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Daniel Knechtel 1843-1936

Daniel Knechtel 1843-1936

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Plaque Location

The County of Grey
The Town of Hanover
In Hanover Heritage Square near the southwest corner of
11th Street and 11th Avenue

Coordinates: N 44 09.190 W 81 01.536


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Plaque Text

Born in Waterloo County, Daniel Knechtel came to Hanover in 1864. Two years later, he began producing handcrafted furniture and in 1874 opened a factory on this site. By using local timber resources and applying the latest techniques in furniture manufacturing, Knechtel built a successful business. Under his direction, subsidiaries were established in Southampton and Walkerton and markets expanded into the Canadian West. A fire destroyed Knechtel's factory in 1900 but another was built the following year and operated until 1983. Active in the community, Knechtel made substantial donations for a hospital, library and Baptist church, and served as first reeve and mayor of Hanover (1909-1911).

Other plaques at this location
The Founding of Hanover
"Tommy Burns"



Hanover Plaques

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