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John Holly Knapp, 1825 - 1888

John Holly Knapp was born on March 29, 1825 in Elmira, New York. In 1846 he moved to what would become Menomonie, Wisconsin and purchased a half-interest in a sawmill. This mill became part of the Knapp, Stout & Co., Company, which was one of the world's largest lumber companies.
John Holly Knapp's diaries cover the daily activities of his personal life as well as his participation in the management of the Knapp, Stout & Co., Company. Highlights include fishing trips, his family's hasty evacuation from a hotel during the Great Chicago Fire, and his encounter with Susan B. Anthony.



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