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Howard Gustave Kneessi
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Birth: Jul. 9, 1888
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Jan. 28, 1922
District Of Columbia, USA

Renown as a businessman in D.C. in the early 1900s. The Dodge Brothers (now Chrysler/Fiat) said at one time (before 1922) that per capita, Washington, D.C. was the largest market for their cars in the U.S. This was largely Howard's doing as he had convinced his firm (Semmes) to add a new unknown brand of automobile (Dodge) to go with the already successful line of Hudson cars. Sadly, Howards life was cut short by a freak snowstorm. The Knickerbocker Theater incident was a major story in Washington D.C. at the end of January of 1922. Many D.C. firemen and police officers were given awards for their extraordinary efforts to save lives and direct operations. Two women who did what may have been the best version then of what is known today as 911, were confined to the switchboards of the telephone company and D.C. government. They may not have been as highly praised or made known to the public - Ruth Cooke (Ft. Lincoln) and Viola Wheeler (Mt. Olivet) but they each have memorials on F.A.G. now. Within a few years of the collapse, several men involved with the design, ownership, construction, and/or maintenance of the building were dead - they either killed themselves or died a strange death. A large well-known midwest newspaper broke the story about how shortcuts were taken during construction which reduced the snow load ability of the roof to hold the snow. Many folks who know this subject said this was done to save money. Within a week of his death, Howards last name was removed from the firm he worked so hard to make a name for. And his brother-in-law, one of a few in the company (Semmes), was high-up in the firm. Numerous newspaper articles detailing many stories from the period of Howards life can be found in the archives of many libraries. Many in his family were well known in the area.
Family links: 
  Gustave Adolphus Kneessi (1854 - 1931)
  Marion Kneessi (1858 - 1939)
  Kathryn Cornelia Dodge Kneessi (1887 - 1970)
  Donald Dodge Kneessi (1913 - 1993)*
  Edward Lewis Kneessi (1875 - 1962)*
  Grace Alice Kneessi Somervell (1877 - 1977)*
  Walter W. Kneessi (1882 - 1956)*
  Howard Gustave Kneessi (1888 - 1922)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Howard is entombed in the Kneessi family crypt
Glenwood Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Section S, Lot 17, Crypt 2
Created by: Fred Sanford
Record added: Sep 12, 2008
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Howard Gustave Kneessi
Added by: Fred Sanford
Howard Gustave Kneessi
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Howard Gustave Kneessi
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In your memory, and that of all those who died in the Knickerbocker Theatre Disaster on January 28, 1922. Rest in Peace.
- Debbie K. Chambers
 Added: Aug. 5, 2015
Leading the way so many years ago...
- Mopar Madman
 Added: Oct. 17, 2013

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