The great grandson of Moses Knapp, Brookville’s first settler of European ancestry, Frederick E. Knapp was born in 1869 on a farm in Pinecreek Township.
He became an apprentice with Brookville Photographer E. C. Hall and further refined his skill n Pittsburgh before returning to Brookville in 1898 and bought the studio of J. S. Vasbinder.
By 1917 historian William J. McKnight wrote that Knapp had “a reputation of being a high class exponent of the art” of photography.
Before dying on March 2, 1948, Knapp would have spent a lifetime recording the images of many of he people of this region. He also took the camera outdoors and left us a legacy of recording the buildings, scenes and events on large format glass negative plates many of which are conserved by the Jefferson County History Center.

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Brosius Eisman with Model-T Truck
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John Barr - Brookville Police 1920



This project was developed by the Jefferson County History Center, in partnership with Historic Brookville Inc. and the Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce. Funding for this project has been provided through grants made possible by the Jefferson County Hotel Tax Committee, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region, and Pennsylvania Great Outdoors