Knox Family of Buffalo - Table of Contents

Family Photography Museum at the Knox Farm State Park
East Aurora, NY

Knox Farm State Park - Official Website  (Online Dec. 2012)



"The milk from the dairy barn was brought into an old, foot operated milk churn where the milk would be poured and churned until the cream was separated from the milk. The building also had lockers for the farmhands’ work clothes. Additionally, eggs were boxed here and some were shipped south on trains. Guernsey dairy cattle milk was used by the Knox Farm cook for baking because of its high fat content. Large, black and white Holstein dairy cattle milk was used by Knox Farm employees for their families." -  Behind the Scenes at Historic Knox Farm State Park: More than Trails and Wildlife (Online Dec. 2012)








Gambrel roof










Stores

The Reading, Pa. store opened Sept. 20th, 1884 [and] was a success from the beginning, where opening day sales totalled $209.20. So successful, in fact, that the inventory was valued at $1,531, and the end of the first week total sales were $1,517.

Newark was a disaster for the two cousins [Knox and Woolworth]. When they partnered in their next launch in Erie, it was also successful and helped them buy out of the lease they had in Newark.

In a bid to branch out on his own, away from cousin Frank Woolworth, he [Knox] had opened at store on Sept. 17th 1887 in Lockport along with his partner (and cousin) Edwin McBrier. In his travels back and forth he was intrigued by Buffalo's potential and partnered with Frank Woolworth in the first Buffalo store, opened at 409 Main St., on October 13th, 1888. The second Buffalo store was opened at 549 William St. on June 20th, 1891. These two stores would be moved to other addresses on the same streets, but the dates above were the original openings.

- Ross Brewitt











Opening day in Cincinnati, Oct. 12, 1895






Family photos
Semour H. Knox I married Grace Millard.  Their children:
  • Dorothy Virginia married Frank H. Goodyear, Jr.
  • Marjorie married  J. Hazard Campbell; Edmund Pendleton Rogers
  • Seymore H. II married Helen Northrup. Their children:
    • Seymour H. III 
    • Northrup 


Grace Millard, wife of Seymour H.  Knox I.
When Mrs. Knox died in 1926, she was a well-known social leader and philanthropist. Mrs. Knox was a supporter of many charities, including the Albright Art Gallery, University of Buffalo, and the Buffalo Museum of Science.

[Her son, Seymour Knox II,  became the main contributor of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.]



Built by Frank H. and Virginia Knox Goodyear, Jr. c. 1916-17    They sell the house to Dorothy's brother, Seymour II, in 1929, and build a grander house three miles away on North Davis Road.



This photograph of the Knox family was taken between 1910 and 1914, near Boston, Massachusetts. The Thomas was a Buffalo-made automobile in production between 1910 and 1912. It was a short-lived competitor to the Buffalo-made Pierce Arrow Motor Car.

According to the Buffalo Transportation Museum, the Thomas was a luxury car costing $5,000. The standard car of the day was the $500 Model T.

Seymour Knox, middle front seat, with Seymour Knox II on his lap. His wife Grace is in the seat behind him. Notice the fancy hats and eye goggles.



Seymour II and his wife, Helen Northrup



Seymour Knox II and III in the late 1920s



Northrup and wife Lucetta; Seymour II; Jean and husband Seymour III



Seymour III and Jean with their four children in front of the main house. After his father's death in 1990, the family made the main house their primary residence.






This 1960 photograph shows Northrup and Lucetta in their 1952 MG with their two children and dogs on Ess Kay Farm. The car is still in use today.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery






Seymour Knox III, II, and IV






Polo photos





Aurora - 1953, winners of the National 20-Goal Tournament.
Left: R. Wickser, Seymour Knox III, Seymour Knox II, Northrup Knox, and L. Smith




Members of the 1932 American team, which won the Argentine Open and the Cup of the Americas. In 1934, the Auroras won the tournament championship in England. (Seymour Knox far right)



Norty Knox (left) scoring against Argentina in 1966. He was captain of the United States polo team in 1966 and 1969, competing for the Cup of he Americas in Buenos Aires.







Stores

The Reading, Pa. store opened Sept. 20th, 1884 [and] was a success from the beginning, where opening day sales totalled $209.20. So successful, in fact, that the inventory was valued at $1,531, and the end of the first week total sales were $1,517.

Newark was a disaster for the two cousins [Knox and Woolworth]. When they partnered in their next launch in Erie, it was also successful and helped them buy out of the lease they had in Newark.

In a bid to branch out on his own, away from cousin Frank Woolworth, he [Knox] had opened at store on Sept. 17th 1887 in Lockport along with his partner (and cousin) Edwin McBrier. In his travels back and forth he was intrigued by Buffalo's potential and partnered with Frank Woolworth in the first Buffalo store, opened at 409 Main St., on October 13th, 1888. The second Buffalo store was opened at 549 William St. on June 20th, 1891. These two stores would be moved to other addresses on the same streets, but the dates above were the original openings.

- Ross Brewitt

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