Biography of Harley B. Knapp
North Central Ohio Biographies

Harley B. Knapp. As president of the Farmers Banking Company, of Greenwich, Harley B. Knapp has long been identified with the banking interests of Huron County. He was born at Fitchville, Huron County, Nov. 23, 1885, the son of William A. and Philena (Kirkpatrick) Knapp.

A sketch of William A. Knapp appears elsewhere in this history.

The early education of Harley B. Knapp was obtained in the public high schools of Fitchville. Later he attended Oberlin Business College. He spent two years as a bookkeeper with the Greenwich Banking Company, and in 1907 became identified with the Farmers Banking Company in the same capacity. He later was promoted to assistant cashier and in 1924 succeeded his father as president of the institution.

The Farmers Banking Company was organized in 1902 with a capital stock of $15,000. The original officers were: W. A. Hossler, president; William A. Knapp, general manager; and F. E. Hines, cashier. In 1930 the bank had a surplus of $35,000. Its present officers are: Harley B. Knapp, president; F. D. Donaldson, vice president; and F. E. Hines, cashier.

In 1910 Mr. Knapp was united in marriage with Miss Ila Silverthorn, the daughter of William and Ella (Seidel) Silverthorn, of Huron County. The former is deceased and the latter lives at Greenwich. Mr. and Mrs. Knapp have no children.

Mr. Knapp holds the office of treasurer of the corporation of Greenwich, having served in that capacity for ten years. He is a Republican.

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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