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KNECHTEL, A.C. - forestry specialist

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Visited the Bell Farm in 1891 - A.C. Knechtel (1859-1915) was a Canadian who moved to the USA and became Superintendent of Schools in Michigan.

Later he attended Cornell University in New York and acquired a forestry degree. He initially worked for the US Forest Service; then, from 1902 to 1908 worked for the Forest, Fish and Game Commission in Albany New York.

Knechtel then returned to Canada and joined the Dominion Forestry Branch, where he became Inspector of Forest Reserves. In 1913 he joined the Forestry Branch as a Forester. Abraham Knechtel remarked at a 1903 Canadian Forestry Association annual meeting that he had visited Major Bell in Regina and the Dominion Experimental Farm at Indian Head before shelterbelt planting was undertaken. That visit likely occurred in July 1891, when he toured the Indian Head-Regina region.

SOURCES:

Canadian Forestry Association – 4th Annual Meeting, 1903 - page 70 and 71.- http://archive.org/stream/reportannualmee00assogoog#page/n357/mode/2up

Knechtel's death - 1915 - https://archive.org/stream/forestryquarter14newy#page/176/mode/2up/search/zzz obit/1916/Knechtel

Photo and bio for Knechtel – Cornell University, 1901 Classbook, p 78.- https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924050396013;view=1up;seq=86;size=200

Knechtel at Indian Head 1891 (late June/early July) - https://archive.org/stream/cihm_30543#page/n23/mode/2up

RESEARCH BY:

Michelle Cabana, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Frank Korvemaker, Regina.