Biography of Lester J. Knapp
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Lester J. Knapp, who is agent for the Railway Express Agency at Oswego, has been in this company's employ for more than a quarter of a century. He was born at Jersey City, N. J., May 8, 1878, the son of William J. and Susan A. (Deane) Knapp.

William J. Knapp was born at Bethel, Sullivan County, N. Y., and spent his early life there. He was a carpenter foreman in the employ of the Erie Railroad at Jersey City until 1882, when he removed to Narrowsburg, N. Y. He died there in 1915, and his wife, born in Brooklyn, N. Y., died in 1912. Mr. Knapp was a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church, and belonged to the Knights of Pythias. To Mr. and Mrs. Knapp were born three children: 1. Alvin H., lives at Rutherford, N. Y. 2. Jennie C., who died in 1892, at the age of 17 years. 3. Lester J., the subject of this sketch.

The Knapp family is of English descent and the Deanes came to this country from Scotland. Usual Knapp, great, great uncle of Lester J. Knapp, served as a member of General George Washington's guard of honor.

Lester J. Knapp grew up at Narrowsburg, N. Y., where he was educated. He learned telegraphy and spent eight years in railroad work. In 1906 he went with the Wells Fargo Express Company at Jersey City, N. J., and remained there for six months as a messenger. He was then transferred to Easton, Pa., as agent for four years, and served in the same capacity at Montclair, N. J., for three years. He was next located at Bloomfield, N. J., for a year, and spent two years as relief agent between Jersey City and Buffalo. Mr. Knapp was then transferred to Tuxedo Park, N. Y., and remained as agent there for four years. He also served as chief clerk to the claim agent at Rochester, N. Y., and later went to Oil City, Pa., with the American Railway Express Company as chief clerk to the claim agent at that place. He was located for a time at Elizabeth, N. J., and in 1921 came to Oswego as agent. The company was later known as the Railway Express Agency, and Mr. Knapp has continued in his present position.

In 1922 Mr. Knapp was united in marriage with Miss Lillian Honeyman, of Bath, N. Y., the daughter of Austin and Lucy Honeyman. The former died in 1912 and the latter in 1918. Both are buried at Bath. Mr. and Mrs. Knapp have no children.

Mr. Knapp has always been a Republican. He is an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and is affiliated with Cafficon Lodge F. & A. M., New York City; Jersey City Consistory, 32nd degree; and Mystic Shrine, of Newark, N. J.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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