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Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed., 1887, Kenton Co.
JOSEPH HARTKE, a prominent carriage manufacturer of Covington, Ky., was born in Hanover, Germany, November 14, 1833, and is a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Borges) Hartke. He came to the United States with his parents in 1847, landing at Baltimore, Md., where they remained eighteen months, and moved to Campbell County, Ky. Joseph Hartke, a blacksmith by trade, worked in Cincinnati for a long time, and in 1866 went into business on his own account in Covington, for one year, but discontinued, and worked three years at journey work in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1871 he opened a carriage manufacturing establishment, and does a large business. He was married, November 10, 1857, to Catherine Stautberg, of Cincinnati, daughter of H. H. Stautberg. Thirteen children were born to this union, ten of whom are now living: Lizzie, Annie, Burnard, Catherine, Threasa, Mary, Josephine, Frank, Bertie and Joseph. All the family are members of the Catholic Church.