Biography of Henry Haverkamp (1848- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 550.

Henry HAVERKAMP, jeweler of Troy, was born in Prussia January 5, 1848, and his education was confined to the common schools. At the age of fourteen, he began learning the watchmaker’s trade under an uncle, worked for him four years without pay and boarded himself. In 1866 he immigrated to America to escape military duty, and for seven years after reaching this country, he worked for one man in St. Louis. He then went to Quincy, Ill., and here remained for two years. In 1876 he came to Troy, Mo., and after working for some time for different parties, in 1879 bought out his employer and has since conducted the business and is doing well. He carries as good a stock of jewelry as will be found in any town of the size of Troy. In 1881 he married Miss Aida WRIGHT, a native of Lincoln County, and the daughter of L. C. WRIGHT. This union resulted in the birth of three children, two sons and a daughter. Mr. HAVERKAMP began business a poor boy, but by persistent effort has risen to a place among the first businessmen of Troy. Politically he is a supporter of Democratic principles. His father, Frederick HAVERKAMP, was a native of Prussia, and in boyhood learned the shoemaker’s trade, at which he worked until he was sixty-seven years of age. His mother, Lina KOCH, was also a native of Prussia. Their marriage was solemnized in the old country, where all the children were born, two sons and a daughter. The other son came to America in 1867 and the rest of the family in 1871. The father died in 1886 and the mother is still living and is seventy-six years of age.

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