p. 709/10 "History of Huntington Co., IN" (Brant&Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical sketches of Lancaster Township.
Thomas F. Hacker, native of Preble County, Ohio, and third son of Jonathan and Catherine (Herrin) Hacker, was born on the 11th day of July, 1832. The father, as early as 1841, moved to Huntington Co., Ind., and settled on a farm in Section 11, Lancaster Township, where his death occurred four years later. This sad event left the mother and her six children in rather straitened circumstances, in consequence of which a large share of the responsibility of supporting the family early fell to the lot of our subject. Thomnas F. Hacker attended the public schools as occasions would admit, and remained on the home farm until attaining his majority, when he began learning the plasterer's trade, which he followed until 1862. In that year he entered the army, enlisting in Co. F, 74th in Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for only a short time, owing to physical disabilities. For the following three years he was almost entirely disabled, and on account of being incapacitated from engaging in any physical labor, took up the study of medicine under the instruction of Dr. Smith of Lancaster. This he discontinued in 1870, and embarked in the mercantile business which he carried on at the above town for about five years. At the end of that time he purchased sixty acres of land in Section 14, Lancaster Township, upon which he lived until the Spring of 1886, carrying on the manufacture of drain tile in connection with farming. In 1886, he purchased a half interest in the drug and grocery store of Dr. Thomas Crandel at Kelso, with whom he is still connected. Mr. Hacker was married Dec. 27th, 1858, to Miss Mary J. Shutt, who has borne him the following children, viz; David F., John P. and Orange V. L. Mrs. Hacker died May 26, 1872, aged 31 years. December 15th of the same year, Mr. Hacker was again married to Melvina J. Updyke. Mr. Hacker is a local minister of the Methodist Church, and an ardent worker in the cause of temperance, being a supporter of the Prohibition party. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Majenica Lodge, No. 565.