CHARLES F. HACKMAN, mayor of Staunton, Macoupin County, and a prominent citizen of both city and county, was born at Staunton, October 13, 1864. He is a son of Henry and Dorathea (Kruse) Hackman.
The Hackman family originated in Prussia, Germany. There the grandfather of the Hackmans of Illinois, Stephen Hackman, was born in 1797, followed an agricultural life, and died aged 84 years. He married Elizabeth Meyer, who was born in 1808, and died in 1866 in her native land. The children of Stephen and Elizabeth Hackman were: Elizabeth, who still resides in the old country, aged 80 years; Katherine, who came to America, married Henry Witte, and died in St. Louis, Missouri; Mrs. Margaret Hadderfield, who died in Germany; Henry, father of Charles F.; Fritz, a retired farmer in Germany; and two who died young.
Henry Hackman was born April 8, 1836, and came to American when 18 years of age, sailing from Bremen for New Orleans in the vessel "Autin," and reaching port after a voyage of seven weeks. He worked for two years in St. Louis, Missouri, as an employee of the Eiler Furniture Company, and then, in 1858, removed to Staunton, where he has resided ever since. For 25 years he worked here at cabinet-making and then founded the business which is owned at present by his son, Charles F. This is one of the old and firmly established houses and was conducted at first under the firm style of H. Hackman, then of Hackman & Sons, and now of Charles F. Hackman. Mr. Hackman has been one of the useful citizens of Staunton. He is a typical representative of the well educated German-American citizen, retaining all the characteristics which make his countrymen valued in every land, and supporting with vigor and honesty the laws under which he lives, assisting in their making and taking pride in the well being of the community in which he has lived so many years. He has served in the city council and has been a member of the school board. For a long period Mr. Hackman has been a leading member of the Evangelical Church, in which he is a deacon. Since the Civil War, he has been identified with the Republican party.
In 1859 Henry Hackman married Dorathea Kruse, who was born in 1839 in Holstein, Germany. Mrs. Hackman came to America in the fall of 1856, accompanying her brothers and sisters. Three children, all of whom are residents of Staunton, were born to this union, namely: Charles F., William F., and Mrs. Emma Ott.
Charles F. Hackman passed a boyhood identical with that of many other youths of his age, attending school and finding amusement in youthful sports and pastimes, reaching the age of 16 years probably with more quickened mental faculties than if his rearing had been on the farm. He then entered his father's store in the capacity of clerk and remained as such, learning every detail of the business, until he was 28 years old, after which, in association with his brother, William F. Hackman, he operated the business for 10 years, then admitted Max Ott, his brother-in-law, to partnership, finally in September, 1903, becoming sole owner. Mr. Hackman deals in furniture, pianos and organs, sewing machines, and marble and granite tombstones, also has a large undertaking business; while the house is recognized as one of the oldest, it has also a settled reputation of being one of the most reliable in the southeastern section of the county. Mr. Hackman does much of his own designing for the ornamentation used in his stone cutting in the decoration of tombstones. He is a skilled draughtsman and, although not educated in this line, does architectural draughting with so much accuracy that his designs for two water-ways for the city reservoir were accepted, and also for the city bridge, which crosses the "branch" and was the first concrete bridge in this vicinity. He also drew the plans for the business block which he occupies, and for two of the most attractive residences in Staunton. Had circumstances not made Mr. Hackman the head of a large commercial house and placed him in the most honorable municipal position, he might easily have earned reputation with his pencil in some metropolitan center.
In June 8195, Mr. hackman married Bertha Utiger, who was born in Madison County, Illinois, and is a daughter of the late Hon. Robert D. and Susan (Leef) Utiger. Two daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hackman - Dorathea and Hazel.
The father of Mrs. Hackman, Hon. Robert D. Utiger, was for years one of the most prominent men and substantial farmers of Madison County, Illinois, owning 200 acres of highly cultivated land, and serving his fellow citizens in many responsible public offices. He was born in Madison County, Illinois, in 1841, was liberally educated and from young manhood took a deep interest in politics. He was a zealous advocate of democratic principles and was chosen by his party to fill many offices. For five years he was supervisor, for six years justice of the peace, for 12 years was postmaster of Alhambra, and in 1882 was selected as his party's standard-bearer in the House of Representatives, from the 41st Assembly District. His death took place at his home, on February 20, 1890. Three children survive: Louis, wife of A. Hitz, of Alhambra, Illinois; Bertha, wife of Mayor Hackman; and David, of St. Louis, Missouri.
In political sentiment, Mr. Hackman is a Republican. In April, 1903, he was elected by that party mayor of Staunton, an office he fills with dignity and efficiency. The same attention to details and the careful and thoughtful management, given to his own business with so much success, characterize the attitude of Mayor Hackman in public life. He gives the people a clean, economic, but progressive administration and finds friends and supporters on every hand among those who have the true welfare of the city at heart.