- Dates: 1893
Notes: Frederick Knapp, one of the most distinguished educators in Baltimore, died suddenly at his residence, Saturday afternoon, 7th inst., from heart failure, aged 73 years. His death was the result of a severe attack of gripp three years since. After partaking of his dinner at 3:30 P.M., he retired to his library, where he seated himself in his accustomed easy chair. In a moment or two, he compained of weakness in the region of his heart, and immediately expired. Dr. J. C. Hemmeser, his family physician, was sent for, and when he arrived he pronounced him dead. Mr. Knapp was a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, and was born there in 1821.
The American says: “”Mr. Knapp was the founder of a select school on the present site of the Rialto Building, Second street, March 1st, 1853. He began with eight pupils, and at the close of the year his institution numbered one hundred. That place being too small, he removed to Frederick street, near Second, where he remained six years, and his school having reached the number of four hundred pupils, he removed to Gay street occupying large brick buildings. He remained there several years. His school was incorporated by the Legislature as F. Knapp’s German and English Institute in 1859. From Gay street he removed, in 1865, to Nos. 29, 31, and 33 Holiday street, opposite the City Hall, where his institution became firmly established, acquiring a wide reputation throughout the country. He moved to the present school a couple of years ago. Mr Knapp had under instruction boys and girls from almost every state in the Union, the territories, the West Indes, and South America. He was extensively known throughout the country as a prominent and successful educator of the young. He incorporated with his institution a department for the deaf and dumb, the system of instruction having been learned in Germany. His system, that of vocalization, was the only one of its kind in successful operation in the State.
One of the brightest of Mr. Knapp’s pupils, who was taught articulation and to read conversation by means of the lips is D. Sterrett Gittings (son of the late Richard J. Gittings, of Baltimore county) who though having become perfectly deaf is very bright in holding conversation with anyone.
Mr. Knapp was President for four years of the Germania Maennerchor; a Director of the Schuetzen Verein; one of the founders of the Turner Verein, and its first leader; a member of Baltimore City Lodge of Odd Fellows, Druids, Hanngari, filling all of its chairs; one of the founders of O’Keil; a prominent member of King David’s Lodge, No. 68, A.F. & A.M., being its organist and treasurer for twenty years; a member of Monumental Commandery, Knights Templar, Liederkrann, and Director of the German Waisenheus.
He traveled extensively North, East, West, and South, as a representative to educational institutions. He was a man of great energy and a hard worker, courteous, warm-hearted and genial.
Mrs. Knapp died about five years ago. Mr. Knapp leaves three children- Emma, wife of Lucien Knapp; William Knapp and Bertha Knapp.
Source: Some Baltimore County Obituaries – 1893