Jesse William Knight, the second son of Jesse and Amanda McEwan Knight, was born at Payson, Utah, August 20, 1874. His early life on the ranch made him acquainted with horses and farm life. He was trained along commercial lines at school. He filled a mission in England for the Church, travelled on the continent and returned home ready to take his share of the family responsibilities. He helped his father discover the mines and work them.
He accompanied his brother Raymond, to Alberta to survey this country. Their impressions were so favorable that their father made large purchases of land which the boys returned to stock and manage. After Raymond was established he came here and built a home, taking an active part in building the community.
J. William Knight was a spiritually-minded man and when the Church was organized in Raymond, he was chosen as the first bishop. A year or so later when the Stake was organized in 1903, President H. S. Allen chose him to be his counselor in the presidency.
One 'old timer' said of Bishop Knight, "He was a fine man and everybody loved him. He couldn't be beat as a bishop. He was dignified and understanding in his calling, yet he was a good sport and wanted to be right in the middle of athletics of every kind. He could laugh as hard and have just as much fun as the next fellow."
In 1907 the heavy responsibilities of his father's interests took him back to Utah where he became vice president of most of the Knight Investment Companies.
In 1951, Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Knight returned to Raymond to renew their acquaintances and join in the Golden Jubilee of the Town his illustrious father founded.
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