Biography of Howard G. Knepp
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Howard G. Knepp. One of the representative young business men of Creston is Howard G. Knepp, who is manager of the Creston Basket and Veneer Company. He is also a veteran of the World War. Mr. Knepp was born in Canaan Township, Wayne County, Feb. 10, 1895, the son of Frank E. and Bertha (Wolf) Knepp.

Frank E. Knepp was born in Green Township, Wayne County, June 27, 1876. He spent his boyhood on a farm and at an early age learned the machinist's trade. He was employed at Creston for several years, later lived in Cleveland, and returned to Creston in 1915, where he was active in the organization of the Creston Basket & Veneer Company in 1920. He was identified with this concern at the time of his death, Dec. 1, 1929. Mr. Knepp met with an accidental death when his automobile was struck by a railroad train in Creston. He is buried in Jackson Cemetery. Frank E. Knepp was the son of William F. Knepp, who came to Ohio from Snyder County, Pa., in 1857, and settled in Green Township. He was a farmer and also was employed in the building of the Pennsylvania railroad through Wooster. He died in 1912. He was a Civil War veteran.

Bertha (Wolf) Knepp was born in Canaan Township, Wayne County, Oct. 13, 1877, the daughter of William and Dorothy (Stuift) Wolf, who were natives of Bedford County, Pa. They came to Ohio in 1874 and settled in Canaan Township, where Mr. Wolf became a successful farmer. Mrs. Knepp resides at Creston. There were three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Knepp: Howard G., the subject of this sketch; Mrs. S. M. Gantz, lives at Creston; and Mrs. Emmett Adams, lives at Creston.

Howard G. Knepp attended the public schools of Creston and after his graduation from high school in 1912 he engaged in farming with his father in Canaan Township. At the outbreak of the World War he enlisted for service and was sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. He served in France as a member of Company D, 315th Machine Gun Battalion, from Aug. 1, 1918, until June, 1919. After his discharge at Camp Sherman, Ohio, Mr. Knepp went to Cleveland, where he remained until 1923. On his return to Creston he became associated with the interests of the Creston Basket & Veneer Company, and at the death of his father in 1929 became manager of the business.

On Aug. 16, 1920, Mr. Knepp married Miss Mary Weisz, of LeRoy, the daughter of Isaac and Martha (Ellenberger) Weisz. Mr. Weisz, a farmer, lives near LeRoy. His wife is deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Knepp have been born four children: William, born Sept. 8, 1921; Phyllis, born Jan. 16, 1925; Robert and Richard, twins, born April 3, 1926.

Mr. Knepp is a Republican, a member of Jackson Presbyterian Church, and belongs to Seville Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 74; Loyal Order of Moose, No. 1224; and American Legion, Creston Post, No. 497.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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