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Henry Knell 

Henry Knell

Male 1830 - 1903

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  • Birth  12 Feb 1830  Glarus, Glarus, , , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  1850  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Naturalization  1855  [1
    Occupation  1857  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Jeweller 
    Occupation  1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Goldsmith 
    Religion  1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Jeweller 
    Religion  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lutheran 
    Elected Office  1872  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Kitchenr 
    • Years Served: 1872, 1874-76, 1878-80, 1883-85
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Jeweller 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Jeweller 
    Religion  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Jeweller 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-32729 
    Died  11 Feb 1903  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 9
    Cause: heart attack 
    Person ID  I32729  Generations
    Last Modified  13 Apr 2017 

    Father  Johann Casper Knell,   b. Abt 1800, of, Glarus, , , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Anna Maria Schuler,   b. Abt 1800, of, Glarus, , , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F41178  Group Sheet

    Family  Henrietta Kranz,   b. 7 Feb 1836, Lahrbach, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1918 
    Married  29 Jan 1857  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Children 
     1. Louisa Knell,   b. 12 Oct 1857, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1933
     2. Bertha Knell,   b. 29 Apr 1860, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Hugo Knell,   b. 1861, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Carl Knell,   b. 1864, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Henry Knell,   b. 27 Nov 1866, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Anna Knell,   b. 10 Nov 1870, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F8518  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Henry Knell, Jr. dies of a heart attack On Wednesay, shortly before 11 o'clock in the morning, Mr. H. Knell, Jr. was struck down by a heart attack in the Grand Central Hotel and fell to the ground, dead. He seemed prior to this to be in good health and had gone, as usual, into town. The deceased was approximately 72 years old and came in the 50's to Berlin from Switzerland, where he pursued the watch-maker's profession up until about ten years ago. One son and three daughters, from among his children are still alive. Further details of the life of this old citizen will appear next week.1a

      1aBerliner Journal February 12, 1903 Page 4 - Column 3 Translated by: Patricia J. Kauk for the Kitchener Public Library

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      Henry Knell, who died so suddenly, the Wednesday before last, was buried Friday afternoon, with an exceptionally large number from near and far attending. Pastor von Pirch performed the usual prayers in the residence of the deceased on Queen Street, spoke about the life of the husband and father taken so suddenly from his family. Messrs. Friedrich Schneider, W.H. Bowlby, J.A. Mackie, Geo. H. Lang, P.S. Lautenschlager and H.L. Janzen, all the directors of the Economical Fire Insurance Company were pall-bearers. Other directors, like those named, preceded the hearse in sleighs.

      The deceased was born in Glarus, in Switzerland, on February 12, 1830 and would have therefore become 73 years old, if he had lived one day longer. In 1854, at the age of 24 years, he came to America and remained for a time at first, in Pittsburg. When cholera broke out there, he came to Canada to his uncle, Friedrich Knell, who lived in the Township of Hay, Huron County, where the latter had founded the town of Zurich. Soon after, he came to Berlin and started his business as goldsmith and watchmaker in the eastern part of town. Later, he moved it to a place on Queen Street, where Breithaupt's Block now is located, and then, to Kranz's Block on King Street. In 1885, he built part of the Germania Block and carried on his business there until 1898, when he sold it to A. Chatfield.

      He was married to Henrietta Kranz, daughter of Carl Kranz since 1857. She survives him, as well as four children, namely Louise married to Chas. Kuhn in Buffalo, N.Y.; Bertha, Anna and Henry in Berlin. In addition, he is survived by a grand-daughter. Mr. Friedrich Knell is his brother.

      The deceased had been a member of Berlin City Council for 13 years, and was a long-time director of the Economical Fire Insurance Company. Because of his friendly and pleasant nature, he earned the friendship of all he met and was greatly respected far and wide.2a

      2aBerliner Journal February 19, 1903 Page 4 - Column 5 Translated by: Patricia J. Kauk for the Kitchener Public Library

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      Henry Knell, Watchmaker and Jeweller, King Street - One of the most prominent and popular business men in Berlin, and who was established when the town was only a hamlet, is Mr. Henry Knell, watchmaker and jeweller. Mr. Knell came from the land famous for its manufacture of clocks and watches, and the legendary William Tell, 35 years ago, and two years later founded the present business, which has proved eminently successful. The premises occupied are 12 ½ x 60 feet in dimensions, handsomely fitted up with elaborate wall and counter show cases, displaying the rich stock to the best advantage. Mr. Knell carries a beautiful and costly line of goods, embracing gold and silver watches, wedding and keeper rings, chains, lockets, scarf pins, silver-plated ware, etc. Of the latter goods Mr. Knell has sold extensively this fall, as a very large number of marriages has taken place among the young people of the town, and these goods were wanted for wedding presents; and certainly he carries an excellent assortment to choose from. Mr. Knell is a public-spirited and popular gentleman as well as enterprising and energetic business man, capable of understanding and supplying the wants of the community with articles in his line. He is highly esteemed, and has served the town in the Council for 15 years, having at last, through pressure of private business, to resign.3a

      3aIndustries of Canada Historical and Commercial Sketches Hamilton and Environs 1886

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-5 Page 19.

    2. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 50.

    3. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 32.

    4. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 1 Page 7.

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Obituary of Henry Knell - February 19, 1903.

    6. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 3 Page 65.

    7. [S14] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Chronicle (1856-1860), January 14, 1857.
      By the Revd. Mr. Bindeman, at Berlin, on the 18th ult., Mr. Henry Knell, Jeweller, to Miss Henrietta Kranz, both of Berlin.

    8. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      Henry Knell, goldsmith of Berlin married 18 Dec 1856 in Berlin by license to Henriette Kranz of Berlin, wit: John Klein of Berlin and Peter Heiner of Berlin

    9. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Henry Knell Jr. died of a heart attack - 12 Feb 1903.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 12 Feb 1830 - Glarus, Glarus, , , Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1850 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Jeweller - 1857 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Jan 1857 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Goldsmith - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Jeweller - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Kitchenr - 1872 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Jeweller - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Jeweller - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Jeweller - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: heart attack - 11 Feb 1903 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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