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Johann Friedrich "Frederick" Knell
Male 1841 - 1915


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  • Birth  11 Feb 1841  Glarus, Glarus, , , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  1871  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Immigration  1871  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Naturalization  1877  [1
    Occupation  1877  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    currier 
    Naturalization  1878  [3
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Tanner 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Lutheran 
    Elected Office  1888  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1888-90, 1895
    Name  Frederick Knell 
    Name  John Frederick Knell 
    Occupation  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Stocking Maker 
    Religion  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Lutheran 
    Retired  1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Income 
    Religion  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lutheran 
    Residence  127 Weber St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-98057P 
    Died  19 Feb 1915  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID  I98057  Generations
    Last Modified  14 Aug 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 1  Anna Catharine Wilhelmina Seip,   b. 28 Jul 1847, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1930, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anna Maria Henritte Knell,   b. 17 Jan 1873, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1932
     2. Louis Frederick "Frederick" Knell,   b. 15 Apr 1875, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1943, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Charles Hugo Knell,   b. 28 Mar 1877, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1899, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Wilhelmina Knell,   b. 19 Apr 1879, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1933, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. George William "Bill" Knell,   b. 27 Sep 1881, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1969, RR2, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F25246  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Wilhelmina Seip,   b. 1846, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  Mar 1872  [7
    Children 
     1. Anna Knell,   b. 1872, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Freddie Knell,   b. 1874, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Hugo Knell,   b. 1876, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Minnie Knell,   b. 1878, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Willie Knell,   b. 1881, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F245705  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Progressive Citizen has Passed Away

      "Mr. Frederick Knell, Sr., is Dead"


      These sad words were whispered on the streets this morning greatly to the regret of our citizens among whom he had formed many friendships and was held in deep respect. Mr Knell was generally known as a successful business man, a progressive Berlin citizen and a true friend. He had done a good deal to build up Berlin.

      The demise of Mr. Knell took place at 12.30 o'clock this morning after a illness of eight days. The cause of death was gangrene of the foot, which later was followed by peritonitis, causing him much suffering. The progress of his affliction was so rapid that on Monday scant hopes were entertained for his recovery by his family.

      The deceased was born in Glarus, Switzerland, seventy-four years ago, the date of his birth being February 11th, 1841. He migrated to Canada and settled in Berlin, when a young man and entered the employ of the Breithaupt Leather Company, where he was employed for many years. Later he launched into business for himself, starting a hosiery knitting factory on the site on which his residence, at the corner of Weber and Breithaupt street, stands. Later the factory was removed to the next buillding on Weber street. Through thrift integrity and determination, Mr. Knell in his business career was successful in his undertaking and gathered a competence. Success also came to him in his investment in city property of which he had considerabel holdings. In1893 he withdrew from business and had lived retired ever since then.

      Mr. Knell was married to Miss Minnie Seip of Berlin, a sister of Mrs. Catherine Kranz, who recently passed away. His wife and four children are left to mourn his loss. The children are Mr. William Knell and Mr. Fred Knell, of Wm. Knell and Company, Hardware merchants; Mrs. John Fraser, of Berlin; Miss Annie Knell at home.

      Mr. Henry Knell and Mr. Carl Kranz are nephews. The later Henry Knell, Sr. was a brother.

      Mr. Knell served the City as Councilor, which office he successfully filled for a number of years. In politics he was a staunch Conservative and exercised a wide influence in the northern section of the City.

      He was a life-long member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and was beloved as a warm friend and respected as a citizen. Always physically strong and never ill previous to the last fatal occasion Mr Knell showed an activity in public affairs which brought results and won the commendation of those who knew his best.

      The citizens of Berlin feel the loss of a model citizen and will sympathize with the members of the bereaved family to whom The Record extends its sympathy.

      The funeral will be held at two-thirty o'clock on Sunday afternoon at the late residence thence to Mount Hope cemetery.

      CELEBRATED HIS SEVENTY-FOURTH BIRTHDAY

      Several days ago, Mr. Frederick J. Knell, of 132 Breithaupt street, in the presence of his children and grand children, celebrated his 74th birthday. There was no special home-coming other than the ones mentioned. Mr. Knell is one of the best-known and highly esteemed citizens of Berlin. He came to this city in 1871 from his birthplace in Glarus, Switzerland, and has lived in Berlin ever since. For the past few weeks his health has not been good. He had never previously suffered an illness in his long life time. Mr. Knell wa obliged to take to his bed , on his birthday. The Record sincerely trusts he may speedily recover from it and his familiar figure again be seen on the streets of the city he loves.1a

      1aKitchener News Record 18 Feb 1915

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      Many Citizens Pay Last Respects

      Funeral of Mr. Frederick Knell St., on Sunday Afternoon Largely Attended


      Many citizens including business and professional men, artisans, members of the City Council, Board of Trade and other public bodies attended the funeral of Mr. Frederick Knell, sr., at his late residence, corner of Breithaupt and Weber Streets, at 2.30 o'clock on Sunday afternoon. The last rites performed at the residence and at the cemetery while many friends and fellow residents were assembled to pay their last respects to the worth of one of Berlin's foremost men were impressive.

      Rev. Dr. Sperling, pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church officiated.

      The pallbearers were members of the family and relatives, namely, Messrs. Frederick Knell, jr., Mr. William Knell, Mr. John Fraser, Mr. Henry Knell, Mr. Carl Kranz, all of Berin, and Mr. Conrad Knell of Rochester.

      The floral tributes were many and beautiful. They included, spray, red roses, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Merner; wreath, violets and lilies, Miss Knell; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Doerr anchor, pink carnations and white roses; wreath, Canadian Society of Sanitary and Heating Engineers, (Berlin Branch); broken wheel, employees of Messrs. William Knell and Company; spray, red carnations, Miss. Norah Merner; daffodils, Mr. and Mrs. Ammon Merner; spray pink carnations, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Hall; spray red and white carnations, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kranz; spray pink roses Misses Louisa, Erna and Charles Kuhn of Buffalo; Daffodils Mr. and Mrs. George Rumpel; wreath, lilies and orchids, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tanner of Guelph; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Doerr, spray, carnations and roses; Mrs. Frederick Snyder and family, spray violets and lilies; Dorcas Society, spray red roses; Mr. August Frost spray white carnations; white anchor Breithaupt Leather Co., Mr. and Mrs. J. Cochrane, spray , pink tulips.

      THE LATE FREDERICK KNELL

      Berlin sustains a distinct loss in the death of Frederick Knell.

      He represented the type of citizen to whom it owes its present industrial and community position among Canadian cities. He belonged to its aristocracy of industry.

      When he arrived in Canada, more than half a century ago; his wealth consisted of a sound mind in a sound body. He was willing to work--knew how to save--wished to advance--and succeeded in gaing a competence in a young and struggling centre.

      From his German ancestry, he had inherited a love of home and a pride in the community in which he had cast his lot.

      He first worked for others and proved himself to be a capable and dependable workman. A commendable ambition led him later to establish a hosiery knitting industry of his own, in which he brought into play both intelligence and a store of industry. After years of effort, and when he had amassed sufficient for his needs, he retired.

      During his active business career he took a deep interest in Berlin's public affairs and because of his good judgement, was elected year after year to a seat in the council. Like others of the early town fathers, he served the town well and while economy was a passion, the progress of Berlin was equally so. The factory policy then inaugurated, found in him a ready supporter. Practical to a degree, he would oppose the frittering away of a single dollar while he would support the expenditure of thousnads if it appealed to his good sense and promised to advance the business welfare of the town. It is to him and others like him that the city owes its present standing.

      Mr. Knell was a good citizen. He loved his family and his city, was kind, gentle and sociable. With it all, he was robust and outspoken--a man's mind.

      His hospitality was proverbial. He liked to meet his friends and discuss public matters or crack a joke. Consequently his influence was wide in the section of the city he lived.

      The constructive principles of the Conservative party early appealed to him and he was known and admired for his consistent advocacy of them.

      One by one our pioneer town builders are departing. They have builded well. It is impossible to replace them but their good works will live after them and their decendants will take up the burden they have laid down and be inspired by their example to carry the work forward.

      Berlin citizens will mourn the demise of Mr Knell and gratefully remember his accomplishments as a town-father, as a lieutenant of industry and his many good qualities as friend and neighbor2a

      2aKitchener News Record 22 Feb 1915 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-3 Page 1.

    2. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 36.

    3. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div.. 21 Page 13.

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

    5. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      John Frederick/ Knell/ born Feb 11 1841/ in Glarus Switzerland/ died Feb 19 1915/ aged 74 years 8 dys/ Anna Catharina/ Wilhelmina Seip/ wife of/ Frederick Knell/ born July 28 1847/ died June 18 1930/ aged 82 yrs 10 mo 21 ds/ at rest/ Knell

    6. [S375] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin News Record (title Berlin Daily Record, Berlin News Record) (1893- 1919), Obituary of John Frederick Knell - 18 Feb 1915.

    7. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 4 Page 9.

    8. [S655] Vit - ON - Birth Registration, birth certificate 30408 (1877), Hugo Knell..
      Hugo b. 28 Mar 1877 Berlin s/o Frederick Knell (currier) & Mina Seip,

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 11 Feb 1841 - Glarus, Glarus, , , Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1871 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1871 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - currier - 1877 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Tanner - 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 MapsElected Office - councillor - Kitchener - 1888 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Stocking Maker - 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 MapsRetired - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Income - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 127 Weber St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Feb 1915 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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