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Connected With Printing Industry -Devotee of Many Sports


Helped Introduce Game Here 38 Years Ago;
Funeral Saturday

Career Ends
Arthur Otis Knight

Arthur Otis Knight, 78, whose circle of acquaintances included many persons of prominence in Worcester and throughout the state, died yesterday in his home, 14 Melrose street.

In his later years, he had been connected with the printing industry and at his death was a salesman for the Commonwealth Press. His knowledge of printing, both in its technical and practical aspects, was thorough, gained through long association with it.

Mr. Knight's interest in and study of civic affairs was wide and comprehensive. Traveling extensively in his line of work he was constantly in touch with changing trends of the social and economic order and could discuss them authoritatively.

Funeral Saturday

The funeral will be held at the home, 14 Melrose street, tomorrow, Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. Rev. Dr. Maxwell Savage, minister of the First Unitarian Church, will conduct the service. Burial will be in Hope cemetery.

Born in North Brookfield, Mr. Knight came to Worcester when he was 15 years old. He was educated In Worcester schools and as a young man worked at the American Steel & Wire Co. Later he was associated for a number of years with Norcross Bros., builders, before entering the printing business, in which he was affiliated with several firms.

When the popularity of the bicycle began Mr. Knight was one of its early enthusiasts. He was active in promoting riding as a sport. At bicycle racks at the old Fairgrounds, in the Sever street section of the city, he often served as a referee. The Bay State Bicycle Club promoted these races.

Golf Devotee

Golf was a favorite sport, a game which he regarded as giving healthy exorcise and pleasant, restful competition. He played it when the game was a mystery to the average person and continued his devotion to the sport as it developed into a pastime claiming the enthusiasm of thousands. Despite advancing years he continued actively as a golfer.

Mr. Knight was one of a group which introduced golf to Worcester. It was 38 years ago that this was done with the organization of the Algonquin golf club with his active co-operation and interest. The club was on the old Stone Farm in the Stoneland road section. He was the first president of the Worcester Golf Club in the course of his activities to promote in this country a game that was centuries old in Scotland. He believed it a game for both old and young, for men and women. As golf developed he became one of the organizers of the Worcester Country Club.

Lied Other Sports

Sports of many kids claimed Mr. Knight's attention and interest. He was interested in them all his life. He was particularly fond of bowling and attained a high degree of skill in it.

Mr. Knight was a charter member of the Tatassit Canoe Club and of the Commonwealth Club.

He is survived by his widow Mrs. Nellie C. Knight; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Trafford of New Bedford; three sons, Russell C. and Milton C. Knight of this city, and Arthur D. "Bud" Knight, now of Brockton; a sister, Miss Marietta Knight of Worcester, and seven grandchildren.