Pages 253-255, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.


W. J. Hackney


HACKNEY & SON—The firm whose name appears above is one of prominence in LaHarpe, actively identified with its commercial interests. Its members are men of marked business enterprise, excellent executive ability, keen sagacity and determined purpose. Every well conducted business concern is of value to the community in which it is located, for the welfare, progress and upbuilding of every town or city depends upon its commercial activity. Those who control a paying business enterprise are therefore representative citizens, and among the number in LaHarpe are the two gentlemen. W. J. and Canby H. Hackney, who constitute the well known firm of Hackney & Son.

The senior member, W. J. Hackney, is a native of Frederick County, Virginia, his birth having occurred in Winchester, in 1821. When three years of age he became a resident of Ohio, and in 1854 he took up his abode in Iowa, where he became interested in manufacturing, successfully carry-


ing on business there until the financial panic of 1876, when he lost all that he had made. In 1881 he came to Allen County and here entered into business with his sons, E. L. and Canby H. In LaHarpe they established the enterprise which has since been conducted by the firm whose name introduces this review. The association was maintained as first organized until 1890, when E. L. Hackney withdrew. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary K. Blodgett, whose mother was one of the early settlers of Allen County, and they are now prospering upon a ranch in the White river valley of Colorado. The business was continued by W. J. and Canby H. Hackney and has grown to be an important enterprise in LaHarpe.

In the year 1843 was celebrated the marriage of W. J. Hackney and Miss Susan D. Canby, a native of Ellicot's Mills, Maryland. Unto them were born four children and they had been married for half a century before a death occurred in the family. Although fifty-eight years have passed since they started upon life's journey together, they are still enjoying good health and are quite vigorous. Of their children, one daughter, Mrs. Russell, is now deceased. The other daughter, Mrs. Happersett, formerly a resident of Iola, is now living in Illinois. The elder son, as stated above, is a resident of Colorado. In his political views the father has long been a stalwart Republican, but the honors and emoluments of office have had no attraction for him, his support to the party being freely given because of his belief in its principles.

Canby H. Hackney, the junior member of the firm, was born in Davenport, Iowa, in 1856, and spent his boyhood days in his parents' home. He was a hard working lad, in early life, showing forth the elemental strength of his character by his energy and close application. He pursued his preliminary education in the common schools and in Howe's Academy of Mount Pleasant, Iowa. He then entered upon his business career, remaining in Iowa until 1881. With his father he then came to Allen County without a dollar, but with a clear conscience, knowing that they owed no man anything. In Kansas Canby H. Hackney entered upon a career which has made him widely known and has gained for him the unqualified respect and confidence of all with whom he has been associated. The firm of Hackney & Son are now engaged in dealing in hay, grain and farming implements at LaHarpe. They began operations on a small scale and gradually from year to year their business has increased until it has assumed extensive proportions. In the employ of the firm is a young man, Orin Hartley, who was left an orphan and came to them when a small boy. He has always been honest and diligent and has aided materially in winning the splendid reputation of the firm. In addition to his interest in the store Canby H. Hackney now owns considerable property, having made judicious investments in real estate.

In the year 1892 he was united in marriage to Miss Anna M. Donnan, a native of Livingston County, New York, and a sister of W. J. Donnan, one of the substantial settlers of Allen County. The hospitality of the best homes of LaHarpe is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Hackney and many friends enjoy the good cheer of their pleasant home. Since attaining his majority


Canby H. Hackney has exercised his right of franchise in support of men and measures of the Republican party, but has never been an aspirant for office. His attention has been closely given to business and his reliability, keen discrimination, and unflagging purpose have enabled him to advance steadily on the highroad to success. He comes of a family of the Quaker faith and the honesty and uprightness so proverbial of that people are manifest in his career.

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