Biography of Harry C. Haverly
Adams County, NE Biographies





Harry Clay Haverly, well known as a politician, has been very active in public affairs in Adams county for many years and has filled various offices, the duties of which he has discharged with promptness and fidelity. He is also well known in business circles as one of the organizers of the Hastings Building & Loan Association, of which he is now the president. In his entire career he has made it his purpose never to neglect the duty at hand for some other task and his loyalty and fidelity have been ever recognized as salient features in his career. Mr. Haverly is a native of Pennsylvania, having been borne at Bellefonte on the 25th of December, 1858, his parents being Francis S. and Hannah (Poorman) Haverly, who were also natives of the Keystone state. The father is still a resident of Bellefonte and has attained an advanced age, having been born in 1833. The mother, who was born in 1836, died in 1876. For many years Francis S. Haverly was general foreman of an axe factory at Bellefonte and became the owner of considerable land and real estate in that locality. He also took a helpful interest in public affairs, served as a member of the town board, and has been quite active as a member of the Methodist church. He is now enjoying a rest that he has truly earned and richly deserves.

Harry Clay Haverly is the eldest child in his father's family and in the public schools of Bellefonte pursued his education. After leaving home he was employed in a factory, store and office. In 1879 he came to Nebraska, at which time Hastings contained a population of about two thousand. Here he acted as clerk in the store of F. J. Benedict for six or eight months and in 1880 went to Culbertson, Nebraska, as manager for a store owned by the firm of Benedict & Mowrev, the location being sixty miles from the railroad on the Texas trail in the cow country. He saw buffaloes killed in that district and watched big stampedes. In the fall of 1880 he returned to the store in Hastings and in 1884 became a partner in the grocery firm which then operated under the name of the Benedict Company. He was called to public office in 1888, when he was elected city clerk, which position he filled for four years. In 1892 he was appointed deputy county treasurer and in 1899 became a candidate for the office of county treasurer, but was defeated by fifteen votes. In 1900 he accepted the position of bookkeeper with the firm of McKinley & Lanning and in 1901 was appointed steward at the Hastings Asylum by Governor Dietrich, and was reappointed in 1903 by Governor Michey, who again named him for that position in 1905, while in 1907 he was appointed to the same office by Governor Sheldon. He thus served until December 1, 1907, when he resigned and became connected with the Bostwick Hotel, but in June, 1913, sold his interest in that business and was appointed deputy clerk. In the meantime he had assisted in organizing the Hastings Building & Loan Association in 1896 and is now its president. This is one of the strong financial concerns of the county and has constituted an important element in furthering public progress.

In 1886, at Hastings, Mr. Haverly was married to Miss Carrie Calvert, a native of Wisconsin, who died in the year 1913. Her parents were Alfred and Elizabeth Calvert, who on coming to Nebraska settled in Highland township, Adams county, where the father secured a homestead claim and entered upon the active work of the farm. Afterward he removed to Hastings and became agent for the St. Paul mills, which he thus represented for many years. He was a Civil war veteran, going to the front with a Wisconsin regiment, and he afterward became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mrs. Haverly was very prominent in the social circles of the city and was also deeply interested in civic affairs. She possessed many attractive qualities which won her personal popularity so that her death was deeply regretted. To Mr. and Mrs. Haverly were born two sons: Cecil F., who is city salesman with a wholesale dental supply house in Minneapolis; and Ernest S., attending high school.

In his political views Mr. Haverly has ever been a stalwart republican since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and is a recognized leader in the local ranks of the party. He served as chairman of the county central committee from 1911 until 1913 and has been active in every campaign during the past thirty years. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, holding membership in the lodge, the chapter and the council, while in the consistory he has attained the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite. He also belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, becoming a charter member of Lodge No. 159, and he has also been a member of the Grand Lodge of Elks. He is a charter member of Hastings Lodge, No. 28, K. P., and of Delhi Temple, No. 109, D. O. K. K. He likewise has membership with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Royal Highlanders and the Loyal Mystic Legion of America. His religious belief is that of the Episcopal church, in which he is serving as vestryman, and he takes an active interest in furthering its cause and extending its influence. His activities have touched various interests of society and his influence has ever been on the side of progress, reform and improvement.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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