Newspaper Abstracts, Indiana

16 records

  • The New Albany Ledger-Standard, Floyd County, Indiana, May 5 1881.
    "The Corydon Democrat compliments Elder Tully, and Mr. O. Sackett, of this city, for their gift to the Christian church of Corydon, of a handsome silver communion service."
    [Transcribed from Newspaper Abstracts by Chris Sackett]
  • The New Albany Ledger-Standard, Floyd County, Indiana, March 25, 1881.
    "Mrs. Geo. E. Sackett is visiting her parents at Charlestown."
    [Transcribed from Newspaper Abstracts by Chris Sackett]
  • The Indianapolis Journal, 4 Feb 1894, p. 2
    "SACKETT HAS A SNAP.
    Having Elooped with the Elkhart Heiress, He Will Live High.
    Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
    ELKHART, Ind., Feb. 3.—No clew has yet been found to the whereabouts of Miss Frances Davenport, the young heiress who eloped from this city with the adventurer, H. Ackley Sackett. The matter has been placed in the hands of Pinkerton detectives, and her aunt, Mrs. J.R. Beardsley, and sister Florence, are in Chicago aiding in the search. Steps have been taken to prevent Sackett getting possession of any of the girl's property, most of which is ready money in the banks here, the estate having recently been settled. Sackett is between thirty-five and forty years old and came originally from Grand Rapids. Those who knew him there say he is a villain of the deepest dye, and bold enough for any enterprise. He is alleged to have boasted at South Bend and Laporte that he would get hold of Miss Davenport's money and have a snap the rest of his life."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Indiana State Sentinel, 7 Feb 1894, p. 8
    "THE ELKHART ELOPERS.
    No Clew to the Runaways—Sackett a Married Man.
    ELKHART, Feb. 4.—Special.—No clew has yet been found to the whereabouts of Miss Frances Davenport, the young heiress who eloped from this city with H. Ackley Sackett. The matter has been placed in the hands of Pinkerton detectives, and her aunt, Mrs. J.R. Beardsley, and sister Florence are in Chicago aiding in the search. Steps have been taken to prevent Sackett getting possession of any of the girl's property, most of which is ready money in the banks here, the estate having recently been settled. Sackett is between thirty-five and forty years of age, and came here originally from Grand Rapids.
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 4.—Special.—Harry S. Sackett, who eloped with Florence [sic] Davenport, the daughter of Senator Davenport of Elkhart, Ind., a few days ago, is a Washington man having a wife and three children here.
    The oldest is a daughter twelve years old and the youngest four. He has the reputation of being a fast man here, and left his wife and children three months ago, since which time he has not supported them.
    His wife is now selling peanuts and candy to support herself and children. Steps have been taken by the relatives of the wife to have him arrested and prosecuted for bigamy."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Indianapolis Journal, Indiana, 9 Feb 1894, p. 8
    "SHE WAS HYPNOTIZED
    Claim of the Elkhart Heiress Who Eloped with an Adventurer.
    Gov. Matthews Issues a Requisition for Return of H. Ackley Sackett from Topeka, Kan.
    At 7 o'clock last night Governor Matthews issued a requisition on the Governor of the State of Kansas. The document was placed in the hands of Sheriff Crull, of Elkhart county, and will, if honored, entitle him to the possession of H. Ackley Sackett, adventurer and alleged hypnotist, who is under arrest in Topeka. The papers were made out at the office of the Secretary of State last night. The officer shoved them into his satchel and snapped the lock.
    "I am off on a race against time and those Chicago detectives," he sang out, as he left the Statehouse and hastened toward the Union Station. The prisoner whom he expects to take back to Elkhart in a few days is one of the shrewdest adventurers in the country, and is wanted at Elkhart for a particularly bright demonstration of his talent.
    The specific charge against Sackett is fornication, although it is thought that he can be held responsible for other acts of a criminal nature. For two weeks the daily papers have been full of accounts of the sensational elopement of Sackett with Florence [sic] Davenport, the Elkhart heiress, who, it is now claimed, was under a hypnotic influence during her travels with the man. Sackett left Elkhart during the early part of last week and was joined at LaPorte by Miss Davenport two days later. They were located at Topeka, Kan., the first of this week, where Sackett was arrested on the charge of adultery. The operations of the prisoner for two months previous to his arrest were exceedingly rapid. He turned up in Elkhart about two months ago in company with a young woman whom he introduced as his wife. Sackett was an artist. He secured quarters in one of the leading business houses of Elkhart, and created something of a stir by making fine silhouette pictures, which he fashioned with perfect ease. He wore fashionable attire, was good looking, and had a bold, fascinating manner that made him the talk of the town.
    Among those who grew interested in Sackett's dashing ways and his novel art was Miss Frances Davenport, an orphan and an heiress. Miss Davenport is twenty-three years old, a plump, pretty little blonde, and has in her own right a fortune of $40,000. She was prominent in society and belonged to one of the best families in the town. Her parents are both dead, and the little lady ruled the household of older sisters with a high hand. She was the pet and pride of the home. Although Miss Davenport spent a great deal of her time in the establishment where Sackett displayed his art, her name was not coupled with that of the artist by the gossips, and her conduct was not called in question. When Sackett and his alleged wife left Elkhart they went to South Bend, where they remained a few days. In the Davenport home the name of Sackett was not heard, and apparently he had passed out of the mind of the youngest daughter.
    ELOPED WITH SACKETT.
    Last Thursday the young lady disappeared mysteriously, and Elkhart society circles were stirred by a mighty sensation. For twenty-four hours it was not known where the girl had gone. Her uncle, who is president of the First National Bank of Elkhart, began at once to seek for information regarding her, and was not long in learning that she had gone astray. Reports from LaPorte, one of the neighboring towns, revealed information of the missing heiress. She had been seen there with Sackett, who appeared a day or day before her arrival. He had been heard to remark that he was "solid with a forty-thousand dollar heiress," and this fact, coupled with the absence of Miss Davenport, convinced the relatives of the wayward girl that the couple had fled together. The family were in despair, and determined to pursue the couple. Until the first of this week nothing was heard of them.
    On Monday a message came to the president of the Elkhart Bank. It was from the cashier of a Topeka, Kan., bank, and asked as to the credit of Frances Davenport. The Elkhart banker at once recognized the significance of the message, and wired the Topeka bank officials the story of his niece's flight. Instructions were also sent to arrest Hackett [sic], and the following day the sister and an aunt of the erring girl hurried on to Topeka. There they were put into possession of a strange story.
    SAID SHE WAS HYPNOTIZED.
    The young woman asserted that what she had done was through no fault of her own. She was powerless to help herself. She charged that Sackett was the possessor of a strange influence, which she described as hypnotism, and which she said he had exerted over her. She said that from the moment she met Sackett he controlled all her actions. The aunt and sister remained in Topeka but a short time, and then went back to Elkhart, arriving there yesterday. They learned that when Sackett and the girl reached Topeka they were short of funds, and Miss Davenport suggested that they go to one of the banks and secure a draft on the Elkhart bank. The plan was adopted, and the cashier, without a knowledge of the true facts, wired the Elkhart bank simply as a matter of precaution. It is understood that Sackett left his alleged wife at South Bend without money and with naught to console her but a pet dog. The family of Miss Davenport have decided to prosecute Sackett on the fornication charge, the maximum term of imprisonment for which in this State is six months and a fine of $500. The necessary steps for the prosecution were made in the Circuit Court at Elkhart yesterday. Sackett is also wanted in Chicago. It is alleged that he was formerly employed by a bicycle firm in that city and embezzled an extensive sum of money. He has a wife and two children living in Washington, D.C. He left his family abruptly a year ago. The prosecuting attorney of Elkhart county is preparing to introduce the charge of an undue influence through the medium of hypnotism, and it is the belief of the family that Miss Davenport's statement in this particular is true. Sackett is thirty-two years old, and has traveled all over the country making silhouettes and giving sleight-of-hand performances."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Richmond Item, Richmond, Indiana, 19 Dec 1900, p. 8
    MARRIED HERE.
    Benjamin F. Sackett Wanted for Bigamy—Married Here Monday.
    Monday of this week Benjamin F. Sackett and Miss Minnie Copp were married in this city. They secured a license at the office of the county clerk and gave their address as Centerville. The police of Dayton are now looking for Sackett, and if arrested he will be charged with bigamy. Dayton was the home of his first wife, and after the marriage here on Monday wife No. 2 went to his home in Dayton and demanded of wife No. 1 half of the household goods. Wife No. 1 was greatly surprised and called the police. She later attempted to commit suicide, but will recover.
    [Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Richmond Item, Richmond, Indiana, 27 Dec 1900, pp. 1 & 8
    B.F.SACKETT UNDER ARREST
    Alleged Bigamist to be Brought to Richmond for Trial.
    FIRST WIFE IN THE CITY.
    Comes to Make Affadavit Against Her Husband on the Charge of Having One Too Many Wives—Story of the Case.
    Benjamin F. Sackett, the Chicago traveling salesman, who is an alleged bigamist, and who at least has one wife and another woman who claims so to be, has been arrested at Dayton and will be brought to Richmond for trial.
    It will be remembered that on Dec. 17 Sackett came to Richmond from Dayton, O., with a Miss Minnie Copps. They applied for a marriage license, and it was granted, proper affidavit having been made. They returned to Dayton, but Sackett immediately upon his arrival made arrangements to leave temporarily, and Mrs. Sackett No. 1 put in an appearance and made things exceptionally interesting for the new wife who claimed that she had a right to the household goods of her husband.
    An investigation showed that Sackett and his first wife, who was a Miss Goodwin, were married in Chicago, Ill., in 1897, and it is said that a certificate to this effect has been procured from the clerk of the Cook county court. When Sackett deserted his wife and came to Richmond with Miss Copps he said that she was from Centerville, this county, and upon the strength of this statement he persuaded a young man to make an affidavit to this effect. It soon developed, however, that Miss Copps was not a resident of Centerville or of any other town in this county or state. She became enamored of Sackett while in Dayton, where he and his wife had gone, and arrangements it is said were made to marry. It is claimed that Miss Copps was misled by Sackett, he telling her that while he was to all appearances married to the woman with whom he was living, that in reality he was not married to her, as the ceremmony performed in Chicago was a mock one. The wife No. 2 told this to the Dayton police at the time they were investigating the case, and the investigation which followed showed that the ceremony performed in Chicago was strictly legal and binding in every sense.
    Sackett's presence was much desired by the Dayton police, but he was not found until yesterday, when it is claimed, he returned to live with wife No. 2. He was immediately arrested and jailed and the local police department was notified.
    This morning Mrs. Sackett, the first wife, came to Richmond for the purpose of filing an affidavit against her husband, charging him with bigamy. This could not be done in Dayton, as the alleged crime was committed in this state. The police department announced this morning that a warrant will be issued for Sackett and an officer sent to Dayton to bring him to this city, either this evening or tomorrow. If Sackett demands extradition papers, the police may be delayed somewhat in getting him into Richmond.
    Mrs. Sackett No. 1 is a nice looking and well dressed young woman, and is determined, it seems, that her husband shall be punished for his wrong to her.
    The Dayton Press of last evening contained the following:
    "Benjamin Sackett was arrested about noon today on West Fifth street, and locked up at Central station. A charge of bigamy will be placed against him. The trial will be held in Indiana, as his latest wife is from Richmond, Ind. Detective Gugel and Sergeant Fair made the arrest.
    "When Sackett was confronted by wife No. 1 at headquarters immediately upon his arrest he laughingly said: 'You can't do anything with me, you're not my wife.' As she is financially embarrassed, the office force at headquarters and the newspaper boys have started a subscription list to defray her expenses to Richmond, to enable her to prosecute Sackett. In case that the marriage was a fake, he can be prosecuted under the common law, as he has lived with her four years and during that time has represented her as his wife."
    FROM DAYTON
    (Special to The Item.)
    Dayton, Dec. 27.—Benjamin Sackett, whose arrest occurred here yesterday said this morning that he would not return to Richmond without requisition papers were procured and the local police so notified the Richmond police department. It is the belief here that Sackett will be quickly disposed of when he faces a court in Richmond. There is every particle of evidence to convict him of bigamy. His marriage to Miss Freda Goodwin occurred on September 15, 1897, in Chicago, but it appears that Sackett destroyed the wedding certificate. The Dayton police say, however, that they have satisfactory proof that he was married to the young woman at Chicago. It has only been six weeks since Sackett and his wife moved to Dayton. They went to a boarding house, where Sackett met Miss Copp. It is alleged that Sackett took his wife's diamonds, and after disposing of them, spent the money on Miss Copp. To all appearances Sackett is not much worried over the affair, but this show of bravado is undoubtedly mere bluff. Unless there should be some flaw in the requisition papers the Richmond officers will be able to land their prisoner in Indiana by Friday night or Saturday morning.
    [Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, Indiana, 27 Dec 1900, p. 1
    ARRESTED FOR BIGAMY.
    Wife No. 1 will Prosecute Benjamin F. Sackett
    (Special to the Indianapolis News.)
    RICHMOND, Ind., December 27.—Benjamin F. Sackett the Chicago traveling salesman, said to be a bigamist, was arrested at Dayton, O., last night, and he will be brought to this city to-morrow. Sackett's first wife came to Richmond, this morning, for the purpose of making the affidavit against her husband. She is under twenty-five years old, and was married to Sackett in Chicago, in 1897.
    They lived happily together, it is claimed, until they went to Dayton, some months ago, where Sackett met Miss Minnie Copps and became enamored of her. He offered to marry her and claimed that he was not legally wedded to the other woman, saying that the ceremony in Chicago was a mock one. Sackett and Miss Copps came to Richmond December 27, and she claimed that she was a resident of Centerville, this county.
    Proper affidavit was made by a young man who had been persuaded to do so by Sackett, and the license was granted. The Rev. I. M. Hughes, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, performed the ceremony. The day following, Mrs. Sackett No. 2 returned to Dayton, confronted wife No. 1, and demanded that she leave the house.
    The case was reported to the police, which led to an investigation, and it was found that Sackett's first marriage was legal and binding. Mrs. Sackett No. 1 is determined to prosecute her husband for his wrongdoing.
    [Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Richmond Item, Richmond, Indiana, 28 Dec 1900, p. 1
    SACKETT CASE.
    The Alleged Bigamist Will Be In Jail Here by Tomorrow.
    He Appears Unconcerned.
    And Acts With Contempt Toward His Wife—Thought She Would Be Too Poor to Begin Prosecution Against Him.
    Benjamin F. Sackett, the alleged bigamist, against whom his first wife yesterday swore out a warrant for his arrest, will be brought to Richmond tomorrow probably, and will be arraigned immediately. He will be bound over to the circuit court, where the case will be tried.
    The Dayton Press of last evening in speaking of the case said:
    "Benjamin Franklin Sackett is still confined in Central station awaiting to be taken to Richmond, Ind., on a charge of bigamy. The warrant was sworn out this morning by wife No. 1, who left this city last night. The trial will be in Richmond, as the marriage was performed there. Sackett at first consented to go to Indiana, but in order to cause more expense to his wife, he now refuses to go unless requisition papers are secured. His wife, as before stated, was without funds, and a subscription is being raised to defray the expenses in prosecuting him. An officer from Richmond will go to Indianapolis to secure the necessary papers and thence proceed to Columbus to have them honored. Sackett will then be taken to Richmond and placed on trial. Throughout the entire trouble he has acted with the utmost contempt towards his wife and has been entirely unconcerned as to the proceedings against him and careless of the outcome. He had depended upon the poverty of the woman to render her unable to bring him to justice and such would have been the case had not some in the city who have taken an interest in the case, raised a sum sufficient to defray a part of the expenses. The total cost of the affair will be about $25, $10 of which has been raised. Subscriptions may be handed to Clerk Withoft at police headquarters."
    RACE AGAINST TIME.
    There were new developments in the case this afternoon which in the end may cause the local police some trouble in getting hold of the much-wanted man.
    It appears that wife No. 2 has money and she is using every effort to free her husband from the law's clutches. An attorney was employed and this morning habeas corpus proceedings were brought. The local police department received word shortly before noon today that the judge before whom the habeas corpus proceedings were heard, had ordered Sackett released at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning unless an officer from Richmond should be there with the requisition papers.
    This was unexpected news and the Dayton police department urged all possible speed. Unfortunately Judge Fox is at Portland, trying a case in the Jay county court and as he must sign the certificates that give the governor of the state the right to issue the requisition, it was found necessary to send blanks to him at Portland. This was done last night, it being known that his return to Richmond would not be until Saturday evening. When the word from Dayton was received Judge Fox was called up by telephone and the situation explained. It was the understanding at police headquarters this noon that the necessary certificate from Judge Fox would be received at 4 o'clock this afternoon by special delivery letter. Sergeant Krone expects to set out for Indianapolis at 4.55 and present the case to Governor Mount, who in all probability will issue the requisition on Governor Nash. Sergeant Krone will then set forth either tonight or early tomorrow morning for Columbus, O., with Governor Mount's requisition, but it is not believed possible for him to get the papers properly signed up at Columbus before the middle of tomorrow forenoon. It will then be impossible for him to get to Dayton, O., until the middle of the afternoon. Governor Nash may be prevailed upon to telegraph the officers at Dayton tomorrow morning after he honors the requisition of Governor Mount, asking them to hold Sackett until the officer arrives. If this is done the police department of Dayton will obey the order, no matter what the court's instructions may have been. Prosecutor Bond will go to Dayton tomorrow morning himself to see what may be done. In case of a slip of any sort, the Dayton police department may re-arrest Sackett on another charge in order to hold him until the Richmond officer arrives.
    [Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana, 29 Dec 1900, p. 8
    BIGAMY IS ALLEGED.
    A Requisition for the Arrest of Benjamin F. Sackett.
    Governor Mount, upon application of Osia A. Sackett and a justice of the peace at Richmond, last night issued a requisition upon the Governor of Ohio for the extradition of Benjamin F. Sackett, a Dayton traveling man, on the charge of bigamy. The statement in the affidavit was that the plaintiff was married to the defendant at Chicago on Sept. 15, 1897, and that he had on Dec. 17, withour being divorced, married at Richmond Minnie Coots, they together going to reside at Dayton, O. It is understood that Sackett claims he was never married to the woman who claim the name of Osia A. Sackett.
    [Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, Indiana, 29 Dec 1900, p. 13
    FIGHTING A REQUISITION.
    Difficulty in Bringing an Alleged Bigamist to Indiana.
    (Special to The Indianapolis News.)
    RICHMOND, Ind., December 29.—Prosecutor Bond went to Dayton, O., last night, to look after the case of Benjamin F. Sackett, the alleged bigamist, who will be brought here for trial unless there should be a hitch in the proceedings. Judge Fox, of the Wayne Circuit Court, was out of the city yesterday, and time was lost in procuring a certificate from the court to present to Governor Mount for a requisition. Sergeant Krone, of the police force, went to Indianapolis yesterday evening, and after procuring the requisition, started for Columbus, O., to present the same to Governor Nash. In the meantime word was received from Dayton that habeas corpus proceedings had been instituted on behalf of Sackett, and the court instructed that the prisoner be discharged at 11 o'clock this morning, if requisition papers are not presented. Prosecutor Bond intends to have Sackett arrested on some other pretense if he is released to-day, in order that he may be held until the arrival of the officer. Sackett's second wife, to whom he was married in this city, is said to have considerable money, and she is giving him assistance in his present difficulty, as she believes his story that he is not legally married to the other Mrs. Sackett.
    [Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Richmond Item, Richmond, Indiana, 31 Dec 1900, p. 1
    SACKETT BOUND OVER.
    The Alleged Bigamist Now a Prisoner in the Wayne County Jail.
    Waived Examination
    When Arraigned on the Charge in the Court of 'Squire Levi M. Jones This Morning—Still Maintains That He Is Innocent of the Charge
    Benjamin Franklin Sackett, the Chicago traveling salesman, who was arrested in Dayton last week on a warrant sworn out in this city by Mrs. Sackett No. 1, charging him with bigamy, was brought to Richmond on last Saturday night by Sergeant Fred Krone, and lodged in the city jail.
    Governor Nash had telephoned from Columbus, O., Saturday morning that he had honored Governor Mount's requisition for Sackett and ordered that the man be not released. Judge McCann, of Dayton, before whom the habeas corpus proceedings were brought, refused to allow Sackett to be given his liberty when this word from the governor had been received, and Sergeant Krone experienced no further difficulty, arriving on the late train.
    This morning in 'Squire Levi M. Jones' court, Sackett was arraigned on the charge of bigamy, as preferred by his wife. He waived a preliminary hearing, and was bound over to court under $1,000 bond, which he has not been able to furnish, and in consequence was sent to the county jail.
    Sackett has not talked a great deal about his case since being brought to Richmond, though he was questioned by the officers. He still maintains that he is innocent of the charge against him, and claims that he will be able to prove himself clear when the opportunity presents itself. The police, however, say that there is a clear case against Sackett and say that all the details of the affair will be brought out when the trial is called.
    BRINGS SUIT.
    The Dayton Press of Saturday night contained the following:
    "The troubles of Benjamin F. Sackett and his several wives assumed a new phase today in the filing of a damage suit by Asia A. Sackett, or wife No. 1, in the common pleas court. Minnie Copps, lately known as Minnie Sackett, or wife No. 2, is made the defendant in this action in which she seeks to recover damages of $5,000.
    The plaintiff charges the defendant with having maliciously alienated the affections of the plaintiff's husband, in consequence of which Sackett on Dec. 15 abandoned the plaintiff. F.W.Beekman, attorney."
    [Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]
  • Elkhart Weekly Review, Elkhart, Indiana, 5 Jan 1901, p. 1
    Benjamin F. Sackett, arrested at Dayton, O., has been transferred to Richmond, to answer a charge of bigamy.
    [Transcribed from GenealogyBank.com image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Richmond Item, Richmond, Indiana, 15 Jan 1901, p. 5
    SACKETT WILL BE RELEASED
    There Is No Case Against the Man Charged With Bigamy.
    No License Was Issued
    When He Was Supposed to Have Been Married to His First Wife—A Mock Ceremony Deceived Her—A Case Like "Way Down East."
    Benjamin F. Sackett, arrested on the charge of bigamy in Dayton and brought to this city for trial because the marriage to wife No. 2 was performed here, will be released from the county jail in a day or two. Prosecuting Attorney Bond has found that he cannot be prosecuted on a charge of bigamy, and that is the only charge on which he could be tried in the Wayne circuit court. Mr. Bond this morning received word from Chicago that no license was ever issued to Sackett and the woman who was supposed to be wife No. 1.
    The woman with whom Sackett has been living supposed that she was married to him in Chicago some years ago, and she has since supposed herself a married woman, but such is not the case. They lived together in Dayton until Sackett was married in this city a month ago. The case is the story of "Way Down East" in real life. The woman with whom Sackett has been living was deceived by a mock ceremony. The Dayton authorities, it is said, will place Sackett under arrest as soon as he is released here, and hold him for a further investigation. It is not likely that he will escape punishment entirely.
    [Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Richmond Item, Richmond, Indiana, 23 Jan 1901, p. 1
    SACKETT RELEASED.
    Benjamin F. Sackett, who was arrested on the charge of bigamy, was released from the county jail Monday. The report that Chicago authorities would place him under arrest as soon as he was released, proved groundless.
    [Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana, 25 Jan 1901, p. 2
    Indiana Notes.
    Benjamin F. Sackett, the alleged Ohio bigamist, has been released from custody at Richmond, as there was no evidence to warrant his detention.
    [Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]

Sources:
Website Newspaper Abstracts (http://www.newspaperabstracts.com).
"Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers," digital image, Library of Congress (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/).
Website Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com), digital image.