W. R. Acker, a member of the firm of Acker & Keeker, of Cedar Bluffs, dealers in agricultural implements,
vehicles and gas engines, has been connected with the implement trade during his entire business career and this
wide experience has been a factor in his present success. He was born in Whiteside county, Illinois, on the 19th
of September, 1875, a son of S. R. and Mary (Long) Arker. The paternal great grandfather of our subject removed
to this country from Germany, and the father was born in the state of New York. On coming to the west the latter
first settled in Illinois but in 1875 removed to Shelby county, Iowa, whence in 1886 he came to Nebraska, locating
at Madison. In 1888 he removed to Lindsay, where he remained for four years, after which he went to Oklahoma, and
as the Cherokee reservation was being thrown open to settlement, he proved up on a claim there but in 1895 sold
that place and returned to this state, becoming a resident of Burwell, where he remained until 1896. In that year
he removed to Greeley Center, which remained his home until 1899, and then came to Wahoo. After living there for
some time he again went to Greeley Center and later to Cedar Bluffs, where he remained for one year. He next returned
to Iowa, where he has since lived. He has devoted the greater part of his attention to farming but while living
at Lindsay engaged in the livery business. His wife died about eight years ago. To them were born five children:
W. S., who lives near Dayton, Iowa; W. R.; H. L., of Hoidrege, Nebraska; Frank, of Red Oak, Iowa; and Iva N., the
wife of Thomas Goonan, of Greeley Center.
W. R. Acker received excellent educational advantages, attending school at Madison and Lindsay and subsequently
becoming a student in the State University. After leaving school he entered the employ of an uncle and for a year
managed an implement business owned by him. In 1901, however, he went on the road for the Milwaukee Harvester Company,
his territory covering Nebraska and Minnesota, and he remained with that firm for two years, after which he became
connected with the International Harvester Company as salesman and machinery expert. Later he entered the employ
of the J. I. Case Company but after a short time returned to the International Harvester Company, with which he
remained until March, 1908, when he assumed charge of the implement department of the Cash Hardware Company in
Cedar Bluffs. In 1911, in association with William Keeker, he purchased the business, which has since been conducted
under the firm style of Acker & Keeker. They handle the best lines of agricultural implements of all kinds,
also deal in vehicles and gas engines and in seeds and stock foods and have built up an enviable reputation for
business honor and for excellent goods and reasonable prices. They own their building, which is a substantial and
well designed structure, and their business is a profitable one.
On Christmas day, 1901, in Nebraska City, occurred the marriage of Mr. Acker and Miss Maybell Chase and they have
become the parents of six children, Myrtle Viola, Lloyd Raymond, Kenneth J., Theodore Robert, Dorothy and Edith.
Mr. Acker is independent politically, believing that by voting for the best candidate he can serve the common welfare
better than by following the dictates of party leaders. He is chairman of the board of village trustees and is
quite active in local affairs generally. He is a Mason and was a charter member of the Tribe of Ben Hur at Greeley,
Nebraska, but has now transferred his membership to Wahoo. He is affiliated with the Commercial Club and cooperates
heartily in carrying out the plans of that body for the business expansion and the civic advancement of the community.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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