A Giant Friend Has Passed From Among Us


| September/October 1998



Canton Aultman steam engine

12302 N. Prairie Road Nashville, Illinois 62263

Lyman Knapp operating his 1892 Canton Aultman steam engine at the 1988 Pawnee Show. He valued this rare engine for its unique design instead of collector popularity.

On June 17, 1998, Lyman Knapp was laid to rest in Blackwell, Oklahoma. The church was filled to capacity with admiring friends, including those from several states around Oklahoma.

Lyman was active in farming all his life and was a past chairman of the American Agriculture Movement. He was a member of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, The Old Settlers Club, The Sons of the American Revolution, The Auburn-Card-Duesenberg Club, Two Cylinder Club, Case Heritage Club, The Top of Oklahoma Historical Society, and the Tonkawa Historical Society. He was a past officer of the Oklahoma Steam Threshing and Gas Engine Association, The Model T Club, and Cher-O-Kan. He was also noted for building the Rix-Knapp Crawler tractor in the 1960s, the only tractor ever built in Oklahoma.

Lyman leaves his wife, Myrle, two daughters, Evelyn and Carolyn, one adopted daughter, April, seven grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

The pastor included in the service several people from the congregation to speak of Lyman's widely known life. There were three from the congregation who gave heartfelt comments on Lyman's great help and leadership to the American agriculture cause on the Washington, D.C. level, on the state level, and on the local level. Those efforts were well expressed with great and emotional thanks to Lyman Knapp.