Birth: 13 Sep 1847 Sachsen, Germany Emigration: 4 Apr 1872 Death: 8 Mar 1893 Vinita, Craig, Indian Territory, United States Burial: Ord, Valley, Nebraska, United States Father: Hackel (*Sachsen, Germany ✝︎c1852) Mother: ____ (*Sachsen, Germany ✝︎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 "Ben" 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 ⊙) 10. Frank Joseph Hackel (*1889 Ord, Valley, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1952 Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States)Notes:
Charles 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. The 1872 passenger ship record says he was from Germany. According to his 1872 declaration of intention to become a citizen of the US, he was a subject of the King of Prussia. The 1875 Kansas state census shows his birthplace as Germany and that he came to Kansas from Nebraska. The 1880 US census says he was born in Germany of German parents. 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 lived at "Bentwater" (probably Pentwater) Michigan in 1872. He filed a declaration of intention to become a citizen in Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska on 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 milk 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 on 16 March 1892.
Charles went on a group excursion led by Mr. Haskell to Port Lavaca, Texas. Soon after starting, he began talking about returning home, which Mr. Haskell endeavored to dissuade him from doing. At Lincoln he insisted that he would return. Haskell stayed with him till the train started and then boarded the train, supposing that Hackel had stopped. He soon found him aboard however. He acted gloomily all the way, and complained of his neighbors talking about him and his family. When near Vinita, Indian Territory, the place where the awful tragedy occurred, he began talking again of returning. Haskell told him he must pay for his fare if he did so as his return ticket must be stamped at Houston. In searching for the ticket it could not be found, having reportedly been hidden by another passenger as a joke. Haskell went for material to write in search of it, when Hackel went into the closet and shot himself in the forehead with a revolver. Immediate examination showed that he was dead. This occurred on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas passenger train en route just before reaching Vinita, Indian Territory. He had not been right for some time, so his neighbors said. He had been laboring under the impression that his neighbors had been slandering him and his family and had made himself disagreeable to them by his frequent accusations. In January he had received a letter signed “White Cap”, since which time he had acted even worse. He bought the revolver at that time with which he killed himself. Mr. Hackel reportedly had no reason for his rash act except his suspicions. He was well-to-do. He left a wife and nine children. His remains were returned to Ord on 10 March 1893, and he was buried in the Mira Valley Cemetery, then was moved to the Ord Cemetery in the mid 1950s.
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.
There are some hints as to his origin: A possible relative, linked by surname, period, and occupation, Franz Eduard Häckel, a master shoemaker, born 12 Jul 1826 in Roßwein, sought citizenship and work license in Dresden in 1870. A Karl Gustav Heckel, tailor, lived at Neundörfer Str. B. 53 in Plauen in 1863, the same year and address as (Christian?) Friedrich Schmidt, weaver. The latter could perhaps be the father or other relative of Charles Hackel’s wife Babette Schmidt, as we know that related Schmidts lived in Plauen by 1919.
Sources: H(Page: 3–5), NYPL0(S.S. Smidt, 4 Apr 1872), CEN1875KS(Long Island, Phillips, Kansas, Page 8), CEN1875KS(Long Island, Phillips, Kansas, Agricultural Page 3), CEN1880(Walnut, Phillips, Kansas, ED221, Page 18, Sheet 81D), CEN1885NE(Vinton, Valley, Nebraska, ED 758, Page 39A), 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, HACK18, FINDAGRAVE(ID: 160328018), HACK32, FSNENATI(Digital Folder: 103294056, Image: 02102), DRESBGA(Signatur 2.3.9 Nr. H 367), PLAUENAB1863(Entry for Karl Gustav Heckel, Neundörfer Str. B. 53)
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