Joseph Fairchild Knapp
Born Feb 3, 1892
"Dodi" or was it "Doty"
1890's Knapp Print : once again art
imitating Knapp Life
Of all the Knapps that I have researched
in the last few years, Joseph F. Knapp the namesake of his grandfather
who founded Metropolitan Life Insurance, remains the one I know
least about and yet find the most fascinating. Perhaps because
he was the last Knapp to live in my home town? Today, Feb 3, 2004
marks the 112th birthday for J. F. "Dodi" or "Doty"
Knapp. Once upon a time from 1926-1938, his Mastic Beach estate
divided my town in two.
Golf like Boating and Hunting were
some of the primary recreational activities of the Knapp Family
and J. F. had Clarence Penney and his brothers of Moriches build
a 9 hole course on the southern part his Mastic Beach property.
I used to kyak in his golf course pond. Willis Penney, Clarence's
youngest brother wound up marrying Dodi's sister Claire.
No stranger to Golf (His father J.
P. won many tournaments) a young J. F. summered and probably first
played on the course in Bellport ( about 7 miles west of Mastic
Beach ) built by his father and his friends in 1899.
The Bellport Golf Club..In 1906 it
also became the Bellport Yacht Club. That flagpole btw is the
one Frederick Quinby clipped with his aero plane
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSEPH F. KNAPP
BORN AT HOME
This certificate was filled out on
Feb 6th 1892 by Joseph P. Knapp, as I recognise his handwriting.
That is also the day he officially became the head of his newly
formed American Lithographic Co. In his excitement he may of mis
read the number of previous children. I believe there were only
two : Claire on Octber 23, 1889 and her brother Joe on Feb 3,
Below is a photo of 322 West 72nd Street
Today . It is right off of Riverside Drive in Manhattan
The probable remains of the original
322 Knapp House is the shorter indented building. That's the Hudson
River in the background. This is where young "Master Fairchild"
lived for his first 6 or 7 years.