Greetings From Sioux Falls
This past week marked the 144th year of Joseph Palmer Knapp's birthday May 14, 1864. Although born in Brooklyn and conducting most of his of business life from 1880's -1940's (he declared himself retired at age 81) in the Big Apple, he had a very consistent streak of preferring to live and spend almost all his leisure time in the country for most of his 86 years on earth. His first excursion to the country may of been a summer vacation on Shelter Island, Long Island in the 1870's. He of course had several homes on the island at Bellport, Southampton, Sands Point etc. as did his children at Greenlawn, Mastic, Hampton Bays etc.
Be it the wilds of upper Canada , the Catskill Mountains, or his island in North Carolina. J. P. Knapp truly enjoyed living in the country. When he did reside in New York City, much of it was spent a stones throw from Hudson River 1880's -1900 and literally right on East River at Riverhouse 1930's - 1951.
So it really came as no surprise this week when I learned that when he re- married for the first time, he did so in a far away place, way out west in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was the second time around for both when 41 year old Joseph P. Knapp and 34 year old Elizabeth Laing McIlwaine (pictured here circa 1910) visited judge H. P. Bailey on October 16, 1905 and tied the knot. They remained husband and wife until Elizabeth passed away at their home in Southampton, LI in 1922.
As remote as Sioux Falls was from New York postcard views of the time show it to be a lot more urban than you would think.
Did They Stay At The Honeymoon Suite ?
SIOUX FALLS ....IT'S LOWER KEY THAN NIAGRA FALLS ... JUST THE WAY Ol' J. P. WOULD LIKE IT