Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.
The foreman of the cutting department of the Butler Hard Rubber Company, Robert Haycock, was born in Bloomingdale, New Jersey, on the 5th of July, 1860, a son of the late David Haycock, who spent his entire life in Bloomingdale and died there on the 21st of January, 1898, at the age of seventy-seven years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Hester Rose, was a daughter of Elisha Rose, and by their marriage they became the parents of four children: James, of Butler; Harriet, wife of Matthew Cody, of Wayne county, Pennsylvania; Robert, of Butler; and William, of Paterson.
Robert Haycock received but meager educational privileges, for on reaching his 'teens he began to earn his own livelihood and in consequence his school days were thus ended. He secured a position as comb-sticker in the factory of the Rubber Comb and Jewelry Company and diligently applied himself to his work, mastering every detail of the business which was entrusted to his care. His faithfulness and industry won him the attention and consideration of those above him and as opportunity offered he was promoted. As he advanced he manifested the same thoroughness in becoming acquainted with his work, and as a result of his fidelity, when a vacancy occurred in the cutting department in 1883, he was chosen its chief and has since been retained in that position. Long service with any large corporation at once implies ability on the part of the employee and fidelity to the company's interests, and no higher testimonial of Mr. Haycock's work can be given than the statement that he has occupied his present position for the past fifteen years.
Mr. Haycock was married in Boonton, June 12, 1881, to Mary C., daughter of John Delazier, a farmer, who married Sarah M. DeBow, and died in July, 1896. The Delaziers are of Holland Dutch stock, while the DeBows are of French ancestry. Mr. and Mrs. Haycock have eight children: Sarah, David, Raymond, Mary, Robert, Hester, Charlie and Claud A.
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