William August Hacke was born in Milbank, South Dakota. His wife, Marie Schmidt Hacke, was also born in Milbank. They were married in Milbank in 1902. To this union there were four children, all born in Milbank, Helen, Louise, George, and Henry. The family came to Canada in 1912, for homestead land, and settled in the 1-20 lease country.
Mrs. Hacke was one of the first white women in this district. Like all pioneers, she knew the hardships of isolation and lack of medical supplies. Two children, Louise and George died in 1917.
Their homestead became one of the early post offices in 1-20 district, known as Hacke, Alberta. Church services and Christmas programs were held in their home. Later this building was moved to another location on the same quarter section of land, and another room was added. The family moved away in later years.
Mrs. Hacke later married Louie Bickman in 1927, and they lived in Coutts. She died in May, 1959. William (Bill) Hacke, who had been living in the Vancouver area, died April, 1968.
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