A Narrative History of The People of Iowa


CHARLES A. HACKE is one of the progressive newspaper men of the younger generation in teh Hawkeye State and his residence is maintained in the thriving little City of Lone Tree, Johnson County, where he is editor and
publisher of the Lone Tree Reporter.

Mr. Hacke was born at Barnes, Washington County, Kansas, September 27, 1895, and is a son of John William and Ellen Jane (Wray) Hacke, whose marriage was there solemnized and who passed the closing years of their lives in Iowa, where the death of the former occurred February 28, 1925, and that of the latter on the 3rd of April of the following year, their surviving children being three sons: Frederick C., of Indianola, Iowa; Charles A., immediate
subject of this review; and James E., of Athens, Georgia.

John W. Hacke was born near Nichols, Muscatine County, Iowa, a representative of a pioneer family of that section of the state and of staunch German and English ancestry. Conditions of time and place were such that he received only a common-school education, but his appreciation of the value of education was such in later years that he accorded college advantages to each of his three sons. His active career was one of close association with farm industry, and he was a young man when he became a farmer in Washington County, Kansas. Thence he eventually returned, accompanied by his wife and children, to his native county in Iowa, and in this state he and his wife passed the remainder of their lives, secure in the high regard of all who knew them. In coming from Kansas to Iowa they made the overland journey with team and covered wagon, thus reverting to the transportation system that was more common in the earlier pioneer period of western history.

Charles A. Hacke was a child at the time of the removal from Kansas to Iowa, and here his early education was acquired through the public schools, including the high school at Lone Tree, in which he was graduated in 1913.
He was president of his class in his senior year, was a member of the track team and otherwise active in the student athletics, besides having been a member of the debating team and the dramatic organization of the high school
in his home community. After teaching in one of the rural schools of Johnson County about a year Mr. Hacke, in 1914, entered Coe College, in the City of Cedar Rapids where he pursued an academic or liberal arts course and
was a member of the College Glee Club. In 1915 he again taught rural school, and in the following year he became a student in the University of Iowa. His studies were interrupted when he volunteered for World war service, in May, 1917. He enlisted and qualified for the officers training camp at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, but soon afterward he met with an accident that resulted in the fracturing of the bones of one of his legs, so that he was incapacitated for immediate patriotic service. In December, 1917, however, he enlisted in the ordnance department of the United States Army and was stationed at Camp Dodge, near Des Moines, until, as a casual, he was assigned to duty at Camp Hancock, Georgia, near Augusta. Thence he proceeded, July 4, 1918, with his command to Camp Mills, Long Island, and on the 9th of that month they sailed, on the transport steamship America, for overseas service. After landing at Brest, France, Mr. Hacke attended the machine-gun school at Saint Jean de Mons, and thence, in January, 1919, he was assigned to duty at Saint Nazaire, where he was stationed after the time the armistice brought the war to a close. He returned to the United States on the steamship Manchuria and at Camp Funston, Kansas, he received his honorable discharge February 8, 1919.

After the termination of his World war service Mr. Hacke resumed his studies in the University of Iowa, and from the same he received in 1920 his degree of Bachelor of Arts. In September of that year he became superintendent of the public schools at Stanton, North Dakota, where he remained until 1922, and where he organized the Parent-Teachers Association and also the first high school basketball team, besides which he was superintendent of the
Union Sunday School at that place, became a member of the local post of the American Legion and was otherwise prominent in community affairs. He so raised the standard of the Stanton schools as to gain to the high school a
place on the accredited list. Upon leaving that assignment Mr. Hacke returned to Iowa and became superintendent of the public schools at Volga City, where he likewise made a record of successful pedagogic and executive
achievement. In February, 1923, he purchased the plant and business of the Lone Tree Reporter, of which he has continued editor and publisher and which he makes a most loyal and effective exponent of general news and communal interests. In this connection he had to acquire practical knowledge of the printing art and business, and that he made a characteristic record of success in his new field of endeavor is attested by that fact that in 1925
he was awarded a silver loving-cup on the basis of his conduction the best newspaper published in a town of less than 1,000 population in the entire State of Iowa. In his home town he is secretary of the Community Club,
president of the Parent-Teachers Association, superintendent of the Sunday School of the Reformed Church, and a member of the consistory of this religious denomination. Mr. Hacke is a past master of the local lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and he and his wife have affiliation with the local chapter of the Eastern Star. He is past commander of the American Legion and functioned as systematizer of its flag ritual or usage. June 23, 1920, marked the marriage of Mr. Hacke to Miss Alice Day, daughter of the late Dr. G. L. Day, of Lone Tree, who was successfully engaged in practice as a physician and surgeon during a period of nearly thirty years.

Mr. and Mrs. Hacke have three children: Joyce Elizabeth, born August 31, 1921; Day Frederick, born July 3, 1925; and Madeln Jane, born July 22, 1927.


~ source: A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC., by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of theHistorical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York. 1931
~ transcribe by Debbie Clough Gerischer for the Great War