Memories of Yankeetown

by A. Frank Knotts

26 February 2009

A Note to My Patient Readers::

Thanks for hanging in during my two-year absence, the one that I remedied last month There are no good excuses for me to make. Yes, I had a few surgeries, but only one of them qualifies as major: a new hip joint (which, by the way, works very well, much much better than the old worn-out one). Others such as new lenses in both eyes (terrific!) and peek-a-boos into orifices (no bad news!) went very smoothly and painlessly. None of this serves as an excuse, but then do I really need one? I just didn't get the urge to write. Actually, I enjoy very good health, thanks not to clean living, but rather to careful choice of parents who had good longevity genes.

What encourages me immensely is the positive responses to my most recent efforts. Thank you! Also helpful are your questions to give guidance to what you might find interesting. Some topics now in the works due to your questions are:

  • Interesting guests who stayed at the Izaak Walton Lodge,
  • Early boats, and
  • Fishing parties from the Lodge.

From my own list:

  • Race in Early Yankeetown,
  • Communication,
  • Crime and Punishment, and
  • My Chicken Business.

Stay tuned.


A. Frank Knotts
Born: Chicago, Ill, June 23, 1926
Died: Somewhere, much later, with luck.
Full-time Yankeetown resident: 1926-1942
Yankeetown visitor: 1942-1988

Andrew Seely in cahoots with my wife, Linda, coaxed me into the idea that some folks in Yankeetown were interested in the early history of the place. At first, I thought, "Ho-hum." Then I began to reminisce--kinda fun. Then I began to put some of those reminiscences on paper. That was more than engaging. It took me places long unvisited, to feelings long unfelt; in short, a fun adventure. I feel grateful to Andrew and Linda for prompting the resuscitation of those comatose parts of my life. It helps an old man to wrap up the two ends of his life. At the same time it could serve some bit of usefulness to whoever in Yankeetown might find it interesting to hear about some old times.

My parents, Norma and Eugene, built and ran the Izaak Walton Lodge. I lived there with them and my older siblings, Tom and Nancy. Grandma McGrath and Uncle A. F. Knotts lived next door to the east and they often took dinner with us at the "family table." As a curious kid with big ears I observed a lot of what went on in and around the Lodge and around town.


  • Attended elementary school at the old two-room schoolhouse on Riverside Drive from 1932 until 1936. Teachers remembered were Miss Delaino and Miss Dyer. Unremembered: She who used to whip us on the backs of our legs too often.
  • Sixth and seventh grade at the new rock school on 40.
  • Eighth, ninth, and tenth grades at Dunnellon.
  • Eleventh at Ocala High School. Skipped twelfth.
  • 1942-1944 Purdue University.
  • 1944-1946 served in U. S. Navy in the U. S. and the Pacific.
  • 1946-1948 Purdue University
  • BS, Colorado A & M, 1950; MEd Colorado A & M, 1951; PhD, Clinical Psychology University of Colorado 1965.

Odd Jobs: Laborer; Factory Worker; Forest Service Lookout/Fireman; Truck Driver: Lab Technician; etc.

Career: Practice of clinical psychology in Boulder and Denver, Colorado.

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© A. Frank Knotts, 2009-2010