Herman Hack

Age: 72 years, 10 months, 25 days


DOB: March 25, 1853
Hohen, Vicheln, Mecklinburg, Germany

DOD: Feb. 19, 1926
at home, Beecher, IL USA

Son of John Christian Hack and Friederika Sophia (Luth) Hack

Brother to: Henry (Mary W. Bielfeldt) , Charles J (Anna Schroeder Schmaedeke) , Frank G. (Emma Katz) and Emma (Sherman R. Loitz) Hack

Herman HackHusband of Eva Friedricke (Ruge) Hack, married September 28, 1876

Father of 12: Henry, Emma B. (George J. Klein), Minnie (Maurice J Howe), Amanda (Herman Graves), Alvina, John C. (Blanche Apking) , William (Gertrude M. Adolph), Cynthia, Talitha (William Becker),  twins Amelia & Malinda, and Evaline Hack

Grandfather to 24 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Thursday, February 26, 1926 – OBITUARY – HERMAN HACK

Herman Hack obitHerman Carl William Hack, son of John Christian Heinrich Hack and Friederika Sophia, nee Luth, was born March 25, 1853, at Hohen, Vicheln, Mecklinburg, Germany, July 20, 1864. He together with his parents and brothers and other relatives came to America, locating near Beecher. On April 5, 1868, he was confirmed by Rev. Reinecke at St. John’s church. On September 28, 1876 he united in marriage with Eva Ruge. This happy union was blessed with twelve children, of whom two – Henry, at the age of 15, and Cynthia, at the age of 2.5 years – proceeded the father in death. The surviving children are: Emma, Mrs. George Klein, Chicago; Minnie, Mrs. Maurice Howe, Chicago; Amanda, Mrs. Herman Graves, Crown Point, Ind., Alvina, Beecher; John, Peotone; William, Beecher; Talitha, Mrs. Wm. Becker, Goodenow; and Amelia, Malinda and Evaline, of Beecher.

After their marriage they lived for 13 years on the Hack homestead, southeast of Beecher. From there they moved to Cissna Park, where they farmed successfully for four years. Coming back to Beecher, they lived for one year on the so-called Many farm, then they resettled on the old homestead.

Frank Hack Store 1911

1911 Frank Hack store, 734 Indiana Ave, Beecher


In 1912 he gave up farming and came with his family to Beecher, where he took over and successfully conducted his late brother Frank’s store on Indiana Street. Frank Hack store advertisement 1908


Retiring from this business on Jan. 1, 1923, he gave himself over to a peaceful and quiet life, enjoying to the fullest the two years of life still allotted him.


Warned at times of impending sudden death, it nevertheless came as a severe shock to his family and the community when on Friday morning, at 8:45, a severe hemorrhage brought his earthly life to a close, at the age of 72 years, 10 months and 24 days.

Herman Hack obit 2Those deeply mourning his passing are his widow, the above mentioned children, two brothers, Henry of Beecher and Carl J. of Calumet City, one sister, Mrs. Herman Loitz of Peotone, 24 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a large number of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Hack, an originality in many ways, and being, above all, honest and upright in all his dealings made and to the very last called many his warm and sincere friends. As a former member of St. John’s and later a member of St. Luke’s, he showed due understanding and appreciation of the service of the church and Christian religion.

Being a lover of children, one niece, Minnie Graves, was given a home with him sharing in the privilege of his own children.

He intended to celebrate the golden jubilee of his wedding in the fall of this year. God, however, ordained different in calling his servant home .

The funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the home and continued at St. Luke’s Church, where Rev. G. Horst spoke touchingly in both the German and English language. Miss Hulda Blank of Grant Park, capably accompanied by Mrs. Frank Hunte, the organist, breathed new life into old familiar songs, deeply stirring the hearts of the large assemblage present. The many beautiful floral offerings spoke convincingly of the esteem in which Mr. Hack was held. The remains we laid at rest in the Beecher Mausoleum. The pall bearers were Edward Becker, Frank Hunte, Henry Fisk, Fred Thoms, John Paulson and William Wehling. Those present from out of town who attended the funeral: Connie Butler, John Howe, Tom Howe, Margie Howe, Mrs. Kate Klexon, Lil Howe, Mrs. John Lange, Mrs. T. Tuck and son, Mrs. L. Fregeau, Mrs. Boechler and son, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Knuth, Mr. Irwin Rascher and Mrs. Haltenhof, all of Chicago, Mr. Gustave Koch, Fairmont, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandt and Mr. and Mrs. John Meyer of Crown Point, Ind., and Mr. Chas. Hack, Momence.

Herman’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Wife: Eva F. (Ruge) Hack
Brother & Sister-in-law: Henry Hack & Mary W. (Bielfeldt) Hack
Brother & Sister-in-law: Charles J. Hack & Anna Schroeder, Schmaedeke) Hack
Nephew & Niece: Dr. Edmund Hack & Margaretha B. (Schwarz) Hack
Niece & Nephew: Rose W. (Hack) Dunlap & Asa James Dunlap
Nephew & Niece: Arthur Hack & Ethel (Wehmhoefer) Hack

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,


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