Chris Knutsen Timeline
by Gregg Miner, as part of
(some dates are estimates; most are those
proposed by Most/Noe.
Entries in blue are still under investigation)
|1862||Born Johan Christian Kammen in Norway.|
|1866||Immigrates to America, settling in Minnesota.|
|1888||Marries Anna Kammen.
Changes name to Knutsen. Working as a mason.
|1895||Moves to Port Townsend, WA.
Prototype "One-Arm" guitars made.
|1896||First patent for "One-Arm" guitar granted.|
|1898||Second patent for "One-Arm" guitar
with sub-bass strings granted.
Symphony harp Guitars introduced.
Dyer relationship starts.
|1900||Moves to 1001 J. St., Tacoma, WA.|
|1903||Moves to 903 S. Yakima Ave.
Symphony Harp Guitars evolving new headstock.
|1905||Moves to 905 S. G St.
Hawaiian bands tour the Pacific Northwest, including the Lewis & Clark Exposition in Portland, OR.
|1906||Moves to 1910 8th Ave., Seattle, WA.
Harp Guitars change to "Lower Bass Point" style.
The Harp Guitar Company established with John H. Bourn at 2002 6th Ave.
|1907||The Harp Guitar Company is dissolved. Knutsen again independent.|
|1908||Moves to 405 Cedar St.|
|1909||Moves to 219 Westlake Ave North.
Public heavily attends the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, WA, featuring continual Hawaiian music.
First "convertible guitars" appear.
|1910||Harp Mandolins introduced.|
|1912||Has a shop in Bellingham, WA; Residence still in Seattle. Harp guitar patent expires.|
|1913||Moves residence and shop to 1200 Stewart St.
in Seattle. Lists address as "Harp Guitar Factory at Stewart and Minor."
Harp Guitar headstocks change further.
DeLano/"Kona" relationship begins.
the next two years, Knutsen's exact location is unknown.
Tom Rousseau, Knutsen's son-in-law moves to 1413-F Temple St. in Echo Park, Los Angeles. This may have served as a temporary "base of operations" while the New Hawaiian Family line was created (perhaps to coincide with the upcoming PPIE in San Francisco).
Hermann Weissenborn is in Los Angeles listed as a "manufacturer and repairer of all stringed instruments," with piano repair his specialty.
|1915||Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San
Francisco officially starts the "Hawaiian music craze."
"New Hawaiian Family" line introduced by this time, including harp ukes and additional Hawaiian guitar styles.
|1916||Moves to 1600 Temple St.,
Los Angeles, CA.
Weissenborn enters the Hawaiian guitar business.
|1917||Residence at 1635 Temple St.
Shop set up at 1542 Temple St?
|Missing from 1918 directory (and 1919 directory is not available).|
|1920||Moves to 1642 Temple St.
Shop is now listed at 1542 Temple.
|1921||Moves into apartment over the shop at 1542 Temple St.|
|1922||Business and residence still at 1542 Temple; additional space listed at 536 Echo Park Av.|
|1927||Resides with daughter Myrtle’s family at 1306 McDuff St.|
|1928||Shop at 1487-1/2 Sunset Blvd.|
|1930||Dies on Nov. 6th at age 68.
Anna dies on Nov. 8th at age 73.
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