From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 235-236, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William Hackman, a practical German farmer and stock raiser of
section 30, township 17, range 11, is the owner of a good farm where he
lives. He was born in Hanover, near the city of Osnabruck, in 1820,
September 13th. He was the third son born to John E. And Maria (Struve)
Hackman, natives of Hanover, who came of pure German blood. After his
marriage he settled down in his native land as a farmer, on a small
scale, and here all the children were born, but later in life Mr.
Hackman sold out all his interests in his native land and set sail from
Bremen for the United States, with his wife and family. After a voyage
of seven weeks and two days, they landed at Castle Garden, coming on at
once to Illinois via Albany, New York, Buffalo, across Lake Erie,
landing at Cleveland, across the canal, down the Ohio to Cairo, up the
Mississippi river to St. Louis, and thence up the Illinois river to
Beardstown, in June, 1835. The father purchased 120 acres in township
12, range 11, but before they were settled he sickened and died. He had
procured the deed, so his family had the farm. He was only fifty eight
years of age and had been in the country but a few months. The widow
mother moved on the farm with her children, and they began their life
as farmers in a new country. Some years later she went to live with her
only daughter, Mary Bushman, of Beardstown, where she died when
seventy-two years of age. She lived to see her children all well
married and settled in life. Mrs. Hackman joined the Methodist Church
in this county and died in that faith. Her husband was a Lutheran.
William and a brother, Fred are the only surviving children, the
latter also being a farmer at Arenzville. William grew to manhood in
this county. He is now the owner of two fine farms of 320 acres in all,
both having a complete set of farm buildings on them, built by Mr.
hackman. The land is in a fine condition and yields good crops.
He was married in this county to Elizabeth Meyer, born in
Germany, in 1828. She was a small child when brought to America by her
parents. They made their first settlement on the farm now owned by Mr.
Hackman. It was on this farm that Mr. and Mrs. Meyer both lived, and
died when they were thirty years old. They were Lutherans in religion.
Mrs. Hackman is one of seven children, of whom she and a sister, Mrs.
Fred Hackman, of this county, and a brother, Henry, a retired farmer of
Oregon, are the only surviving members. The next year, July, 1835,
after they came to America, Mr. and Mrs. Meyer died, and Mrs. Hackman
was reared by a Mrs. Freeman Skinner. She has been a true, good wife to
a devoted husband for the past forty-five years.
Mr. and Mrs. Hackman are the parents of six children: one,
Matilda, died when young; one, William E., died when twenty-two; and
Loulisa, after her marriage to George Keoneke, to whom she bore five
children. The living children are, Louis; Lucinda, wife of Theo.
Heierman, a farmer in Morgan county, Illinois; and they have one child.
Mr. and Mrs. Hackman are regarded as being among the good, kind
and hospitable old settlers of the county. They are upright, Christian
people, being members of the Emanuel Methodist Episcopal Church, two
miles from Arenzville. Mr. Hackman and son are sound Democrats in
Mr. Louis Hackman is now the manager of his father's old
homestead, and he is conducting it in a way that reflects great credit
on him. He is a hard working man, and thoroughly understands his
business, as the fine condition of his fields testify. He was married
to Amelia Kors of this county, and they are the parents of three as
bright little ones as any one need care to see. Mr. Louis Hackman has
been County Commissioner for the past nine years.
The whole family are just the kind of people that make Cass
county so prosperous, and if there were more like this worthy German
and his son, the prosperity of the State would be greatly increased.