August Hacke, who resides in section 20, Brushy Mound township, Macoupin County, is an extensive agriculturist and one of the influential men of the township. He was born in Braunschweig, Germany, October 9, 1841, and is a son of Hartwig and Augusta (Burgdorff) Hacke.
Hartwig Hacke and his wife left Germany on October 9, 1852, and arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana, in November of that year, having with them their three children: August, Henry and Harmon. They arrived at St. Louis, Missouri, on January 1, 1853. Two weeks later Hartwig Hacke moved with his family to Carlinville township, Macoupin County, Illinois. He purchased a farm north of the Litchfield, Carrollton & Western railway station, which property is now included in the city limits. He lived upon it for four years, then sold out and purchased a tract of 200 acres, one-half mile east of Carlinville in the same township. He had followed the trade of a cabinet maker in his native country, but after coming to the United States always engaged in farming. He died in 1856, at the age of 57 years; his wife survived him many years, dying in 1893, at the age of 72 years. Two children were born to them after coming to his country, namely: Gustav and Joanna. Religiously, they were members of the German Evangelical Church. Mr. Hacke was a Republican in politics, and although deeply interested in its success was never an active party worker.
August Hacke attended the common schools of his native country, and of Illinois after his arrival in this country. He continued to live on the home farm until the breaking out of the Civil War, when he enlisted in Company A, 122d Reg. Illinois Vol. Inf., on August 9, 1861. He was in the service for a period of three years, and during that time was never absent from roll call except when duty required him to be away. He served in all the engagements in which his regiment and company participated in a most creditable manner, and was discharged at Mobile, Alabama, and mustered out at Springfield, Illinois. He now receives a pension of $8 per month. After the close of the war, he returned to his home and again took up the pursuits of farming. When the home estate was divided, he sold his interest to his brother Henry, and in 1871 purchased his present property of 120 acres. Fortune has smiled upon him in a business way, and at the present time he is the owner of more than 640 acres of fine farm and grazing land. He follows general farming but makes a specialty of stock raising, feeding on an average of one carload per year. He is one of the progressive men of the township, and is held in highest esteem by his fellow men.
In May, 1866, Mr. Hacke was united in marriage with Margaret Drew, who was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, and with the exception of one brother was the only member of her family to come to the United States. The following children were born to bless this union: Edward, deceased; Amelia, William; Adolph; Charles; Fred; Bertha; Arthur; Theodore; Dorothy, deceased; and Harrison, deceased. Mr. Hacke is a member of Dan Messick Post, G.A.R., and has served as its commander. He attended the National Encampment at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1888. In politics, our subject is a Republican and has served as justice of the peace, school trustee, and supervisor, having held the latter office at intervals since 1882. He has always taken a deep interest in all matters pertaining to education an d the betterment of our