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Gustave Adolphus Kneessi
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Birth: 1854
New Jersey, USA
Death: 1931
Miami
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA

Brother of Frederick, Anna, and Minnie. Father of Howard, Edward, Walter and Grace Kneessi.

Longtime partner in the firm of K. Kneessi's Sons, a leather and trunk business founded in Washington, D.C. in 1860 by his father Kaspar. They sold many trunks and as well as sets of leather baggage to many customers including the U.S. Congress. Some of these survive today and are seen in the antique trunk market and on the internet.

The firm once made a white leather harness trimmed in gold for President Grant.

Early adapters of the latest technology, his firm was one of the 1st to have a telephone in the city. His firm was also the 1st retail seller of the then new Kodak Brownie camera for home use by the public.

Gus had his own luggage & leather goods shop from 1916 to 1925. In 1925, he retired and moved to Miami,Fla. where he was living when he died.

Gus was a longtime member of the Masons and other fraternal organizations.

In 2009, The marker on his grave was shown on network tv and all over the world via the internet, inadvertently. A reporter for a local D.C. station stopped at an entrance to the cemetery to do a quick spot and over her shoulder and very much in plain sight was his marker. Gus would have loved this! He was always into the latest technology of the day and here he's been dead all these years and he's on the internet! 
 
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 Parents:
  Kaspar Kneessi (1826 - 1890)
  Anna Marie Kneessi (1839 - 1923)
 
 Spouses:
  Marion Kneessi (1858 - 1939)*
  Emma E. Schilling Kneessi (1872 - 1918)*
  Nellie Geneva Golden Kneessi (1875 - 1934)*
 
 Children:
  Edward Lewis Kneessi (1875 - 1962)*
  Grace Alice Kneessi Somervell (1877 - 1977)*
  Walter W. Kneessi (1882 - 1956)*
  Howard Gustave Kneessi (1888 - 1922)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sophie Bertha Kneessi*
  Charles Kneessi*
  Gustave Adolphus Kneessi (1854 - 1931)
  Henry Kneessi (1857 - ____)*
  Frederick W. Kneessi (1860 - 1948)*
  Minnie C. Kneessi Gassman (1862 - 1951)*
  Anna E. Kneessi Kelly (1877 - 1932)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Suitland
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
 
Created by: Fred Sanford
Record added: Jul 23, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7704679
Gustave Adolphus Kneessi
Added by: Fred Sanford
 
Gustave Adolphus Kneessi
Added by: Fred Sanford
 
Gustave Adolphus Kneessi
Added by: Fred Sanford
 
 
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