Muscatine County Iowa
Here is what the abbreviations in the bios stand for: far: farm; Co.: company or county; dir: dealer; IVA: Iowa Volunteer Artillery; IVC: Iowa Volunteer Cavalry; IVI: Iowa Volunteer Infantry; P.O.: Post Office; S. or Sec.: section; and st.: street.
Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Biographical Section, 1879, page 605
MARTIN HAVERCAMP, deceased, the subject of this sketch was a native of Miltingen, Prussia; was born June 2, 1820; in December, 1841, while in the vigor of manhood, he arrived in this country, and commenced carving his way to prosperity with the toiling thousands of the new world; he settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, and there was employed in a wholesale grocery store for fourteen years. In 1854, he married Miss Bernadiana Stocker; they removed to Muscatine in 1856, and he accepted a clerkship in Compton's leather store, which he held until 1859, when he formed a partnership with John Knapp in the grocery business; in 1868, Mr. Knapp retired from the firm, and Mr. Havercamp carried on the business until his death, Feb.9,1878. In all the relations of life, Mr. Havercamp had few, if any, superiors; he was a public-spirited, enterprising citizen, and one whose honesty and fidelity to trusts of any kind were unimpeachable.
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