Elizabeth Pearl Sackett

(1887-1918)
FatherFrederick Plummer Sackett (1837-1905)
MotherSusan Earl (1843-1916)
Elizabeth Pearl (Sackett) Coldsnow (1887–1918) and Alva Coldsnow
Elizabeth Pearl Sackett, daughter of Frederick Plummer Sackett and Susan Earl, was born in Gobles, Van Buren County, MichiganG, on 6 May 1887.1 She died aged 31 in Coutts, Alberta, CanadaG, in July 19181 and was buried at the Earl Cemetery, Pine Grove Township, Van Buren County, MichiganG.1 She married on 24 December 1906, Alva Adina Coldsnow, son of Frank Elmer Coldsnow and Eliza Jane Gilbert.1
[Elizabeth Sackett] was raised on the family farm near Gobles, Michigan. She attended the community school where she was a very good student and demonstrated outstanding musical ability, playing the violin and the accordion. She also was an expert horsewoman. In later years she continued to ride and participated in the women's relay races in the Calgary Stampede, for example.
She married Alva Adina Coldsnow on December 24, 1906. He was the son of Frank Elmer Coldsnow and his wife, Eliza Jane Gilbert Coldsnow. He was born in Williams County, N.W. Township, Ohio. He was a steam engineer and also farmed. 'Lizzy" Pearl and Alva settled on a homestead in Western Canada about 1910 near the town of Coutts. Between 1910 and 1918 this was their home. Due to drought conditions they prospered only intermittently. They built a house and outbuildings and they proved up on the homestead. Alva's trade as a steam engineer made it possible for him to obtain work on neighboring farms that used large steam units for power. He also worked in the smelter at Trail and in lumber mills in the Nelson area. Thus his family had a good standard of living even through the worst drought in memory. However, he did have to spend long periods away from home and worried about leaving his family on the prairie even though they had good neighbors, and Pearl was fretful and lonely at times. So from time to time Alva sent the family back to Michigan where they could visit the Sacketts and the Coldsnows. Their daughter Mildred really did not like leaving the farm on those occasions and remembers crying every time they boarded the train. In 1914, the whole family came south to visit the Earl Sacketts near the town of Orient, Washington. Earl, at that time, had a sawmill, a grain threshing outfit and a dairy farm so Alva found plenty to do there. Mildred attended local school with the Sackett children. Twins, Stanley and Stella, were born to Pearl during that 1914, winter. The next spring they returned to their home at Coutts, Canada, where their affairs moved on as usual.
In the spring of 1918, the family was on the farm and Alva was working away from home. There were four children in the family now. Pearl was pregnant again and was not feeling well. She wrote to Alva to come home. They were preparing to meet him at the train depot when Pearl became desperately ill. She died in July, 1918. After the funeral Frank Sackett had her body sent to Michigan where it was buried in the Earl Cemetery in Pine Grove Township. Logan Sackett, who had homesteaded near Wolfpoint, Montana, drove to Coutts and took the children home with him where they remained for nearly a year. Later, because of the severe Montana winters, they were sent to Alva's parents in Michigan.
Alva, of course, was discouraged and decided to leave Canada. He found another steam engineering job at the lumber mill in Elk, Washington. In 1920, Alva married a Gusta Muehier. With a home established in Elk, Alva brought his children west to live with them. Alva and Gusta had five children: Orville, Ethel, Yvonne, Millicent and Jack Coldsnow.
Alva died on January 31, 1935, of a long-standing lung ailment and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Spokane, Washington.

Ancestors and Descendants of Frederick Plummer Sackett

Children of Elizabeth Pearl Sackett and Alva Adina Coldsnow

  • Mildred Geneva Coldsnow b. 15 Jan 1908
  • Stanley Fred Coldsnow b. 11 Mar 1914
  • Stella Coldsnow b. 11 Mar 1914, d. c 1919
  • Susan Elizabeth Coldsnow b. 13 Aug 1916
ChartsAaron Sackett descendant chart
Descendants of Frederick Plummer Sackett

 Notes & Citations

  1. Andrew P Sackett, Ancestors and Descendants of Frederick Plummer Sackett, published by the author (1983), 134.
Last Edited30 September 2011