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Richard J. Knerr

Submitted by Carolyn Price

From the Summer 1997 Issue, Brobst Genealogy News

Ancestry: Richard >Abigail > Jacob > Daniel >Mathias >

Johannes Richard Knerr was the son of Levi and Abigail (Brobst) Knerr. Richard Johnson Knerr was born September 21, 1842 and died March 31, 1926. He married Louisa M. Lentz around 1864. Louisa died November of 1866 and Richard married her sister, Ellamina Lentz. Both were daughters of Peter L. Lentz and Maria. They are buried in Lowhill cemetery, Lowhill, Lehigh County, PA. Richard Knerr was the country's oldest postman when he died. The following was taken from his obituary.

His parents were the late Levi and Abigail Knerr, early settlers in the Lowhill district. At the age of eighteen years he opened a dry goods and grocery business and this he conducted up to the time of his illness. He became postmaster of the Clausville office and this he handled in connection with his other business. Through the medium of the mails he became known over a wide radius in Lowhill township. He is survived by one son, William, Clausville; and a daughter, Mrs. J. K. Ziegler (Lillie) of Allentown.

Records just found disclose the fact that Richard J. Knerr, Postmaster at Claussville and for years reputed to be the oldest postmaster in the country in point of continued service, was appointed to the office for the first time on November 13, 1965, by President Andrew Johnson and thus has been in office for sixty years, not fifty-five as originally stated. Mr. Knerr's first commission was signed by Postmaster General Dennison and his subsequent credentials bore the name of nearly every president of the United States and Postmaster General during six decades.

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