Biography of Frederick W. Haake


Haake, Frederick William, Buffalo, son of John, was born July 21, 1830, in Westfalen, Prussia, and spent his early life on his father's farm. When nineteen he came to America and settled in Buffalo, with only $5 capital. He first worked in a brick yard for $10 per month, taking half his pay from a store and working from dawn till dark. Afterward he was successively employed on a farm and as a teamster for a Buffalo street contractor, in 1855 engaged in the business of boating sand to masons, and in 1861 began as a contractor on city streets. Purchasing a grain boat in 1864 he made six trips to New York during that season and in the fall sold it and resumed the business of contracting. He bought his present brickyard and engaged in manufacturing brick in 1875, and has ever since carried on the plant with success, taking in his son, William P. Haake, as a partner in 1896, under the firm name of Haake & Son. The establishment has a daily capacity of 60,000 brick. Mr. Haake also owns in Angola a valuable tract of sixty acres, consisting largely of a superior quality of shale well adapted for the manufacture of shale brick: a farm of forty acres lying near the Buffalo city line; city property comprising twelve acres; and several tenement houses. He was married, first, in 1855, to Louisa Slausser, by whom he had a son and a daughter. His second wife, Barbara Bly, of Hamburg, has borne him four sons, who are living. All his sons are Republicans, and William P. is a member of the Masonic order.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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