Ericus Verkade

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Ericus Gerhardus Verkade
Born Ericus Gerhardus Verkade
(1835-11-20)20 November 1835
Vlaardingen, Netherlands
Died 8 February 1907(1907-02-08) (aged 71)
Hilversum, Netherlands
Known for Founder of Verkade
Spouse(s) Trijntje Smit (1857–1863)
Eduarda Thalia Koning (1865–1907)

Ericus Gerhardus Verkade (20 November 1835 – 8 February 1907) was a Dutch businessman and the founder of the Verkade manufacturing company in 1886.

Biography[edit]

Ericus Gerhardus Verkade was born on 20 November 1835 in Vlaardingen in the Netherlands. He was named after his father, the notary Ericus Gerhardus Verkade Sr (1801-1835), who died one month before he was born. Verkade's mother, Geertruida van Gelder, was from Wormerveer and moved her family back to her birthplace shortly after Ericus Jr's birth.[1]

Soon after school, Verkade started a vegetable oil factory, which burned out in 1875. The next eight years he and his brother-in-law traded in grains. On May 2, 1886, he started a steam-powered bakery, which company he first named "De Ruyter" for the first mill in Zaandam that milled flour--the original "ruiter" ("chevalier") was on the company logo until 1994.[2] Verkade originally baked bread and rusk, but soon expanded to make cookies, chocolate, and snacks.[3] Verkade became a household name in the Netherlands.[4][5]

In 1857 in Zaandam, Verkade married Trijntje Smit (1835-1863) in 1857, with whom he had a daughter. In 1865 he married Eduarda Thalia Koning (1841-1917), with whom he had 7 children. His son Jan Verkade (1868-1948) became a well-known Post-Impressionist artist. Jan was the twin brother of Ericus Gerhardus (1868-1927) who would take over his father's business.[1]

Verkade died on 8 February 1907 in Hilversum in the Netherlands.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Dutch) Verkade genealogy
  2. ^ Lakerveld, Peter van (22 February 1994). "'Paplepeligheid' Verkade geen probleem". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Hageman, Esther (2 July 2008). "Co Verkade 1906-2008". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Voormolen, Sander (27 June 2008). "Jacobus Verkade (1906-2008): Pionier in marketing koekjes en chocola". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Meer, Tom van der (27 June 2008). "'Co' Verkade (102) overleden" (in Dutch). EVMI. Retrieved 11 May 2010.