C. L. BOEKENKAMP, merchant, Mound City. This enterprising business man was born May 16, 1853, in Petershagen, Westphalia, Germany. He is a son of Prof. Herman Boekenkamp, who was Superintendent of a deaf and dumb asylum in Minden, Germany. He was born in Brackwede, Germany, and died October 10, 1881. The mother of our subject was Emilie (Hoepke) Boekenkamp, born May 21, 1812, in Minden, Germany. She is yet living where our subject was born, and is the daughter of a large and well-known grain buyer in Germany. She was the mother of two boys — Auggust F. and Charles L., our subject. The former was born March 6, 1848; he was Lieutenant in the Prussian army, and died 1870 from wounds received in the war between Prussia and Austria. At the time of his death he was acting as Mayor of Ibbenbueren, Germany. Our subject was educated at Minden, Germany. In 1869 he left his native country and emigrated to the United States, landing in New York. After roaming one year he clerked in Chicago; from there he went to St. Louis, and after one year's stay came to Mound City. Here he worked one year and then returned to St. Louis, where he worked for the old firm of Herman Koste till 1872, when he again returned to this place, where he clerked for G. F. Meyer till 1874, when he again went to St. Louis, where, after clerking one year in a brewery, he entered E. Hilger & Co.'s wholesale hardware business, where he clerked two years. In 1878 he once more returned to Mound City, where he worked for Meyer till 1881, when he went into business for himself in partnership with Ed. Schuler, keeping a general store. He was joined in matrimony January 14, 1879, in this place, to Miss Mary Schuler, who was born December 23, 1856, in Paducah, Ky. She is a daughter of George Schuler, and is the mother of one boy — Herman, born December 23, 1880. Mr. Boekenkamp is a member of the Knights of Honor, and in politics is a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 253.