor August who upon arriving in New York, traveled to Baltimore where he had family and learned to become a baker, a craft he practiced in New York. The 1870 Maryland census also shows a Philip Knatz, age 32 a grocer, living in Baltimore with his wife Christiana, and children Edward, Llily and Philip.

Charles Knatz married Anna Carsten and they had two sons, Dawson was born at Dawson, Yukon Territory and Charles Jr. born April 5th 1903 in Butte Montana. Lois was married to Charles Jr. When Charles Jr. was 9 years old he took a trip to Lanaconing, Maryland and according to Lois, he remembered staying with his Aunt Eilzabeth. Lois remembered Charles’ grandfather being a bootmaker.

Lois and Charles have two children, Charles Jr. living in Lynnwood Washington and Mary Ellen Phillips, living in Albany Oregon. At the time I wrote Lois in 1985, her husband has cancer and she was taking care of him. She told me that some time ago she and her children put together a poem about their grandfather who they considered a colorful character. She only had one copy but offered to type one up for me. I still have the letter Lois had written me in 1985 but I am not sure if I ever wrote her and asked for the poem.

The 1920 census lists a Dawson Knatz, age 20, born in Yukon territory, living with another family with his occupation listed as laborer.

In 2007, I was contacted by Charles Edward Knatz, the 7th who was living in Hawaii, inquiring about his family. He has a brother Daniel. He mentioned his Uncle Dawson and sent me the following pictures of Dawson Knatz and the Knatz family trip through the Yukon to Dawson. I would be interested in any information that could take this family line further as I have not had time to research it myself.

Dawson Knatz Trip Over the Pass

Thanks to facebook I have made contact with the wife of Lois Knatz’s son Charles Edward Knatz. Her name is Joyce Knatz. I learned Lois passed away in November 2007 at the age of 101 (one month shy of her 102nd birthday) and Mary Ellen in Feb 2008 from smoking-related emphysema. Charles Edward or Chuck (as he was called by Joyce) passed away a few months after Mary Ellen at the age of 72. Lois never shared with her children that we had been in contact in the 1980’s. Joyce was Chuck’s second wife. Chuck has two children Charles Edward Knatz called Eddy and Daniel Knatz. From Joyce, I was able to get the following genealogical information as well as the family poem.

Henry Knatz came to the United States from Luxembourg, Europe
Elizabeth Weigan came to the United States from Alsace Lorraine, Europe
Henry and Elizabeth (Weigan) Knatz married and came to New York, United States. They moved to Cumberland, Maryland and later to Lanaconing, Maryland. Henry and Elizabeth had four boys and four girls. Henry was a boot and shoe maker (they were made by hand in those days).
Charles E. Knatz 11/18/1862 -1/19/1937
Charles was the third child of Henry and Elizabeth Knatz. He
served his apprenticeship as a baker. He left Maryland at the
age of eighteen and began a career of gambling beginning in
Leadville Colorado, Butte, Montana and places in between.


William Carstens and his wife came from England. They had eleven children. William was a preacher and the family lived in Davenport, Iowa.
Anna (Annie) Carstens 1/21/1872 -11/19/1958 -Anna was the youngest child of William Carstens. Her parents
died when she was quite young. Her oldest brother William and family took Anna to live with his family. William had a dry
goods store in Davenport, Iowa.

Charles Edward Knatz and Anna (Annie) Carstens Knatz
Charles and Anna met in Butte, Montana when she came there to work in a hospital. In 1898, Charles went to the White Horse in the Yukon Territory and stayed one year. Then Charles returned to the United States and he and Anna were married October 5, 1899 in Spokane, Washington. Charles and his bride returned to Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Their first son Dawson was born in Dawson, Yukon, Territory on May 5, 1901. The family returned from the Yukon Territory to California, Nevada, and then to Butte, Montana. A second son, Charles Edward, was born in Butte, Montana on April 5, 1903. Then it was a life of travel. Texas, Nevada, California, and finally they settled in Phillipsburg, Montana in 1912. Charles went into the saloon business with his brother William. In 1917, they family moved to Auburn, Washington and bought a small farm. In 1918, Dawson joined the army and was sent to Germany. Charles, their son, went to work in a garage in Auburn. Charles and Anna Knatz moved to a house on 54th in Seattle. After a few years, they left and went to California.

1. Dawson Knatz born May 5, 1903 died April 5, 1978. He married Marie in Germany while serving in the First World War. They had three children
2. Charles Edward born April 5, 1903 died April 3, 1987. He married Lois Anna Gallanger, November 30, 1929.
and they had two children: Mary Ellen and Charles Edward Jr.

Charles Edward and Lois Anna Gallanger Knatz met in the fall of 1927 and were married November 30, 1929, in Tacoma, Washington. They lived on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington until they bought a partially completed house at 2530 30th West on Magnolia Bluff in Seattle in 1932. Charles worked in the automotive trade. He worked at Chief Seattle garage and for Claude Frizzell at 509 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington. In 1947, he opened his own repair shop, Bottenberg and Knatz, with a friend, Fred. He operated the shop until he retired in 1965. His two children were Mary Ellen and Charles Edward
1. Mary Ellen born September 25, 1934 Married Donald l. Phillips born December 16, 1932, on May 4, 1957 in Seattle Washington and divorced August, 1989. Donald Phillips now lived in Salem Oregon. They had two children:
1.Jeanette Leora Phillips born November 27, 1960, who lived in Reno with her husband Scott Osborn, no children.
Robert Grant Phillips born October 18, 1962 Married to Lara Merritt with two stepchildren. Living in Houston Texas.
2. Charles Edward born November. 2, 1937 Married Karen Winton, April 19, 1958 in Seattle Washington,
divorced in 1980. Married Joyce Taylor in 1981. Children: Charles Edward III, Kristin and Daniel Eric.
Kristin born May 25, 1960. married Michael Rimkus, September 19, 1981. They live in Bothell, WA. Children: Jason born June 23, 1982 and Lauren born April 30, 1985.
Charles Edward III born April 14, 1961, living in Hawaii
Daniel born June 18, 1964, possibly living in Seattle.


John Henry Gallanger (Gallagher) 4/15/1830 -2/911897
Born April 15, 1830 in Glasgow, Scotland of Irish decent. His family had a weaving business in Glasgow. The family planned on him going to college, instead he ran away to Canada. The name Gallagher was changed to Gallanger on coming to the United States in 1856.
Anna Ellen Fergie 3/17/1840 -12/30/1927
Born March 17,1840, Cork in County Down, Ireland. Her family of
four boys and four girls came to Kingston, Canada in 1844. The
father died in 1845, and the family was raised by the mother as
tenants on an Englishman’s grant of land.

John Henry Gallanger and Anna Ellen Fergie
John Gallagher and Anna Fergie were married October 15, 1854 at
Ottawa, Canada. They moved to Michigan, U.S. in 1856. The story
is that Anna Ellen’s Irish brogue was so thick and she could neither
read nor write and that the immigration people spelled Gallagher
Gallanger when she and John Henry came to the United States from
Canada. He served in the Civil War as a member of the Illinois
Volunteers. John Henry Gallanger died February 9, 1897 and is
buried at Rock Falls Cemetery, Harbor Beach, Michigan. Anna Ellen
Fergie Gallanger died December 30, 1927 at Lopez Island,

Children of John Henry and Anna Ellen (Fergie) Gallanger
1. Robert James born January 8, 1856 at Port Sanilac, Michigan, died April 17, 1867 at White Rock, Michigan.
2. Elizabeth (Eliza) born June 4, 1858 at White Rock, Michigan, died October 21, 1927 at Lopez Island, Washington.
3. Anna Ellen born June 29, 1860 at White Rock, Michigan, died July 10, 1940 at Pontiac, Michigan.
4. Joseph Fergie born May 6, 1866 at White Rock. Michigan, died May 20, 1930 at Lopez Island, Washington.
5. William Walter born June 30, 1969 at White Rock, Michigan, died November 1, 1965 at Lopez Island, Washington.
6. John Henry born November 25, 1870 at White Rock, Michigan died October 25, 1932 at Lopez Island Washington.
7. Jessie born June 6, 1872 at White Rock, Michigan, died July 5, 1933 at Caro, Michigan.
8. George born August 26, 1875 at White Rock, Michigan, died April 29, 1966 at Lopez Island, Washington.
9. Mary Elizabeth born October 23, 1877 at White Rock, Michigan, died April 2, 1966 at Harbor Beach, Michigan.
10. Harriet (Hattie) Born May 6, 1889 at White Rock, Michigan, died March 25, 1936 at Lopez Island, Washington.


Charles Bartlett 6/8/1840 -7/5/1931
Born June 8, 1840, died July 5, 1931. He came from England. Charles was a volunteer in Company C of the 10th Calvary in the Civil War serving as a blacksmith.
Charles and Mary Bartlett Married and lived at Red Oak, Iowa. Charles and Mary Bartlett had two daughters; Mary and Anna (Annie) born June 22,1868 and died on June 15, 1946. Mary Bartlett, wife of Charles, died in childbirth.

Charles and Nancy Bartlett
After the death of Mary Bartlett, Charles married Nancy and moved to Lopez Island, Washington in 1880. Charles and Nancy Bartlett had three children; Thomas, Hugh, and Gertie.

William Walter Gallanger and Anna (Annie) Bartlett Gallanger
William and Anna were married July 27, 1894 at Friday Harbor, Washington. They farmed, logged timber for Bellingham Co., and had a steam engine and threshing machine that they took around Lopez Island, Washington in the fall with his brother, George. They threshed the grain for all the farmers, and used the engine to grind the grain for cattle feed in the winter. With sons, Walter and George at one time owned about 1000 acres.

Children of William Walter and Anna (Bartlett) Gallanger
1. Walter C. born June 14, 1895, died April 12, 1978. Married Ethyl Byrd November, 1932. Children: Clifford, James, Patricia, Jerry, Rosalie, and Phillip who died at age 12.
2. George R. born August 10, 1896, died June 5, 1980. Married Billie Wood June 22, 1922. Children: Ruth, Evelyn, and Joanne who died at age 2.
3. Lusadie born October 11, 1897, died May, 1921. Married Ed McCauley May 22, 1917.
Child: Melvin, died July 14, 1938.
4. Elizabeth born September 29, 1899, died June 1926. Married L. Harrison, February, 1923.
5. Mary I. born July 29, 1901, died March 29, 1915 from illness.
6. William born May 5, 1903, died June 16, 1912 from drowning in a well.
7. Lois Anna born December 23, 1905. Married Charles Edward Knatz November 30, 1929. Children: Mary Ellen and Charles Edward, Jr.
8. Francis B. (Frank) born January 13, 1908. Married Vera Pierson March, 1933.
Child: Marie.
9. Herbert J. (Bert) born May 25, 1910, died September 8, 1983. Married Leora Graham June 12, 1937.

(Written for her granddaughter Kristin Rimkus)

Oh, Great Grandfather Knatz was a gambling man
He roamed the West
Played his best
With dice and cards his fortune he did seek
From Red Lodge, Butte, Tonapah
He won and lost and loved it all
Shoot out, bushwhacking, and whiskey
Life in a mining camp was risky
Poker was the game
He was the best gambler you could name
The bets were so great
For a game he was never late
Black hair, brown eyes, a handsome gambling man
Great Grandfather Knatz was a gambling man


His father’s voice he had heeded
A baker’s trade what was he needed
Bread, cakes, and pies
He so despised


Chucked it all
To answer the call
Go West young man
Go West and do what he loved best
In Leadville, Colorado,
free crackers with a five cent bowl of soup
Great Grandfather Knatz was a gambling man
He roamed the West
Poker was the game
He was never late
Would draw to an inside straight
Great Grandfather Knatz was a gambling man


Gold was the word
The only thing he heard
With his cards he traveled North
He toiled, sweat and swore
The Chilakoot Pass he climbed
Lake Bennett, then the Yukon
Gold was the word
The only thing he heard
Great Grandfather Knatz was a gambling man
Oh, the rip roaring town of Dawson at the Gold Hill Hotel
He staked the miners
He played the cards
Diamond Lil was quite a thrill
His poke was full of golden dust
The nights were long and cold
An egg was hard to find
Love was on his mind
Great Grandfather was a gambling man

October 1899

To Spokane Washington he did ride
To take Annie Carstens for his bride


With his blonde bride, Annie, by his side
By train and ship they did ride
Gold was the word
The only thing they heard
Gold Hill Hotel, Dawson, Yukon that’s where their fortune would be found
He stake the miners
Some struck it rich
He was a gambler of fame
Poker was his game

May 1901

Came their first born
They named him Dawson
The nights were long and cold
At a dollar a piece, an egg was hard to find
Sunshine was on their minds
With a gambler’s luck
They left with a quarter million bucks
Great Grandfather Knatz was a gambling man


They traveled to California, Nevada, Montana and in between
Oil stocks came high
Diamonds he did buy
There was oil in Texas
He bought the stocks they printed
Mining shares of silver and gold
Great Grandfather would hold
He was a gambling man

April 5, 1903

Butte, Montana
His name sake was born
But the oil wells were dry
There was not silver and gold
For those mining shares he would hold
Now, I sure as heck don’t give a dang
For those framed and worthless stocks that on my wall do hang
With a sigh
I lift my voice and cry
“There will never be another Gambling Knatz”

1907 Nevada

Oh, Great Grandfather Knatz was a gambling man


They rode the train to Kent Washington
But here it was so tame
Great Grandfather Knatz loved that poker game
To Nevada, they rode that train again
His sons and Annie pleaded
A place to rest they needed


On that train again to Phillipsburg, Montana is where he settled them
He looked and found a building
So on Main Street from a afar
You could see the sign, “Charlie’s Bar”
From the door
You could see sawdust on the floor
He had a gambling table
Took a cut from every game that was played
Beer, wine and whiskey you could order at Charlie’s Bar
With a sigh, I life my voice and cry
“There will never be another Gambling Knatz!”
Oh, Great Grandfather Knatz was a gambling man
From Charlie’s Bar his gaze would wonder
There was gold in those hills yonder
On a claim he did file
A shaft he did sink
A sluice box build
An assay on that order was made
The newspaper did proclaim
“Great Grandfather Knatz was rich again at lastl”
Oh, those big mining companies how craftily they work
They angled in a shaft
They took his silver
They took his gold
To a court of law he brought them
The lawyers, they had many
Grandfather Knatz was running low on money
Oh, that worthless mine
The patent Woodrow Wilson did sign
Now I hold the deed and patent on that worthless mine
With a sigh
I life my voice and cry
“There will never be another Gambling Knatz”


The mine and bar were left behind
A farm was purchased at Enumclaw, Washington
Then Dawson joined the army
Charles, Jr., liked cars better than cows and chickens
So he left to seek his fortune


Grandfather Knatz and Annie came to Seattle
Purchased a home by Greenlake
Decided to just enjoy their friends
The wonder lust couldn’t be contained


The gambling man shuffled the cards
Worked as a dealer in Aqua Calenti, Mexico


Reno Nevada
Still shuffling cards
Throwing the dice as a dealer in a Reno club


Retired to Seattle
Shuffled the cards
Play solitaire

January, 1937

Pneumonia struck him down
The brown eyes were bright
The hair had grown white

January 19, 1937

Gabrial blows his horn
The gambling man answered the call
Entered the gates of heaven
This story so old is true as it is told
With a sigh I lift my voice and cry
There will never by another gambling Knatz

This is the story of Charles Edward Knatz
Born: November 18, 1862
Died: January 19, 1937
Mother’s Name: Elizabeth Weigan Knatz
Father’s Name: Henry Knatz
Birth Place: Lanoconing, Allegheny County, Maryland, U.S.A.
Married Annie Carstens, Spokane, Washington, October 4, 1899
FirstSon: Dawson, born May 5, 1901, at Dawson, Yukon Terrritory, Canada
Second Son: Charles E. Knatz born April 5, 1903, at Butte, M