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The Western Star, January 18, 1990.


Funeral was Sunday afternoon in Coldwater for former long-time law enforcement officer and businessman Phillip Hollis Hackney.

He died at Kiowa County Hospital in Greensburg on Thursday, January 11, 1990, after a lengthy illness. He was age 67.

Hackney was born at Coldwater on September 13, 1922, the son of Harry and Lottie Mae Cooper Hackney. He lived in Coldwater throughout his life.

He was a farmer, rancher, and car dealer. He was also in law enforcement for 25 years and was formerly sheriff of Comanche County.

A veteran of World War II, Hackney was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and of the American Legion. He was a past president of the Coldwater Lions Club.

A member of the Masonic Lodge of Coldwater, he was a 32nd degree mason, and was a member of the Wichita Consistory, Wichita. For several years he served on the board of directors for the Kansas Sheriff's Assn.

On February 9, 1947, he married Naomi Ruth Herd at Coldwater. She died on November 3, 1974. He then married Elizabeth Herrington at Coldwater, on March 5, 1977. She is among his survivors.

Other survivors include daughter Catherine Smith of Bensalem, Penn.; two brothers, George of Freedom, Okla., and Vernie of Alva, Okla.; a sister Betty Wilson of Freedom, and two grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday afternoon at the United Methodist Church in Coldwater. Officiating was the Rev. Lloyd Swindler.

Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery at Coldwater. Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home of Coldwater was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to the Kiowa County Hospital, or to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

The Western Star, June 4, 1954.

Phillip H. Hackney Announces for Sheriff

Phillip H. Hackney, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hackney, this week announces his candidacy for the office of sheriff of Comanche county, subject to the will of the democratic voters at the August Primary.

Mr. Hackney was born and reared in the Lookout community south of Coldwater and has been a resident of Coldwater since 1947.

In World War II he served three years in the army and for a little over a year took part in the European Theatre of Operations both in Germany and Southern Europe as a first sergeant with a tank destroyer unit of the Third Army.

He has been a resident of this city since his discharge. Mr. Hackney was the Standard Oil Co. bulk agent here for two years, then operated the company's new service station for two years. He has since been employed by B. J. Herd and Wilford Beter.

He was married to Miss Naomi Herd and they have one daughter, Catherine, five years of age. He is a member of the Coldwater Masonic Lodge No. 295, The American Legion and the V.F.W. and at the present time is adjutant of the V.F.W. Post.

He asks your vote and support.

The Western Star, July 27, 1956.


Lawrence, Kans. - Phillip Hackney of Coldwater is among the 130 peace officers attending the five day Tenth Annual Kansas Peace Officers Training School at the University of Kansas. A basic course for peace officers, a police science course and a basic course in traffic are being offered by the school which is sponsored by the U. S. Governmental Research Center and University Extension.

In the mornings the group will meet for instruction in firearms, care and treatment of prisoners, jurisdiction of federal law enforcement agencies and problems of the peace officers and the press. In the afternoons each man will attend the course of his choice.

John Anderson, Jr. Attorney General, Topeka, will speak Wednesday at a dinner in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Among the principal instructors are Marshall Houts, professor of police administration, Michigan State University, and Hubert Raney, federal jail inspector, El Reno, Oklahoma.

The Western Star, August 24, 1956.

Comanche County Given Safety Plaque

On Monday of this week Mr. Woodward, representing the safety Department of the Kansas State Highway Commission, delivered to Sheriff Phillip Hackney a large bronze plaque mounted on a Walnut board, with the following words inscribed on the plaque below the Kansas Safety emblem:

Winner of the County First Award, Class E, Kansas Traffic Safety Council, 1955."

The plaque is now on display in the L. G. Whitzel's office window and will later be hung in the sheriff's office as a permanent possession of the county.

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