FREDERICK KNAGI, a well known business man of Toronto, is a native of Switzerland, born January 23, 1840. His parents, John and Elizabeth Knagi, emigrated from that country, to COlumbus, Ohio, in 1849. They had fourteen children, eleven sons and three daughters, six of whom are living. The father, who was a gardner by occupation, died in April 1888 and his wife in the same month. Frederick Knagi, in 1861, enlisted in Company D, Second Battalion, Fifteenth United States infantry, and served three years, participating in all the battles in which his battalion was engaged. At the close of the war, he returned to Columbus, and from there in 1866, he removed to Toronto, where he was engaged in mining for fourteen years. He next embarked in mercantile pursuits, and conducted a grocery store until failing health compelled him to seek other employment. He then engaged in the maufacture of fire brick, at which he was engaged until 1888, when he was obliged to retire on account of his health. Mr. Knagi has held several offices of trust and honor, having officiated as township clerk, as member of the board of education, and since July 1, 1889, he has held the office of postmaster of Toronto, to which he is well adapted, and where he will undoubtedly make a good record. He is in politics a republican, and active in the support of his party. He is a member of the Methodist Protestant church, and of the orders, F. & A. M., G. A. R., and I. O. O. F. In 1865 he was married to Anna E., daughter of Robert Elliott, who died in August, 1871, leaving three children: Laura E., Grace D. and Mary E., the latter of whom died in 1875. In December, 1874, Mr. Knagi was married to Hester A. McHenry, of Sisterville, W. Va.
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