Paul C. Knapp, D. D. S., is a native of New York and has been successful in his profession in the city of Fulton
for 17 years. He was born at Newark Valley, Feb. 16, 1893, the son of Dr. Hiram L. and Minnie (Cargill) Knapp.
Dr. Hiram L. Knapp was born at Windham, Pa., in 1865. He is a graduate of the School of Medicine, University of
Buffalo, and during the past 42 years has been the leading physician and surgeon of Newark Valley. His wife was
born there in 1865 and died in 1929. To Doctor and Mrs. Knapp the following children were born: 1. Hiram L., Jr.,
M. D., a graduate of the University of Buffalo, class of 1915. He is in general practice at Newark Valley. 2. Paul
C., the subject of this sketch. 3. Dorothy, married Carl Purple, electrical engineer, lives at Albany, where he
is connected with the New York Telephone Company. 4. Lester S., M. D., a graduate of the University of Buffalo,
class of 1926. He is specializing in proctology in Buffalo. 5. Robert G., D. D. S., a graduate of the University
of Buffalo, class of 1926. He is engaged in practice at Whitesboro, N. Y.
Medicine and dentistry have been the chosen professions of the Knapp family for six generations. It is a strange
coincidence that the first born son has become a physician. One Doctor Knapp served throughout the Civil War as
a member of the Medical Corps. He was the father of 20 children, eleven of whom became successful surgeons.
Paul C. Knapp attended the public schools of Newark Valley and after his graduation from high school in 1912 he
entered the Thomas W. Evans Institute of Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania, from which he received the degree
of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1915. He has since been established in practice at Fulton, and has offices at 112
On Feb. 3, 1917, Dr. Knapp married Miss Alla Catherine Brewster, of Lake Placid, N. Y., the daughter of Myron T.
and Bertha (Preston) Brewster. Both are deceased and are buried at Lake Placid. Mrs. Knapp is a graduate of the
University of Syracuse where she specialized in the study of Art, and for two years before her marriage she was
supervisor of Art in Fulton High School. To Doctor and Mrs. Knapp have been born four children: 1. Jean Brewster,
born in 1918. 2. Paul Brewster, born in 1920. 3. Eloise Brewster, born in 1923. 4. Richard Brewster, born in 1928,
died in 1929.
Dr. Knapp is a Republican, a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, and belongs to the Citizens Club.
He served as park commissioner of Fulton from 1927 to 1931. In 1928 he was vice president of the Fifth District,
New York State Dental Society. He also holds membership in the Syracuse and American Dental Associations.
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
Oswego County, NY
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