I copied this biography from 'History of Greene County' many years ago. I believe he was the brother of my greatgrandfather, Dr. William Joseph Heacker. I also think he married my grandmother(Margaret Catherine Croxdale Heacker,after my grandfather, Edwin William Heacker died in 1903. I have a number of letters written by my greatgranddad to 'F.A. and Maggie', or 'Frank Adam', etc.,although most are to their artist-daughter, Leona. I used to hear that he married her so that my father and his nine brothers and sisters could work in his cigar factory. The cigars were called "Little Heackers". I don,t know what happened about the marriage.It isn't mentioned here. Can someone help?
FRANCIS A. HEACKER.Mr. Heacker is the son of Joseph and Frederica Heacker, and was born in Prussia, Germany, May 28th, 1843. In 1844 his parents migrated to the United States, and located at Louisville, Kentucky, where he began learning the cigar-maker's trade, when he was eight years of age, and has made it the occupation he has since followed. At the beginning of the civil war he was in St.Louis, where he enlisted in the three months service, at the first call for troops, in company I,1st Missouri regiment.At the expiration of his term of service he re-enlisted in company K, first Missouri artillery,for three years, and served until August 24,1864. He was at the taking of Camp Jackson, the battles of Wilson's Creek, Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Helena, Little Rock, and upon the Steele campaign. After the war he worked at his trade in different places, and in 1875 engaged in the manufacture of cigars at Springfield. In 1876 he moved his factory to North Springfield, where he is now doing a flourishing business in the wholesale line, employing about fifteen hands. Mr.Heacker was married December 31,1873, to Miss Martha Webb, of Springfield, Missouri. They have two children, Pearle and Francis. Mr. Heacker is justly regarded as one of the substantial men of the county.