Jacob Henry Knapp Obituary

This obituary was submitted by Julia Sterrett.


In a letter to S. D. Knapp of Troy, PA, Jacob Henry Knapp wrote:

I was born on a farm and lived there till I had to take a job to help in support of the family after father lost his land as a result of endorsing for others and from reverses of one kind and another. I went to work on October 19th, 1880, when I was between 12 and 13 years old and continued to work at whatever employment I could get until December, 1932, when the Depression became so severe that business concerns felt obliged to curtail expenses in line with decreased business. My salaries were such that I could and did save a 'nest egg' that we thought sufficient to make us independent, but the depression lost for me investments and greatly reduced my income. However, I do not complain. The situation will clarify itself in time and worrying about it would not help any.

Parkersburg Sentinel, August 1938

Jacob H. Knapp
Jacob Henry Knapp, aged 70, prominent business man and esteemed citizen of Parkersburg, died Tuesday night, August 2, at his home, after three months illness. Mr. Knapp was born near Philippi, W. Va., January 8, 1868, and began supporting himself as a boy, working in stores and offices. He was editor of a newspaper at Philippi and was on the staff of the Wheeling Register for some years. He was appointed cashier of the U. S. Internal Revenue bureau in West Virginia when Hon. E. M. Gilkeson was collector. For almost twenty years Mr. Knapp was associated with the U. S. Fidelity and Guarantee company of Baltimore. For the past five years Mr. Knapp had been in declining health, but was never seriously ill until within the last three months. A man of scholarly attainments, cultivated in youth and further developed by newspaper training, he had a great love for good literature, especially poetry, and as a student of the sacred scriptures he was often asked to contribute articles to civic organizations, which he was always willing and able to do, and which the Parkersburg Woman's club, Daughters of the Revolution, Daughters of the Confederacy and other clubs, civic, religious, or political, heard with pleasure and profit. A student of current problems, Mr. Knapp was a conscientious advisor and was acknowledged as belonging to the highest type of citizenship. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He married Miss Florence Riley, also of Barbour County, and a past president of the James Wood chapter of the D. A. R. and prominent in other women's organizations. Surviving are his wife; two children, J. H. Knapp, Jr., and Marjorie Knapp, wife of Charles Noel Workman; his aged mother, Mrs. John B. Knapp; two sisters, Mrs. S. L. O'Neal of Philippi and Mrs. Nancy Weaver, of Worthington, W. Vas.; two brothers, Letcher Knapp of Philippi, and Hugh Knapp, who resides in Idaho, and three grandchildren, Anne, Virginia and Julia Workman, who reside at the family residence. Loving good literature Mr. Knapp was also an ardent lover of nature and from the solarium in his beautiful home on Prospect Hill he loved to watch the sunsets over the Ohio River with Blennerhassett island in the distance, and wishing others to share in that pleasure he frequently invited in aquaintances and friends who had climbed the hill for the same purpose to rest a few moments and thus share with him the glory and peace of the dying day. Funeral services were held from the family home of Quincy street Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock, in charge of the Rev. E. J. Woofter, president of Broaddus college. On Friday, Mr. Knapp was taken to Philippi, his native city, where final rites were held from the Philippi Baptist church at 4 o'clock. Interment was in the family plot in Philippi cemetery.


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