Henry August Damkroeger has devoted his life to farming and is recognized as one of the capable and successful
agriculturists of Highland township. He owns two hundred and forty acres of good land on section 26 and keeps everything
about the place in excellent condition. He was born in Westphalia, Germany, on the 29th of July, 1876, and is a
son of Henry and Charlotte (Grenemeyer) Damkroeger, who in 1888 removed with their family to the United States
and settled in Jefferson county, Nebraska. After farming there for seventeen years they went to Clay county, Nebraska,
where the father engaged in agricultural pursuits for fifteen years. At the end of that time he retired and he
and his wife are now living at Hastings. They are the parents of the following living children, namely: Louisa,
who is residing in Adams county; Katie, now Mrs. H. H. Mahling, of Highland township; Henry August; Mary, the wife
of Frank Seiko, of Clay county; Charlotte, who married Henry Meyer, of Jefferson county, Nebraska; Emma, the wife
of Fred Seiko, of Clay county; and Ida, the wife of Ferdinand Dieck, of Clay county.
Henry A. Damkroeger accompanied his parents to the United States in childhood and received his education in Jefferson
county, Nebraska. He early began to assist his father with the farm work and remained on the home place until he
was thirty years of age, during part of which time he was engaged in the operation of the farm on his own account.
At length he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land in Clay county but after operating that place for five
years sold and came to Adams county. He purchased his present farm, which comprises two hundred and forty acres
on section 26, Highland township, and in the intervening years has made a number of improvements thereon. He raises
wheat, corn, alfalfa and oats and also some stock. He has a number of good dairy cows and derives a gratifying
profit from the sale of his cream. He understands thoroughly all phases of farming and his labors are efficient
and are rewarded by a good income.
On the 15th of February, 1901, Mr. Damkroeger was united in marriage to Miss Dora Papenhaden, a daughter of Fred
and Augusta ( Schmidt) Papenhaden, of Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Damkroeger was born in that country but when sixteen
years of age emigrated to the United States. By her marriage she has become the mother of eight children, namely:
Martha, who was born on the 10th of January, 1902; Ernest, born August 31, 1903; Henry, November 22, 1905; Tabitha,
September 28, 1907; Helmuth, July 24, 1909; Amanda, February 13, 1911; Alfred, December 30, 1912; and Frederick
C., September 26, 1914.
Mr. Damkroeger votes the republican ticket as he believes in its policies and he takes the interest of a good citizen
in public affairs. He and his family attend the German Lutheran church, to the support of which he contributes,
and the uprightness of his life has gained him the sincere respect of all who have come into contact with him.
The gratifying measure of success which he has gained is due entirely to his own industry and good management and
he is one of the valued citizens of his township.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
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