California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
STEPHEN D. HACKNEY was an Illinois farmer for about twenty years, and since transplanting himself to the beautiful environment of Riverside County he has continued an occupation close to the land, but in the form of orange culture, and is one of the prosperous ranchers in the Highgrove section.
Mr. Hackney was born at Bunker Hill, Illinois, December 14, 1861, son of James and Amelia (Britton) Hackney, now deceased. His father was born in New York City and his mother near Chicago. James Hackney went to Illinois when a youth, was a farmer there, fought as a soldier in the Mexican war, and joined the rush to California in 1849. After his return he lived on his Illinois farm until his death. He was the father of six children: William, of Litchfield, Illinois; John, of Bunker Hill; Joseph, of Long Beach, California; Edward, of Hutchinson, Kansas; Thomas, of Guthrie, Oklahoma; and Stephen D.
Stephen D. Hackney after completing his public school education at Bunker Hill turned his attention to farming and remained in Illinois until 1904. In that year he came to Riverside, and soon acquired and has developed a fine orange ranch in Highgrove, where he has ten acres. Mr. Hackney has served as a member of the Riverside City Council, and is a republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Modern Woodmen of America.
December 20, 1881, he married Miss Charlotte Elizabeth Hume, daughter of William James and Hannah (Snedeker) Hume, of Bunker Hill, in which Illinois town she was reared and educated. Mr. and Mrs. Hackney have had seven children: Millie, deceased; Paul; Esther, wife of Sidney Hilton, of Los Angeles ; John, at home ; Vivian, Hume and Carl, all deceased. Mr. Hackney has one grandchild, Betty Lou Hilton. His son Paul volunteered and served in the navy as a yeoman [sic] during the World war. For one year he was stationed at Plymouth, England, and for six months in New York City. He is now bookkeeper on a large sugar plantation at Honakaa, Hawaiian Islands.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011