ARTHUR HACK (800x510)

Age: 59 years, 7 months, 18 days


DOB: June 8, 1896
Beecher, IL USA

DOD: January 26, 1956
Hazelcrest Hospital,
Hazelcrest, IL USA

Son of Frank Gustav Hack and Emma (Katz) Hack.

Arthur’s mother, Emma Katz Hack, married Edward Heller in 1919 after Frank Gustav Hack’s death in 1912. Emma was the step mother of Herman & Elmer Heller.  Herman & Elmer’s mother was Bertha (Ristenpart) Heller who died of the flue epidemic in 1919.

Husband of Ethel E. (Wehmhoefer) Hack, married January 1, 1920.

Father of Geraldine A. Hack (Philip G. Imholz)


Arthur & Ethal MatrimonialArthur Hack and Ethel Wehmhoefer were married Jan. 1, 1920 at St. Luke’s parsonage, Rev. G. Horst officiating.  Mr. and Mrs. George Heiden were sponsors. Following the wedding the couple boarded a train for Chicago.
The wedding was a surprise to all, even the parents of the bride, who were not informed of the event until the newlyweds arrived in Chicago, when they wired back the glad news.
Both bride and groom are well known in Beecher, where they were born and reared. They are popular and Arthur Hack and Ethel Wehmhoeferesteemed young people and their many friends wish them the best there is in their wedded life.
The groom is the son of Mrs. Ed. Ohlendorf of near Goodenow, and the bride the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Henry Wehmhoefer of Beecher.
We understand the young couple will make their home in Chicago Heights, where Mr. Hack has employment as city mail carrier.
The Beecher Herald extends congratulations.

Editor’s note:  Arthur’s mother is listed in error; she was Emma (Katz) Hack Heller, not Mrs. Ed Ohlendorf.

[1925]   Arthur Hack took over the general merchandise store of Herman Hack at 734 Indiana Avenue. Mrs. Arthur Hack introduced her line of millinery. Her 1925 fall selection was “exceptionally modish, stylish, and with pleasing combinations, sure to suit the individual tastes of the Beecher Ladies.”

Editor’s note: My grandmother told me she used to buy her penny candy at Arthur’s store.


Arthur Hack Comm. ChestArthur Hack has been named chairman of the local Community Chest drive. This effort to collect contributions for charitable organizations is an annual affair on a nation-wide basis. It provides a single unified opportunity for each individual to contribute to charity and provides a unified effort on the part of organizations which benefit from the collections.

As in the past, a portion of the funds remain at home and the balance is divided among Community Chest agencies or institutions that have been carefully selected and their needs accurately analyzed.

Herman C. Grassle, county auditor, has accepted the position of chairman of the county division of the Joliet-Will County Community Chest campaign to be held, Oct. 16 to Oct. 27th. The local drive will coincide with the county, and Mr. Hack is our representative on Grassle’s committee. A meeting of all township chairmen will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Woodruff Hotel, Joliet, at which campaign supplies will be distributed and instructions given to workers. Shortly after this session, the local organization will be formed.

The county goal this year is $131,700.00.


By Mrs. Arthur Boyens

Arthur Hack St.Luke officer 1-28-1948The annual meeting of St. Luke’s Evangelical and Reformed Church was held Sunday after noon in the church parlors with the vice president Alfred Haseman presiding as chairman. Minutes of the previous meetings were read by Secretary Arthur Hack and the treasurer’s report was read by Howard Paul.

Fred F. Heldt and Frank Hunte were elected elders to succeed Walter F. Boysen and Wilmer Selk. Irving F Stelling was elected secretary to succeed Arthur Hack and Mrs. Irwin Stelling was elected corresponding secretary to succeed Mrs. Arthur Hack.

Fred E. Thomas was re-elected sexton and Mrs. Clara Schultz was re-elected janitor. Mrs. Rose Hunte was named organist. A Committee of three: Howard Paul, Byron Hunte and Wilmer Selk was elected to manage the affairs of St. Luke’s cemetery.

Fred Thoms was elected delegate and Arthur Hack alternate to the annual conference. The date of the annual mission festival was left to the discretion of the pastor. It was announced that the roll of membership numbered 353 including the junior members of which 217 were voting members. Installation of officers will be held in the Sunday morning service.


Arthur Hack death noticeFamily members and fiends of the community were saddened by the passing of Arthur Brands, last Wednesday afternoon, at the home of his sister, here in Beecher, and Arthur Hack, who died early last Thursday morning at Hazelcrest Hospital where he had been confined since returning from a Florida visit. Both Mr. Brands and Mr. Hack had been ill for some time.


Arthur Hack, 59, died last Thursday, January 26, at Hazelcrest Hospital, following a long illness. He had been hospitalized ever since his return from Florida.

Mr. Hack was born in Beecher on June 8, 1896 and lived here practically all his life. Long associated with the business and civic affairs of the community, he operated a general store for thirty years at the corner of Indiana and Woodward Streets. He served the village as clerk for thirteen years and as president for eight years. He was a member of Beecher Lodge 1087, A.F. & A.M.

Surviving are his wife, Ethel; one daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Imholz and husband and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held, last Sunday, at 2:00 p.m., at the Hack Chapel with Rev. Edwin Otte officiating. Masonic rites were also held. Burial was in the Beecher Mausoleum.


Arthur Hack ObitArthur Johann Heinrich Hack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hack, was born June 8, 1896. He was baptized on August 23, 1896 by the Rev. Gustav Koch. He was confirmed in the Christian faith in St. Luke’s Church on April 9, 1911 by the Rev. Roth. His confirmation verse was Proverbs 23:26: “My son, give Me Thine Heart, and Let Thine Eyes Observe My Ways.”

He was united in marriage to Miss Ethel Wehmhoefer on January 1, 1920 by the Rev. Gustav Horst. One child, a daughter, Geraldine, came to bless this union.

Mr. Hack spent his entire lifetime, with the exception of two years spent in Crete, in Beecher. He was well-known in this community. He operated a general store for 30 years. He was village clerk for 13 years, and president of the village board for 8 years. He was a member of St. Luke’s Church and served on the Church Council for two terms.

He was in poor health for the past several years. During the past several months his health failed rapidly. In hopes that a warmer climate might be beneficial to his health Mr. and Mrs. Hack went to Florida in December. However, his health continued to decline and on Thursday, January 12 they returned to their home on Hodges Street. On Monday, January 16 he was taken to Hazelcrest Hospital where he passed away quietly on Thursday morning, January 26 at 4:00 a.m. He was 59 years, 7 months, and 18 days of age at the time of his passing.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel, and daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Imholtz of Peotone. He is also survived by his son-in-law, Philip Imholtz and two grandchildren, Pamela and Thomas Imholtz. Two step-brothers, Herman and Elmer Heller, also survive.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 29 at the Hack Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Edwin Otte, pastor of St. Luke’s Evangelical and Reformed Church, officiating. Interment was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Arthur’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Wife: Ethel E. (Wehmhoefer) Hack

Father & Mother-in-law: Henry C. Wehmhoefer & Augusta J. (Wehling) Wehmhoefer

Uncle & Aunt: Herman Hack & Eva F. (Ruge) Hack

Uncle & Aunt: Henry Hack & Mary W. (Bielfeldt) Hack

Uncle & Aunt: Charles J. Hack & Anna (Schroeder, Schmaedeke) Hack

Cousins: Dr. Edmund Hack & Margaretha B. (Schwarz) Hack

Wife’s (Ethel’s) Uncle & Aunt: Edward J. Wehmhoefer & Charlotte (Thiesfeld) Wehmhoefer

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