Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     HERMAN A. KNACK is a farmer residing four and one half miles southwest of Rocklyn, and was born in Germany, August 7, 1864.  He is the son of August and Lena (Mead) Knack, both also native Germans.  The father served in the war between his native country and Austria, came to America, and died in Wisconsin, in 1873.  Mr. Knack's mother is now living with her son, our subject.  She has one daughter, Mrs. Emma Villook, living in Fond Du Lac county, Wisconsin.
     Herman A. Knack came to the United States with his parents in 1869, when the family settled at Ripon, Fond Du Lac county, Wisconsin.  When the boy became old enough he hired out as a farm hand, and in consequence he was denied any great amount of schooling.  In 1885 he came to Lincoln county, filed a homestead claim four miles northwest of Harrington, and at once began making improvements, which necessitated his working for hire for a time, since he had only a few dollars in cash.  He was married on July 6, 1890, to Louisa Bursch, a native of Wabasha county, Minnesota.  Mrs. Knack's parents were August and Hattie (Mead) Bursch, and were both born in Germany.  They came to the United States and settled in Minnesota, from which state they came to Lincoln county in 1883.  Here the father died in 1900, leaving the mother, who is still living on their old homestead near Harrington.
     The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Knack are Mrs. Augusta Kruger, Herman, Mrs. Julia Rux, Samuel, Lydia and Rosalia.
     Mr. Knack sold his original homestead, bought his present home and removed here with his family in the fall of 1891.  He now owns five hundred and sixty acres, all choice agricultural land, and one of the largest, most modern and best residences in the country for miles around.  He also has an unusually large barn, and fine granary and other out buildings.
     Mr. and Mrs. Knack are members of the German M. E. church, of Rocklyn, of which Mr. Knack is a director and president of the board.  The union of Mr. and Mrs. Knack has been blessed with five children, Elmer A., Lena H., Bertha B., Ida R., and Samuel W.
     Since coming to Lincoln county, the capabilities and perseverance of Mr. Knack have at different times been put to a severe test.  He endured all the hardships and reverses accompanying pioneer life, suffered heavy losses in stock during hard winters, and the climax came with the panic of 1893.  The prolific crops and advanced prices of 1897, however, reinstated him to a degree, so that practically all he now possesses has been made since that year.