More Stratford folks, pp. 279-293
The Edward Knolls The Edward Knoll family is from rural Straford, four miles north of the village on High- way 153 in the Town of Eau Pleine. Ed came to the Stratford area as a young child. He married Stella Zaleski in ,1925. The Knolls raised ten children: Edward Jr., Ben, Jerry, Clemens, Allie, Annette, Patricia, Arlene, Susan and Flora. Ed Knoll was most famous for his apiar which was the subject of many news articles through the years. In 1976 the Marshfield News-Herald printed the following article: Beekeeper's Dream "In 1914, some ofEd Knoll's bees produced honey 11 boxes high. The 76-year-old rural Stratford beekeeper didn't expect to see another year like that, but he did. His best bee colony, which filled 13 boxes, is expected to produce between 400 and 500 pounds of honey. He attributes the feat to a young queen bee, an unusually active colony and phenomenal conditions for honey production. Knoll has 62 colonies which he predicts will produce an average of 200 pounds. This is beyond the 75 to 80 pounds which are left in the hive to sustain the colony during the winter." The Knolls were also known for their lavish Christmas decorations. In 1949 they had a spectacular lighting display in their windbreak in front of their home. The 20 spruce trees were illuminated with 500 lights strung throughout the branches. Ed died in 1973. His wife, Stella, is a familiar face in Three of the Knoll sons are still active in the Stratford the Stratford community. In 1988 she celebrated her 80th community. Ed Jr. has Knolls Bar, Jerry is a local area farmer and birthday at the Rose Bowl Lanes in Rozellville when she Allie is Vice President of the Stratford State Bank and co- went there to bowl. She reigned as the "Queen Bee" on the chairman of the Stratford Centennial Celebration. Knoll Family Float for the 1990 Heritage Days Parade.
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