Following is one of the Biographies and Stories which where gathered by Charles Sumner McKamy in the 1950s for publication in a Crawford County History Book. Unfortunately he passed away before the book was published.

James Brown McKnight, son of Robert Henry McKnight and Mary E. (Brown) McKnight, was born in Oblong Township, November 7, 1886. His Father came to Crawford County, Illinois form Murray, Kentucky, with his parents, James and Martha McKnight, who settled on a farm 3 1/2 miles north of Oblong about 1870.

His maternal Grandparents were Achilles M. Brown and Anna (Gilmore) Brown, who immigrated to America from Ireland when she was four years of age. They moved to Crawford County from Rush County, Indiana about 1850 establishing a home on a farm they purchased one mile north of Oblong.

James B. McKnight taught two terms of country school, 1906-1908, entering the First National Bank of Oblong as a bookkeeper in 1908 and he married Alice Cortelyou at the country home of her parents, Everett L. Cortelyou and Mary Bell (Wirt) Cortelyou on June 22, 1910 and to this union were born four sons and one daughter, as follows: Richard L. McKnight (wife Elizabeth (James) McKnight) graduate of Oblong Township High School 1929 and University of Illinois in 1933. They now reside in Rochester, New York, where he is Assistant Manager of the income Tax Department of the Eastern Kodak Company. They have three children, viz: William J. 14, Jean 12 and Sarah May 8; J. Murray McKnight (wife Norene Orcutt McKnight) graduate of Oblong Township High School in 1930 and the University of Illinois in 1934 and resides in Paris, Illinois, where he is associated with Harry A. Houston & Associates in general accounting and income tax work, their children are Charon Lee 14, Robert Scott 6 and Mary Margaret 3; Kent C. McKnight (wife Betty Shan McKnight) a graduate of Oblong Township High School in 1932 and the University of Illinois in 1938 and resides at Ft. Worth, Texas, where he is Chief Clerk in the Accounting Department of he Pure Oil Company, he served in the Armed Forces in 1942-1946, has one son, James K. 7; Robert H. McKnight, graduate of the Oblong Township High School in 1941 and the University of Illinois in 1949, serving in the World War II in 1943-1946 ETO 19 months, employed by the universal C.I.T. Credit Corporation in Springfield and Decatur, Illinois in 1949-1951, since that time he is employed on the staff of the First National Bank of Oblong as Assistant Cashier and he resides at home with his parents; and the daughter, Alice Louise McKnight who is also at home.

Mr. McKnight was appointed Cashier of the newly organized First National Bank, at Annapolis, Illinois in 1912 and moved with his family to that town in September 1912, where he served that institution as Cashier until January 1919 when he was elected Cashier of the First National Bank of Oblong, serving in that capacity until 1940 when he was elected to the office of President of the Bank following the death of its President, S.F. Odell. This bank has an invested capital in excess of $350,000.00 and total resources of well over $5,000,000.00, he served six years as a member of the Oblong Grade School Board and seven years as President of the Board of Education of the Oblong Township High School, serving two years as a member of the Village Board of Trustees and was Supervisor of Oblong Township two terms, 1921-1923, he is a member of the Methodist Church in Oblong and has been active in religious activities for many years; he is Past Master of Oblong City Lodge No. 644 A.F.&A.M. and has served as Treasurer of the lodge continuously since December 1928. Mrs. McKnight is a member of the First Christian Church of Oblong and active in its various departments and has been organist for the Church since 1928.

Mr. McKnight retired as President of the First National Bank of Oblong on _______ on account of failing health, having been engaged in the banking business about forty-six years continuously.

Note by the publisher: The above auto-biography was written by Mr. McKnight shortly before his death, on February 15, 1956, being survived by his wife, Alice, five children, Richard L. of Rochester, N.Y., J. Murray of Olney, Ill., Kent C. of Fort Worth, Texas, Alice Louise and Robert at home. As a token of their appreciation the Directors, officers and employees of the Bank presented his family with a 21 inch Zenith television.