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William A. HAUCK


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 6/2/2018 at 14:29:16

WILLIAM A. HAUCK, a progressive merchant of Seaforth, was born in St. Paul, Minn., October 17, 1873, son of Jacob S. and Mary E. (Shue) Hauck. Jacob S. was born in Germany, May 18, 1832, and with his parents moved to Canada when about eight years of age. He was married to Mary E. Shue, April 27, 1856, and the same year they moved to St. Paul, where he worked as a carpenter until 1862. He enlisted August 14, 1862, in Co. E, Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry and was honorably discharged May 10, 1865. He was with his regiment in the campaign in Arkansas and Alabama. He was later engaged in the grocery business in St. Paul, and in 1900 became interested in the general merchandise business with his oldest son, J.P., at Wood Lake, Minn. Although not active in the store business, he looked after his affairs in St. Paul until his death, which occurred July 20, 1908, at the old home on Olmsted Street, St. Paul. His wife was born in Germany, March 24, 1834, and now lives with her son Fred, a poultry man at Spokane, Wash.

William A. Hauck received a common school education, having attended the Washington and Franklin Schools at St. Paul and the Curtiss Business College. He lived at home until 1889, when he became clerk for his brother, J.P., and his father in a general store at Wood Lake, and was so occupied until about 1897. He was then employed by Francois & Schmahl at Redwood Falls until 1900. He next became manager of their branch store at Wabasso, Minn., and in 1903 became manager of their branch store at Seaforth, Minn. In 1904 he bought this in partnership with R.E. Burbridge of Minneapolis, and operated it under the firm name of W.A. Hauck & Co. He purchased his partner's interest in 1911 and now operates the store under the name of W. A. Hauck. He has been a member of the village council for two years and served as village recorder since 1911. For six years he has been clerk of the school district No. 104. Mr. Hauck was married at Clarion, Iowa, December 14, 1898, to Olive Lutz, born May 31, 1874, daughter of J.S. Lutz, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Mary Doris Lutz, who died in 1913 at Sioux Falls, S.D., at the age of fifty-five years. Mr. and Mrs. Hauck have two sons: William Clare, born November 18, 1901, and Dean Burton, born February 24, 1905. Mr. Hauck was entered as a charter member of Florence Lodge, U.D., A.F. & A.M., April 26, 1895, at Wood Lake, Minn., later chartered as Florence Lodge No. 216, A.F. & A.M. He became interested in the organization of Wabasso Lodge No. 245, A.F. & A.M., was Master several terms and became D.D.G.M. while a member there. At present he is a member of Antiquity Lodge No. 91, A.F. & A.M., and Redwood Chapter No. 34, R.A.M.; is Past Grand in Seaforth Lodge No. 259, I.O.O.F.; Past Master in Seaforth Lodge No. 254, A.O.U.W.; a charter member of Court Redwood No. 3797, I.O.F., and a member of Florence Chapter No. 117, O.E.S., in which Mrs. Hauck holds membership; also Seaforth Lodge, D. of H.

SOURCE: The History of Redwood County, Minnesota, compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, Chicago, H.C. Cooper, Jr. & Co., 1916, pages 962-963.


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