Biography of Ralph Hecker
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

RALPH HECKER. The Hecker family has been identified with Cuyahoga County for over ninety years. A well known representatiye in the present generation is Mr. Ralph Hecker, who was born at the old homestead on what is now Addison Road in Cleveland.

Peter Hecker, his father, was born in Alsace-Lorraine in 1811, of French ancestry. His father accompanied his two sons and one daughter to America in 1832, spending the rest of his days in Cleveland. The Hecker family came to America in a sailing vessel, whose destination was New Orleans, but adverse winds drove the ship from its course and after several weeks it landed in New York. The Heckers came on west by the Hudson River and the Erie Canal to Buffalo, and thence by ox team transportation to Cleveland. Cleveland was then a very small city, and nearly all the surrounding country was covered with heavy forests. Peter Hecker acquired thirty acres of land, facing on what is now Addison Road and Wade Park Avenue. Its improvements included a log house and a small clearing and the planting of some apple trees. Peter Hecker at once began to clear up the rest of the land, and in a few years was a prosperous truck gardener, finding a ready market for his produce in the city. He made a famous brand of sauer kraut, which he shipped to other lake ports. He and his wife were both associated in marketing the produce. With the extension of the city his farm was platted and about half of it sold for lots. The old family home of round logs was replaced by a substantial hewn log house and this in time by a commodious frame house. The ground surrounding the house was well cared for and presented an attractive appearance.. Peter Hecker was a man of abstemious habits, never intemperate in any sense, and a man of fine influence and character. He died in January, 1899.

Peter Hecker married Caroline Cross, a native of Germany, who came to America with her parents, the family joining Cleveland as pioneers. She died in 1908, and her children were Peter J., Louise, Charles, Julia, Sarah, Edna and Ralph.

Ralph Hecker was educated in the public schools on Addison Road. He married in 1905 Sarah B. Baird, daughter of John and Catherine (Montgomery) Baird. They have two children, Waldo B. and Louise Isabelle.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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