FREDERICK HAVERKAMP was born on May 13, 1894 in Camden, New Jersey to
August F. Haverkampf and his wife, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Haverkampf.
His grandfather had also been named August Haverkampf. The family which
included older sister Emma, resided at 573 Van Hook Street when the
1894-1895 Camden City Directory was compiled. The elder Haverkampf was
the working as a foreman for the J.C. Dunn & Company. Sadly, he
passed away at the age of 34, as reported in the Philadelphia
Inquirer on March 8, 1896. Mrs. Lizzie Haverkamp is listed in the
1896 Directory at 935 Market
Street, but had returned to Van Hook Street
by 1897, her address then being 566 Van Hook Street. By 1898 the Haverkamps had
taken up residence at 575 Van Hook Street.
1900 Census shows August Haverkamp and his sister Emma residing with
their mother, Lizzie Haverkamp, at 575 Van Hook Street. Also residing at
the residence was a roomer, Morris Jeitner, who worked as a shoemaker.
Haverkamp appears in the 1914 City Directory, still at 575 Van Hook Street.
He was working as a plumber. He was still single and working at
the Castle Kid Company, a leather manufacturing business, when he
registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. August Haverkamp was then living at
573 Van Hook Street. His draft card indicates that he
was taking care of his father, apparently his mother had remarried at
some point, but was now gone. He married about that time, and served in
the armed forces during World War I.
from the war, August Haverkamp found work as an electrical worker at the
New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard. When the Census was taken on
January 5, 1920 August Haverkampf was boarding at 1645 Broadway, the
home of long-time Camden Fire Department member Francis
D. "Frank" Chambers, who served at the nearby Engine Company
firehouse at 1813 Broadway.
was appointed to the
Camden Fire Department on November 24, 1920. He reported for duty
on January 1, 1921 with Engine Company
1 at 409 Pine Street.
On September 18, 1943 he was re-assigned as Battalion Chief's Aide for the
Third District, based at Engine Company
3's firehouse at 1813 Broadway.
August Haverkamp held this post until November 1, 1951 when he was
transferred to the First District where he served in the same role.
1924 and 1947 Camden City Directory shows that August Haverkamp and his
wife Ella lived at 1723 South 6th
Street. A daughter, Julia, was born around
1927. The 1947 Directory shows
daughter Julia Haverkamp, a bookkeeper, also resided at that address. By
October of 1956 August Haverkamp had moved to 3005 Hartford Road in
Haverkamp was still a member of the Camden Fire Department when he passed away on
April 6, 1958, at the age of 63. He was
replaced on the Fire Department by Joseph