John Edward Hauck and Alameda Spangler Hauck
My brother, Tom, is officially now a grandpa. The grandson was named Corbin John Hauck and is a welcome addition to the Hauck Family Tree. The name John is one found in a long line of men named John Hauck in my father’s (John Harold Hauck) lineage. I thought it would be important to share a little history about what I have learned about one of these Johns.
John Edward Hauck, my dad’s grandpa, was born on July 28, 1870 in Rebersburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Newton, Kansas, as a young man with his family. My aunt Lilburne Kaiser described John Edward as 5’3″ tall with black hair and brown eyes. She said he was “average in schooling and later in managing affairs.” With a Pennsylvania Dutch background he was a good farmer and later a mail carrier.
He married Alameda Spangler on November 17, 1897. She was the daughter of Simon Spangler who fought at Gettysburg as a First Sargeant in the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteers. John Edward and Alameda or “Meda” were married in the home of the bride’s parents. Only relatives were in attendance. Meda’s dad Simon at the time was the county clerk and was highly esteemed in her circle of friends; most likely due to his military service.
John Edward was prosperous young farmer of Darlington Township at the time of their marriage. They were married for 31 years. They had two children named Faye Hauck Kaiser and Lawrence Edward Hauck (my grandfather) who both lived the majority of their lives in Newton, Kansas. John Edward left the farm and moved his family into Newton to the East Fourth Street family home and became a postman. His daughter recalls once riding with her father in the horse and buggy after delivering the mail when the horse became frightened by a passing train which then equally frightened both little Faye and her father. John Edward was a letter carrier from 1904-1927.
The letter carrier at work.
The home on Fourth Street was passed onto my grandfather and is the home we visited as children during holidays and summer vacations. It is set so close to the Santa Fe railroad tracks that the house shakes on its tiny foundation and lights up like a Christmas tree at night when the trains passed by. This home was one of three owned by family members on the block. Simon Spangler and his wife lived at one of end of the block, their daughter, Lyda Peck lived next door with her family and John and Meda Hauck resided in their house at the other end of the block. This is the home that my dad, John Harold, lived in as a child with many fond memories. The younger generation were welcome in all of these homes.
Their home on 4th Street, Newton, Kansas.
At age 49, John Edward’s wife Meda died in Topeka, Kansas, while in the Kansas State Hospital. She chose to end her life after experiencing deep depression. During the last months of her life, Meda was deeply concerned by the failing health of John due to serious breathing problems. John Edward had quit his postal carrier job due to poor health in 1927 and needed some time in the hospital. She wrote to her daughter in 1927: “Some days I think I can’t stand this terrible anxiety another day. I get all discouraged when he has the spells of pain…seems I never can never be happy again till he is well. I am just sick that I can’t do for you (and your wedding) as I hoped to be planning some blow out or a shower.” John Edward wrote to his wife while she was staying with her daughter, Faye. “Mamma, seriously I am praying that you will try your best to get well. Think of all the good things we have and how good our Heavenly Father has been to us.” Meda was buried in Newton in 1928 and her daughter at the time was six month’s pregnant with their first grandson.
Two months later on July 28, 1928, on his 58th birthday, John Edward Hauck died after “experiencing congested lungs, and poor heart action although it was noted he was quite cheerful in the hospital considering his condition and recent loss.”
Faye Hauck Kaiser, Alameda Spangler Hauck, Lawrence Edward Hauck and John Edward Hauck.
Family memories of John Edward describe him as a man who was seldom moody, a bit stubborn, who kept his feelings to himself. He was a “good mixer”, enjoyed talking to people and proved to be a leader. Meda and John’s passings in 1928 left Faye, their only daughter (29), and my grandfather (20) in the necessary state to forge somehow ahead which happily resulted in a close bond between their families which they cherished over many years and decades until Faye passed away in 1977 just two years before my grandfather’s passing. We loved visiting the elegant Aunt Faye, and appreciated the nice designer touches in her modest home at Friendly Acres including an electric organ that she entertained us with often when we visited. She made incredible peppermint cream cheese candies from scratch – pretty pink and green patties imprinted with beautiful stamp patterns. Almost too pretty to eat.
To life – to all the Johns – to Corbin John.