About Knox

Knox Willard Nicholson was born on August 19, 1894. He was the only son of Willard James Nicholson (1860-1945) and Noraleine Knox (1871-1950). Growing up, Knox was their Golden Boy—their highly favored only child.

Knox attended UC Berkeley as a young man. Back then, UC Davis existed only as a branch of UC Berkeley, and it was called, simply, “The Farm.” Knox’s interests were captivated by raising Berkshire hogs and farming Kadota figs.

When he enlisted in the Great War, he was 23 years old. His father, a court reporter, typed his letters to later be bound into a book that has been handed down through his family. That book exists now, almost a century later, as a memorial to Knox’s experiences in World War I.

This blog will be updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with letters, postcards, and even some of Knox’s personal photographs along the way.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to make any comments or email any questions.

8 Responses to “About Knox”

  1. Ginnie Jessup says:

    This is SO GREAT! I was always impressed by my-then father-in-law, Knox, Sr. The family called him “Pop”. He was such a distinguished-looking gentleman, quite handsome, always stood very straight and tall (military training??). He had a wry sense of humor. Of course, I knew him as an “older man” – about 56 years old when I first met him in 1950. However, I was only 17 at the time, so my perception of what constituted “old” was slightly skewed…Fortunately he lived to his mid-70’s, so he was around for my four daughters’ growing-up years.
    It is such a privilege to get a really good glimpse of who he was as a young man, and also to learn what it might have been like to be a part of the “War-to-End-All-Wars”.
    Thanks to all who have a part in this challenging project!

  2. cindy felts says:

    Lauren & Paul,
    OMG! You have done an amazing job with this Blog!! I read Granddaddy’s book years ago, but wanted to re-read it after other family members have read and commented on it. This is perfect! I will log on three days a week and travel with you and Granddaddy. Please know I have a box of Nicholson memorabilia here at the house… Aunt Cindy

  3. Brit Oates says:

    I love what you guys are doing! This is so awesome, and I am so proud to be his great grandaughter : )

  4. Henry Franco says:

    Thanks for showing me this site. I am going to look through it for material to use with my US history classes soon. It is great having a resource like this. Good Job!

  5. Rich Landers says:

    Very nice site. Check out Soldier’s Mail for another blog featuring writings home from the front lines of American involvement in the Great War. Have you thought of posting the letters on the same date they were originally written? That would add to the “blog” feel.

  6. Karen Garvin says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your family’s memories. I’m studying 18th-19th century European history and am always looking for interesting materials. Personal accounts always make the history more real. Very nice design work, too. Please keep it up!

  7. Larry A. Grant says:

    This is a marvelous collection of material. I’m a military historian, and I’m writing a chapter on logistics for a larger study on the battle of the Meuse-Argonne. I have been searching for data on the daily weather during September, October, and November 1918, and your g-grandfather’s letters and journal entries have provided just about everything I could ask for. I plan to list your site in my bibliography. Thanks for making this available. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

  8. the Editor says:

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! He seems to always mention the weather and their food. Good luck with your chapter!

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