Birth: 13 Sep 1847 Sachsen, Germany Death: 8 Mar 1893 Vinita, Craig, Indian Territory, United States Burial: Ord, Valley, Nebraska, United States Father: Hackel ( +c1852) Mother: ____ ( +c1856) Married Babette Hermine Schmidt (*1849 Mülsen St. Niclas, Sachsen, Germany +1910 near Ord, Valley, Nebraska, United States) Children: 1. Mary Anna Hackel (*1872 near Pentwater, Oceana, Michigan, United States +1966 Grand Island, Hall, Nebraska, United States) 2. Bernhard Richard Hackel (*1873 near Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States +1955 Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States) 3. Charles Emil Hackel (*1875 Long Island Township, Phillips, Kansas, United States +1916 Harrisonville, Cass, Missouri, United States) 4. Luise Hackel (*1877 Long Island Township, Phillips, Kansas, United States +1959 Scotia, Greeley, Nebraska, United States) 5. Eda Hackel (*1878 Long Island Township, Phillips, Kansas, United States +1948 Bismarck, Burleigh, North Dakota, United States) 6. Katie Hackel (*1879 Walnut Township, Phillips, Kansas, United States +1974 Valley, Nebraska, United States) 7. Hackel (*1879 Walnut Township, Phillips, Kansas, United States +1880 Myrtle, Phillips, Kansas, United States) 8. William Frederick Hackel (*1885 Valley, Nebraska, United States +1919 Ord, Valley, Nebraska, United States) 9. Edward Otto Hackel (*1886 Ord, Valley, Nebraska, United States +1979 Ord, Valley, Nebraska, United States) 10. Frank Joseph Hackel (*1889 Ord, Valley, Nebraska, United States +1952 Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States)Notes:
According to his 1872 declaration of intent to become a citizen of the US, he was a subject of the King of Prussia. The 1885 Nebraska state census shows his place of birth as Saxony. In his 1892 naturalization papers, he was listed as a subject of the Emperor of Austria before naturalization in the US. He was raised by step-parents and left home at the age of 13. He worked around until he went into the army, and was a soldier from 1870 to 1871. A bootmaker by trade, he came to the US with his wife on the S.S. Smidt (on its first voyage for the Bremer Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft), bound from Bremen, landing in New York on 4 April 1872.
He lived at "Bentwater" (probably Pentwater) Michigan in 1872. He filed a declaration of intent to become a citizen in Platte County, Nebraska 29 August 1872. They lived in Niobrara, Nebraska 1873, then in Omaha, Nebraska for 3 months, where he worked as a butcher, putting on weight. They lived in Walnut Township (formed from Long Island Township in 1879), Phillips County, Kansas 1875–1880, farming a quarter section near Myrtle. There they had but two cows and a dog in 1875. On 31 December 1880 he said he was securing a home there and intended to remain in spite of the privations caused by drought and grasshoppers. But he moved to Valley County, Nebraska in 1882 and lived there until his death.
The Hackels spent the first winter in Valley County in a dugout north of their later home. By 1885 they had improved their farm of 80 acres, consisting of 40 acres of grass and 30 of hay, 13 of corn, 6 of oats, 13 of wheat, and 1 of potatoes, and had four horses, two mules, five milk cows, 31 other cattle, 22 hogs, and 65 poultry. He was naturalized in Valley County, Nebraska 16 March 1892. He shot himself on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas passenger train en route just before reaching Vinita, Indian Territory, while on a group excursion to Port Lavaca, Texas. The Ord Quiz, the Galveston Daily News, and the Austin Weekly Statesman contain the particulars of the sad story. His remains were returned to Ord on 10 March 1893, and he was buried in the Mira Valley Cemetery, then later moved to the Ord Cemetery.
H says he moved to US in 1871 and that he died in Texas while on a trip. OA85 says he was shot on a train. VNEP says he died in Venita, Indian Territory, while on a train trip.
Sources: H(Page: 3–5), CEN1875KS, CEN1880(Walnut, Phillips, Kansas, ED221, Page 18, Sheet 81D), OA85(Page: 2), VCC, VNEP, VCGS1(Page: 1), VIC, VNEN, OQ2, VNEM, VOV(Page: 135,143), PNEP, OQ4, GTA(Volume: 26, Page: 326), PHCOCE(Page: 33), PHCOHE1, VNEC, VNEGF, HACK12, CG(ID: 5559124), HACK16, HACK17, CEN1885NE(Vinton, Valley, Nebraska, ED 758, Page 39A), HACK18, FINDAGRAVE(ID: 160328018), NYPL0(S.S. Smidt, 4 Apr 1872)
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