Faith Yingling Knoop was the first Little Rock First Lady during the City Manager era. Her husband, Werner Knoop, served as Mayor from November 1957 until December 1962.
She was a nationally known author of children’s books. She also wrote short stories, THE Arkansas History Book which was used for decades in the state, and more than 250 articles.
Viewing her writing as a hobby instead of a career, she nonetheless was a dedicated author who spent hours researching her books. Many of her books were biographies. One of her most notable one was 1950’s Zebulon Pike, which was reviewed in The New Yorker magazine.
In addition to writing numerous books, Knoop penned many short stories for magazines such as Highlights for Children, American Girl, Wee Wisdom, and American Red Cross.
At the time a school teacher, she wrote Arkansas: Yesterday and Today in 1935 after not finding an adequate Arkansas history textbook. It was used in classrooms for over twenty-five years.
Among her many accolades were won first prize in the 1948 National League of American Pen Women’s Contest and being named the 1955 Alumni of the Year Award from Trenton State College.