Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida

Newspaper Abstracts

  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.), January 28, 1905, p. 1, col. 5.
    One Death on Board the Vessel and Three Officers and Six Men Are Down With Disease at Panama.
    Panama, Republic of Panama, Jan. 27—When the U. S. S. Boston, which has been stationed at Panama for many weeks, returned from a short cruise down the coast yesterday and dropped anchor in the bay, a yellow flag was hoisted at her masthead and the American colors at half-mast, the city of Panama was swept with a feeling of astonishment and alarm.
    It was soon discovered that yellow fever had broken out on the ship, and three officers and six of the men were down with the disease and one Japanese mess attendant had died.
    Dr Carter, in charge of the fever matters on the isthmus, at once made an investigation He found that Paymaster E. P. Sackett, who comes from Rhode Island; Lieutenant William D. Leahy, of Iowa; and Surgeon Otto Kohlhase, the ship's surgeon appointed from South Dakota, were all down with the fever.
    These three officers were brought ashore and taken to Ancon Hospital, the magnificent establishment built by the French on the side of the Ancon Mountain. Here the medical department has a complete equipment for handling fever cases and Mr. Carter, of the Marine Hospital Corps. and a number of expert assistants are in charge.
    Two of the Japanese mess boys who are also down with the disease, and Private Lafferty a marine, were also taken to the same institution.
    This morning two jackies named Penny and Price also developed the fever and were found to be in too dangerous a condition to be moved. They are being treated aboard the Boston.
    When it was learned that the Boston was without a surgeon orders came from the Navy Department at Washington to transfer a surgeon to the ship and Surgeon McCullough at once went aboard and took charge.
    The Boston is lying about three miles out from the city and, as every care had been taken to prevent the disease from breaking out among the crew, the officers are at a loss to understand how the fever reached the ship. It is believe that the mosquitoes, which have been very plentiful in Panama for some weeks, were taken aboard by some shore boat or in the laundry of the officers. Every precaution was used to avoid mosquitoes coming from the water supply. Only distilled water from the ships plant has been in use since the Boston has been in port.
    Commander Nile reported the facts to Washington and every effort is being made to check the fever before it spreads to the entire ships company.
    The cases of the three officers are reported to be very light, and today all the men, removed to Ancon where there is a corps of expert yellow fever nurses, are improving.
    Within the city of Panama the disease is not spreading. The Boston had expected to go for the quarterly target practice in a week and then sail for Northern ports having completed her assigned time in these waters. Another ship was to relieve her."
  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.), March 31, 1905, p. 3, col. 1.
    Lieut. and Mrs. F. P. Sackett, of Washington, are in the city, the lieutenant having been ordered to duty here on one of the ships."
  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.), April 4, 1905, p. 6, col. 2.

    Paymaster J. L. Sackett of the U. S. S. Kentucky and Mrs. Sackett are at Miss Whiting's, Phone 317.
  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.), September 27, 1905, p. 8, col. 2.
    She is a Fine Craft and is Doing Excellent Work on the St Johns River.
    Jacksonville, Sept. 26.—The United States engineering department's dredge St John, under command of Superintendent C. N. Ble came up the river Saturday night and was moored at the L'Engle coal docks. She remained at the dock all day yesterday having bunkers filled with coal. J. B. Lucy of the L'engle Coal superintended the loading which was done by steam.
    Yesterday morning Col. J. W. Sackett and Clark Woodward of the engineering department called let on Superintendent Ble, and it was while they were aboard the vessel that a reporter called to learn what had been done in the way of dredging down the river.
    Colonel Sackett states that at present the St. John is working at Wards Bank cut, half way between Mayport and the bar.
    Channel Greatly Deepened.
    When the St. John began her work at that point, the depth of water was only eighteen feet, but she has dredged the channel to a depth of 22 feet. A few days ago a ship crossed the bar drawing twenty-one feet at low water, showing that the channel is in no way shallow at that point.
    Colonel Sackett says the work is progressing rapidly and smoothly.
    A Fine Record
    The St. John has established record for dredging here four thousand yards a day which is equal to eight hundred solid carloads of material. Last Friday she removed four thousand and eight hundred and eight yards which was all taken to sea and dumped about one mile southeast of the bell buoy in ten fathoms of water.
    This dredge has the capacity of pumping from twelve to sixteen a yards per minute, depending on the tide and character of material she encounters. Much of the time is consumed in carrying the material to sea and discharging it.
    At Ward's Bank Cut.
    The St. John will probably work at Ward's Bank cut for two months longer, then go to what is known as the Mayport cut, further up the river.
    Superintendent O. N. Ble, now in command of the St. John was placed in charge of the dredge Florida upon her completion. On August 4, Captain Frank B. Avery resigned as master of St. John and Superintendent Ble was at once placed in command.
    He was assisted by Mate A. W. Brown, Chief Engineer Amander Parsons and Assistants C. F. Burroughs and F. T. Nolan. The St. John carries a crew of thirty-five men.
    Director of Machinery
    Guy W. Sackett directs the handling of the drags and pumping machinery, and while the boat is dredging he has charge of the speed of the boat, which is necessary in all dredging work.
    The St. John is without a doubt one of the finest dredge boats in the service, and she is doing some excellent work on the St. Johns river."
    [Gen. John Warren Sackett (1860–1918)]
    [Guy Woodford Sackett (1885–1984)]
  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.), October 28, 1905, p. 3, col. 4.
    "West Coast Work
    When the dredge Florida completes her work on the Indian river she will proceed to the west coast of Florida where she has much work to do on the small rivers and harbors.
    The people of Florida should feel proud of this dredgeboat, designed by Col. J. W. Sackett of this city, built in Jacksonville by the Merrill-Stevens Company, and is without a doubt one of the handsomest dredges in the South."
    [Gen. John Warren Sackett (1860–1918)]
  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.), October 31, 1906, p. 8, col. 5.

    F P Sackett detached from the Minneapolis and ordered to as general storekeeper. Naval Training Station, Newport, R. I.
  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.) December 23, 1906, 2d Section, p. 10, col. 3.
    Will Be Selected at Meeting of the Commission in Jacksonville on January 8.
    Senator Louis C. Massey, who is chairman of the commission appointed by Governor Broward under an act of the last legislature to select and recommend to the next legislature a suitable tract of land for use as a permanent camp site for the Florida state troops, has called a meeting of the commission, to be held at the Windsor Hotel, in Jacksonville at 8:50 p. m. on January 9, 1907.
    This commission consists of Hon. Louis C. Massey, who represents Orange county in the state senate; Hon. William M. Girardeau, senator-elect from Jefferson county; Hon. Eugene S. Matthews, member of the house of representatives from Bradford county; General J. Clifford R. Foster, adjutant general of Florida; General Charles P. Lovell, retired; General John W. Sackett commanding the brigade, and Colonel Henry Bacon, surgeon general of the Florida state troops. The act providing for the commission specifies that one of its members shall be a competent engineer and one a medical or sanitary officer. General Sackett and Colonel Bacon were specially selected because of their qualifications in these respects.
    The first meeting of the commission was held at Lake City, Florida on October 19, 1905, where the commission organized by the selection of Hon Louis C. Massey as chairman and General Foster as secretary. At that meeting the following resolution was adopted:
    Resolved, That this commission will recommend as a permanent camp site for the Florida state troops only a tract of land embracing in a body at least three hundred acres, high and healthful located, with adequate supply of good water, preferably on a large lake or stream of running water, and centrally located with regard to railway transportation. Such tract must be located from three to five miles from the nearest city."
    The commission then adjourned, subject to the call of the chairman, it being understood that the adjournment was taken for the purpose of allowing persons who have knowledge of the location of tracts of land which will meet the specifications set out in the above resolution to give notice of the same to the commission.
    It is understood that quite a number of propositions have been presented coming from various sections of the state; and advance notice of the meeting to be held in January as being given in order that any other persons or communities having propositions to submit may be able to get the same before the commission prior to its final meeting."
    [Gen. John Warren Sackett (1860–1918)]
  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.), January 20, 1907, 1st Section, p. 1, col. 1.
    Adjutant General Foster spent several days of last week attending the meeting of the special commission appointed by the governor under a provision of the last legislature to select a permanent camp site for the state troops. The commission consists of Adjutant-General Foster, Surgeon Henry Bacon, Col. J. W. Sackett, General Lovell, Hon. Louis C. Massey of Orlando, Hon. W. M. Girardeau of Monticello and Hon. Eugene S. Matthews of Starke. The commission inspected tracts offered by individuals and local organizations as follows: The Ortega tract near Jacksonville, Kingsley Lake tract near Starke, a proposition submitted from Suwannee Springs and an exceedingly liberal proposition from the promoters of Dowling Park. Since the meeting of the commission several other propositions have been submitted for their consideration.
    [Gen. John Warren Sackett (1860–1918)]
  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.), January 29, 1907, p. 4, col. 7.
    Detailed for Tour of Duty With Florida State Troops
    Adjt. Gen. J. Clifford R. Foster has made public the official reports of the army officers detailed by the war department for duty at the encampment of the Florida state troops at Tampa, August 6 to 12, 1906 says the Jacksonville Times-Union.
    The officers making the reports were Capt M. C. Bucky, of the artillery corps, and Capt. A. Greig, Jr., also of the artillery corps, United States army.
    The reports of these officers are full and complete. They cover the subjects of transportation of the troops to and from the camp; the encampment as a whole; the camp; the clothing and equipment of the troops; how the troops were subsisted; the personnel and discipline; target practice; the record keeping and the general conditions.
    Willing to Learn
    In his final summing up Capt M. C. Bucky says:
    It is due in justice to the First regiment and to the brigade of the Florida state troops to call attention to the fact, in view of the criticisms made in this report, that over 5 percent of the troops present at the encampment were practically recruits and had never been in camp before. The personnel is excellent, energetic, cheerful, showing themselves on every occasion anxious and willing to learn, under arduous conditions as to climate and weather.
    The camp was a hardworking one but the recruits showed for themselves in the marked improvement evident to all concerned . It is very necessary however that the details and errors of drills guard duty making of camp and other routine matters corrected and commented upon be given most careful study in the time elapsing before the next encampment by the officers so that the benefits resulting from this encampment may be enjoyed to the fullest extent by the Florida state troops.
    The arms were not in good condition, in many cases quite rusty although the climate of Florida makes it not easy to keep the rifles and equipment in good condition yet it I can be done and if this care is not exercised it will do serious damage and company commanders should pay most particular attention to this matter a great deal more than has been done in the past.
    The greatest care should be exercised in not bringing ball ammunition to the encampment; in spite of orders issued to the contrary from the office of the adjutant general of the state, there was ball ammunition in the camp, and serious consequences might readily result. Neglect of orders in this regard should be regarded as a serious military offense.
    Upon breaking of camp it was very gratifying to discover upon inspection that every latrine of the First regiment was carefully filled up, showing that the instructions given in regard to camp sanitation was being put Into practice.
    Medals for Soldiers
    Gold and silver efficiency medals for the two best drilled and most efficient soldiers, as well as a pennant for the most efficient company in the brigade have been provided through the initiative and tireless energy, for everything tending to increase the efficiency and development of the brigade of the adjutant general, Major Gen. Foster.
    From the Interest already displayed these undoubtedly will foster and develop a spirit of friendly emulation so much to be desired in any organization among the enlisted personnel and companies of the brigade.
    This report has been unavoidably delayed owing to the fact that certain necessary data as the field return of the troops required to accompany this report was sent to me by mall and was by an error forwarded to the post and was not received by me until my arrival on November 24, 1906. The order directing this report with the different subjects outlined therein was not mailed to me until the encampment was over.
    In conclusion I desire to make of record the uniform courtesy extended to me on all occasions by every member of the brigade of the Florida state troops. Especially to Major John A Dapray, U. S. A. retired; Major Gen. J. Clifford R. Foster and Brig. Gen. John W. Sackett and his brigade staff, Col. Walter P. Corbett, inspector general and Col. John S. Maxwell and the staff of the First regiment with whom it was my privilege to be thrown into more intimate relations.
    Respectfully submitted
    M. C. BUCKEY
    Captain Artillery Corps."
    [Gen. John Warren Sackett (1860–1918)]
  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.) March 6, 1907, p. 3, col. 4–5.
    Annual Encampment of Florida Soldiers May Be at Exposition
    "By reason of the military character of the Jamestown centennial exposition at Norfolk Va., this year, we believe that special benefit would accrue to the state troops and to the state by holding the encampment of 1907 on the grounds of such exposition, and if any legislative or executive action is required to this end, we recommend that the same be taken."
    Such was the decision of the Florida National Guard Association at the meeting held in this city last week, and this will meet with the unanimous approval of the various military organizations of the state says the Jacksonville Times-Union.
    The resolution was incorporated in the recommendations of the association through the efforts of Capt. Henry Cohen, of Tampa, commanding officer of the Tampa Rifles and post commander of the state military organizations at Tampa.
    Capt. Cohen stated that the men of his company were unanimously in favor of the encampment being held at Jamestown this year, and that whether or not the state encampment was held at Jamestown, his company Intends going to the exposition.
    Favored by the Colonel
    Col. Maxwell, commanding the First infantry, was strongly in favor of the annual encampment being held at Jamestown this year. He pointed out the advantages to the troops from the knowledge that they would acquire if given an opportunity to visit the exposition. It will help materially in recruiting up the companies to the required number, for there will be so many applications for enlistment with such a trip in prospect, that by exercising discretion and only selecting the best, the companies can be filled with a desirable class of men for the next three years, for the enlistments are all for three years. Col. Maxwell also pointed out that the fact that the United States regulars would be in came at the exposition and also troops from other states would of itself be an advantage to the Florida troops for watching work of the other commands does almost as much good as practice.
    For the Enlisted Men
    Lieut. Archie E. Leslie, of Live Oak addressed the association from the standpoint of the enlisted men. He pointed out that all during the year the men look forward to going somewhere for the encampment; it is with many of the men the only opportunity they have during the year to get away from home and he said he was confident that when it is known that the troops are to go to the Jamestown exposition there will be general rejoicing and the company commanders will have no trouble in recruiting up their commands to the required standard. He favored the association strongly recommending that the encampment be held at Jamestown.
    Brig. Gen. Sackett, commanding the Florida brigade of state troops was at first not in favor of the troops going to Jamestown. He took the ground that if the encampment was held there the troops would lose much that would be of value to them that could be learned at a camp within the state. He said he would like to see the troops given every entertainment possible, but did not believe that they should lose the year's instruction.
    Does Them Good
    Capt. Harvey R. Payne, of Jacksonville, formerly commander of the Jacksonville Light Infantry, was strongly in favor of the troops going to the exposition for the encampment. He stated that when his company was getting ready to go to the world's fair at St. Louis the men worked harder than they ever did before. They took a pride in being the best company in the regiment during the encampment at St Augustine prior to the trip to Manassas which preceded the trip to St. Louis.
    Capt. Cohen took the ground that it would not only be a benefit to the troops for the time being but for years to come. He said that at present there is very little to encourage the men to enlist and give their time to the state but if it was an assured fact that the troops are to go to the exposition the troops could be enlisted up to any number desired.
    Major Daprays Views
    Major J. A. Dapray, military advisor to the governor called attention to the new regulation which requires all companies to have a minimum of fifty-eight men and said that he was confident that with the incentive of the Jamestown trip before them there would be little trouble in recruiting the companies to a number that would enable each company to keep that number on its muster roll. He said that the object lesson of seeing the regulars and troops from other states in camp would be of great benefit to the men.
    Col. W. B. Young, a member of the governor's staff, was heartily in favor of the troops going to the exposition for their annual encampment. He told of his experiences when he was the company commander of the J. L. I., of taking his company on a trip. He said that their behavior was all that could be desired; that it put the men on their mettle and they were greatly improved, in his opinion by all such trips.
    Major John B. Parkinson, of Daytona, was also very strongly in favor of the proposed trip. He said that at present it was very hard to keep the companies up to the required standard; that the service must be made attractive to the men to get and keep good men in the commands. He believed that the trip would do the companies good and that by being careful in enlisting only good men it would help the entire state troops I very much.
    Gen. Sackett Willing
    After various officers had expressed their opinion on the subject Gen. Sackett said that he would not oppose the recommendation and had only stated his objections because he regretted to see the opportunity lost for gaining instruction as at the regular encampments. He thereupon withdrew his objections and recommendations were endorsed by a unanimous vote.
    During the discussion on this subject Gen. Foster, who recently made his annual inspection of the troops at this post said that during the present inspection tour he had never seen the state troops in a more efficient condition. He said that the Jacksonville companies in particular were in better condition than ever before and the attendance was far better."
    [Gen. John Warren Sackett (1860–1918)]
  • The Pensacola Journal (Pensacola, Fla.), May 8, 1907, p. 5, col. 5.
    The Chatty Traveler Who Charmed Ralph Waldo Emerson
    It is related that Ralph Waldo Emerson was once on his way to California when he was joined by a man who was altogether so sociable and chatty that an otherwise tedious journey was rendered quite cheerful. This man's name was Sackett, and he told Mr. Emerson that he resided in San Francisco. Mr. Sackett indicated all the points of interest along the way, related a lot of amusing anecdotes and, best of all, was also an attentive listener. The consequence was that Mr. Emerson came to the conclusion that Mr. Sackett was as charming a man as he had ever met, and it was in this positive conviction that he accepted Mr. Sackett's invitation to dine with him immediately upon their arrival in San Francisco. The next morning Mr. Emerson was astonished and annoyed to find in all the local papers this startling personal notice: 'Professor Ralph Waldo Emerson, scholar and poet, is in our city as the guest of J. Sackett, the well know proprietor of the Bush Street Dime museum. Matinees every half hour. Admission only 10 cents. The double headed calf and the dog faced boy this week!'"
  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.), March 27, 1908, p. 2, col. 4.
    Sixth Annual Convention to Convene in Jacksonville April 9 and 10.
    The sixth annual convention of the Florida National Guard Association is to convene in Jacksonville on April 9 for a session of two days, and the following interesting program has been prepared for the occasion:
    Thursday April 9
    1030 a. m.—Meeting wall be called to order in the assembly room of the Duval County Armory by the President Brigadier General Charles P. Lovell.
    Address of welcome by General W. H. Sebrlng, Mayor of Jacksonville.
    Response by the president of the association.
    Order of Business
    Roll call.
    Reading of minutes of previous meeting.
    Collection of dues.
    Reports of officers.
    Unfinished business.
    1:00 p. m.—Recess.
    2:30 p. m.—Convention reassembles
    New business.
    Address by Major C. P. Townsley, U. S. Coast Artillery, as the representative of the war department.
    Paper, "State Camp Ground and Rifle Range," by Brigadier General John W. Sackett member State Armory Board.
    Paper, "Field Maneuvers and Exercises," Brigadier General John Stevens Maxwell, First Brigade.
    Address by Captain L. S. Miller, U. S. Coast Artillery Corps.
    Paper, "Company Administration," by Colonel William LeFils, First Infantry
    Paper, "Rifle Practice by Captain John D. Blandling, Second Infantry, (State Secretary of the National Rifle Association).
    6:00 p.m.—Recess
    9:00 p.m.—A "Dollar Dinner."
    For the members and friends of the association.
    An address by Hon. Napoleon B. Broward, the commander-in-chief, and a few short talks by some of his predecessors and successors in office and others.
    Friday, April 10.
    10:00 p. m.—Convention reassembles
    New business, continued.
    An informal talk by the adjutant general on "The Plan of the Military Department."
    General discussion—"for good of the service."
    Election of officers.
    Selection of date and place for the next annual meeting.
    2:00 p. m.— Excursion to the new state camp ground and rifle range at Black Point on the St Johns River. The place of meeting to be announced at the morning session of the convention.
    9:00 p. m.—A ball at the Duval County Armory arranged by the officers of Jacksonville in honor of the visiting members of the Florida Guard Association.
    At all sessions of the convention the dress uniform will be worn by officers of the active and retired lists.
    For social functions the dress uniform is prescribed for officers and evening dress for all others."
    [Gen. John Warren Sackett (1860–1918)]
  • The Pensacola Journal, (Pensacola, Fla.), December 19, 1909, Third Section, p. 20, col. 1–4, & p. 21, col. 1–4.
    History of the Mississippi to Atlantic Waterway Association
    by Leland J. Henderson
    [Transcriber's note: The article is about the proposed system of intercoastal canals (or waterway) running "from the mouth of the Rio Grande river in Texas to the coasts of Maine." Listed among the delegates to the first annual convention held in Columbus, Ga. (page 20, column 4) is a "J. V. Sackett, Jacksonville, Fla." On page 21, col 1, a "J. W. Sackett, Jacksonville, Fla." is listed as an attendee to the second annual convention. In both mentionings, this is Gen. John Warren Sackett (1860–1918)].

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