Surname: Hilker

Biographical Sketch of Henry Hilker

Henry Hilker, engaged in the wholesale candy business in Racine, now having a large jobbing trade, was born November 14, 1871. in the city in which he still resides, a son of Adolph and Caroline (Broeker) Hilker, who were born, reared and married in Germany, living in the kingdom of Hanover. They came to the United States about 1866 and established their home in Racine where the father, who was a brick maker, continued in business until his death, which occurred in. the year 1900. His widow now makes her home in Racine. The family residence was maintained in Racine and Henry Hilker had the advantage of attending the city schools. He has been engaged in the wholesale candy business since 1912 in partnership with his brother Edward, and in the intervening period success in substantial measure has crowned their efforts. They are wholesale jobbers and have built up a trade of gratifying proportions. They became the successors in this business to W. W. Scott and their experience and enterprise have enabled them to establish a trade of large proportions. Edward Hilker is a member of the United Commercial Travelers and the Knights of Pythias and is somewhat prominent in local political circles, serving now as alderman from the eighth ward. He was married in 1899 to Miss Anna Diechler, and they have one child, Grace Caroline. In his...

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Biography of Adolph W. Hilker

Adolph W. Hilker is a partner in the firm of Hilker Brothers, of Racine. The name has long been synonymous with business enterprise in this city and the record of A. W. Hilker fully sustains the enviable reputation which has ever been associated with the commercial and industrial enterprises conducted by the Hilker family. He was born in Racine, December 25, 1867, and is a son of Adolph and Caroline (Broeker) Hilker, who are mentioned at length on another page of this work in connection with the sketch of his brother, H. A. Hilker. After attending the public schools A. W. Hilker continued his education in the Marsh Business College and when his textbooks were put aside he became associated with his father in the brick manufacturing business with which he became thoroughly familiar in both principle and detail. After the death of his father he was associated with his brother in organizing the firm of Hilker Brothers Brick Manufacturing Company, of which he became secretary and treasurer, with Henry August Hilker as vice president and William liner, Sr., president. They employed about seventy-five men and their annual output exceeded six million bricks, including cream colored pressed and common brick. That Adolph W. Hilker ranked high in the regard of others in the same line of business is indicated in the fact that he was for two years honored...

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Biography of Henry August Hilker

Watchful of every opportunity pointing to success, wide-awake and alert, Henry August Hilker has so directed his efforts that success in substantial measure is now within his grasp and his business activities furthermore are of a character that contributes to public prosperity as well as to the advancement of personal interests. He is today manager of the Red Seal Oil Company and for a long period has been connected with the manufacture and sale of brick in Racine. At the present time he is platting and developing a fine summer resort. Racine claims Mr. Hilker as a native son; he was born August 18, 1869, in this city, his parents being Adolph Frederick and Caroline (Broeker) Hilker, both of whom are natives of Germany. The former was a son of Frederick Hilker, who died in Germany when in middle age. His wife, Mrs. Henriette Hilker, lived to the advanced age of eighty-one years and passed away in Racine, October 27, 1889. Their son Adolph F. Hilker, who was one of the family of four sons, early learned the business of manufacturing brick and followed that pursuit in Germany until after his marriage. In September, 1867, he came to the new world settling in Racine and here again he was employed at brick making until he was able to engage in business on his own account. In 1872 he formed...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry Hilker

Henry Hilker, of the firm of Ruby and Hilker, general merchants and grain dealers, was born in the city of Blumberger, Prussia, December 24, 1824, his parents being William and Henrietta (Beckman) Hilker, both natives of Prussia. In 1834 the family went to the Island of Jamaica, and in June, 1837, came to Canada, and settled in the county of Waterloo, where his father bought land, near Guelph, and settled. In 1853 our subject came to the site of Port Elgin, then an unbroken forest, the nearest family being two miles off. He took up 200 acres, on much of which land the village of Port Elgin now stands; cut the first tree here, and commenced preparing to farm. . Some years ago he added a hundred acres more to his landed property, all now in the corporation of the village, and he is still engaged in cultivating portions of it. In 1866 Mr. Hilker commenced the mercantile and grain trade in company with William H. Ruby, noticed on another page, with the particulars of their business. Mr. Hilker was in the township council three or four years, and has been reeve, first of the township, then of the village, for ten or twelve terms, still holding that office, and making a judicious member of the county council. He was a school trustee for seven terms, and then declined...

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