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Byron W. Knoblock

January 1985 Volume 32 Number 1


1893 - 1984

Central States Archaeological Societies member

January 1985 Vol 32 No# 1  

Byron W. Knoblock obituary


Byron Knoblock, artist, author, collector, dies at age 91

Byron W. Knoblock, 91, of 2016 Jersey, retired commercial artist and noted author, artist, conservationist and collector of Indian artifacts, died at 6:26 PM, Wednesday, (December 5, 1984) in his home. Mr. Knoblock was born August 27, 1893, in Quincy, a son of William and Bertha Steinbeck Knoblock. He married Florence Katherine Fay February 22, 1920, in Quincy. She died December 29, 1981. Mr. Knoblock was educated in the Quincy Public Schools and took courses from Washington University, St. Louis. He was a veteran of World War 1.

Mr. Knoblock was only 19 years old when he opened his own studio in the Wells Building, then at Fifth and Main in Quincy, and did commercial art work for local industries. He later pursued a career in art work in the automotive field in St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit and New York.

Mr. Knoblock pioneered in two developments in advertising art. The realistic oils he did of new Studebakers in 1921 set the industry on an entirely new track from the retouched black and white photos the agencies had used previously. When color photography was being introduced, Mr. Knoblock, through experimentation with dyes and shading, applied his own secret process to picture finishing which was considered more economical and realistic.

Mr. Knoblock was best known for his collections and his avocational interests for which he was accorded numerous honors and citations.

His collections of Indian mound builder artifacts, bird eggs, jade and fine and antique guns and swords were considered some of the most extensive to be gathered. An artist as well, he painted in oil and watercolor and did more than 3,000 paintings of new automobiles from 1921 to 1934.

Mr.. Knoblock followed his interests in Indian relics and pre-Columbian material for many years, tracing it back to the age of seven when he found his first arrowhead on his uncle’s farm.

He received a Yellow Member Citation in 1937 from the Illinois State Archaeological Society. In 1939, he authored a 600 page book, Banner-stones of the North American Indian.

Mr. Knoblock was accorded the Gold Medal Award from the Illinois State Archaeological Society in 1940, and, in 1941, received the Honorary Parchment Citation, signed by eight university, museum and state society professional colleagues, and the Eugene Field Society Honorary Membership Citation. He was awarded the Honorary Member Citation from the International Mark Twain Society in 1945 and the title of permanent president emeritus of the Illinois State Archaeological Society in 1951.

From 1952 to 1957, Mr. Knoblock was editor in chief of the Central States Archaeological Journal. In 1957, he was cited for Honorary Life Membership in the Illinois State Archaeological Society and, in 1961, was awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Quincy Art Club. He was a past president of the Quincy Indian Museum.

Surviving are two cousins, Eldon Knoblock of Quincy and Mrs. Robert (Lois) Lefringhouse of Quincy. He was preceded in death by his wife and a brother.

Services will be conducted at 11:30 AM, Saturday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home by the Rev. Peter Andersen. Burial will be in the Greenmount Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Luther Memorial Church.