photocopied transcription of Knight's biography entitled: Memoirs of Family Living: John and Ann Amelia Clark Madson Family as recalled by Hattie M Knight.
Hattie M. Knight was born in Elkhorn, Idaho in 1908, and the oldest daughter of John and Ann Amelia Madson. The Madson family owned a wheat farm in an isolated area in southern Idaho. Along with her brother, Hattie was the first of her family to complete the eighth grade. English became her passion, and so after high school she obtained her teaching certificate from the University of Idaho. On April 20, 1929, Hattie married Eldred V. Knight. Their marriage was sealed in the L.D.S. Logan Temple a few months later. Both Eldred and Hattie taught school throughout the southern Idaho area until Eldred died from complications of a tonsillectomy on May 29, 1936. Having one small child, Larry, and little money, Hattie moved to Provo and attended Brigham Young University. Soon, Hattie became BYU Library 's Circulation Librarian. She held this position from 1941 until she retired in 1973. A year before her death in 1975, Hattie wrote this biography of her family.
Hattie M. Knight has divided her family biography into five chapters entitled work, food, school, recreation and home. Consequently, there is little chronological order throughout the manuscript. Hattie gives a collective experience of her family life with a few individual memories and events. She presents a detailed and unpretentious description of life on an Idaho farm during the early 20th Century. Near the end, she includes a short biographical conclusion of the life and death of her parents and siblings. Teacher, Farming