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01 January 2014

Family History: KAMPE, Henry J. (1916-1983)

Henry J. Kampe was born on the 25th day of April 1916 in Frankfort, Will County, Illinois. His parents are William Kampe and Selma Elsner. 
During his school years, he played in the band, collected stamps, and collected arrow heads. He found the arrow heads while taking the cattle back and forth in the fields. The area now extends from the city of Frankfort across Route 30 to VanHorn Woods. He loved to travel. Early in life he traveled west. He enjoyed telling the story of how the mountains were so steep that it was necessary to go backwards. He could not gear down the car enough to travel forwards. 

documents for Henry J. Kampe include birth, marriage and death
For "how to" find family birth records, read Genealogy: How to find a birth date and record on

Henry married Mildred Louise Schuler on the 14th of November 1938. They were married at the brides home in Lockport, Will County, Illinois.

Besides traveling, one of his hobbies was ham radio. He was "W9 Old King Midas."
Ham radio operators collect cards from the people they met. This is a scan of my dad's card.
Henry J. Kampe died on the 10th day of February 1983 and is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Frankfort, Will County, Illinois.

My trees are a work in progress. I am always wanting to meet family members and exchange information. Currently, trees are posted on RootsWeb, My Heritage, and under the name of SchulerKampe family tree. If anyone is researching this line and would like to exchange information, please contact me at

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