Few names are better known in Staunton, Macoupin County, than that of Hackman, the family having been a prominent one in business and politics in this locality for many years. William F. Hackman, of this family, was born in Staunton October 26, 1871, and is a son of Henry and Dorathea (Kruse) Hackman, extended mention of whom will be found in the sketch of Mayor Hackman, our subject's brother, in this work.
From the public schools, William F. entered his father's business house, and speedily mastered every trade represented by the goods handled. He learned the cabinet-making, carpentering, cutting stone for monumental work, carpet laying, and undertaking; nothing was too large or small and no detail escaped his attention. Later, with his brother, he bought the business and the firm style became Hackman & Sons, although the father had no longer any financial interest. After eight years, our subject sold his half of the business to his brother and accepted the appointment of postmaster, made by the late President McKinley. After four years he resigned, on account of the confining nature of the office, and for six months managed the Hotel Quade for his mother-in-law. For one year, he operated a department store, traveled considerably over the Western country and then entered into an extensive real estate business, in which he is still engaged. He bought 40 acres of land in the city limits, which he platted and sold; built and sold the White Mountain Block and many of the fine residence properties throughout the city. He is an expert on real estate values and handles much of the most desirable property in his section, including coal lands and mining properties.
Mr. Hackman was married October 4, 1894, to Lena A. Quade, who was born at Staunton, Macoupin County, August 1, 1873, and is a daughter of William and Mary (Vogelsang) Quade, natives of Westphalia, Prussia. Two children have been born to them - Hobart and Waldo.
Mr. Hackman is an active and influential member of the Republican party, has been central committeeman for eight years and has many times been a delegate to the Republican county conventions. Fraternally, he is associated with the Modern Woodmen of America, the United Mine Workers of America and the Knights of Pythias of Staunton. He is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.