Newspaper Abstracts, Minnesota

180 records

  • Daily Globe, St. Paul, February 2, 1863, p. 1, cols. 4–6.
    "THE BALLOTS IN DETAIL
    First Ballot.
    Those who voted for Thomas Wilson were:
    SENATORS.
    Castle, Christensen, Craig, Doran, Griggs, Peck, Sackett, Vollmer, Welch
    Fifth Ballot.
    Those who voted for D. M. Sabin were:
    (Democrats in italic.)
    SENATORS.
    Ackerman, Buckman, Castle, Christensen, Compton, Comstock, Crosby, Doran, Hollister, Johnson, Langdon, Peck, Peterson, Rice, Sackett, Sergeant, Shaleen, Steenerson, Welch.
    Sixth Ballot.
    Those who voted for D. M. Sabin were:
    (Democrats in italics).
    SENATORS.
    Ackerman, Blake, Buckman, Castle, Christensen, Compton, Comstock, Crosby, Doran, Gilfillan, C. D., Griggs, Hollister, Johnson, Langdon, Peck, Peterson, Rice, Sackett, Sergeant, Shaleen, Steenerson, Vollmer, Welch.
    Seventh Ballot.
    Those who voted for D. M. Sabin were:
    (Democrats in italics).
    SENATORS.
    Ackernmn, Blake, Buckman, Buckman, Castle, Christensen, Compton, Comstock, Craig, Crosby, Doran, Gilfillan, Criggs, Hollister, Johnson, Langdon, Peck, Peterson, Rice, Sackett, Sargeant, Shaleen, Steenerson, Vollmer, Welch"
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  • Daily Globe, (St. Paul, Minn.), March 20, 1878, p. 2, col. 5.
    "WAYS THAT ARE DARK.
    FUN WITH THE BOYS DOWN AT MADISON.
    How Col. Ginty and "Hobe" Sackett Saw the Elephant — An Enraged Paternal Relative Carries a Streak of Sorrow from the takes to the Chippewa — Escaping by Moonlight Alone — Buying up the Issue of a Paper to Suppress it — A Harrowing Tale which the "Globe" Doth Unfold.
    But human bodies are sic fools,
    Fer a' their colleges and schools,
    That, when nae ills perplex them,
    They make enow themsels to vex them.
    Burns.
    Social, political and newspaporial circles in Wisconsin are profoundly agitated over a recent thrilling episode and hair-breadth escape, which had Madison for their base and the banks of the Chippewa for their termination. The legislative session of the sister State east of the Mississippi is drawing to a close, consequently the fun there, as with Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnnie, is growing "fast and furious." Madison, therefore, at present is "the baiting-place of wit," and just the spot where a man can "drive dull care away," and at the same time, study the political horoscope. In other words, the city by the lakes is in a first-class condition in which to indulge in a "tear."
    It was probably some such considerations as the foregoing which induced George C. Ginty, the editor of the Chippewa Herald, "Hobe" Sackett, and other congenial spirits to visit the capital of Badgerdom last week. Whatever may have been the incentive, however, it is sufficient for this "ower true tale" to note the fact that Ginty, Sackett & Co. were in Madison last week. And when there, it was the most natural of circumstances that the quill-driver of the Herald should attend a dramatic performance, at which he occupied a prominent seat. Ginty enjoyed the presentation as only a gentleman from "rooral destreects" can enjoy. In the midst of his felicity, a boy handed him a note, which the receiver carefully read, then put it in his pocket, and, donning his hat and overcoat, he was seen to steal out of the theatre. Ginty's departure at once constituted him the "cynosure of all observers," and, as straws indicate the direction of the wind, he was tracked to a neighboring restaurant, where "Hobe" was with two girls. Now three may be very poor company, when four are not, especially when the sexes are evenly balanced, so the quartette adjourned to an upper room, and refreshments were ordered and brought ad libitum. Shortly, the hilarity was interrupted by a knock at the door of the apartment.
    "Who's there?" demanded the valiant Ginty.
    "A friend," replied the outside mystery, and with that the owner of the answering voice entered without further parley.
    And that owner had blood in his eye, and imprecations on his lips, and, as far as Ginty and Sackett knew, a revolver in his altogether too convenient hip pocket. He announced himself as the father of the girls, and an irate father at that. Then "there was mounting in hot haste," or some such confusion. Ginty and Sackett by skillful tactics dodged the paternal party with his back up, rushed down stairs and lit out for their hotel at the treble quick, regardless of hats and overcoats left behind.
    Ensconced in their room they breathed freer, and mutually congratulated each other upon their lucky escape from the "darned old cuss." Next day, however, some of the boys came around and warned them the old man was still on the war-path, vowing the direst vengeance, so they held the fort—that is the bed-room—all that day. Thirty-six hours of imprisonment was not very cheering, and Ginty could stand it no longer, so it was agreed he should make his escape to the night train in disguise, and once more be thus enabled to tread his "native heath" on the banks of the foaming Chippewa, where the wicked would cease from troubling and the weary would be at rest. The second evening, therefore, Ginty, muffled up so that his mother would not have recognized him, slid out of the back door of the hotel, and down the back street to the depot, where he dodged into a sleeping car. and then plunged into bed, with an inward chuckle at his success in eluding his pursuer, and a further cackle at "Hobe's" stupidity in not doing likewise. Quoting Shakspeare,
    If I may trust the flatt'ring eye of sleep,
    My dreams presage some joyful news tomorrow,
    Ginty composed himself for once in twenty-four hours, and was soon in the full enjoyment of "tir'd nature's sweet restorer."
    But the end was not yet. In the middle of the night, a telegram was handed to him, stating that Sackett—the foolish "Hobe" that wouldn't run away—had been shot, that the old man was to start for Chippewa Falls right away after the fleeing Ginty, and, worst of all luck, that the Chicago Times would have a most minute account of the whole affair. The telegram closed with an urgent request to Ginty to suppress that portion of the Times edition intended for circulation in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls.
    More dead than alive. Ginty reached home. Obeying the behest of the telegram, he forthwith bought all the copies of the Times to be delivered in both the cities named, and ordered them to be sent to him. He then sat down to await developments and the arrival of "Hobe's" corpse.
    The developments are these: The old man was an entire stranger to the girls, the Times had not a particle of reference to the matter, and "Hobe" still lives to "shake hands across the bloody chasm," while THE GLOBE tells how Ginty had fun with the boys."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 21, 1882, p. 2, col. 2.
    "Some anxiety is felt by the creditors of Sackett of Cleveland, 0., formerly of Chicago, now a member of the board of trade of both cities. He did a commission business, and was for a time correspondent for Irwin, Orr & Co. of this city, but recently that firm notified its customers that it had severed all connection with him. His office in Cleveland is now in the hands of a constable. He was last seen here on Saturday evening last at the Owl club, and his friends claim that his liabilities only amount to a few thousand dollars, and that he will turn up all right again in a short time and make a satisfactory explanation ot his absence. Mr. Sackett is very well known in this city, and is a member of the Sackett family of Cranberry farm in Wisconsin. He is a young man of some means and has a host of friends in Cincinnati, St. Louis, Cleveland, Chicago and Wisconsin who would not fail to see him through difficulty of not too serious a nature. As nearly as can be ascertained the missing man's liabilities are not at all large, and before anything is said or done which would tend to reflect any upon Mr. Sackett's character it would be well, perhaps, to wait and see if he does not turn up, as Mr. Orr believes he will. The reporter ascertained that one of his acts while in the city was to transfer his board of trade membership. This would indicate that he was raising money, and he has gone to his relatives or friends for the purpose of raising an additional sum with which to meet the demands of his creditors and close out his business."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 11, 1883, p. 2, col. 1.
    "THE LAW-GIVERS.
    NINTH DAY'S SESSION, SIXTH'S DAY'S WORK OF THE LEGISLATURE.
    Appointment of the Standing Committees in Both Houses—Violations of the Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Special Legislation—The Record of Business Yesterday.
    SENATE.
    STANDING COMMITEES
    Enrollment—Messrs. Clarke, Wheat, Morrison, Buckman and Sackett.
    Towns and Counties—Messrs. Van Hoesen, Pillsbury, Peterson, Craig and Sackett.
    Engrossment—Messrs. Hollister, Crosby, Ackerman, Truax and Craig.
    Sackett, Steenerson and Ward."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 18, 1883, p. 2, col. 1–2
    "Two More Ballots for U. S. Senator Yesterday But No Result.
    WINDOM DROPS 5 VOTES AT ONCE,
    And Winds up the Second Ballot With 61, Which is a Shrinkage of 9 Votes from Day Before.
    Joint Convention.
    At noon the lieutenant governor and the senators entered the house, and on rollcall it was found that all the senators were present, and all the representatives except Baarnaas, Cullen and Sabin. Two ballots were taken, and nothing of interest occurred except that on the second ballot Mr. Daniels made a speech indorsing Hon. C. M. Start. He said he was a Republican, and went into the Republican caucus. It nominated Windom, and he voted for him. While he felt great regard for him, he desired to say that he had now decided to vote for a man who stood high in the state as a lawyer and as a man, and was well fitted to adorn the position of United States senator.
    FIRST BALLOT
    Those who voted for Thomas Wilson were:
    SENATORS.
    Castle, Doran, Sackett, Christensen, Griggs, Vollmer,Craig, Peck, Welch—9.
    SECOND BALLOT
    Those who voted for Thomas Wilson were:
    SENATORS.
    Castle, Doran, Sackett, Christensen, Griggs, Vollmer, Craig, Peck, Welch.—9"
    [Addison L Sackett s. Dexter B Sackett & Electa Bement]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 25, 1883, p. 2, col. 2–3
    "SENATE.
    BILLS INTRODUCED.
    By Senator Compton—Appropriating $800 to construct a bridge across the Red river at Fergus Falls.
    By Senator Rice—To provide for the collection of taxes, and to provide a check upon the accounts of county treasurers.
    By Senator Rice—Regulating salaries of county auditors and the clerk hire of said officers.
    By Senator Buckman—To regulate the salaries of county treasurers and auditors, where unorganized counties are attached.
    By Senator Sackett—amend section 12, chapter 56, of the general statutes of 1878, relating to the partition of property.
    By Senator Sackett—Legalizing the conveyance of real estate improperly executed and acknowledged.
    By Senator Ackerman—Amending the general laws of 1881 relating to town insurance companies."
    [Addison L Sackett s. Dexter B Sackett & Electa Bement]
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  • Daily Globe, (St. Paul, Minn.), February 2, 1883, p. 1, col. 4–6.
    "OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
    of the election of Mr. Sabin in the following terms:
    "Dwight M. Sabin having received a majority of all the votes of this convention, a majority of all the members of both houses being present and voting, he is therefore declared duly elected a senator in congress from this state for the term of six years from and after the 4th day of March next ensuing." THE BALLOTS IN DETAIL.—Senator Sackett [amongst others]"
    [Addison L Sackett s. Dexter B Sackett & Electa Bement]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, May 17, 1883, p. 8, col. 1.
    "Insane Hospital Additions
    Hon. A. L. Sackett, St. Peter, state senator, is at the Metropolitan. Mr. Sackett, who also is a member of the board of trustees of the hospital for the insane of the state was present at the meeting of the trustees held yesterday, at which the bids for the additions to the two hospitals—one at St. Peter and the other at Rochester—were opened and contracts awarded.
    For the addition at St. Peter four bids were received, the contract being awarded to C. D. Smith of LaCrosse, Wis., for $16,200. For the new wing at Rochester, only two bids were received. Granville Wood of Rochester securing the contract for $61,770, this sum not including the heating and plumbing, no satisfactory bid being received for this work."
    [Addison L Sackett s. Dexter B Sackett & Electa Bement]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 7, 1883, p. 11, col. 2.
    "St. Peter.
    Mrs. J. B. Sackett and daughter were the guests of Le Sueur friends on Wednesday."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 7, 1883, p. 11, col. 4.
    "Janesville.
    Miss Sarah Garland, of Minneapolis, is a guest of Miss Ella Sackett.
    Mrs. Dr. Sackett is visiting relatives at Lanesboro, Minn."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, August 3, 1883, p. 4, col. 3–4.
    "A RINGING PLATFORM.
    THE CONVENTION.
    It was 12:15 when chairman Doran of the committee called the Democratic State Convention to order. After reading the call Mr. Doran in pursuance of usage, nominated Hon. C. F. Buck, of Winona, for temporary chairman. The nomination was most heartily seconded by a dozen or more voices, and he was unanimously elected. His appearance was greeted with applause. Mr. Burck at once called the convention to business, the first being the election of temporary secretary for which C. H. Lienau of St. Paul, was nominated and elected.
    CREDENTIALS
    Hon. F. J. Whitlock of Scott moved the nomination of a committee of one from each judicial district, which was adopted, and the chair upon suggestion of members appointed the following as the committee:
    First District—R. C. Libby, Dakota.
    Second—R. W. Johnson, Ramsey.
    Third—Wm Lutz, Wabashaw.
    Fourth—M.W. Glenn, Hennepin.
    Fifth—August Mortenson, Rice.
    Sixth—John F. Meagher, Blue Earth.
    Seventh—John Simons, Morrison.
    Eighth—J. H. Dorsey, McLeod.
    Ninth—J. B. Sackett, Nicollet.
    Tenth—S.S. McKenney, Fillmore.
    Eleventh—J. J. Hibbard.
    Twelfth—M. Spicer.
    At Large—F. J. Whitlock, chairman.
    DELEGATES
    entitled to seats in the convention :
    Nicollet—A. L. Sackett, B. H. Randall, Alex Harkin, J Boyce."
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  • The St. Paul Sunday Globe, October 21,1883, p. 4, col. 6.
    "A CHURCH FRACAS.
    A Serious Affray: Between Two Residents of Long Island in the Methodist Church at Bayville.
    [Special Telegram to the Globe.]
    New York, Oct 20.—Bayville, a little village on Long Island, was Thursday night the scene of a serious riot during which several persons were severely injured by being beaten and clubbed. Quiet and peace generally prevails among the inhabitants of the thrifty little village, but yesterday everything was excitement. The disturbance took place in the Methodist church where an oyster supper was in progress. The church was crowded with people many of those being women and children. There is but one means of exit. At about 9:30 o'clock, while the main body of the building was crowded with people, upwards of 150 of whom were seated at the supper table, a disturbance suddenly arose between William Henry Smith and Captain John Saokett, brothers-in-law, and old residents of the village. Words were followed by blows. The friends of each joined in the fray, creating a general free fight, which lasted for nearly twenty minutes. A rush was made for the door and in the frantic efforts of the women and children to reach, the open air many were knocked down and trampled upon. In the melee the lamps, with which the church was lighted, were knocked out of their brackets and broken. In the darkness and excitement the fight was carried on with terrible effect. Tables were upset and oyster pans, crockery and eatables were strewn upon the floor. The combatants fought their way out of the church and into the street, where they were finally separated.
    The list of injured numbers ten persons, one of them being the pastor of the churoh, the Rev. William Taft, who, while acting the part of peacemaker, was kicked and beaten in a serious manner.
    It is claimed by the friends of Capt. Sackett, who has heretofore been held in respect by his neighbors, that he was first assaulted by Smith and acted in self-defense.
    A family feud, it is said, has existed between the two men for several months. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of all persons who are known to have taken part in the fracas. Smith was so badly used up by Capt. Sackett that he had to be carried to his home on a stretcher. Sackett was confined to his bed today suffering from a terrible scalp wound inflicted by being struck over the head with a bucksaw."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 23, 1885, p. 2, col. 1.
    "THE LAWMAKERS.
    SENATE.
    Another dull day as far so matters of general interest are concerned. The usual number of local bills were put in, and after two hours session the senate adjourned to allow the committees to work and perfect measures for more mature consideration.
    Routine Report.
    The senate was called to order at 10:05 by President Oilman. Business opened with the
    INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.
    By Senator Sackett—To appoint Dr. C. K. Bartlett, St. Peter; M. J. Daniels, Rochester; H. H. Hart, St. Paul; Dr. Hewett, Red Wing; and Dr. Leonard, Minneapolis, as commissioners to locate a third insane asylum."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 23, 1885, p. 2, col. 2.
    "ST. PAUL NEWS.
    THE LAWMAKERS.
    SENATE.
    INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.
    By Senator Sackett—To appropriate $1,200 to reconstruct a wagon bridge over Roberts creek in Nicollett county.
    By Senator Sackett—To legalize acknowledgements of conveyances and other instruments, and the record.
    By Senator Sackett—To appoint Dr. K. Bartlett, St Peter; M.L Daniels, Rochester; H. H. Hart, St. Paul; Dr. Hewett, Red Wing, and Dr. Leonard, Minneapolis, as commissioners to locate a third insane asylum."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 6, 1885, p. 2, cols 7–8
    "SENATE BILLS PASSED.
    Allowing compensation to county commissioners in certain cases.
    To reimburse Hennepin, Dakota, Ramsey and Winona counties for boarding convicts.
    Appropriating money in aid of fire department from insurance fund.
    Legalizing the articles of incorporation of certain societies.
    Forbidding counties from issuing bonds in aid of railroads.
    NAYS.
    Ackerman, Clement, Johnson, Billson, Compton, Peterson, Blake, Comstock, Sergeant, Buckman, Crosby, Severance, Castle, Goodrich, Steenerson, Christiansen, Houlton, Waite, Ward—19
    YEAS.
    Clarke, Langdon, Shaleen, Craig, Kuudson, Truax, Doran, Lawrence, Van Hoesen, Fletcher, Morrison, Vollmer, Gilfillan, C. D., O'Brien, Welch, Gilfillan, J. B., Peck, Wells, Griggs, Pillsbury, Wheat, Hall, Rice, Wilkins, Hickman, Sackett, Wilson—27.
    A motion to reconsider was defeated by a vote of ayes 19, nays 27.
    Recess till 4 p. m.
    Senate Bills: To Pass—Relating to clerk hire in treasurer's office, Otter Tail county, Compton; relating to the meetings of commissioners of Otter Tail county, Compton; bond issue of Clay county, Comstock; distraining beast doing damage, Sackett; locating and vacating highways in Goodhue county, committee on judiciary; to authorize leasing part of the court house of Benton county, Buckman; relating to the board of education of Owatonna, Hickman; amending the charter of St Peter, Sackett; amending charter of Hastings, Truax."
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  • St. Paul Daily Globe, February 22, 1885, Page 6, col. 3.
    "THE RAILROAD BILL.
    Senator Steenerson offered the following amendment to section 9 of the bill for the regulation of railroad companies, which was unanimously adopted: "Said commissioners shall also investigate and consider what, if any, amendment or revision of the railroad laws of this state the best interests of the state may demand, and they shall make a special biennial report on said subject to the legislaiture." The bill was then read a third time and passed by the following vote:
    YEAS.
    [Included Sackett]
    THE HIGH LICENSE BILL.
    The high license bill was then taken up and Senator Wilson sent up a large number of amendments, the effect of which were to eliminate the local option feature of the bill in cities and villages, and allows anyone to sell who takes out a $500 license.
    Senator Peck moved to refer the bill and amendments to the committee of the whole.
    Lost, 12 to 19.
    Senator Wilson's amendments were adopted, after which the report of the committee was adopted by the following vote:
    NAYS.
    [Included Sackett]"
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  • St. Paul Daily Globe, August 21, 1885, Page 5, col. 2.
    "St. Peter.
    Tramps are becoming very numerous in this city. Last evening tramps broke into Mr. O. Anderson's store and stole his two single harness. On Monday two tramps broke into a bedroom at John Picker's place and pried open a trunk and took a lot of silver spoons, forks, etc. Mrs. Picker heard a man in the room and gave an alarm. Chief Davis was called and arrested one of the thieves, the other fellow making good his escape. The prisoner was taken before Justice Sackett and confessed that he was found in company with the spoons, etc. Justice Sackett bound him over until the next term of court in the sum of $200."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 2, 1885, p. 5, col. 2.
    "St. Peter.
    Mr. Witman Stratton of Norwich, N. Y., arrived here Monday morning and is visiting with Hon. A. L. Sackett. …Miss Mary Hayden, who has been visiting here the past three months, returned to her home in Fargo Saturday…. At a meeting of the trustees of Woodlawn cemetery last evening they decided to give each lot owner a warranty deed of his lot or lots …. Mr. H. C. Hess, one of the new teachers of the public schools, arrived here Monday from New Ulm …. Mayor Ives has appointed the following delegates from this city to the waterway convention to be held in St. Paul Sept. 3: A. L. Sackett, F. A. Donahower, M. G. Evanson, U. C. Miller and A. B. McGill…. The plum crop in this vicinity is very large this year…. The harvest ball at Kasota Thursday evening owing to rain was postponed to Thursday evening, Sept. 3 …. Mr. Seth H. Baker, head miller in Sackett & Fay's mill here, has purchased a half interest in the mill at Rapidom for $7,700. Mr. Baker will leave for his new home next week. … Miss Jesse Rankin left for Owatonna Wednesday morning, to be ready to take charge of her school by Sept. 7."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 27, 1885, p. 3. col. 3.
    "Amusement Notes.
    Sackett & Wiggins' museum will open tomorrow, which will be the amusement event of the week."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 27, 1885, p. 3. col. 6.
    "SACKETT & WIGGINS'
    Dime Museum!
    214 and 216 Hennepin Avenue.
    Grand Opening, Monday, Sept. 28,
    Open Daily there after, from 1 to 10.30 P. M.
    Curiosity Hall!
    Monster Museum!
    Lecture Room and Luxurious Theatorum!
    All that experience can suggest or money procure been placed on this building. The elegant and comfortable folding opera chairs are from the American Desk and Stool company, Chicago; the carpets from Folds & Griffith's; artistic furniture, curtains and mirrors from Bradstreet. Thurber & Co's; magnificent gas fixtures from Benner Brothers; wallpaper and decorations from Rickey, Middlemists & Taylor's; frescoing and artistic painting by W. W. Sly. Total expenditure $15,000.
    Our design is to furnish a popular resort for the masses (especially ladies and children, for whose patronage we cater particularly at a price within the reach of all), 10 cents, one dime. No feature that would offend the most fastidious will be permitted in or about the premises. First-class in all its appointments, the Museum furnishes innocent and attractive amusement. The proprietors having successfully established and now conduct similar institutions at 236 Westminster street, Providence, R. I; 189 Superior street Cleveland, O.; corner Washington and Tennessee streets, Indianapolis, and see no reason to doubt success in Minneapolis. You might wish to know what we exhibit, but the list of attractions is too great to enumerate.
    Come and see for yourself and you will find that we have prepared a series of delightful surprises. We have no excuses to make for anything. We are satisfied with the elegance of the appointments and all the details of our establishment. We can exist only by the patronage of the respectable classes and do not cater for any other.
    Our entertainments are of a high moral tone, with nothing said or done to impair the morals of your children.
    The Parlor Entertainments are Designed to take place Hourly.
    We reserve the Right to Refuse Admission to any one.
    LADIES AND CHILDREN CAN ATTEND WITH PROPRIETY.
    GENERAL ADMISSION, - 10c.
    Reserved chairs in Theatorum, 5 cents. No other charges.
    N.B—Sackett & Wiggins' New Dime Museum in ST. PAUL opens MONDAY, OCT. 12. Location: New three-story building, property of Mark L. Potter, Seventh street, near Jackson."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, October 4, 1885, p. 3, col. 3.
    "AMUSEMENTS.
    Fred Bryton's "Jack o' Diamonds" closed a fairly successful engagement at the Grand last night, and will move eastward today. The Catharine Lewis Opera company in "Circus Queen" will be the attraction for the first three days of this week. Seats are now on sale.
    The Comique for this week will have a new lot of stars and specialists and a roaring burlesque, "The Wrong Scratch," will conclude each evening's performance.
    "The business last week has more than pleased us," said Manager Sackett of the Dime museum yesterday, "and we have every reason to believe that the people of Minneapolis will support us. It is our intention to make it as pleasant for them as we can, and if they won't support us then we have no complaint to utter."
    "We shall give them changes in the performances and curiosities quite often and we will present during the season the greatest wonders before the public. The Dime museum has indeed done nicely the past week, thousands visiting it during that time, and the performances and curiosities have well pleased the patrons. Next week Sir Walter H.Stuart, an armless wonder will be on exhibition in curiosity hall and other new faces will be seen on the stage. The permanent features of the museum are alone worth the price of admission and it is the intention to increase them. Among the many animals may be found a capa bara, a blue-nosed mandril, an armadillo, a kangaroo, the fruit hunters from Panama, Australian bears, a crocodile, East India cockatoos, rocky mountain goat, besides golden pheasants and mamazettes."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, December 1, 3, 9, 1885
    [Advertisements for Sackett & Wiggins not transcribed]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 6, 1885, p. 3, col. 3
    "THE WEEK'S PLAYS.
    Notes of Attractions at the Several Amusement Temples.
    THE DIME MUSEUM.
    This week's bill announced for Sackett & Wiggins' Dime museum will include many new novelties. The first appearance of the famous Maramba band will, no doubt, attract considerable attention, both musicians and instrument. The Brazilian dwarf No-No, Boz, the wonderful trained dog, Eli Bowen the legless wonder, and Barney Nelson, the mouth wonder and other novelties, come to curiosity hall. On the stage the dissolving views of Prof. Strong. which are said to equal Ragan's, and Middleton's marionettes, in a new program will be the chief attractions. Clarence Boyd, Charles Howe and J. M. Waddy will furnish fun and amusement to the patrons."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 6, 1885, p. 3, col. 2–3
    "No Robbins There.
    To the Editor of the Globe:
    The following item appeared in yesterday's issue of the Globe:
    Complaint was made at the police headquarters that a man named Aluggo had his pockets relieved of $38 at the dime museum yesterday afternoon. Two well-known young men were accused by Aluggo, and they were promptly arrested by Detective Quinlan, but upon searching them the detective was convinced of their innocence and they were allowed to go.
    In view of the publication, we beg leave to state that such was not the case. Yesterday morning Aluggo came to the box office of the museum and stated that he had found his lost pocketbook in some boot and shoe store, where he had been previous to our establishment. The implication that patrons are liable to robbery in our establishment is of course a detriment to our business, and we take this means of assuring the public that pockets are not one of our attractions.
    We would also state that we have special officers on every floor of our house for the protection of patrons and that there has at no time before occurred anything of the kind that Aluggo, or whatever his name is, stated. At times people lose various articles which are returned to the manager's office, and which have been returned to the owners. At this time there are purses and articles in our desk that include the category, awaiting rightful owners, which can be had by proof of ownership. Remaining the public's servant, we are respectfully,
    Sackett & Wiggins."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 27, 1885, p. 8, col. 2. "The Seventh Street Museum.
    The dime museum of Sackett & Wiggins will have a boom next week, if costly attractions will induce people to patronize the institution. Princess Lucy, the famous midget, has been engaged at a large salary, and will form the chief attraction of the week. This little mite of humanity is described as being only twenty-one inches high, weighs only twenty-three pounds, and is 18 years of age. Princess Lucy was born in New York city, and has received a polite education, and is an intelligent conversationalist. She is also the smallest actress in the world. A miniature cottage will be erected on the stage and the little lady will give daily receptions to all visitors. The management offer a prize to the child who can enter the door erect. The other features in curio hall will be the Zulus, who are splendid types of the aborigines of South Africa. Exhibitions of assegai throwing will be given on the stages. The stage performance will embrace many new faces and will be entirely new. The artists are Heffernon and McDonald the Irish humorists, Somers and Walters in a sketch introducing a trombone solo, the Powers' twins in songs and dances, Victor Geme the contortionist,and the Whitney's who will produce a travesty entitled "The Professor." The bill will run the entire week."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 27, 1885, p. 8, col. 3.
    Advertisement
    "SACKETT & WIGGINS'
    Mammoth Museum,
    Menagerie and Theatorum
    94 to 96 East Seventh St.
    GRAND GALA ATTRACTIONS!
    Patronized by the best people in the city. For the GLAD NEW YEAR,
    Commencing Monday, Dec. 28,
    Engagement extraordinary of the $10,000
    Midget,
    PRINCESS LUCY."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 1, 1886, p. 2, col. 2.
    "AMUSEMENT ATTRACTIONS.
    ROLTAIR’S ROLLA, a wonderful illusion called Thauna, which attracted attention In New York last season at the Eden Musee, has been more than rivalled by Roltair, the magician, now in the city. The illusion, called Rolla, was contracted for in Europe by Sackett & Wiggins the museum managers, who will send it all over the country after first putting on exhibition in the Seventh street museum. The illusion which is valued at $5,000 was made in different places through plans furnished by Roltalr and La Roux tieres Paris; Kaufman, Berlin, and Tessatri of Milan, the most delicate mechanicians in the world, have labored on this illusion. The contrivance represents a living, breathing woman who appears to have her body decapitated, and whose head and upper part of the body floats in midair. It is claimed that the illusion defies detection. Among the other novelties announced for the week at the museum are Admiral Dot and Maj. Atom, and a pin machine which will manufacture 10,000 pins per minute, the motor being a silent gas engine. A new stage performance will be given by Emery & Russell's company. Hereafter the museum will open its doors from 10 a. m. until 10 p. m,, Monday's excepted, and give continuous performances."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 1, 1886, p. 2, col. 6.
    "A Private exhibition
    Was given last night at Sackett & Wiggins' museum to a party of gentlemen, including members of the press, of Rolla, the new illusion. The secret of Rolla remains with the inventor, but a healthy and charming young girl certainly appeared after the curtains were drawn from the cabinet, swinging in the air, apparently cut in twain at her waist. The illusion, which is claimed to be superior to anything of its kind ever placed on exhibition, is owned by Sackett & Wiggins, and cost in the neighborhood of $2,000. After remaining here one week it goes to their other houses and thence on the road.
    Manager Wiggins stated to a Globe reporter that, in addition to Rolla as an attraction next week, he would present that phenomenon, George Lippert, the three-legged man."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 28, 1886, p. 6, col. 4.
    "The Japanese Village.
    During the coming week the famous Japanese village, which created such excitement in the East, will be on exhibition in Sackett & Wiggins' museum. Said Mr. J. E. Sackett yesterday to a Globe reporter: "No one who has not inquired into the matter can have any idea of the expense attendant upon the establishment of this little Japanese town In St. Paul. As a matter of fact, it required $2,000 to set the establishment up, including transportation, not including the ocean voyage from Japan or of the liberal salaries paid to artists and artisans so skilled in their several vocations as are these intelligent people.
    "We took up the village as an educational enterprise, and not an ordinary show. You may read in books of the cleverness of Japanese workmen, but it is only by seeing them engaged in their works that you can form any adequate Idea of their dexterity or methods. It Is doubtful, "continued Mr. Sackett, "if any branch of the numerous arts and trades practiced by the Japanese of the little village has attracted so much attention as that of the workers of copperware. Cloisonne vases have always been objects of admiration in intelligent art circles of this and other countries, but it is doubtful if one proud possessor of Cloisonne work in a hundred has any conception of how their highly-valued treasures are made. A full exposition of its manufacture will be seen in the village.
    "In addition there are silk weavers and ota workers, or, as we would call them, workers in clay. All sorts of those delicate vases and cups are made by the ota workers. The tailors, the bamboo workers, the barbers and artisans of all classes are included in this village.
    "A little tea booth is one of the novelties that will be seen in the village, and visitors will have an opportunity to see how tea is made and served in Japan and how attractive the ladies of Japan are."
    "The women of Japan are very noiseless in their movements," continued Mr. Sackett, "and their peculiar grace in serving the tea adds a zest indeed.
    "I don't know when I have been so much interested. When I first saw the village and after I had secured it for this tour and had become acquainted with the people, I still linger at the booths, watching them fashioning and creating.
    "The village is a perfect reproduction of a street in Japan, and the illusion will be further perfected by a large painting made expressly for us and representing the scenery of that country."
    "How long will the village remain here?" queried the reporter.
    "Next week they go to Minneapolis, then to Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati and all the principal cities of the United States.""
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 18, 1886, p. 7, col. 2.
    "Improper Characters Not Admitted!
    SACKETT & WIGGINS'
    Mammoth Amusement Palace!
    94 to 96 East Seventh Street.
    WEEK OF MARCH 19.
    A SALIENT SERIES OF SCENE FROM
    THE WILD WEST
    Engagement Extraordinary of the Note Scouts, Trappers and Vigilante and
    COWBOY KINGS,
    MONTANA BILL! YELLOWSTONE VIC!"
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 6, 1886, p. 3, col. 3.
    "Mr. Sackett, of Sackett & Wiggins, yesterday executed a ninety-nine-years lease of the ground on the southwest corner of First avenue south and Fourth street, and will begin at once the erection of their long-talked-of theater. The rent paid is $2,000 a year. Mr. Sackett states that the panorama picture of the Battle of Gettysburg is well under way and that it will probably be placed in St. Paul."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 6, 1886, p. 3, col. 6–7.
    "SACKETT & WIGGINS'
    MAMMOTH AMUSEMENT PALACE!
    49 to 96 East Seventh Street.
    FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 7!
    THE COOLEST AND BEST VENTILATED PLACE IN THE CITY.
    THE ONLY LEGITIMATE PLACE OF AMUSEMENT NOW OPEN."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 12, 1886, p. 3, col. 1.
    "THE NEW THEATER.
    Plans Ordered, and It Will Open on Sept. 6.
    J. E. Sackett, of Sackett & Wiggins, the dime museum proprietors, arrived from Chicago yesterday morning, and within two hours had closed the purchase of a site for the new theater and ordered the plans for the building from Dennis, the architect, which are to be submitted by noon to-day.
    "This will be the widest theatre in the country," he said, while looking over a hastily-prepared draught, "it being 80 feet wide by 167½ feet deep. It will seat about 2,500 people—nearly double the capacity of your present opera house, I should think. What do you say to a stage eighty feet wide and fifty feet deep? The auditorium will be reached by a lobby twenty feet wide on either side of which will be stores. The theater willbe two stories high, but the walls and foundation will be of sufficient thickness to allow us to add four stories more, as we intend ultimately to do. I intend to make the theater as comfortable and convenient as possible in its arrangements, and will do everything in my power to make this the favorite resort for the amusement lovers of Minneapolis. I estimate that the theater will cost in the neighborhood of $60,000, and perhaps more. Will it be finished this season? Why, bless you, it will be opened in first-class style on the 6th day of September. I have ordered the scenery from Sosman & Landes of Chicago, and the upholstering and furniture from the American Desk and Stool Company.""
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 12, 1886, p. 3, col. 1.
    "MINNEAPOLIS PERSONALS.
    J. E. Sackett returns to Chicago this evening."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, August 8, 1886, p. 5, col. 5.
    [Advertisement for Sackett & Wiggins]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, August 29, 1886, p. 12, col. 5.
    [Advertisement for Sackett & Wiggins]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 27, 1886, p. 3, col. 2.
    "DONE IN A WEEK.
    What the Real Estate and Bulding Permit Records Show.
    LITTLE TRANSACTIONS.
    The new theater to be built by Sackett & Wiggins is an assured thing."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 27, 1886, p. 3, cols. 3–4.
    "THESPIS AND THALIA.
    Minneapolis Soon to Have a New and Magnificent Temple of Popular Amusement.
    Hennepin, Near Seventh, the Location, and Christmas the Time of Opening.
    Sackett & Wiggins Will Be the Lessees and F. Percy Weadon the Manager.
    "After many moons of hard labor," said Percy Weadon last night, "we have gotten there, amd a tale I now unfold, concerning the new theater now in process of construction in this city."
    "So the thing is fixed?" said a Globe reporter.
    "For a dead certainty," replied that gentleman, '"and the most magnificent theater in the city of Minneapolis will rise like magic from the ground: and be open Christmas week, thus showing that builders in the Northwest get there in time.
    "We have over ninety days to have the theater finished and we will do it, as the Columbia theater, Chicago, was built in that time, and other magnificent structures for like purposes in the same time, so, you see, 'boyees,' we will get there. I suppose you want all the details. Well, our lessors own the ground and are building for us. They are liberal, and are spending more money on the structure than we originally estimated. The location is on Hennepin avenue, near Seventh street, and the name of the theater will be the Hennepin Avenue theater.
    AS FOR COST,
    it will approach the neighborhood of $150,000 and will be magnificent in all details. Architect Wood, of Chicago, one of the best theatrical architects of the country, has drawn the plans, part of which I have seen and an idea can be got of the general effects of the theatre. The theatre is, of course, on the ground floor and will seat 2,000 people. The entrance is in the center of the building, being 26 feet in width and 30 in depth, flanked by two handsome stores, and is elaborately finished in carved mahogany, with Tennessee marble wainscotings and relieved with intaglio work in dull green chocolate and gold. The doors will be of antique oak, with appropriate bas reliefs and the general decorations of the lobby will be most elaborate. The entrance, of course," continued Mr. Weadon, "leads the visitor into a most spacious foyer, off of which, on the right and left, are retiring rooms for ladies and gentlemen respectively. These rooms are finished with the most delicate frescoes and are jewels. The foyer is very spacious and instead of portieres closing the entrances to the auditorium, there will be mirrored doors, which, when open, are fastened in pockets on the side of the pillars, and circumscribe the foyer, like one vast mirror. There are niches for statuary, etc., at various places. The auditorium down stairs is novel: there are twelve proscenium boxes set in unique style, and seven loges in the middle of the house. Handsome and specially designed chairs will be put in all the boxes.
    J E Sackett
    J E Sackett
    THE SEATS
    throughout the house will be new patent folding chairs, like in the Union Square theater, New York, and their upholstery will be blue. The decorations will also be blue and gold. The stage will be the largest in the city, in depth, height and proscenium opening, and an iron curtain will shut off the stage from the audience. In fact, there are six fire walls, and we light by incandescent lights and heat by steam, so that, with the numerous exits, there is absolutely no danger. The house can be emptied in exactly seventy-five seconds. The carpeting, the curtains, the decorations, and all the appointments, will be in keeping with the house, and it will be a building Minneapolis can and will be proud of.
    "We have secured a long lease of the theater, and will play the best attractions that money can procure, and our new scale of prices will be within the reach of all. We will have a great orchestra, and will pay especial attention to the mounting of plays."
    Messrs. Sackett & Wiggins, who have secured the lease of this buildiug, have made a great success of the dime museum in this city and St. Paul. These concerns will be maintained at the "old stand." Both gentlemen have large interests in the amusement line, controling theaters and museums in Chicago, Grand Rapids and Kansas City. Recently Mr. Sackett sold his interest in the Cleveland theatre. J. E. Sackett, the general director of the various enterprises, is yet young, and has made various fortunes in the show business. He has the reputation of being the greatest hustler In the business. He resides at Chicago, where the general offices of the firm are.
    E. W. Wiggins. the partner, handles the finances of the various enterprises and is a sagious and close financier. Like Mr. Sackett he has been all his life in amusements. Mr. Wiggins is living for the present in Minneapolis, having brought his family from Detroit, his old home, where he has large business interests.
    The man selected for manager of this beautiful theater is the popular Frank Percy Weadon, known to newspaper men as the "impressario." Mr. Weadon is a confidential man of the firm and is just the man for the place, being very popular with everybody he meets, of pleasant address and having various talents. Mr. Weadon is also young, a graduate of DePauw university, a dramatic author, and a shrewd manager and press worker. He was admitted to the bar, entered journalism and then the theatrical business, being with Brooks & Dickson at Indianapolis and Terre Haute and New YorK. He managed George C. Miln. the preacher-actor, on his first tour, and was business manager of other companies, being with Mapleson, Fred Voltes, etc."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 16, 1887, p. 12, col. 5.
    [Advertisement for Sackett & Wiggins]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, March 10 1887, p. 3, col. 2
    "ALL SORTS
    The criminal business in the municipal court yesterday can be summed up in the single line, "two drunks and one vag." Still this is the city which certain Minneapolis papers are holding up to the world as a hotbed of vice.
    W. B. Wheeler—statement that I am interested in the scheme to start a roller coaster in East Minneapolis is a mistake. I understand that the rumor originated from the fact that J. E. Sackett and a well-known Washington-avenue capitalist are to establish a balloon factory. The balloons are to be inflated with natural gas, which Sackett is to supply, and the capitalistis to buy the Site and build the works.
    I understand that the quality of gas to be furnished is extraordinarily strong and buoyant, requiring that the balloons should be constructed of strong rubber, but I think the project is to be a success."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, March 13, 1887, p. 6, col. 1.
    "COL. Z. PERCY WEADON.
    This fragile sprite and shadow of future greatness came to Minneapolis about two years ago. The legend has it that he was watted hither from Posey county. Indiana, by a summer breeze which set him down before the Nicollet house, where he greeted the porter with "Ah, there." Percy at first undertook to convince the citizens of this large and growing metropolis that a necessity to happiness was a good-sized life insurance policy. He was allowed to live, and was engaged in this humble but lucrative profession. When J. E. Sackett, a gentleman who has been connected with the debuts of several well advertised freaks, arrived in this city. Sackett intended to start a dime museum and was casting around for a spiritual adviser and press agent. Lawrence Barrett, the tragedian, happened in town the same day, and took occasion to inquire after his old friend and bosom companion, Weadon. Incidentally, Sackett happened to mention his heart's desire, and to cut a short story long, an introduction and two bottles ot white label ale settled Weadon's engagement as impressario and future manager of the Hennepin avenue theater—when they get the roof on. For the time being Percy has mingled with the freaks and freakesses, occasionally lecturing and posting bills to put in his time. His odd moments have been given to the creation of a play which he calls the "Pie Eater's Pride, or the Mystery of Bohemian Flats," in which the heroine falls in love with a cigar maker named "Posy Oscar," and impales herself with a table fork because her affection is not returned. Mr. Weadon, in appearance, reminds one of an animated clothespin. He has legs which will cover a multitude of sins and a good deal of ground in a day's time; wears a variegated mustache, which varies from old gold to sea! brown; he smokes cigarettes when he can get 'em. He is the walking delegate of the Lalah society, and has assumed a leading position among the capitalists of the city. He intends shortly that his voice shall be heard at the board of trade, among Bill King and the rest of 'em."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, March 21, 1887, p. 5, col. 1.
    "BLACK HILLS JUSTICE.
    Special Correspondence of the Globe.
    Deadwood, Dak., March 18.—During the past ten days the Black Hills have not lacked for sensations. —
    JUDGE LYNCH, ALMOST.
    The natural results of these perversions of justice by its chosen agencies begin to be seen. Last week, at Lead City, a busy mining town three miles from here, the people were near to taking the law into their own hands; would have done so had not circumstances prevented. W. L. Sackett, an old man of the best business and social standing, was accused of attempting rape on the eight-year-old daughter of a miner. A hearing by Justice Monroe resulted in his discharge, the evidence being deemed absurdly inadequate by the judge to hold him. At once the cry of judicial corruption was raised by the excited mob who threatened Sackett to the extent that he fled in terror. The fury of the mob was then leveled at Monroe, and at an excited public meeting a committee was appointed to wait on him and demand his official resignation—which he flatly refused. He escaped the hands of men who were hunting for him that night by remaining in hiding guarded by friends and guns. The meeting offered a reward for the rearrest of Sackett, and he was brought back from a town about sixty miles away, whither he had fled, and by another judge put under bonds to answer the grand jury. He is now back quietly at work in the Homestake mills, of which he is engineer, and all is quiet. The sober, second thoughts of the Lead Cityites seems to have brought a better view of the case of Sackett."
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  • Western Appeal, (Saint Paul, Minn.), April 2, 1887, p. 1 col. 6.
    "ST. PAUL is to have a new theatre by next September, to cost in the neighborhood of $100,000. Sackett and Wiggins, proprietors."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 10, 1887, p. 11.
    [Half page ad.]
    "SACKETT & Wiggins'
    Mammoth Dime Museum,
    94 to 96 EAST SEVENTH ST.
    Week commencing April 11.
    OPEN DAILY AND SUNDAY FROM 1 TO 10:30 P. M."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 12, 1887
    [Advertisement for Sackett & Wiggins not transcribed]
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  • Western Appeal, (Saint Paul, Minn.), April 16, 1887, p. 1, col. 5.
    "THE Murry Opera House company has incorporated. Capital stock, $80,000. Incorporators: W. P. Murry, St. Paul, Jacob E. Sackett and James M. Wood, of Chicago, and Enoch W. Wiggins and Frank P. Weadon, Minneapolis."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 17, 1887, p. 6, col. 5.
    "ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION—We, the undersigned, do hereby associate ourselves together as and for a body corporate, pursuant to the provisions of title 2 of chapter 34 of the General Statutes of the State of Minnesota, and for that purpose have hereby agreed upon and adapted the following Articles of Incorporation:
    Article 1. The name of this corporation shall be the Murray Opera House Company, and the general nature of its business shall be the building, erecting and operating a public hall or halls and opera house or opera houses within the limits of the City of St. Paul, in the County of Ramsey and State of Minnesota, and the principal place of business of said corporation shall be the City of St. Paul, in said county and state.
    Article 2. The time of the commencement of this corporation shall be the 1st day of April A.D. 1887, and such corporation shall continue for the period of thirty years from said date.
    Article 3. The amount of capital stock of said corporation shall be eighty thousand dollars, and shall be divided into sixteen hundred shares of fifty dollars each. The amount of such shares shall be paid in to said corporation at such time or times and in such manner as the Board of Directors may designate.
    Article 4. The highest amount of indebtedness or liability to which said corporation shall at any time be subject shall be the sum of eighty thousand dollars.
    Article 5. The names and places of residence of the persons forming this association for incorporation are: William P. Murray, residing at St. Paul, Minnesota: Jacob E. Sackett, residing at Chicago, State of Illinois; James M. Wood, residing at Chicago, Illinois; Enoch W. Wiggins, residing at Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Frank P. Weadon, residing at Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    Article 6. The persons above named forming this association for incorporation shall constitute the first Board of Directors of said corporation. The government and management of the affairs of said corporation shall be vested in a Board of Dirertors, consisting of five persons, who shall be stockholders in said corporation. Said Directors shall elect from their number a President. Secretary, Treasurer and General Manager of said corporation, which officers shall be the executive officers of the same, and perform, in addition to their duties as directors of said corporation, such other duties as may be imposed upon them by the Board of Directors of said corporation: and the said Board of Directors shall have the power to make and adopt all necessary rules, regulations and by-laws for the government of said corporation.
    Article 7. The shares of the capital stock of said corporation shall be sixteen hundred, of the par value of fifty dollars each.
    The foregoing articles are hereby adopted, agreed upon, signed and executed by us and each of us as and for the articles of association for the above named corporation.
    W.P.MURRAY [Seal.]
    JACOB E. SACKETT. [Seal.]
    JAMES M. WOOD. [Seal.]
    ENOCH W. WIGGINS. [Seal.]
    FRANK P. WEADON. [Seal.]
    Signed and sealed in our presence:
    HERMON W. PHILLIPS
    N. C. MURRAY
    STATE OF MINNESOTA
    COUNTY OF RAMSEY,
    Upon this 25th day of March, A. D. 1887, before me personally appeared William P. Murray, Jacob E. Sackett, James M. Wood, Enoch W. Wiggins and Frank P. Weadon. to me known to be the same persons who signed, sealed and executed the foregoing articles, and they and each of them acknowledged that they executed the same for the uses and purposes therein expressed and as and for their and each, of their free acts and deeds.
    HERMON W. PHILLIPS,
    Notary Public, Ramsey County, Minnesota.
    STATE OF MINNESOTA,
    DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
    I hereby certify that the within instrument was filed tor record in this office on the 11th day of April, A. D. 1887, at 2:45 o'clock p. m., and was duly recorded in book Q of incorporations on page 315, etc. H. MATTSON, Secretary of State.
    STATE OF MINNESOTA.
    RAMSEY COUNTY.
    Office of the Register of Deeds.
    This is to certify that the within instrument was filed for record in this office, at St. Paul, on the 12th day of April, A.D. 1887, at 3 o'clock and that, the same was duly recorded in book D of Incorporations, pages 252 and 253.
    M. J. BELL, Register of Deeds"
    [The Articles of Incorporation were reprinted on April 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 1887]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 17, 1887, p. 20, col. 4.
    [Advertisement for Sackett & Wiggins]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, May 6, 1887, p. 3. col. 3.
    "While Ralph Waldo Emerson was on his way to California, several years ago, he fell in with a gentleman who was altogether so sociable and chatty that an otherwise tedious journey was rendered as cheerful as you please. This gentleman's name was Sackett, and he told Mr. Emerson that he resided in San Francisco—this was all the information he ventured concerning himself, but from his conversation Mr. Emerson gathered that his newly made acquaintance was indeed a gentleman of intelligence and standing. Mr. Sackett pointed out all the points of interest along the way, retailed a lot of amusing anecdotes, and, best of all, was an attentive listener when Mr. Emerson fell to discoursing upon the Is, the To Be, the Seeming, and other frothy subjects with which his scholarly and saintly intellect seemed thoroughly conversant. The natural consequence was that Mr. Emerson came to the conclusion that Mr. Sackett was as charming a gentleman as he had ever met with, 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 well nigh paralyzed to find in all the local papers this startling personal notice: "Prof. Ralph Waldo Emerson, the eminent philosopher, scholar and poet, is in our city as the guest of Mr. J. E. Sackett, the well-known proprietor of the Bush street dime museum; matinees every half hour, admission only 10 cents. The double-headed calf and dog-faced boy this week!" Mr. Sackett is now in the amusement business in Chicago, and he refers to his experience with the sage of Concord as one of the most profitable strokes of enterprise in his long and active career.—Chicago News."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 5, 1887, p. 11, col. 4.
    "MEN OF MINNEAPOLIS.
    Foibles and Follies of Some of the Prominent Dwellers in the City
    SACKETT AND THE SEA SERPENT.
    Little did the quiet throngs of spectators who lounged in the Nicollet lobby last night, and who witnessed the departure of J. E. Sackett and E. R. Richards on a finding expedition to Minnetonka, dream of the thrilling experience of the above-named gentlemen near Wayzata at 1:30 this morning. Mr. Sackett is the well-known amusement manager, and Mr. Richards is a trusted lieutenant, now enjoying his outing. Mr. Sackett had explained to a party of friends a method of fishing he had learned in New Zealand, and which he intended to try at Gray's lake. It was that of charming the fish to the surface by means of lights, songs and iodophone and then beating their brains out with boomerangs. Of course, several friends pooh-poohed the idea, but when Mr. Sackett trilled out in soft Andalusian notes a weird Maori snake song, it was unanimously agreed that it would raise any sort of fish from its spanning bed, and possibly the devil—fish. Last night, it seems, from the account telegraphed the Globe by the night operator at Wayzata, that the gentleman boarded a skiff, accompanied by Old Perry, the fisherman, and with full moon overhead, pulled out into the placid waters of the lake. The boat contained, beside the three persons named, the following:
    Ten male and female boomerangs, with curved spines; 3 weinerwursts; 1 jack strap for tying fish; 18 live frogs; 3 packages of "Old Judge" cigarettes; 1 barometer: 1 stethescope; 1,000 dodgers advertising the Dime museum; 3 copies of the song "When the Rubens Nest Again;" 1 Roman toga, for picturesque effect in the moonlight, and lunch, hooks, chippy food, blue fire and other etceteras.
    It seems that all went well until the boat reached deep water, when Mr. Sackett announced his determination of trying his experiment. After getting the exact longitude and latitude the boat was anchored and Mr. Sackett rose in the bow and took his boomerangs in hand. Clearing his throat he commenced to sing "Sally in Our Alley." Meanwhile Mr. Richards burned a quantity of blue light over the stern and the fishermen were rewarded by having several suckers and bass leap to the surface. These were quickly dispatched by Mr. Sackett beating their brains out with his boomerang. Messrs. Richards and Perry were charmed with their success, but the indefatigable Sackett ordered the oarsman to pull for deeper water. He wanted larger game. Commanding silence, he commenced to sing "White Wings." Suddenly the blue fire burnt out on the waters, and at that instant Perry exclaimed "My God the sea serpent." And sure enough a monster arose near the boat, evidently the same one that has been previously described in the Globe. Richards now affrighted, yelled to Sackett to throw the boomerangs, but although they were thrown with unerring aim they failed to stop the progress of the monster who kept nearing the boat. Cigarettes, barometers, dodgers, and everything was thrown at the monster, who now seemed bent on destroying boat and occupants.
    But Mr. Sackett, with great presence of mind, unscrewed his cork leg and holding this in hand deftly inserted it in the monster's jaws, which clamped tight over the false limb, and soon the deepwater serpent was hors de combat. A rope was secured and after herculean efforts the monster was beached on the shore near the Manitoba depot, where he now lays. Measurements made late last night show the serpent to be eighteen feet in length, three feet over dornal fin. It has a head like a dog, with the characteristics of the squid. At a late hour a Globe reporter interviewed Percy Weadon at his residence, as to whether he had received any word from the gentlemen, but he answered in the negative. "Both are teetotallers, however," said he."
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  • Western Appeal, (Saint Paul, Minn.), June 11, 1887, p. 2, col. 4.
    "The trustees to select the site for the new insane asylum met at Fergus Falls, June 7. There were in the party Senator Daniels, John F. Meagher, A. T. Sackett, Burr Deul, William Schummel, Judge Tyler, C. D. Wright, Secretary Hart, Supt. Bartlett, of St Peter; Supt Bowers, of Rochester, and W. B. Dunnell. The site of the building was located and Mr. Dunnell ordered to prepare plans for no a building which will accommodate 1,030 patients. Work will begin soon."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, August 10, 1887, p. 2, col. 4.
    "Sawed Out With Scissors.
    H. Ackley Sackett, the famous silhouette artist, made an onslaught on the Globe staff last night and sawed the entire aggregation out of black paper with a pair of No. 2 scissors and pasted them on satin ribbon in about eight minutes. The profiles were so true to life, it was decided by a unanimous vote that the artist should spell his name X. Ackley Sackett, that being a more appropriate title. Mr. Sackett claims to be the original silhouette artist, and has been at the business fifteen years, during which he has traveled extensively, and in his scrap book he carries profiles of many prominent men throughout the United States."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, August 30, 1887, p. 3, cols. 2–3.
    "IS CIRCUS CIRCUS?
    A Grave State Problem Which Has Arisen to Puzzle the Jurists.
    The ten-cent circus war continues unabated, and might be said to afford the only out-of-door amusement of the summer. Some thoughtful citizens, actuated by that keen financial acumen so characteristic of New Englanders, and which crops out from time to time in the conduct of municipal affairs, about two years ago had an ordinance passed providing that circuses should pay $1,000 per day for the privilege of exhibiting those wonders from the antipodes which all circuses are supposed to carry with them. As a result Minneapolis has caught about one circus a year until the advent of the 10-cent circus. Now she has two of them. Some weeks ago Messrs. Sackett & Wiggins, the dime museum proprietors, set afloat a canvas show, but took care to exclude equestrian feats, and gave an entertainment which "appealed to the refined senses of cultured audiences.'' A reformed Methodist minister was hired to advertise its merits, in connection with a gentleman who owned four or five dogs. Lately, however, a grand aggregation of concentrated wonders, a consolidation of miracles, and a combination of all things wonderful has struck the city in the shape of "Hollands & McMahan's World's circus." This latter aggregation has among its attractions several riding acts, including the dappled grey horse, upon which a lady of uncertain age pirouettes, and a clown who asks "What will the lady have next?" Messrs. Sackett & Wiggins have pointed out that the rival show had all the symptoms of being a bonafide circus, even to the sale of "lemo, ice-cold lemo." But the proprietors of this "aggregation of stupendous wonders,*' while admitting that they employ the "gentlemanly agents who will now pass among you with tickets for the mastodonic minstrel entertainment which takes place upon an immense platform erected in the pavilion," plead extenuation on the ground that it is "only a little one." Last night License Inspector Ray was one of the spectators, and watched the performance with a judicial air. lt remains with him primarily to decide what constitutes a circus, and his opinion is awaited with interest. In the meantime Sackett & Wiggin's aggregation of wonders continues to delight large audiences at the corner of Washington and Sixth avenue north, while Holland & McMahon's immensely immense show at the corner of Twelfth avenue and Third street entertains the remaining portion of the citizens of the Third ward."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, August 30, 1887, p. 3, col. 4.
    Fred J. Mackley, the popular actor, is still in Minneapolis, and with his wife is resting after a hard season's work. He has severed all connection with Messrs. Sackett & Wiggins.
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 3, 1887, p. 3, cols. 1–2.
    "THE LICENSES REVOKED.
    Council Thinks the Ten-Cent Shows are Circuses.
    There was a slight disturbance in the council when Ald. E. M. Johnson moved that the licenses granted to Sackett & Wiggins and McMahon Bros, to run ten cent circuses in Minneapolis be revoked on the ground that the city attorney thought such a course would be advisable. Some discussion ensued, and City Attorney Smith finally took the floor. "Complaint has been made," said he, "that regular circuses are being run. Now, according to the ordinances, circuses must pay a license of $1,000 the first day and $500 each succeeding day. By granting this circus license we are simply going directly against the ordinance. We can not get around the ordinance by any such means as that."
    Ald. L'Herault thought It would be a brilliant idea to have the matter referred to the city attorney to bring in an amended ordinance, as he thought these small circuses were forthe benefit of the poor people in the city. He then remarked that the whole complaint was made by Sackett & Wiggins who were displeased to see the McMahon circus getting so much patronage. Ald. Johnson retorted that he was surprised to hear Ald. L'Herault intimate that the city attorney was acting in the interest of Sackett & Wiggins. The city attorney again took the floor and denied emphatically that he was actingin the interest of Sackett &Wiggins or anyone else. "They are not the men who are doing this," said he. "I am doing it myself, and trying to enforce the laws of the city. That's all the interest I have in the whole matter." I do not want to act against the council, but when complaints are made I must do something in regard to them. The licenses, or permission to do business, granted to those circuses is not legal and would not protect them in case anyone should bring suit against them for violating the city ordinances. All I want is to have the ordinance amended so that when I prevent a party he can not claim that he is acting on permission from the council and that the council itself violated the law in granting such permission." Ald. L'Herault replied that he did not mean to insinuate that the city attorney was acting in the interests of any one party or any firm. "If you make these licenses," he continued, "you are doing these circus men a great injustice, and will either cause them to lose one week of their time or to leave the city." The motion to refer to the city attorney and the license committee was lost, but the motion to revoke the licenses was carried by a vote of 20 to 10."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 16, 1887, p. 2, col. 2
    "AMONG THE DOG KENNELS.
    The Awarding of Prizes for Fancy Pups Completed.
    The principal features of the bench show at Tenth and Jackson streets yesterday were the awarding of special prizes for the largest and smallest dog and for the best and next best decorated stalls, and the two performances, afternoon and evening, of the circus trick dogs of Sackett & Wiggins. The trick dogs provoked abundant mirth, and the children went into spasms of glee to see dogs and monkeys acting like bronchos and cowboys. The special prize offered by Kuhles & Stock of a box of cigars for the largest dog in the show was awarded to Monarch, the Leonberg St. Bernard exhibited by Miss Mary Wellesley, of Minneapolis. Campbell & Blake's little black-and-tan terrier, Tiny, was awarded the special of Beaupre, Keogh & Co., a case of peaches Mrs. C. S. Cummings, of this city, gave the special prize of a silver cup for the best decorated stall, so she did not compete for it. The cup went to Mrs.Thomas Race, of Iglehart street. Her stall was blue satin lined, with lace draping—and with a gold satin front. Jack and Gypsy, her silver grey Yorkshire terriers, have been living in it for the past few days. The special of Bullard Bros., a set of bronze placques, for the next best decorated stall, was awarded to Mrs. Cummings. Her stall contained four pugs. Tommy Nuggins, Little Chubby, Colonel and Flossie, light fawn, golden fawn, steel fawn and stone fawn respectively in color. It was decorated with bronze busts and placques, Brussells carpet, raised needle work and fancy drapings. This finishes the prizes. To-day the trick dogs of Sackett & Wiggins will give three performances."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 16, 1887, p. 3, col. 4.
    "COURT HOUSE NOTES.
    Patrick O. Donnell has sued Sackett & Wiggins, the dime, museum proprietors, to recover $614 on a note."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 16, 1887, p. 3, col. 6.
    "HENNEPIN AVE. THEATER!
    MINNEAPOLIS
    Sackett & Wiggins ...... Proprietors.
    F. P. Weadon .... Manager.
    SIX NIGHTS AND SATURDAY MATINEE!
    Commencing Monday, Sept. 19.
    EDWIN BOOTH!
    LAWRENCE BARRETT!"
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 20, 1887, p. 8, col. 2.
    "SACKETT & WIGGINS'
    Mammoth
    Dime
    94 TO 96 EAST SEVENTH ST. a great double show, Museum!
    Week of Sept. 26!
    Laugh, and the World laughs with you. Cry, and you cry alone.
    PIERRA,
    The Ratcatcher!
    RATS! RATS! RATS!
    THE COWBOY PIANIST!
    THE COWGIRL CORNETIST!
    And other features."
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  • St. Paul Daily Globe, September 21, 1887, Page 3, col. 1.
    "MILL CITY MATTERS.
    The Hennepin Avenue Theater by Electric Light—Rendition of "Hamlet."
    Maud Comson Not Yet Well Enough to Appear Against Hal Reid.
    WITH ADDED BEAUTY.
    The New Theater by Electricity—Booth as Hamlet.
    Those who saw the beautiful Hennepin avenue theater on Monday night, echanted as they were, saw it at a disadvantage. In the rush attending the opening of a new building, the electric lights did not operate satisfactorily and the building was lighted with gas. Last night the electricity was turned on and a transformation scene could not have been more startling and beautiful. Over the proscenium arch, where the sounding board is broken into squares, a light glows in the center of each square. The pendant of each loge is a light and a row of them sparkle over the upper tier of boxes. Below the boxes the lights are uniquely grouped, and in the foyer, corridor and reception rooms they glitter in profusion. The addition is great.
    J E Sackett
    E W Wiggins
    Sackett and Wiggins smiled when Architect Wood was pronounced a theatrical genius and Director Chase pronounced the theater the finest he had ever seen. Mr. Booth and Mr. Barrett inspected the building from the foyer and both declared themselves delighted.
    Last night's inclement weather may have caused the absence of several people, but if so they were never missed, and "Hamlet" was given to a charmed audience. Usually the play is not popular, as it is made fascinating only by extreme talent in the characterization, but with Edwin Booth in the title role, its popularity was unbounded. It has frequently been said that Booth's "Hamlet" is his masterpiece, and it is not difficult to believe it, but the impression invariably prevails with an audience that the role last seen is the masterpiece. Hamlet offers the tragedian boundless opportunity for the display of power peculiarly his own the portrayal of the utmost feeling without wild gesticulation and loud oratory. The advice to the players could not have been better exemplified and the great tragedian was called before the curtain after every act. Mr. Barrett gave new importance to the part of the ghost and there was a conspicuous absence of that grumbling monotone usually considered indispensable to the part. Miss Gale's Ophelia was as winning and impersonative as Minneapolis ever knew, and the Polonconis of Mr. Rogers, the Claudius of Mr. Lane and Laertes of Mr. Buckley deserve the highest commendation. Nothing in the way of support or stage accessories was lacking and the play was a brilliant success.
    To-night "Othello" will be the bill, with Mr. Booth as Othello and Mr. Barrett as Iago."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 25, 1887, p. 2, cols. 2–3.
    "A NEW THEATER, SURE.
    Sackett & Wiggins Agree to Have a Play House Ready by Dec. 5.
    The project of Messrs. Sackett & Wiggins to transform the Exposition rink into a commodious and handsome theater has not been dropped, as many suppose. On the contrary, the scheme is being energetically, although quietly, pushed. The success of the new Hennepin Avenue theater at Minneapolis has given a new impetus, and there is little doubt that the 1st of December will see the new theater built and equipped. The plan adopted for securing a temporary loan, not a bonus, by popular subscription seems to have met with hearty encouragement. In a brief canvass Mr. Sackett has secured subscriptions aggregating $7,000. W. R. Merriam headed the list with $500, and William Dawson, Stone & Morton, John Dowson, Philip Reiley, P.R.L. Hardenberg, Edmund Rice, Jr., B. Beaupre, and Albert Scheffer, followed with amounts ranging from $250 to $500. The form of the subscription is that the signers give the amounts set opposite their names to be deposited in the Minnesota bank and paid out for labor and material in the construction of the building upon the order of Sackett & Wiggins, approved by Architect J. M. Wood. The subscribers agree to take the amounts of their subscriptions in tickets to such entertainments as may be presented at the theater, the tickets to be charged at the current prices of admission on the books of the theater. For their part Messrs. Sackett & Wiggins agree to build and furnish a first-class fire-proof theater building by the 5th of December. Mr. Sackett said last evening: 'The theater will be in every way as handsome as the Hennepin avenue theater at Minneapolis. Its arrangement will be even better, I think, for we can seat 1,000 people on the first floor. The plans have been prepared and Tuesday next I will make a personal canvass among the business men of St. Paul. The names already secured make a good start. When such men stand ready to aid an enterprise, it means success. I have already closed with A. B. Chase for the Booth-Barrett combination for the week of April 23 at the new theater and a return engagement at the Hennepin avenue theater the week following.'"
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 27, 1887, p. 3, col. 1.
    "FLOUR CITY MATTERS.
    Haverly Contemplating; the Erection of a Theater to Dazzle the Eye.
    THE MORE, THE MERRIER.
    Talk of Col. Haverly Building Another Theater.
    "Will Jack Haverly build a theatre in Minneapolis?"
    The question was asked in other than theatrical circles last night. For some time the enterprising minstrel has been prospecting about the Twin Cities and to several he remarked he was very much pleased with them both. Before the Hennepin avenue theater passed finally into the hands of Sackett & Wiggins, it was street talk that he was after it and now that it has been settled it is wondered what Haverly will do. It seems very well settled that he and Dennis Ryan will build in St. Paul, and it is quite well known that to perfect success a theater in each city is necessary. Among the rumors last night was one to the effect that Haverly might purchase the Grand. Manager Conklin smiled sardonically when this was mentioned and of course said there was nothing in it."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 27, 1887, p. 3, col. 3.
    "A Full House.
    At the municipal court: J. E. Sackett, E. Wiggins and J. Pattie, for assault and battery, will be tried Oct. 3."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 27, 1887, p. 3, col. 7.
    "AMUSEMENTS
    HENNEPIN AVE. THEATER!
    MINNEAPOLIS.
    Sackett & Wiggins. ...... Proprietors.
    Mr. F. P. Weapon .... Manager.
    ONE WEEK, COMMENCING SEPT. 26.
    The Greatest Hit of To-day!
    "Funny, Awfully Funny!""
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  • St. Paul Daily Globe, October 11, 1887, Illustrated Number, p. 15, col. 3.
    "The case of James D. Shearer against J. E. Sackett, E. W. Wiggins and John Pattie, arising out of a misunderstanding that took place at the Hennepin Avenue theater some time ago, was decided yesterday, when Sackett and Pattie were found guilty and Mr. Wiggins discharged. Sentence was deferred until to-day."
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  • St. Paul Daily Globe, October 24, 1887, p. 3, col. 1.
    "LITTLE INTERVIEWS.
    Brief Conversations of Well-Known Citizens on Current Topics.
    J. E. Sackett—Beginning with this week the Hennepin Avenue theater adopts its schedule of popular prices as originally intended. The price of seats after this will range from 15 cents to $1, except upon occasions of big attractions, when we will be compelled to advance the price of seats in order to clear expenses. Even then we shall try to make $1 the maximum price. I see by the Cincinnati Enquirer that Emma Abbott has been singing to 25-cent admission, and I think we can afford to give the people of Minneapolis a chance to attend amusements more than once or twice in a season without bankrupting them. I'd rather have a house full of people at low prices who enjoyed the play than a thin house made up strictly of aristocrats at high prices. It costs no more to heat and light the house, and I'd rather feel that the people do not regard Sackett & Wiggins as robbers: so low prices "go.""
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  • St. Paul Daily Globe, October 25, 1887, p. 2, col. 3.
    "DULUTH'S MAYOR.
    A Man Who Will Serve His Constituency for a Score of Years.
    Silhouette
    H. Ackly Sackett, the silhouettist who has been going around the country seeking whom he might silhouette, turned up in St. Paul yesterday, fresh from Duluth. While there, he caught several prominent citizens. Among them was the mayor of that city, Hon. J. B. Sutphin, whom Mr. Sackett said, seemed to be more popular in his own town than any man he had met in the Northwest. The accompanying picture is said by Mr. Sutphin's admirers to be an accurate likeness of Duluth's mayor. Mr. Sutphin, so it has been given out by citizens of Duluth, has been prevailed upon to accept the mayoralty of that place for the next twenty years. This was done at the instance of prominent real estate men, who do not like the interruption to business incident to an election for mayor, and because it was a recognized fact that no one can successfully run for that office while the present incumbent wants it. The committee wanted to make the term forty years, but his honor refused, as he said he knew when he had enough. Mr. Sutphin is the most noted philanthropist that has his home anywhere near the head waters of Lake Superior."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, October 30, 1887, p. 7.
    [Half-page advertisement]
    "SACKETT AND WIGGINS'
    MAMMOTH
    DIME MUSEUM
    And Two Theaters.
    NO IMPROPER CHARACTERS ADMITTED.
    94 to 96 East Seventh Street, St. Paul.
    WEEK OF OCTOBER 31.
    Curiosity Parlors! 2 Great Stage Shows!"
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 6, 1887, p. 8, col. 4.
    "THE DIME MUSEUM
    Sackett & Wiggins, Managers,
    214 and 216 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis.
    FOR THE WEEK OPENING NOVEMBER 7, 1887.
    LAST WEEK OF THE CHICKEN HATCHERY
    Call and See How Spring Chickens Are Made.
    THEATER NO. 2.
    Sackett & Wiggins Own Great Specialty Co.
    12 STARS 12"
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 9, 1887
    The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 11, 1887
    The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 12, 1887
    The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 18, 1887
    [Advertisements for Sackett & Wiggins not transcribed]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 22, 1887, p. 3, cols. 2–3.
    "NOTES.
    Next week's attraction at the Hennepin Avenue will be the greatest "Rag Baby" combination ever in the city.
    Sackett & Wiggins' Mammoth Dime museum continues to draw immense crowds to see the anarchists.
    The Hennepin Avenue will give three matinees this week, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 22, 1887. p. 3, col. 3.
    "DAMAGES, AS USUAL.
    A Man Who Was Fired From Sackett & Wiggins' Museum.
    CASE OF THE WRONG MAN.
    The case of William F. Casey against Sackett & Wiggins was on trial yesterday before Judge Rea. It appeared from the evidence that Casey visited the dime museum, owned by the defendants, April 1, 1887. A short time before he arrived at the museum, a disorderly person had been ejected, who resembled him both in dress and appearance, and when he presented his ticket for admission he was mistaken for the person who had just been ejected and refused admission. Casey, it seems, insisted on being admitted, when the doorkeeper called an officer and had him arrested. Casey asked for $5,000 damages, but the jury whittled it down to $300."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 22, 1887, p. 3, col. 6.
    "SACKETT & WIGGINS' DIME MUSEUM.
    214 to 216 Hennepin Av.
    Week of Nov. 21. Grand gala week.
    THANKSGIVING DAY !
    Thursday, Nov. 24, open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    A GROUP OF WILD PEOPLE!
    Koarline, The Lady Potter; The Haymarket Riot; the Group of Anarchists; The Century's Sensation. 10c Admits to all. Saturday Children's Day. All school children on that day 5c. Open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Continuous performances."
    [Repeated 23 November 1887]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 23, 1887, p. 3, col. 3.
    "In the Gladiatorial Tragedy—News of the Theaters.
    Mr. Sackett of the firm of Sackett & Wiggins, declares that he is ready to close the Hennepin Avenue theater and also the dime museum when the authorities announce that all places of amusement, including the war panorama, are to be compelled to shut up shop on Sunday."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November, 24, 1887, p. 3, col. 3.
    "THE SUNDAY THEATERS.
    Proprietors Smilingly Plead Not Guilty and Give Bond.
    The Globe announced exclusively that the grand jury had been looking into the matter of opening the places of amusement on Sunday, and yesterday morning it exclusively announced that indictments had been returned. The wicked culprits were marched into court yesterday, and treated the situation as pleasantly as it deserved.
    Frederick Bock, manager of the Pence; William E. Sterling and Theodore L. Hayes, lessees of the People's, and Ida L. Sackett, J. E. Sackett and E. W. Wiggins, proprietors of the Hennepin Avenue theater and Dime museum, were arraigned on the charge of Sabbath breaking.
    A plea of not guilty was entered in each case and a bond of $100 given. The several proprietors took their arrest in good part, but some of them were not at all pleased that discrimination had been practiced in the case of the panorama. It has been opened on Sunday, but was not indicted and no objection raised."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November, 24, 1887, p. 3, col. 8.
    "AMUSEMENTS.
    SACKETT & WIGGINS' DIME MUSEUM.
    214 to 216 Hennepin Av.
    Week of Nov. 21. Grand gala week.
    THANKSGIVING DAY !
    Thursday, Nov. 24, open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    A GROUP OF WILD PEOPLE !"
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 4, 1887, p. 2, col. 3.
    "Things to be Done and Things Better to Leave Undone.
    The Dime Museum.
    Sackett & Wiggins, at the Dime museum on Seventh street, present unusual attractions this week. No better place for innocent recreation can be found in St. Paul than the museum. The best of order is maintained, and no improper characters are admitted within the walls of the museum. From the advertisement to be found elsewhere in the Globe of to-day a list of the attractions can be ascertained, and they will be found a veritable list of amusing and instructive wonders."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 4, 1887, p. 2, col. 6.
    [Ad for Sackett & Wiggins.]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 18, 1887
    The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 25, 1887
    [Advertisements for Sackett & Wiggins not transcribed]
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  • The St Paul Daily Globe, Minnesota, 4 Jan 1888, p. 2
    "H. Ackley Sackett, the silhouettist, is in St. Paul after a short visit to Dakota. The reason of his return so soon is that he broke his scissors while trying to cut out the likeness of Editor Pierce as he looked while writing his letter of resigning the duties of active journalism."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 8, 1888, p. 3, col. 3.
    "DRAMATIC DOTS.
    "Adonis," underlined for the Grand, will be a leading event.
    The sale for Keene at the Hennepin Avenue promises a great rush.
    At "A Pair of Kids" at the Grand next Wednesday every lady occupying a seat in the circle at the matinee will receive a pair of kid gloves as a souvenir.
    Mr. Wood, architect of Sackett & Wiggins' new Fourth street theater in St. Paul, was in the city yesterday. He said the new house would be ready for opening early in February.
    With Hoodman Blind this week, Mr. Keene next week, Miss Maddern the week following, and "The Still Alarm" company succeeding Miss Maddern, the Hennepin Avenue will round out four weeks' of the most popular amusements of the winter. Miss Maddern became known to the Minneapolis public by her last engagement. Hereafter she will rank as a prime favorite.
    The attraction for next week at the People's theater will be the brilliant English comedy entitled "The Gov'ner." This laughable comedy was first produced at Wallack's theater some six years ago and created at the time the greatest furor of any comedy ever seen up to that time. When placed upon the stage at the Boston museum it remained there the entire season and played night after night to "standing room only." Such is the record of the piece to be seen next week at the favorite Minneapolis resort."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 8, 1888, p. 3, col. 4.
    "The ever sprightly and enterprising Evening Journal keeps abreast of the times by publishing Poe's raven story on "Pop" Wiggins, which his wicked partner, Sackett, put up on him before they came to Minneapolis, and which appeared in the Globe nearly two years ago."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 8, 1888, p. 3, col. 4.
    "No Inquest Needed.
    Deputy Coroner Spring has decided an inquest unnecessary over the remains of O. L. Sackett, who committed suicide at the St. Charles hotel by taking laudanum. A post mortem was held and the cause of death ascertained without doubt. His brother, B. Sackett, living at Providence, R. I., whom the deceased mentioned in the note, has been telegraphed to."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 20, 1888, p. 5, col. 2.
    "SACKETT & WIGGINS.
    Enterprising Theatrical Men in Temporary Trouble.
    It seems as though the financial complications of Messrs. Sackett & Wiggins, the lessees of the Hennepin Avenue theater, and proprietors of the Eden Musee at Minneapolis had reached a crisis. At any rate an attorney named Howard, is in charge of the museum, virtually acting as a receiver in representing the Northwestern bank and other creditors. Mr. Sackett is in Omaha, and Mr. Wiggins has gone to Detroit. It is understood that a temporary arrangement has been patched up with the creditors pending their return, whereby both places of amusement will continue to run. It is reported upon what appears to be trustworthy authority that the firm has paper out to the amount of $60.000. This they hope to meet by raising funds upon property in other places and their absence from the city is said to be for that purpose. It has been generally known that they have had much difficulty in keeping afloat for some months. The expensive and beautiful Hennepin Avenue theater took them beyond their depth and the undertaking to build another theater at St. Paul has been an additional burden. Their museum property has always been profitable, but its receipts have been largely absorbed by the other ventures."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 21, 1888, p. 3, col. 4.
    "A RECEIVER ASKED
    For the Hennepin Avenue Theater—Status ol the Difficulty.
    Another step in the difficulties which seem to surround Sackett & Wiggins was the application made in the district court to have a receiver appointed for the Hennepin Avenue theater. J. M. Wood, the architect who built it, the Winona National bank and Torrence & Fletcher are the applicants. They are or represent creditors of the company and ask to have a receiver appointed to administer its affairs for the benefit of the creditors. The Hennepin Avenue theater is owned by a company of that name and is leased by Sackett & Wiggins. The building cost $120,000 and is heavily mortgaged, and has numerous suits against and liens upon it. The present attaches will hold on and run it in the interest of whoever may have control.
    There is nothing new in the mortgage foreclosure by the People's bank. The amount due the bank, instead of $37,000 as stated in the Journal, is but $2,500, as A. D. Colton, president of the bank, states over his own signature. It is believed Sackett & Wiggins will raise this by their united exertions and keep the museum going, in which event they may yet emerge from their difficulties, In spite of the circumstances, Sackett is believed to have undaunted courage and pluck, with enough friends to hope he will weather the storm. The one idea seemed to be to complete, the St. Paul theater, so as to work the two together, after the manner of the two Grands, in which case it might be plain sailing. Wiggins and Sackett were not heard from yesterday, but will by this time have arrived at their respective destinations and may report progress to-day."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 29, 1888, p. 11, col. 1.
    "THAT THEATER TROUBLE.
    No Receiver Yet for the Hennepin Avenue Theater.
    The complicated case of Sackett & Wiggins still retains its creases and knots and another week is given the versatile and energetic impressario, J. E. Sackett, in which to come to the rescue. The argument on the application for a receiver came up in the district court yesterday morning, when the attorney for Sackett & Wiggins moved that the order to show cause why a receiver should not be appointed be discharged. The petition of the plaintiff set forth that the firm of Sackett & Wiggins are indebted to the First National Bank of Winona to the amount of $1,750, to the firm of Torrance & Fletcher in the sum of $75 for attorney fees for the Hennepin Avenue Theater company, and to J. M. Wood for $1,667 for work done for the firm of Sackett & Wiggins in St.Paul and Omaha. The objections urged to this petition were, first, that there was not the proper authority from the Bank of Winona to apply for the receivership; second, that the work which Mr. Wood had performed, was not performed for the firm of Sackett & Wiggins, but for the firm of Sackett, Wiggins & Co. After a little sparring on both sides the case was continued until next Saturday."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 5, 1888, p. 11, col. 2.
    "A RECEIVER APPOINTED
    For the Hennepin Avenue Theater—A Singular Mess.
    The affairs of Sackett & Wiggins and the Hennepin Avenue Theater company came up for a hearing in the district court yesterday and received a partial settlement. Though separate concerns, their affairs are so closely intermingled that practically they are one. The theater company was first heard, the complainant being Stoddard & Orris, the firm having the general contract for its construction. An order was entered appointing Ralph Whelan. In the Sackett & Wiggins case claims were advanced by the First National Bank of Winona, $1,750; J. M. Wood, architect, $1,667.13; Mr. Breslauer, $110; Farnham & Baker, $43; Rasmussen & Horton, $100; Arthur C. Miller, $500, and Torrance & Fletcher, $75. All of these are for merchandise or services except the claim of Miller, which is a promissory note. Miller is Minnie Maddern's manager and exacted this note to square up with Sackett & Wiggins. They had booked Maddern to open the new theater at St. Paul, which was not completed, and before Miller would play the second time in the Hennepin avenue, he exacted this note. Argument was heard and the case continued until Wednesday next.
    The history of the Hennepin Avenue theater is a peculiar one. Gates Bros, bought the land and began the erection of the theater, but reached the limit of their resources. Through a trust company they sold the land to C. B. Smith, of Dukes county, Mass., who advanced some money and took two mortgages of $30,000 each, one on the land and the other on the building. The work then went on until the money again ran out. Sackett & Wiggins then put in $15,000 in notes, and all interests were merged into the Hennepin Avenue Theater company. Smith leased the ground to the company, and the company leased the building to Sackett & Wiggins. The company agreed to turn over everything to Smith, on six days' notice, if it defaulted in rent or mortgage interest, but Sackett & Wiggins had an agreement by which they kept up both, and were credited that amount on rent. Their lease depends entirely upon keeping up the agreement between this company and Smith and if Sackett & Wiggins tide over their own difficulties and keep it up, they can hold the theater for their thirty years' lease. It is said Smith has sold one of his mortgages to the People's bank, of New Haven, which has instituted foreclosure proceedings. Altogether it is a singular muss."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 16, 1888, p. 3, col. 1.
    "THE MILL CITY GRIST.
    Verdine Truesdell Appointed to Settle Up Sackett & Wiggins' Affairs.
    A RECEIVER AT LAST
    Is Appointed for Sackett & Wiggins—A Roast by the Court.
    A number of lawyers, who represented creditors of Sackett & Wiggins, gathered in Judge Hicks' court room yesterday to hear the final argument in the petition for the appointment of a receiver for the firm of Sackett & Wiggins. George H. Fletcher, of Torrance & Fletcher, attempted to introduce a third petition, the result of the meeting of the creditors last Saturday. It was claimed that this petition represented $15,000 worth of claims; but it was ruled out of the case by the court. As an argument for hurrying the appointment of a receiver, it was stated that at 9 o'clock the "Eden Musee" at St. Paul, had been disposed of, and there was danger of the "musee" in this city passing out of the hands of the firm, under the mortgage held by the People's bank. It was also stated that, unless $8,000 was raised at once, the firm would forfeit its lease of the Hennepin Avenue theater. The attorney for the defendants claimed that the plaintiffs had not been able to show a single legitimate claim against the firm of Sackett & Wiggins. The court said he thought the petitioners had been rather lax in presenting their claims in court, and if they had furnished the court with as much information as they had the newspapers the matter would have probably been settled some time ago. It was admitted that the court was in error in permitting the supplemental petition to be introduced at the hearing last week, and if the court was allowed to use any discretion in the matter the petition would not be granted, but, under the law, the court was forced to appoint a receiver, as the firm of Sackett Wiggins had been proved insolvent. The court then named Verdine Truesdell, the wood and coal dealer, as the receiver, and fixed his bonds at $10,000. Mr. Hunt, attorney for Sackett & Wiggins, gave notice that he would take an appeal. The appointment of Truesdell, as the receiver, was a surprise to most of the attorneys, several of whom made objections to his appointment."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 22, 1888, p. 3, col. 2.
    "STAGE AND PLAYERS.
    Gossip of Current Attractions and Local Celebrities.
    Joseph Litt & Co., the Chicago theater and museum managers, have made Sackett & Wiggins an offer to take the Minneapolis and St. Paul museums and Hennepin Avenue and the St. I Paul theaters. They offer to give $20,000 for the museums and the St. Paul theater, together with the assets of Sackett & Wiggins. They further offer $20,000 for the Hennepen Avenue theater, and assume all the debts if the property is turned over to them. Mr. Hunt, Sackett & Wiggins' attorney, regards the proposition favorably, but thinks that as Sackett & Wiggins cannot make over to Litt & Co. the leases of the museum building, the scheme is not perfectly feasible as it stands. He adds, however, that if Litt & Co. will pay the $20,000 and take their chances of obtaining the leases, the proposition will be accepted and the entire matter taken out of the courts."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 23, 1888, p. 3, col. 4.
    "SOME LIVELY SCRAPPING
    Promised Among the Possible and Would-be Purchasers of
    SACKETT & WIGGINS' OUTFIT.
    Offers Received From Various Sources—Nunnemacher, of Milwaukee, in the Field.
    It looks now as though the dime museum and Hennepin Avenue theater troubles would be settled for good, and all in a very short time. There are plans enough on foot to patch up a more serious difficulty, and there are any number of offers from which to choose. Kohl & Middleton, the Chicago dime museum men, Jacob Litt, the well-known theater manager, of Milwaukee, and Joseph McCodden, representing Bailey & Barnum, the Eastern showmen, arrived In Minneapolis yesterday morning and at once hunted up Sackett & Wiggins and other gentlemen and began talking business.
    Mr. Litt, backed by Chicago men, and, it is said, J. M. Wood, a stockholder of the Hennepin Avenue theater, desires to gain control of the Minneapolis and St. Paul dime museums and theaters together. He offers to pay $20,000 for all, and assume all the liabilities of Sackett & Wiggins.
    Mr. McCodden, who was in Minneapolis a short time ago with the Hoodman Blind company, is backed by Bailey & Barnum, and simply wants the theaters, not caring to assume the cares and responsibility incident upon taking the museums.
    Kohl & Middleton, the Chicago men, want simply to take the dime museums, but say that if necessary to gain possession of them will take the theaters also.
    All the gentlemen, with the exception of Mr. Litt, were found at the West hotel yesterday, and made these statements:
    Mr. Middleton—"Mr. Kohl and myself do not care about taking the theaters, but are perfectly willing to do so if necessary to get the museums. We came up from Chicago with money enough to get hold of everything. This money is now in the Security bank, and is enough to out bid any one else. If things are worked right the creditors—and I understand they are numerous—will stand a very good show of getting their money. The matter will come up in court tomorrow, when the receiver will report the offers he has received to the judge. We will be on hand, and hope to get the museums. In regard to this matter of lease, it seems to me that Mr. Wiggins is making a great deal of trouble over nothing. I am perfectly satisfied to take the museum and then run my chances of keeping it if the court accepts my offer and sells me the leases. The thing can be worked so that all will get their money if our offer is accepted."
    Mr. McCodden said he did not feel at liberty to say much in regard to the matter, but he would state that he had backing enough behind him to gain control of the theaters all right if the court should see fit to settle the matter that way.
    J. M. Wood spent the afternoon in St. Paul with Mr. Litt, looking over property there. He had heard, he said, that Mr. Litt and a number of other gentlemen would like to get control of both theaters and museums, but he did not feel at liberty to state what had been done in the matter. Mr. Litt was then looking at the St. Paul property, he said, but would return in time to put in an offer for the property. In regard to the leases, he did not care much who had them, so long as he received his money. That was what he had been looking for for about a year and a half. He said that he hoped something might be done, so that the whole trouble could be straightened out.
    WHAT WOOD PROMISES.
    Mr. Wood said upon his return from St. Paul yesterday afternoon, if Jacob Lett, of Milwaukee, succeeds in getting the theaters, that the creditors of the Hennepin Avenue' theater will be paid one hundred cents on the dollar, while the creditors of the museums will receive at least 75 cents the dollar. He claims that if any one else purchases the Hennepin avenue theater they will not be able to get possession of the St. Paul theater to be run in connection, which will, in that event, be run as a cheap theater.
    ANOTHER RICHMOND.
    The most interesting development in the case of a possible purchase was made last night, and the purchaser looms up in the person of Hermann Nunnemacher, of Milwaukee. The Nunnemacher brothers, Hermann and Jake, are quite well known in the theatrical world. Jake is now in New York, living on his money, while Hermann runs the Grand at Milwaukee. They and their backers have a barrel of money, and if they make up their minds to purchase here, they will probably do it. Mr. Nunnemacher has been here twice lately, but so quietly that it was not known. He is expected today, and will come prepared for business. He only wants the theater part of the Sackett & Wiggins outfit, but he is in with Kohl & Middleton, who want the museums, so there would be no trouble on that score. His scheme is a broad one and is to organize a little circuit of his own. He now owns the principal theaters in Milwaukee and Oshkosh, has some sort of a hold on the houses at Eau Claire and Stillwater and wants theaters in St. Paul and Minneapolis to complete his circuit. He figures that about 175,000 cash laid down will clear up things here. These are about the facts in the case and there is a promise of some lively scrapping when the matter reaches a climax."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, Friday morning, February 24, 1888, p. 3, cols. 4–5.
    "DEEPER IN THE MUDDLE.
    The Conflict Over Sackett & Wiggins' Affairs Deepens.
    A CLASH OF AUTHORITY.
    Sale Ordered This Morning—The Sheriff in Charge—Litt Gets the St. Paul House.
    Several decidedly interesting turns were 'taken in the Sackett & Wiggins' muddle yesterday, and their affairs seem to be approaching a crisis, and yet the complication is as difficult as every. New Richmond's appear every day, and if the new man is not a would-be purchaser he is an unexpected creditor. This last was the case yesterday, and now the Eden Musee, on Hennepin avenue, is in charge of a deputy sheriff and Mortgagee Howard has been lifted out. The building is owned by Jacob Beck, who is in England on a visit, and who is represented by Dr. A. H. Llndley, as agent. The latter claimed to be fearful of losing rental money and yesterday began an action before Justice Tessier to eject the present holders and gain possession. In reality, both Beck and Lindley are strict Quakers and objected to Sunday openings, and it was on this account that the suit was brought. John H. Long represented the owner and made a fiery speech before the justice, in opposition to the rights and authority of Verdine Truesdell, the receiver who claimed to have something to say. The attorneys of the interested parties, including present holders, creditors and possible buyers, were on hand and legal points were rained in on the justice. He finally barred out the receiver, and ended the case by giving posession to the owner, through the sheriff, who placed a deputy in charge to hold the museum property there until the rent is satisfied. This leaves out Mr. Howard, who has been in command as holding the foreclosed chattel mortgage.
    In the meantime, the would-be purchasers had grown clamorous and suspicious. Each was afraid the other had perfected some scheme to freeze him out, and all were anxious to buy the property at private sale. The creditors were pretty lively themselves, their object being to dispose of the property so as to receive the full value of their claims. Early in the morning an appeal was made to Judge Young to order the receiver to sell at private sale, but he declined to interfere, and takes Judge Hicks' place. The latter was at the Grand army encampment, and the claimants spent the entire morning in vainly trying to get the other judges to take it up. Finally, in the afternoon, Judge Hicks was caught and surrounded and the case argued. A motion was made that the receiver be allowed to sell at private sale, but was overruled and the receiver ordered to sell both museums at 10 o'clock this morning at Minneapolis. The creditors were only anxious to secure a price which would pay all the claims, and this was loudly promised by every aspirant.
    THE SHERIFF EXJOINED.
    It was reported last night that Judge Hicks had enjoined the sheriff and the justice from interfering with the sale, and it was also rumored late at night that an injunction would be procured from the supreme court to prevent the sale by the receiver this morning. There was a great deal of running about last night on the strength of these reports.
    LITT GETS THE ST. PALE HOUSE.
    A new phaze was placed on the matter yesterday when Jacob Litt & Co., of Milwaukee, went to St. Paul, held a consultation with the executors of the Davidson estate, the owners of the St. Paul theater property, and obtained a ten-year lease of the place. The original lease was forfeited yesterday. This Mr. Litt and Mr. Wood had been waiting for and at once opened negotiations with the executors with the result stated. This lease is now in possession of Mr. Litt and bears date of Feb. 24, running for ten years. The new proprietors have already contracted for the finishing of the theater by next August, this money to apply on the rent of the theater. No work will be done at present. Mr. Litt is hopeful of getting the Hennepin Avenue theater as well, and will be disappointed if he does not gain possession of the museums also. He has a record of making a success of everything he has ever taken hold of, and in case he secures the theaters will not make them low-priced houses as was staled in one paper. Mr. Litt will be on hand at the auction sale of the museums to-day. The Hennepin Avenue theater matterwill not be settled for some weeks yet.
    WHAT OTHERS SAY.
    Joseph McCaddon said last evening: "I shall try to get control of the Hennepin Avenue theater, and if successful shall probably enter into some sort of an arrangement with Mr. Litt, who has secured the St. Paul theater.
    James E. Purnell, the Chicago theatrical attorney, here in the interest of Sackett & Wiggins, was at the West hotel last evening. He felt confident that Kohl & Middleton would secure the museums, in view of the fact that they were to be sold at public auction. "I have," said he, "made the receiver an offer for Kohl & Middleton of $10,000 in cash as a first bid. This of course does not bar me from bidding higher. The property, in my opinion, will go for about $20,000.
    Mr. Wood's Version.
    To the Editor of the Globe.
    Permit me to correct some errors that have appeared in several dailies of the Twin Cities, regarding my connections with different elements that are seeking to obtain possession of the museums in St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the Hennepin Avenue theater. First, regarding the proposition of Jacob Litt & Co., which I was authorized to make for them. This firm knowing the fact that the lease of thirty years of the Hennepin Avenue theater held by Sackett & Wiggins, and upon which nearly $13,000 had been paid as advance rent, creating an obstacle to the purchase of the theater until the equities of Sackett & Wiggins' in said lease could be adjudicated and that hence the affairs of Sackett & Wiggins, and the theater company were so ''Interwoven that the only practical solutionof the difficulty was a proposition to cover the entire costs of both concern. Now to refute some of the inferences nd deductions presented in afore mentioned erroneous statements I will give the proposition.
    To Verdine Truesdell, Esq., Receiver Sackett & Wiggins. Dear Sir; We herewith submit the following proposition for the purchase of the estate of Sackett & Wiggins, which comprises the leases and fixtures of the museums in St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the lease of the Hennepin Avenue theater, for which we offer $21,000, $12,000 cash balance in six quarterly payments.
    Jacob Litt & Co.
    Ralph Whalen, Esq., Receiver Hennepin Avenue Theater Company. Dear Sir: We herewith submit the following proposition for the purchase of the assets of the Hennepin Avenue Theater company. We will pay $2,000 cash and assume all claims which have been adjudicated by the court as liens upon the Hennepin Avenue theater building, and also assume the $30,000 mortgage and ground lease.
    Jacob Litt & Co.
    It being understood that both propositions must be accepted, as the acceptance of one is dependent on the other.
    Now to analyze these propositions. In the first proposition for the museum the offer of this firm is $20,000, $12,000 cash and balance in six quarterly payments, this being double the amount of any other proposition, and the cash part being $2,000 in excess of the amount of any other proposition.
    Upon what basis of reasoning anyone can claim that a sale of the museum on an offer of $10,000 cash is better for the creditors than an offer of $20,000, $12,000 of which is cash, I cannot figure out, unless it is on the assumption of large equities in the lease of Hennepin Avenue theater, as the equity then depends mainly on the completion of payments on furnishings of theater assumed by Sackett & WIggins, which furnishings are secured by chattel mortgage, and as Sackett &Wiggins are insolvent and cannot make deferred payments, the furnishings will be sold under mortgage and will not bring amount due on them, thus all benefits to Hennepin Avenue Theater company on account of what has been advanced will be wiped out. Now as to proposition to recover of Hennepin Avenue Theater company. The $2,000 cash covers all unsecured claims and cost of care of building since it came into the hands of a receiver, all liabilities of every kind, including interest on claims to date, attorneys' fees, to be assumed and paid in full, 50 per cent of amount in cash and balance in six quarterly payments, amply secured, with 8 per cent interest, the assumption of mortgage and ground lease, thus giving to every creditor of the company 100 cents on the dollar, settling all legal complications as to priority of lien, equity in lease, etc.
    Now, again, regarding my position in this transaction, I will simply say that I have had a two-fold interest in the Hennepin Avenue theater. One a matter of professional pride and a desire to see it in the hands of legitimate people; another to get a little hard-earned money that had cost me a world of care and anxiety.
    When the museums were taken by mortgagee I did not hesitate as to what course to pursue, knowing so well the men we had to deal with, and almost single-handed I had to fight the plucky attorney of the debtors to secure a receiver, but at last was joined by a few other mourners, and during all the delay pending the appointment of a receiver not a solitary proposition or overture was made by the debtors looking to any settlement of their affairs or any effort to in any way aid the creditors in saving and making the most of the assets. Onthe contrary, the honest and upright members of the firm, with the moral, possible active support of the mortgagee and a few others who had been led to believe that this honest patriach would take care of them, commenced a systematic effort to destroy the value of the assets and it is only because he has been closely watched by a number of interested parties who were determined to defeat his nefarious purposes that he has not succeeded in depriving his creditors of any possible chance of getting a dollar.
    As to Mr. Litt making the theater second-class, I will say that to those who know him and his standing with the profession and the character of his attractions at the Academy of Music, Milwaukee, this would be amusing, and I believe I am safe in saying that three-fourths of the leading attractions visiting Milwaukee play at the Academy of Music. I hope that this will give to the public the facts in regard to the propositions of Jacob Litt & Co.
    J. M. Wood."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, Friday morning, February 24, 1888, p. 3, col. 8.
    "Notice Is Hereby Given
    that the undersigned receiver of Sackett & Wiggins will sell at public auction to the highest bidder all the right, title and interest of the above named firm in and to the following described property, viz.: Sackett & Wiggins' Dime Museum, located at 214 and 216 Hennepin avenue, Minneapolis, Minn.; also Sackett & Wiggins' St. Paul Dime Museum, located at and in the building numbered 94 and 96 East Seventh street. St. Paul, Minn., together with all property, effects and appurtanances thereunto belonging. Said sale to take place on the 24th day of February at 10 o'clock a. m., at Nos. 214 and 216 Hennepin avenue, Minneapolis, Minn.
    VERDINE TRUESDELL,
    Receiver of Sackett & Wiggins."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 24, 1888, p. 5, col. 6.
    "A VERY PECULIAR LEASE.
    A Peculiar Lease.
    The muddle over the lease of the Hennepin avenue theater is a very peculiar one and does not seem to be very well understood. In reality it is a part of the assets of Sackett & Wiggins, but is not enumerated in the order of sale published by the receiver. Sackett & Wiggins have a thirty-years' lease of the theater from the Hennepin Avenue Theater company, and have paid about $12,000 in rent as money advanced to meet the theater company's obligations. But this lease is only valid as long as the theater company has rights in the premises. There are two mortgages of $30,000 each on the property, besides the indebtedness to the contractors, and the terms of the contract are such that Smith, the mortgagee, can walk into possession on six days' notice. If the theater company loses its hold, of course the Sackett & Wiggins lease follows suit. Thus far Sackett & Wiggins had paid out $1,200 for the theater company's indebtedness and been credited on its rent account. Another thing is that the theater building is not completed, nothing but the theater proper having received attention, and some thousands of dollars will be necessary to the completion. If the purchaser of the lease can arrange the indebtedness of the theater company and satisfy the mortgages, by payment or otherwise, he would have the benefit of the credit of $12,000, with the addition of whatever may be expended on behalf of the theater company."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 25, 1888, p. 3, col. 3.
    "The names of Ida L. Sackett, J. E. Sackett and E. W. Wiggins were then called to answer to the indictment of keeping open the Hennepin Avenue theater on the Sabbath day, there being no appearance on the part of the defendants, their bonds were ordered defaulted. The jury was then excused until March 5."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 25, 1888, p. 3, col. 4.
    "ALL SORTS.
    The Sackett & Wiggins' troubles are rapidly assuming the proportions of a Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce case. The documents in the district court are accumulating with appalling rapidity."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 25, 1888, p. 3, cols. 5–6.
    "FREAKS AND FIGHTS.
    After a Free-for-All Slugging Match the Dime Museums Are Sold at Auction.
    Kohle & Middleton Buy for $13,200 and Expect to Open Them Without Delay.
    The Theater Trouble Still Muddy—A Sale to Satisfy the Stoddard and Orris Claim.
    If the court will to-day confirm the sale of the St. Paul and Minneapolis dime museums, made yesterday to Kohl & Middleton by Receiver Truesdell, that part of the Sackett & Wiggins muddle will be cleared up. There still remains the lease of the Hennepin Avenue theater to be disposed of, but it is doubtful whether the lease will be in condition to sell. Judge Young has ordered a sale of the theater to satisfy a mechanic's lien, which seems the first step in the clearing up process there. What effect a sale will have on the lease and the prepaid rent remains for the court to determine. The speculative theater and museum men are still in the city, and may stay to get a chance at the theater. The combination story is told in the articles which follow:
    A FREE FIGHT.
    Proceedings Open With a Broken Nose For Attorney Long.
    The dime museums have passed into the hands of Kohl & Middleton, of Chicago, and today the sign in front of the place, indicating that Sackett & Wiggins are the owners, will come down.
    … [report of free fight in which the owners' attorney, who refused to give up the building to the receiver, had his nose "knocked all out of shape" and "face all covered with blood."] …
    SAYS IT WAS A FRAUD.
    Attorney Hunt, for Sackett & Wiggins, Files a New Complaint.
    During the muss at the dime museum yesterday, C. N. Hunt, the attorney for Sackett & Wiggins, was particularly angry over the turn affairs had taken, He denounced the whole thing as a scheme and a fraud. "But they have gone a little too far," he exclaimed. "The affidavit was false under which they got that order, and I think that we can make it so warm for them that they will be unable to realize the exact state of the weather for a month.” Late yesterday afternoon Mr. Hunt filed a complaint in an action asking the rescinding of the order issued by Judge Young, ordering the Hennepin Avenue theater building and lease sold, and the proceeds of the sale applied in paying the liens against the same. He claims that H. C. Truesdale was the attorney for the plaintiffs when this order was obtained, and that he made false representations to the court in obtaining the order. Mr. Hunt says that he was willing to have a receiver appointed to take charge of the whole matter, and allowed Mr. Truesdale to draw the order, but that in drawing the same he exceeded his authority, and put into the same a clause allowing an absolute sale of the property. This matter will probably be argued today at the same time when the court will be asked to confirm the sale of the dime museum to Kohl & Middleton."
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  • Western Appeal, (Saint Paul, Minn.), March 17, 1888, p. 5, col. 1.
    "The lease and interest of Sackett & Wiggins, in the Hennepin Avenue Theatre property, is to be sold to-day."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, March 18, 1888, p. 11, cols. 1–2.
    "SATURDAY IN THE CITY
    The Schedule of S. H. Baker's Assets—Sackett & Wiggins Again.
    IN BAD SHAPE STILL.
    The Hennepin Avenue Theater Troubles Not Yet Over.
    The sale of the interests of the late firm of Sackett & Wiggins in the Hennepin Avenue theater did not come off as per advertisement yesterday, but has been postponed one week. This postponement was secured by Ralph Whelan, the receiver of the theater, who thought such a sale would be against the best interests of the creditors, as there is some $6,000 still unpaid on the furnishings, which are valued, and which Sackett & Wiggins claim to own. Mr. Whelan holds that, as Sackett & Wiggins have no other interest in the theater, no one would want the place if the furnishings were sold to some one else. So he will try to have an order made ordering the theater sold at the same time as the furnishings. The Minnesota Loan and Trust company, which holds the mortgage on the property, is willing to work in unison with the receiver in finding a purchaser for the whole thing, providing the money due can be secured in some way. But, meantime, rent goes on piling up at the rate of about $1,000 per month, and for this some one is liable to the owners."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, March 21, 1888, p. 5, col. 4.
    "DULUTH NEWS.
    CAUGHT ON THE CURB.
    E. S. Sackett, the insane man who has been making things uncomfortable at the hotels about town, will be cared for by his friends at Syracuse, N. Y. Sackett is a graduate of the Columbia law school. The story that Sackett was the man who instituted the suit for H. S. Burke to recover title to eighty acres in the Third division of Duluth was a canard."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 7, 1888, p. 4, col. 6.
    "STATE OF MINNESOTA. COUNTY OF Hennepin.—District Court, Fourth Judicial District
    In the matter of the receivership of the firm of Sackett & Wiggins, composed of Ida L. Sackett and Enoch W. Wiggins, insolvents. Minneapolis, Minn., the 18th day of February, 1888.—undersigned hereby gives notice of his appointment as receiver of the firm of Sackett & Wiggins, composed of Ida S. Sackett and Enoch W. Wiggins, of the city of Minneapolis, in the county of Hennepin and state of Minnesota, who have been adjudged insolvent on the petition of creditors under the provisions of chapter 138 of the General Laws of the state of Minnesota for the year 1881.
    All creditors claiming to obtain the benefits of said act are requested to file their claims with the undersigned within twenty (20) days after the publication of this notice.
    VERDINE TRUESDELL.
    Receiver of Sackett & Wiggins, Insolvents.
    J. H. Bearnes, Attorney for Receiver."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 7, 1888, p. 11, col. 2.
    "St. Peter.
    Mrs. J. B. Sackett and daughter were the guests of Le Sueur friends on Wednesday."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 7, 1888, p. 11, col. 4.
    "Janesville.
    Miss Sarah Garland, of Minneapolis, is a guest of Miss Ella Sackett.
    … Mrs. Dr. [sic] Sackett is visiting relatives at Lanesboro, Minn."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 8, 1888, p. 4, col. 4.
    "Saved His Bacon and His Gold.
    A. J. Lamberton, of St. Peter, who is probably as well known in St. Paul as in his own town, was telling the Whisperer the other day an interesting story of the early times in Minnesota before the railroads made communication easy. He had a heavy payment to make in St. Paul one day, and, taking $10,000 in gold, set off in a buggy, accompanied by J. B.Sackett, for the city. He got as far as Fort Snelling, when it was necessary to cross the river. The time was the late spring, and it was doubtful whether the rotten ice would bear the weight,of the team. Mr. Sackett, indeed, protested against the attempt, but it was getting late, and Mr.Lamberton was willing to take desperate chances to get to the city before dark. He gave Sackett the bag of gold and left him on the bank. Then, starting his horse on the run, he went out on the ice. It rose and heaved with a wave-like motion under the weight. Several times it seemed as though it would crash through, but the one chance out of ten for safety that existed proved a favorable one, and the other side was reached in safety, almost by a miracle He had saved his bacon. Sackett was yet to cross with the gold. Tying his handkerchief to the bag, he dragged it after him on the ice and crept carefully along, the ice creaking and cracking at every step; but after many misgivings he, too, reached shore safely, and the journey was resumed.
    Rather a contrast to modern methods of transportation."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 1, 1888, p. 2, col. 1.
    "H. Ackley Sackett, the nomadic silhouettist, has reached St. Paul after a tour of Colorado, Utah, and other wild western regions. According to the GLOBE's suggestion, made a few months ago, Sackett now calls himself X. Ackley. He has secured the likenesses of Gov. Adams, Joshua Whitcomb, and a host of other celebrities, and last night he caught a profile of Ignatius Donnelly. Mr. Sackett undoubtedly has the largest and most varied assortment of silhouettes and autographs in the country."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, 5 Sep 1888
    "H. Ackley Sackett, the clever young silhouettist, of New York city, took up his stand in the Merchants lobby yesterday and manipulated his scissors in a manner that called forth the admiration of the by-standers."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 19, 1889, p. 8, col. 2.
    "JUDGMENT OF A JERSEY JURY.
    Editor Sackett Acquitted of the Charge of Libel.
    Jersey City, N. J., Jan. 18.—The jury in the trial of Editor William E. Sackett, of the Sunday Morning News of Jersey City, for alleged libel of Thomas Potter, a wealthy contractor, returned a verdict of acquittal this morning. Judge Lippincott charged strongly for the defense, and the jury decided the matter on their first ballot. Potter claimed to have been intimate with Julia A. Plumb, a widow. Sackett published letters written by Potter to the lady, and was arrested eight times during the past three years for as many successive articles that gave Potter offense. Mr. Sackett has instructed his counsel to sue Potter for $50,000 damages."
    [5080 William Edgar Sackett Jr]
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 28, 1889, p. 2, col. 2–3.
    "The Davidson Estate Not Liable for Sackett & Wiggins' Debts.
    CONTRACTORS CORNERED.
    Their Claim Against Sackett & Wiggins Not a Lien on the Exposition Property—Court Cullings.
    Judge Brill handed down five decisions yesterday, which bear an important relation to the estate of William F. Davidson, deceased. They also seriously disappoint the efforts of five contractors of this city who brought suit against the estate to recover large sums for work done on the Exposition building during the time that property and its appurtenances was under the control of Sackett, Wiggins & Wood. On the 7th of August, 1887, the executors of the Davidson estate entered into an agreement with Sackett, Wiggins & Wood, whereby the Exposition property, including the building thereon, was leased for the period of ten years at an annual rental of $11,000. Sackett, Wiggins & Wood agreed to and were privileged to make such alterations and additions to the building as would make it fit for an opera house, the plans of the proposed alterations having been submitted to all of the executors save one, Sarah A. Davidson, who refused to join in the execution of the contract, and did not sanction it in the least.
    Matters between the estate add [sic] the lessees having been settled save as to the signature of Sarah M. Davidson to the instruments conveying these rights to the opera house parties, the work of tearing down the Exposition building and reconstructing it in part according to the proposed design, was begun under the supervision and at the responsibility of Sackett, Wiggins & Wood. They employed contractors on various parts of the work, and soon the Exposition rink was in ruins and great stone walls were rising up on the rear of the lot and facing Fifth street, under the progressing work of the contractors. Sackett/ Wiggins & Wood kept up the work and paid for its performance until the 24th of January, 1888, when they became insolvent and unable to pay their debts. The contractors quit their work and came in upon the insolvent opera house firm with unpaid accounts which had accrued to that date. The five contractors instituted as many suits against the Davidson estate to recover for the work done and asked the court for judgment for their several claims and to have the same declared a lien upon the Exposition property. Nels J. Ness sued to recover $2,817.81; Thomas Looby, $1,366.61; Charles Jaggar, $1,366; the John Martin Lumber Co., $1,747.06; Edw. Siskron, about $1,400. These cases were all tried before the court without a jury and its conclusion determines that neither of the contractors are entitled to recover against the estate."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 6, 1889, p. 1, col. 1.
    "MUST DR. BOWERS GO
    The Board of Trustees May Discharge the Rochester Superintendent.
    Yesterday's Meeting in St. Paul Held Behind Closed Doors.
    Dr. Bowers Repeats the Story of the Murder of Taylor Combs.
    The Physician Is Not Without Warm Friends in Rochester.
    Dr. Bowers was not arrested yesterday, nor is he likely to be pending the investigation into the management of Rochester asylum, and the murder of Taylor Combs. Elder Gray and the murdered man's brother returned yesterday from Rochester and the elder stated he had prevailed upon Combs to take more conservative action in the matter. They will await to see the outcome of the investigation by the trustees of the asylum, and, if there be the least semblance of whitewashing Dr. Bowers, a warrant is to be sworn out for his arrest, the charge being that of accessory after the fact to the murder of Combs. Dr. Bowers was in St. Paul yesterday, returning to Rochester by the evening train, as to-day he will be required to go before the grand jury which is instituting an inquiry into the murder, as well as the management of the hospital itself. Dr. Bowers feels his position keenly, freely acknowledging that in withholding the murder from publicity be has unwittingly done a great injustice not only to himself, but the whole management of the asylum. Several weeks ago a meeting of the asylum trustees was arranged for yesterday, to be held at the Merchants', St. Paul. It was at this meeting Dr. Bowers says he intended informing the trustees of the murder of Combs, but the force of circumstances decreed it otherwise, and instead the gathering was converted Into a secret star chamber for determining the action to be taken towards overhauling the management of the asylum. President M. J. Daniels is sick, and the meeting was presided over by Maj. H. B. Strait, of Shakopee. There were present: N. Schimmel, of St. Peter; A. L. Sackett, of St. Peter; Burr Deuel, of Dodge Center; J. F. Meagher, of Mankato; M. R. Tyler, of St. Paul; C. D. Wright, of Fergus Falls. A. Barto, of Sauk Center, is also a member of the board, but was absent at Austin, attending a G. A. R. reunion.
    The morning session and a portion of the afternoon session were taken up by routine business.
    The public was admitted during the transaction of these incidental items, but when the serious work of the session came up—"Move we go
    INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION,"
    piped Mr. Sackett, and the proposition was agreed to nem. con.
    There has been so much secrecy in regard to the murder of the negro Combs, and as the public generally look with suspicion upon secret investigations, it is to be regretted that the trustees conducted their work behind closed doors.
    The public have a right to know every detail adduced in this investigation.
    The Rochester asylum is public property, the managers are public officials, and any inquiry into the mismanagement of the institution, especially when such a grave charge as murder is being considered, should be freely open to the public.
    The trustees sat behind closed doors for three hours, and there was also present Secretary Hart, of the state board of corrections and charities.
    Messrs. Strait. Meagher, Deuel and Sackett made a report to the board of the result of their inquiry at Rochester, Monday, and Dr. Bowers was requested to repeat his statement."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 30, 1889, p. 1, col. 1.
    "WAS MONEY USED?
    Cross-examined by Mr. Davis, the witness said within ten minutes of his entrance into Rochester asylum he became on bad terms with Dr. Bowers. He objected to being put in a ward with lunatics, the lowest ward in the institution. He also became on bad terms with Messrs. Sackett and Schimmel, who are trustees of the asylum. He was of opinion they wanted to keep him in the asylum.
    Mr. Davis—Why?
    Mr. Trogdon—l think a little gold deceived them.
    Mr. Davis—gold?
    Mr. Trogdon—l do not think that a proper question.
    Mr. Davis—Was there any one interested in keeping you in the asylum?
    Mr. Trogdon—l think Sackett and Schimmel were.
    Mr. Davis—Was it a pecuniary interest?
    Mr. Trogdon—I think they were bribed.
    Mr. Davis—Who bribed them?
    Mr. Trogdon—My impression is that A. J. Lamberton paid Schimmel & Sackett's partner. Charlie Fay.
    Mr. Davis—Why should they be bribed?
    Mr. Trogdon—Because he did not want me on the witness stand.
    Mr. Davis—How long have these gentlemen been pursuing you?
    Mr. Trogdon—Fifteen years.
    Mr. Simpson elicted from the witness that he had a property suit, and that he was put in the asylum to keep him from the witness stand. Sackett and Shimmel opposed his discharge, and after he had been granted a lease it was six weeks before Dr. Bowers allowed him to go. It was twelve months before he got his certificate, and then not until he had threatened Dr. Bowers with a law suit. It was upon these grounds he based the assertion that Sackett and Shimmel were bribed to keep him confined in tbe asylum."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 10, 1889, p. 8, col. 2
    "Hospital Contracts.
    The trustees of the state hospitals for the insane held a meeting yesterday at the Merchants' hotel. There were present Messrs. Sackett, Schimrcel, Meagher, Deuel, Barto, Tyler and Wright. The business done was to let the contracts for some work. The contract for finishing the detached ward at Fergus Falls was let to Carlisle & Sons, of Minneapolis, for $13,967, and that for building the section of the main wing to O. K. Mather, of Mankato, for $43,000. The consideration of the bids for plumbing, etc., was postponed until 11 a. m. to-day."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 10, 1889, p. 8, col. 3
    "ST. PAUL PERSONALS.
    A.L. Sackett and wife, of St. Peter, are at the Merchants."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 31, 1889, p. 2, col. 4.
    "THE ASYLUM HORROR
    The judge stated it was the custom for old people, not insane, to be committed to the asylum. After his first visit to the hospitals he had brought this question before the trustees, and was informed it was the general disposition of county authorities all over the state. It was considered the old people were kept better and cheaper at the asylums than in the different workhouses.
    Maj. A. L. Sackett, secretary of the board of trustees, generally substantiated Judge Tyler. He had known Dr. Bowers twenty years, and considered his business qualifications first-class, and held a high opinion of his management of the asylum.
    Mr. Williston—Can the ill-treatment of patients be prevented?
    Maj. Sackett—No, sir; I do not think it ever can be. Where you have one attendant to look after twenty patients, naturally unruly, there must be
    A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF FORCE.
    The question is—how can that force be reduced to a minimum without injury to the patients? There should be as much daylight in these institutions as possible; there should be no dark spots.
    Mr. Williston—From what class do the attendants come from?
    Maj. Sackett—Worthy farmers."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 5, 1889, p. 2, col. 1.
    "SOME STAGE STORIES.
    Herbert Sackett, the good-looking stage manager for Donnelly and Girard, has a good deal to say with reference to the mirth-provoking qualities of "Natural Gas." Everybody knows that the "business" introduced in the great "Summer Season" song is very funny, and very often people in the audience laugh so much over it that they become hysterical. "One night in Oshkosh," says Sackett "we had one of those hearty, loud-mouthed laughers in the audience. Every time one of the comedians opened his mouth this fellow came near falling off his seat. When the ‘Summer Season' song was reached, the local manager, who had seen the piece before, appeared behind the scenes and requested Donnelly and Girard to omit the circus 'business.' Girard protested, claiming that the circus act was the funniest thing the whole Show. But the local manager wouldn't have it. He said that if the circus act 'went' the man with the loud laugh would have to be carried out of the audience on a stretcher. So to save the expense of a funeral, the circus act was omitted at Oshkosh.""
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 5, 1889, p. 2, col. 5.
    "The Northwestern Lime Company brings suit against Ferodowill & Sackett to enforce a lien for $280.49."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 5, 1889, p. 2, col. 1.
    "SOME STAGE STORIES.
    Herbert Sackett, the good-looking stage manager for Donnelly and Girard, has a good deal to say with reference to the mirth-provoking qualities of "Natural Gas." Everybody knows that the "business" introduced in the great "Summer Season" song is very funny, and very often people in the audience laugh so much over it that they become hysterical. "One night in Oshkosh," says Sackett "we had one of those hearty, loud-mouthed laughers in the audience. Every time one of the comedians opened his mouth this fellow came near falling off his seat. When the 'Summer Season' song was reached, the local manager, who had seen the piece before, appeared behind the scenes and requested Donnelly and Girard to omit the circus 'business.' Girard protested, claiming that the circus act was the funniest thing in the whole Show. But the local manager wouldn't have it. He said that if the circus act 'went' the man with the loud laugh would have to be carried out of the audience on a stretcher. So to save the expense of a funeral, the circus act was omitted at Oshkosh.""
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 5, 1889, p. 2, col. 5.
    "The Northwestern Lime Company brings suit against Ferodowill & Sackett to enforce a lien for $280.49."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 1, 1890. p. 3, col. 4.
    "FALLS ON DAVIDSON.
    He Must Settle the Legacy of Debt Left by Sackett & Wiggins In the Agreement to Convert the Exposition Rink Into a Theater.
    The ghost of Sackett & Wiggins' long defunct scheme for turning the old Exposition building, on Fourth street, into a place of amusement took an inning the supreme court yesterday, and practically put one-third of the whole expense of their building operations upon E. E. Davidson.
    In August, 1887, Sackett Wiggins and Wood entered into a contract with four of the fire executors of the late Commodore Davidson, by the terms of which they were to place a building costing not less than $30,000 on the site of the old exposition building, paying a ground rental of $15,000 per year to the estate until 1892, when the property was to be revalued and the rent modified accordingly. Messrs. Sackett & Wiggins went ahead with the work until January, 1888, when they became insolvent.Their failure knocked out all possibility of the contract being carried out and left the estate badly in the soup, as the museum people had paid but one installment of $1,100 on the contract.
    About this time mechanic's and material men's liens, too numerous to mention, began to be filed against the property, in four of which the supreme court decisions filed yesterday. From their decision it appears that while the will of the late Commodore Davidson granted to his executors, E. E. Davidson, Sarah A. Davidson, P. S. Davidson, Col. J. H. Davidson, and F. J. Johnson, the power to sell and convey any of the real estate it did not authorize a transaction like the deal with Sackett & Wiggins. Mrs. Davidson, however, did not join with the other four executors referred to, and, hence the supreme court holds that these liens can not hold against either her or Miss Sallie Davidson a minor who, under the will is the owner of one-third of the entire estate. For these reasons the supreme court affirms the order of the lower court, as to all parties except E. E. Davidson, and directs that a new trial be had for the purpose of determining the amount his one-third interest in the property must pay—that is, it puts the entire cost of Sackett & Wiggins' building fiasco on Mr. Davidson. The syllabus follows:
    THE COURT'S FINDING.
    Ne!s J. Mess, appellant, vs. James M. Wood et al. respondents. Order reversed as to the defendant, E. E. Davidson. Affirmed as to the other defendants. Collins. J.
    Five persons were the duly appointed and legally qualified executors of the last will and testament of W. F. Davidson, deceased. Two of these executors, E. E. D. and S. A. D. and another person, still a minor, were the devisees named in the will, having the same interest under it share and share alike, in the property. Pending the settlement of the estate in probate court four of the executors, one being said devisee E. E. D., entered into a contract with S. W. and W., with reference to the alteration and permanent improvement of a building then situate upon certain real property belonging to the estate and a lease thereof to said S. W. and W. for a period of ten years.
    The plaintiff, by virtue of a contract with S. W. and W., performed labor upon and furnished materials for the alteration and improvement of said building. was. not paid for the same, and in this action demands that the value of said labor and materials be adjudged a specific lien against said real property. Held, first, that such a lien cannot be decreed against the interests of the executor and devisee, S. A. D., who refused to become a party to the original contract, or as against the interests of the minor devisee. Second, that, as against the interest of the executor and devisee, E. E. D., who signed the contract, the amount of the plaintiff's claim should be decreed and adjudged a specific lien under the terms and provisions of chapter 90. Generals Laws 1878, subject, of course, to the administration of the estate.
    Order reversed as to the defendant E. E. Davidson. Affirmed as to the other defendants.
    In the cases of the John Martin Lumber company vs. Sarah A. Davidson et. al., Edward Siskron vs. Sackett, Wiggins & Co. et. al., and Charles Jaggar vs. Thomas Looby et. a!., the court says: The questions presented in each of these cases are identical with those disposed of in Ness vs. Wood, just decided. For the reasons therein stated the order in each is reversed as to E. E. Davidson and affirmed as to the other defendants."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, May 27, 1890, p. 8, cols. 2–3.
    "A Relic of Sackett & Wiggins and the Exposition Theater Scheme
    AN UNPLEASANT LEGACY.
    The Davidson Heirs Sued on a Sackett & Wiggins Claim.
    The cause of Charles Jagger against Thomas Looby, the executors of the estate of the late Commodore Davidson and others, is being tried before Judge Otis. It is claimed that, by the will of Commodore Davidson, the executors had authority to lease real estate for a term of years. A contract was made by the executors by which certain premises were leased to Sackett &Wiggins for a term of ten years from Aug. 17, 1887, at $11,000 a year. The erection of an exposition building was commenced on the premises and continued until January, 1888, when Sackett & Wiggins failed, leaving the building uncompleted. Jagger furnished 128,000 bricks to be used in the erection of the building, and filed a mechanic's lien for the sum of $1,024. The pending action is to enforce that lien."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 25, 1890, p. 4, col. 5.
    "Britons Buy Freak Shows.
    Omaha, Neb., June 24.—The English Syndicate, which one year ago was herald as after the dime museums of the United States, has secured control of the houses in Sackett & Lawter's circuit at Omaha, St. Joe. Mo., and Lincoln, Neb. The price paid is said to be $75,000, Messrs. Sackett & Lawter retaining one-fifth interest in the museums."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 25, 1890, p. 4, col. 5.
    "The Supreme Lodge Elects Officers for the Year.
    Boston, June 24.—The supreme lodge American Order of United Workmen elected the following officers for the ensuing year: S.M.W., W. Warne Wilson, Detroit; S.F., J.W. Kingsley, Helena, Mont.; S.0., J. Edward Burt, Boston; S.R.D., M.W. Sackett, Meadville, Pa.; S.Rec., John J. Acker, Albany, N.Y.; S.G., L.P. Young Jr., Lexington, Ky.; S.W., William M. Butts, Baltimore; S. Med. Ex., Hugh Doherty, Boston; S.T., L.W. Troy, Chicago; S.T., Warren Totten, Woodstock, Ont.; S.T., J.G. Tate, Grand Island, Neb."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 20, 1890, p. 2, col. 2.
    "DECLARED A LIEN.
    Edward Davidson Must Pay the Sackett & Wiggins Exposition Bills.
    Edward E. Davidson must pay the mechanics' liens filed against the old exposition rink, for materials furnished Sackett & Wiggins, and the liens are prior to the rights of Thomas Lowry in the land.
    Judge Otis yesterday filed a decision in the case of the John Martin Lumber Company against Edward E. Davidson and Sackett and Wiggins, in which the mechanic's lien, filed by plaintiff in 1888 against the exposition building, and the land on which it stood, which was afterwards purchased by Thomas Lowry, is held a valid lien to the extent of Edward Davidson's one-third interest therein, and prior to the rights of Lowry in the land.
    The will of William F. Davidson gave the executors of the estate power to sell any of the lands. The executors, in 1889, sold the property to Lowry. Edward E. Davidson contested the liens, and urged that the sale of the executors defeated the liens, and that no lien could arise by any contract of his as an heir to construct buildings on the estate. It appears that the John Martin Lumber company sold Sackett & Wiggins a large amount of building material, which was used by them in the reconstruction of the old Exposition rink, which they had undertaken to remodel into a theater in 1887, under a ten years' agreement with Edward E. Davidson and three other executors. Sackett & Wiggins, after using the materials in the building, abandoned the enterprise and left the city, leaving the bills for material and labor unpaid. Liens were filed, and creditors sought to hold the land for payment, and expensive litigation has followed.
    Upon the first trial of this case the plaintiff was defeated, on the ground that the executors could, not make a contract under which a lien could be established against the property of heirs. The supreme court reversed that decision, and held that though the tenyears' lease with Sackett and Wiggins was beyond the power of the executors to make, it was binding upon Edward E. Davidson as an individual to the extent of his third interest inthe property, which interest he had under, his father's will. The case was again tried this month and closely contested, and Judge Otis decides that the lien is valid, and that the subsequent sale of the land to Lowry was subject to the mechanics' liens, and orders judgment that Edward E. Davidson's interest in the land be sold to satisfy plaintiff's claim.
    A similar decision was rendered in the cases of Ness vs. Davidson, Jagger against Davidson and Niskern against Davidson."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 29, 1891, p. 2, col. 2.
    "The Trustees of the Minnesota Asylums Discuss New Buildings
    The board of trustees of the Minnesota Hospitals for the insane held a special meeting in Room 13 of the Merchants' last evening, with nearly every member of the board present. The meeting was held to talk over plans for the new buildings and repairs authorized by the legislature which has just adjourned. Those present were: Hon. A. Barto, president, of Sauk Center; Judge M. R. Tyler, of St. Paul; Maj. A. L. Sackett, and John Peterson, the successor of William Schimmel of St. Peter; Hon. A. T. Stebbins, of Rochester. In addition to these members of the board Dr. N. P. Williamson, of Fergus Falls: Dr. C. K. Bartlett, of St. Peter, and Architect W. B. Dunuell, of Minneapolis, were also present.
    Before taking up the subject for which the meeting was called the board re-elected Mr. Dunnell as architect for the term of two years. The plans for the completion of the unfinished buildings at Fergus Falls were discussed, and it was determined to at once advertise for bids for putting in a steam plant and completing the kitchen at Fergus Falls, and for the reconstruction of a ward at Rochester. A few repairs will also be ordered at St. Peter. While the appropriation of $210,000 for new buildings at Fergus Falls will not be available for a year it was decided that the board should go on and advertise for bids for the completion of the main building, the shops, and everything up to the administration building, with the provision that the bills shall be payable at the time the appropriation becomes available.
    After settling these matters as far as possible all other business was put over until the regular meeting, which is set down for the 6th of next month, and Gov. Barto started the ball rolling by telling several highly amusing stories. Judge Tyler followed him in one that made the Sauk Center statesman laugh so heartily that the Jackson street side of the hotel sank nearly two inches. Maj. Sackett and ex-Representative Stebbins also came to the front and helped initiate the new member of the board, Mr. Peterson. It was nearly 11 o'clock when the meeting adjourned to meet again a week from to-day."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 27, 1892, p. 2, col. 4.
    "Sackett Stands by Bartlett.
    The appointment of A. L. Sackett, of St. Peter, as a member of the board of managers of the St. Peter asylum is still withheld, and it is understood the governor is looking for his successor. Mr. Sackett is said to have declared that he would not accept a reappointment conditional on the removal of Dr. Bartlett, and with this understanding will withdraw from the board."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 18, 1892, p. 4, col. 5.
    "J. B. Sackett, of St. Peter, dropped into the city yesterday, and in a short time suggested a ticket for the Minnesota Republicans this year that is one of the wonders of the age. Mr. Sackett, by the way, is a brother of Maj. A. L. Sackett, but is not like the latter, a Democrat. He desires to vote a ticket like this:
    President—Harrison
    Governor—McGill
    Congress, Second District—Lieut. Gov. Ives."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, March 27, 1892, p. 1, col. 7.
    "GROVER GETS THEM,
    Minnesota Counties Pretty Unanimous for the Great Tariff Reformer.
    Reports From a Large Number of Conventions Held on Saturday.
    Only a Few Counties Have Yet to Choose Their Delegates.
    Special to the Globe.
    St. Peter, March 26—Nicollet county Democratic convention was held in this city today. The following delegates were elected to the state convention: A. L. Sackett. J. A. Johnson, Joseph Mason, John McCabe, Dr. Joseph Wicke. The delegation was instructed to present the name of A. L. Sackett as delegate from the Second district to the Chicago convention. Maj. Sackett is held as especially available, inasmuch as he is a life-long Democrat; an old soldier, being commander of the G. A. R. post here, and enjoying the high esteem of his old comrades. He is an enthusiastic Cleveland man, and will no doubt be the selection."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 1, 1892, p. 1, col. 1.
    "GROVER HAS THE PULL
    The Democratic State Convention Elects Delegates to Chicago.
    Proceedings Enlivened With Good-Humored and Spirited Discussions.
    Only One Contest Over Delegates From Congressional Districts.
    Cleveland to Be Supported so Long as He Is in the Race.
    THE MEN CHOSEN.
    At Large—Alternate—
    M. Doran,A. L. Sackett,
    P. B. Winston,   Dr. Gibson,
    L. Baker,J. B. Markham,
    T. Wilson.N. Baxter."

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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 1, 1892, p. 1, col. 4.
    "SOLID FOR CLEVELAND.
    Instruction for Delegates to the National Convention.
    The committee on credentials was not ready to report when the convention re-assembled, and it was after 3 o'clock before business was resumed. D. W. Lawler appeared at that time, and the report of the credential committee was read by Mr.Donnelly. There was no opposition, and, the report having been quickly adopted, the convention proceeded, by call of congressional districts, to select the committees on resolution and permanent organization. This resulted:
    Permanent Organization.
    First District—J.F.McGovem, of Wabasha: G.H. Heffron, of Olmsted.
    Second—A. L. Sackett, of Nicollet; J. S. King, of Nobles.
    Third—W. P. Tanner, Goodhue; P. H. Keeffe, Renville.
    Fourth—E. W. Durant, Washington; Dan Aberle, of Ramsey.
    Fifth—Ed A. Stevens and M.J. Dolan, of Hennepin.
    Sixth—Morris Thomas, of St. Louis; Dr. Aidrich, Anoka.
    Seventh District—M. T. McMahon, of Otter Tail; Joseph Smith, of Polk.
    At Large—M. S Wilkinson, of Faribault."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 1, 1892, p. 1, col. 5.
    "The selection of alternates followed, with this result:
    Maj. A. L. Sackett, of Nicollet—Alternate for Mr. Doran.
    Dr. O. W. Gibson, of Austin—Alternate for Mr. Wilson.
    J. D. Markham, of Chisago—for Mr. Baker.
    N. Baxter, of Clay—Alternate for Mr Winston."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 1, 1892, p. 2, cols. 4–5.
    "BUCK A SURE WINNER.
    Maj. A. L. Sackett Talks Second District Politics.
    The Second district promises to be the scene of some very hard fighting in politics this year. The Republic congressional nomination, although not as valuable as it once was, is being sought with great ardor by a half dozen or more patriots. The Democratic and Alliance parties are both decidedly hopeful, the wonderful run made by Gen. Baker two years ago having proved that it is possible to defeat the Republicans even in that stronghold. One of the leading Democrats of the district, is Major A. L. Sackett, of St. Peter, who is Hon. Michael Doran's alternate to the national Democratic convention. Major Sackett was in the city yesterday and chatted politics with a number of friends. He took the ground that the Democrats can nominate Hon. Daniel Buck, of Mankato, and elect him. Mr. Buck, although desirous of keeping out of politics, Major Sackett thinks will not refuse to accept a nomination if the party demands that he do so.
    "Daniel Buck," he said, "is a staunch Democrat, and will obey the call of duty at any time. He has the confidence of the farmers and all other voters of the Second district, and I believe would be elected over any man the opposition could name. Although it is very early, there has been some talk regarding fusion. It may amount to something, in which case I am in favor of giving Gen. Baker another chance. In spite of tremendous odds and after a magnificent and almost single-handed campaign, he came within about 400 votes of being elected over Congressman Lind. His views on the tariff question and other issues are in harmony with the principles of the Democratic party. Were he to run again he would receive enough stay-at-home votes at the last election to carry him through.""
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, October 16, 1892, p. 1, col. 1.
    "AN APPEAL FROM A PARTISAN ACT
    To the Public:
    At the convention of the Minnesota Democracy, held at Minneapolis on the 3d day of August, 1892, the party nominated a full ticket of presidential electors, consisting of the following nine men: Robert A. Smith, Benjamin F. Nelson, D. N. Jones, William Quinn, Martin Shea, D. R. P. Hibbs, A. L. Sackett, James T. Barron and John C. Oswald. About a month later the names of these candidates, along with those selected by the convention for the other offices, were sent by the state central committee to the secretary of state to be printed on the official ballots prescribed by the election law now in force, and which are to be used by the voters of this state at the coming election."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, October 16, 1892, p. 1, col. 3.
    "Chairman Baker’s Affidavit.
    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE State of Minnesota for the Second Judicial District. State of Minnesota, County of Ramsey—ss.
    To the Hon. Hascal R. Brill, Judge of the District Court of the State of Minnesota for the Second Judicial District.
    Lewis Baker, being duly sworn, deposes and says that he is the chairman of the Democratic state central committee of the state of Minnesota, and a citizen and elector of the state of Minnesota; that a convention of the duly chosen delegates of the Democratic party of said state was holden at the city of Minneapolis on the 3d day of August, 1892, for the purpose of nominating presidential electors for the election of president and vice president of the United States, and other state officers.
    That at said convention there were duly nominated for presidential electors as aforesaid Robert A. Smith, Benjamin F. Nelson, D. N. Jones, William Quinn, Martin Shea, and D. R. P. Hibus and A. L. Sackett and James T. Barron and John C. Oswald, to be voted for by the electors of the state of Minnesota at the next general election, to be held therein on the 8th day of November, 1892.
    That on or about the 10th day of September, 1892, a certificate of nomination duly executed pursuant to the statutes of the state of Minnesota entitled "An Act to Regulate Elections" was filed with the secretary of state announcing the nomination of each of said above-named persons for the office of such presidential elector.
    That subsequently and on or about the 10th day of October, 1892, at a regular meeting of said state central committee, the following-named four persons duly resigned such nomination and declined to act in the capacity of presidential electors as aforesaid: D. K. P. Hibbs and A. L. Sackett and James T. Barron and John C. Oswald.
    That said state central committee immediately thereupon duly nominated as substitutes for said resigning electors William Meighen, A. L. Stromberg, James Dillon and A.H. Halloway, and certificates of such nomination were duly filed in the office of the secretary of state of the state of Minnesota, as required by law, copies of which said certitifictes are hereto attached, and marked Exhibits "1," "2," "3" and "4.""
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  • The Appeal, (Saint Paul, Minn.), December 3, 1892, p. 3, col. 3.
    "Grand Opera House.
    The next attraction at the Grand Opera House will be Kattie Emmett in her new play "Killarney." Miss Emmett is well known here as a pleasing soubrette of excellent methods and varied talents. The new play was written with a view of displaying her talents to the best advantage, and is a pretty love story dealing with the better class of the Irish peasantry. Much money has been lavished upon scenery and costumes and in every detail "Killarney" is said to be the best equipped play that has ever been sent out from the metropolis. The cast is composed of some of the finest players in the country and among the leading members of the company are George C. Boniface, Frazer Coulter, Harry Leighton, Hubert Sackett, Thaddeus Shine, Robert McNair, Grace Thome, Annie Haines, Eliza Hudson and little Kate Benneteau."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 7, 1894, p. 5, col. 3.
    "Eloper Sackett Wants Assistance.
    TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 6—Eloper Sackett is still in jail. He has wired his father in Grand Rapids for assistance, and still is confident he will be released, as he has done nothing to cause his arrest. Miss Davenport's brother-in-law, W. H. Howland, of Denver, arrived this morning and Miss Fanny Davenport this evening. Miss Frances will probably go to Denver for a few weeks."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 7, 1894, p. 5, col. 7.
    "An Eloper Caught.
    Topeka, Kan., Feb. 6.—An officer arrived here this afternoon with a warrant for the arrest of Sackett, the man who eloped from Elkhart, Ind., with Miss Davenport, and he will be taken to Chicago to answer to the charge of larceny as well as bigamy. It is not decided whether Miss Davenport will go to her sister in Denver or return to Indiana."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, March 6, 1894, p. 1, col. 1
    "FAREWELL TO MAJ. STRAIT
    IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL CEREMONIES AT HIS LATE HOME.
    THOUSANDS SHOW REGARD
    By Attending the Last Obsequies of the Honored and Beloved Citizen—Episcopal and Masonic Ceremonies Combined—Those Present From the Twin Cities—Eloquent Discourse Delivered—Action of St. Paul Chamber of Commerce.
    The remains of the late Maj. H. B. Strait were interred at Valley cemetery, Shakopee, yesterday afternoon. The funeral was from the Episcopal church, and was conducted by King Solomon lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Shakopee, of which the major was a member.
    The honorary pallbearers were Gov. Nelson, Senator W. D. Washburn, ex-Senators Alex Ramsey and D.M.Sabin. Maj. A. L. Sackett. ex-Gov. McGill, Justice L.W. Coliins. Col. J. C. Donahower, Col. Joseph Bobieter and Eli Southworth."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 2, 1894, p. 3, col. 1
    "SPECIAL TERM.
    District Judges Find Much Business After Their Vacation.
    Special term of the Ramsey county district court was held yesterday by all six judges. This is the opening of the courts after the summer vacation. The general term work will begin the first Monday in October, when the grand jury will convene. There was a considerable number of causes to be heard on preliminary motions yesterday. A resume of the proceedings is as follows:
    Judge Brill—E. L. Barber et al. vs. O. F. Olmstead; order securing costs signed. Sims & Danforth vs. H. R. Benedick et al.; final decree in foreclosure ordered. North Star Boot and Shoe Company vs. W. S. Dieter; referred to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure of garnishee, Rock Manufacturing Company vs. Einstein & Co. referred to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure of garnishee—same order in two cases. In re assignment of Wallblom & Thorsell; sale of real estate confirmed.
    In re assignment of St. Paul German Insurance company; submitted on application to require assignee to pay costs. In re adoption of Valentine Hawley: order made allowing W. B. McCue and Ellen M., his wife, to adopt the child. A number of assessment causes were heard and judgments entered in fourteen of them. Dudley, Battelle & Basse vs. Einstein & Co.; judgment against garnishees in two cases ordered. Rock Manufacturing Company vs. Einstein & Co.; judgment against garnishees in two cases ordered."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, October 27, 1895, p. 24, cols. 1–2.
    "WORLD OF DRAMA.
    KATIE EMMETT AT THE GRAND IN HER NEW PLAY.
    IT IS "CHAT, AN AMERICAN BOY."
    That popular favorite, Miss Katie Emmett, will be seen in this city at the Grand opera house for four nights and a Wednesday matinee commencing tonight. Miss Emmett will present to her admirers here for the first time, her latest success, "Chat, an American Boy." Miss Emmett is today regarded as one of the most successful exponents of boys' characters on the stage. She is bright and fetching, and her methods are such as to win for her immense favor from her audiences. Her new play, "Chat, an American Boy," is a big scenic production, possibly more pretentious than anything she has ever before presented. It is filled with novelties. For instance, there is a slum band, which was procured from the immediate vicinity in which the story of the play is located, in Greater New York. Then there is a real fire engine, the famous fire horses, Tom and Jerry, and seven other thoroughbred animals, the mounted police, a real hansom cab and other distinctly original effects that are positively certain of attracting more than ordinary interest. The play, which was written expressly for Miss Emmett, is said to contain touching scenes and an abundance of good wholesome comedy. Miss Emmett herself will sing some of her latest songs, and the members of the company will also contribute to the long list of specialty features. "Chat, an American Boy" is the joint work of Hubert Sackett and Marion Sackett."
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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 5, 1895, p. 18, col. 2.
    "DISTRICT COURT.
    Summary of Complaints and Orders Filed.—Special Term Matters.
    SPECIAL TERM.
    Judge Egan—
    Alvin D. Fitch vs. David C. Martin; application for allowance of expert fees submitted.
    Patrick J. Bowlin vs. Louis Robbins & Co., defendants, and Hennessy & Cox, garnishees; referred to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure.
    A. B. McDonald vs. J. I. Demsten, defendant, and St. Anthony & Dakota Elevator Company, garnishee; referred to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure.
    Howard Paper Company vs. Sioux Paper Company, defendant, and Wright, Barrett & Stillwell, garnishees; referred to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure."

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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 8, 1896, p. 8, col. 5.
    "DISTRICT COURT.
    Summary of Complaints and Orders Filed and Cases on Trial.
    Orders and Decisions—
    64.190 Griggs, Cooper & Co. vs. Austin & Dutcher, defendants, and Masonic Mutual Aid Association, garnishee; order referring to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure. Kelly, J.
    64.189—Finch, Van Slyck, Young & Co. vs. j Austin & Dutcher, defendants, and Masonic Mutual Aid Association, garnishee; order referring to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure. Kelly. J."

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  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, May 10, 1896, p. 24, col. 1.
    "PLAYS AND PLAYERS
    JAMES O'NEILL IN A REPERTOIRE AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE.
    WILL PLAY "MONTE CRISTO."
    "THE COURIER OF LYONS" AND "VIRGINIUS" WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED.
    SCHUMANN'S LADIES' ORCHESTRA.
    Novel Attraction at the Metropolitan the Latter Half ot the Week—Gossip.
    At the Metropolitan tonight James O'Neill will begin his engagement of four nights, supported by a company including Misses Florence Rockwell, Kate Fletcher, Josephine Foy, Marie Lloyd, Messrs. Hallett Thompson, Willlam H. Pasco, W. J. Dixon, John De Gez, Herbert Fortier, Albert Sackett, Percy Cooke, Thomas MacLarney and others in a repertoire including "Monte Cristo," "The Courier of Lyons" and "Virginius.""

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  • Minneapolis Journal, Minnesota, August 29, 1896
    SACKETT'S ODD WILL
    He Left Three of His Sons Legacies of $1 Each
    THE ESTATE SAID TO BE LARGE
    Some Valuable Lots in St. Paul Being Among the Rest Properties.
    X. Ackley Sackett, a genial silhouettist, who has won many friends in Minneapolis, returned to the city yesterday from Grand Rapids, Mich., where he was summoned to attend the funeral of his father, Orsemus Sackett, which occurred a week ago yesterday.
    Orsemus Sackett was 70 years of age, and was well known in his day as a newsman and amusement manager, and, though in many respects he was called eccentric, his funeral was attended by a large number of people, conspicuous among whom were the newsboys of Grand Rapids.
    The pallbearers were carriers on the daily papers.
    The Rev. Thomas W. Illman, who preached the funeral sermon, said of the dead man that he had not been an eccentric whose qualities were repellant, but one who attracted much sympathy. He was a man of untiring will and wonderful energy; one who did not let the grass grow under his feet.
    "We do not know," continued the minister, "that he was soured against the world, but in his manner of living he separated himself from the rest of the world and lived a life apart from his fellows. He may have made no profession of religion. I am not here to make him out a saint, as is too often done in such cases. I am told that he had no belief in the hereafter. His belief or nonbelief does not alter the truth, and we believe that he knows now what we only see with the instinct of mind and heart."
    The Grand Rapids Democrat, from which the above facts are taken, published in full the strange will of the peculiar old man. To his three sons he left $1 each and to his nieces, Anna and Eva Sackett of Croton, Mich., he left an amethyst ring and a gold watch, "to be divided between them as they shall agree."
    To these two nieces and five grandchildren and great grandchildren the will assigns all the remainder and residue of the estate, but under the most peculiar conditions. All the property is to be converted into money, which is to be deposited with the People's savings bank of Grand Rapids, Mich., where it is to remain at interest for nineteen years, at the end of which time it is to be gradually distributed among the persons named.
    As the two nieces are middle-aged women already, they will not come into enjoyment of the property until life's end is near. Immediately after the reading of the will one of the nieces said that she was sure that her uncle had intended to cancel that part of the will relating to the nineteen years before the distribution. Mr. Kelsey, the executor of the estate, said he was of Miss Sackett's opinion. X. Ackley Sackett, the silhouettist, who had been cut off with $1, though he had always been his father's favorite, assured the nieces that he would assist them in getting the objectionable clause set aside and they in turn assured him that as he had always been good to his father they would divide with him if the courts ruled out the peculiar clause. The estate is believed to be worth about $20,000 or $25,000, among the property holdings being two valuable lots at St. Paul."
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  • The St. Paul Globe, July 5, 1899, p. 8, col. 3.
    "ON A SIX WEEKS TOUR.
    Large Eastern Excursion Party Spent Yesterday In St. Paul.
    A large excursion party arrived in the city early yesterday morning from Toledo and the East, by way of the lakes and Duluth, coming in over the Eastern Minnesota. They are on their way West, making a summer trip through the Yellowstone to the North Pacific coast cities and from there to Alaska. The excursion is under the management and personal direction of Charles H. Gates and numbers eighty people.
    The party arrived in St. Paul at 7 o'clock, and went to the Ryan for breakfast. The morning was spent in resting and visiting the business portion of the city. After dinner the party took carriages and made a trip through the St. Anthony hill district and out to Como park, returning shortly before 6 o'clock. They left last night at 10:35 in a special train over the Northern Pacific made up of four sleeping cars, a compartment car, dining car and baggage car, for the Yellowstone. Ten days will be spent in visiting the points of interest in and about the park, and the trip will be continued to Portland. From there the party will visit Tacoma and take the steamer Seattle for Alaska, returning to Vancouver, B. C, and coming East over the line of the Canadian Pacific. They will arrive in the cities on Aug. 4, leaving for Duluth and returning to Toledo and Buffalo on the Northern Steamship company's passenger boats. The party left Buffalo June 30, visiting Mackinac island and Duluth en route.
    The party consisted of … A. N. Sackett, Mrs. A. N. Sackett, …."
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  • The St. Paul Globe, July 1, 1900, p. 20, col. 2.
    FRATERNAL CONGRESS.
    A letter from M. W. Sackett, secretary of the National Fraternal congress, Meadville, Penn., states that the next meeting of the congress will be held in Boston, Mass., on the 28th day of August. It will be the fourteenth annual session of the congress. Mr. Sackett says that reports from the various societies affiliated with the congress, so far received, give undoubted proofs that the past has been the most prosperous year the societies have ever enjoyed.
    "The National Fraternal congress is not a legislative body, in the strict meaning of the term," says Mr. Sackett, "but there are many interests that are mutual on the part of the various societies, upon which consultation and agreement are of general profit. From its beginning the congress has continually grown in importance, and each year demonstrates in increasing ratio the necessity for its existence. Not only has the congress exerted a wide and beneficial influence in bringing fraternal protection to a higher standard of stability and excellence, but its influence has been sufficient to meet and successfully counteract opposition too powerful to have been met and overcome singly by any society."
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  • Warren Sheaf, September 13, 1900, p. 6, col. 2.
    "JULIUS H. BLOCK.
    Julius H. Block is a stalwart type of the true German-American. His parents came to America from Germany in 1850. Julius was born near Gallon, O., in 1860. He came to Minnesota with his parents in 1870, and his early years were spent on his father's farms in Le Sueur and Nicollet counties. He is at present sheriff of Nicollet county and a member of the firm of Block & Sackett, fire insurance agents, which is one of the largest agencies in Southern Minnesota."
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  • Warren Sheaf, April 4, 1901, p. 9, col. 2, & April 11, 1901, p. 8, col. 2.
    "FARMS FOR RENT.
    I Want to Rent the Following Farms:
    Sackett, N½ of section 8—154—47; 300 acres under plow; buildings.
    L. LAMBERSON, Cashier, Bank of Warren."
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  • The St. Paul Globe, August 16, 1901, p. 1, col. 3.
    "CORN KING IS BROKE
    PETITION IN BANKRUPTCY FILED FOR THE GEORGE H. PHILLIPS COMPANY
    AFFAIRS ARE BADLY TANGLED
    Though It Is Claimed That Assets May Exceed Liabilities by Some Fifty Thousand Dollars.
    CHICAGO, Aug. 15.—0n the petition of three creditors of George H. Phillips company, a petition of bankruptcy has been filed for the company in the United States district court. George H. Phillips and two other directors of the company filed their consent that the petition be allowed and the Chicago Title and Trust company has been appointed temporary receiver.
    The filing of the petition and the appointment of the receiver will enable the company to continue in business.
    One of the directors, W. K. Sackett, will be appointed by the receiver to manage the business, and the affairs of the company will proceed under the new management.
    The three creditors who signed the petition are J. A. Greenlee, H. F. Babbitt and W. R. Hutchins. The claims of these gentlemen range from $5 000 to $25,000. Meanwhile, the statement is nearly completed and the exact conditions of the company's finances will be known.
    Since the middle of July when the tangled condition of the books of the company was discovered every effort has been made to straighten out its affairs. A corps of expert accountants has overhauled the books, and has, in some degree, brought order out of chaos. It is now estimated that the assets of the company will aggregate $250,000 and the liabilities will not exceed $200,000.
    The two directors of the company who joined with Mr. Phillips in consenting to filing the petition are C. B. Moore and W. K. Sackett. The remaining director is, John P. Collis. W. K. Sackett has been placed in charge of the affairs of the company under the receiver and will assume his duties tomorrow morning."
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  • The Minnneapolis Journal, December 11, 1901, p. 16, col. 3.
    "AFTER SECOND PLACE
    A Close Finish Fight In Commercial Club Tournament.
    Only a few more games remain to be played before the end of the Commercial club billiard tourney which has proved such a popular feature at the club during the last month. There will be a close finish fight for second place in class A. Ely, Bruen and Mitchell are hot after that position.
    Scores of last games played:
    CLASS A.
    J. F. C. Ely (200), 200; R. L. Bruen (160), 153; 65 innings.
    CLASS B.
    C. E. Rittenhouse (80),80; R. G. Fisher (80), 64; 61 innings.
    CLASS C.
    A. W. Paris (50), 50; F. J. Sackett (50), 34; 44 innings.
    Z. H. Austin (50), 50; H. G. Robbins (40), 38; 68 innings.
    Z. H. Austin (50), 50; F. J. Sackett (50), 37; 41 innings.
    H. G. Robbine (40), 40; W. F. Bechtel (50), 48; 75 innings.
    C. R. Fowler (50), 50; F. J. Sackett (50), 48; 53 innings."
    [6031 Fred J Sackett (1860– ) s. Richard Johnson & Matilda (Tombs) Sackett]
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, January 4, 1902, Page 17, col. 5.
    "Whist
    Ladies' Night.
    [Names include Mr. and Mrs. Sackett]"
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, August 29, 1902, Minnesota Fair and Industrial Edition, Part One, p. 14, col. 4.
    "Northwestern National Life Insurance Company, Minneapolis, Minn.
    (INCORPORATED 1885)
    “THE YOUNG GIANT OF THE NORTHWEST”
    The Most Modern, Liberal and Up-to-date Policy Contracts Issued.
    Total Assets $2,477,292.25
    Insurance in force $38,129,315.00
    Number of policies in force 26,159
    W. F. BECHTEL, President. DR. J. F. FORCE, First Vice-Pres.
    WALLACE CAMPBELL, Second Vice-Pres. and Supt. of Agents.
    FRED J. SACKETT, Secretary and Treasurer.
    A. F. TIMME, Actuary. DR. C. A. McCOLLOH, Medical Director."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, October 24, 1902, p. 13, col. 3–4.
    "WHIST
    SIXTH MATCH—SECTION A.
    North and South—Austin and Timmle, 93; Taylor and Carpenter, 94; Murphy and Wellington, 81; Jones and Montgomery, 88; Todd and Bagley, 98; Parsons and Sackett, 92; Hospes and McKusick, 95; Barnes and Travis, 92; Campbell and Harris, 91; Clark and Kilbourne, 87; average, 91.5.
    SEVENTH MATCH—SECTION A.
    East and West—Parsons and Sackett, 101; Hospes and McKuslc, 92; Barnes and Travis, 89; Harris and Campbell, 98; Clark and Kilbourne, 85; Austin and Timmle, 88; Taylor and Carpenter, 89; Murphy and Wellington, 84; Jones and Montgomery, 94; Todd and Bagley, 93; average, 90.8."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, November 7, 1902, p. 11, col. 6.
    "WHIST
    TENTH MATCH.
    Section B—
    North and South—Jones–Montgomery, 108; Todd–Bagley, 92; Pike–McMichael, 96; Guderain–McMillan, 105; Nantz–Muckey, 101; Mix–Hooert, 88; Hendrlx–Brimsmald 87; Paul–Phelps, 98; Parsons–Sackett, 99; Taylor–McKusick, 97; average, 97.1.
    ELEVENTH MATCH.
    Section B—
    East and West—Mix–Hobart, 97; Hendrix–Brimsmald, 92; Paul–Phelps, 96; Parsons–Sackett, 101; Taylor–McKusick, 99; Fraser–Barnard, 91; Higbee–Gillette, 94; Fahnestock–Nicholson, 97; Wilcox–Kennedy, 91; Pugh–Sykes, 96; average, 95.4."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, November 14, 1902, p. 9, col. 1–2.
    "WHIST
    SECTION B
    North and South—Grav and Jennison, 102; Fraser and Barnard, 105; Higbee and Gillette, 105; Fahnestock and Nicholson, 104; Brinsmaid and Countryman, 101; Phelps and Buford, 100; Parson and Sackett, 106; Taylor and McKusick, 100; Barnes and Travis, 103; Average 103 2-9.
    East and West—Barney and Satterlee, 103; Chase and Wadsworth, 90; Burgess and Guiwitz, 87; Boutelle and Moulder, 91; Keer and Montgomety, 94; Todd and Bagley, 91; Pike and Michaels, 90; Lederer and Guderian, 95; Nantz and Muckey, 92; Average 91 7-9.
    SECTION B
    North and South—Woods and Sprague, 107; Kerr and Montgomerv, 111; Todd and Bagley, 111; Pike and McMichael, 190; Ledered and Gunderlan, 99; Chase and Wadaworth, 98; Burgess and Gulwitz, 102; Boutell and Moulder, 104; Miller and Nesbitt, 105; Average 104 1-9.
    East and West—Brinsmaid and Countryman, 88; Phelps and Buford, 84; Parsons and Sackett, 84; Taylor and McKusiek, 95; Barnes and Travis, 96; Grav and Jennison, 97; Fraser and Bernard, 93; Higbee and Gillette, 91; Fabnestock and Nicholson, 90; Average 90 8-9."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, November 21, 1902, p. 11, col. 2.
    [Whist report — Parsons and Sackett]
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, January 16, 1903, p. 11, col. 1.
    [Whist report — Parsons and Sackett]
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, February 20, 1903, p. 16, col. 7.
    [Whist report — Parsons and Sackett]
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, March 20, 1903, p. 6, col. 4.
    [Whist report — Nantz and Sackett]
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, March 25, 1903, p. 20, col. 4.
    [Whist report — Mr. Higbee and Mrs. Sackett; Mr. Sackett and Mrs. Luther.]
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  • The Minnneapolis Journal, April 1, 1903, p. 15, col. 3.
    "WHIST
    Last night was ladies' night at the Minneapolis Whist Club. Mr. and Mrs. Sackett won high score north and south with four tricks plus. Mr. and Mrs. Parsons tied with Mr. Murphy and Mrs. Higbee for high score east and west with three tricks plus.
    North and South—Mr. Luther and Mrs. Mix, 130; Mr. and Mrs. Pike, 130; Mr. and Mrs. Wellington, 131; Mr. and Mrs. Janney, 125; Mr. Guwitz and Mrs. Barber, 130; Dr. Muckey and Mrs. Conkey, 129; Mr. and Mrs. Sackett, 134; Average 129 6-7."
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  • The St. Paul Globe, May 28, 1903, p. 3, cols. 1–2.
    "News of the Day From the Northwest.
    Seventy-four Will Receive Sheepskins on June 3.
    WINONA. Minn., May 27—At a meet of the faculty of the Winona normal school today the list of those who will be graduated on Wednesday, June 3 was passed upon. The list includes seventy-four and brings the total number of those receiving diplomas in the year up to 112. Gov. Van Sant will award the diplomas.
    The list is:
    Elementary Course—
    Kathleen Elizabeth Sackett, Lanesboro; Martha Therese Sackett, Lanesboro;"
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  • The St. Paul Globe, June 10, 1903, p. 10, cols. 3–4.
    "TELLS THE A. O. U. W. TO BEWARE OF THE WHITE DEATH
    Supreme Medical Examiner Advises Workmen to Work to Stamp Out Consumption—
    Lodge Organizes for Work—Visitors Take Trolley Tour of City and Lakes.
    The supreme lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen met yesterday in annual convention at the capitol in the chamber of representatives. This convention is the thirty-first of the order and the growth of the organization, as shown by the speeches of the officers, is conceded by all to be marvelous.
    About 150 delegates and officers were present at the opening ceremonies. The meeting was called to order, by J. J. McCardy, chairman of the general committee on arrangements. He also introduced the various speakers: Charles G. Hinds, S. G. Iverson and Mayor Smith, all three of whom delivered short addresses of welcome. These speeches were replied to by Supreme Master Workman Webb McNall, on behalf of the order.
    C. G. Hinds said that in the jurisdiction of Minnesota there were nearly 30,000 Workmen; and that on behalf of them he welcomed the delegates to the state. He harked back to the time when the blood-thirsty Chippewas, Sioux and Dakotas fought for the ownership of this great territory. He spoke of it as it was then and as it is now—the boundless, rolling prairie granary of the world; the state wherein are found the greatest iron deposits and a population of almost 2,000,000 people. To the advancement of the state he said the fraternity had greatly contributed.
    In a brief address Mayor R. A. Smith welcomed the delegates and their friends to the Saintly City; and State Auditor S. G. Iverson, on behalf of Gov. S. R. Van Sant, extended to them the greeting of the state of Minnesota.
    In his response Supreme Master Workman Webb McNall said that he spoke on behalf of forty grand fraternal jurisdictions of an order that had penetrated farther north than any other order, and that counted its members as far south as the Gulf of Mexico, embracing 460,000 members. He was firm in the belief that the A. O. U. W. was the greatest order in existence, paying $10,000,000 each year in death benefits.
    He believed that the government of the order was of the most impartial, unprejudiced nature; that no one could ever point the finger of scorn at the officers and say they had legislated from a personal point of view.
    "Since the close of the war," continued the speaker, "we have paid to widows and orphans in excess of $127,000,000; and we have met all of our obligations and paid 100 cents on the dollar."
    In his report Supreme Recorder M. W. Sackett gave the total membership at the close of 1902 as 451,510. The amount that had been paid to widows and orphans $9,860,416.18 during that year; and the death rate during the same twelve months, per thousand, was 11.84. The total amount of receipts was $1,350,113.89.
    The appointment of committees through which the business will be transacted followed.
    Beware of "White Disease."
    An address by Dr. D. H. Shields, supreme medical examiner, was heard with interest. In his biennial report Dr. Shields says:
    "The great problem that confronts this organization, and indeed all others, is to promote healthy and rapid growth with a decreased death rate. We find, upon investigation, that 562 of our members have died during the past year with that dread 'white disease,' consumption. Were it possible for us to so legislate as to prevent these deaths it would be of great benefit to us in eliminating the 'excessive cost problem.' Can it be done? We have the opinions of the most learned men in the medical profession that consumption is a communicable disease, and that being the case, it is a disease that can be prevented or obliterated.
    "It would certainly be the part of wisdom on our part to take up this question and agitate it throughout our supreme jurisdiction, so that the states, territories and provinces comprising that jurisdiction might take it up and use very endeavor to stamp out this disease. If the fraternal orders would begin a thorough and systematic agitation of the question of suppression, we could, in a generation, destroy the destroyer."
    Dr. Shields went on to say that the average age of the entire membership in 1902 was 41 years, and the average age of those admitted was 29 years.
    At 4 o'clock the entire delegation of both Workmen and auxiliary took cars in front of the Ryan and visited the Indian Mounds and Como park. At the latter place luncheon was served on the grass and a band entertained the crowds. The strangers expressed themselves as being delighted with the park and lake, and so well did all enjoy themselves that the return was late.
    The Only Supreme Recorder.
    M. W. Sackett, supreme recorder of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, has a remarkable record in the matter of a life spent in the service of fraternalism.
    Of the men who organized the supreme lodge of the A. O. U. W., there are but two living. One of them is W. W. Walker, of Chicago, and the other is M. W. Sackett, Meadville Pa. At that first supreme lodge meeting held in 1873, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was appointed supreme recorder, and that office he has held continuously ever since. He has never missed a convention in those twenty-four years; and, in his service of the order, has visited every state and most of the principal cities in the Union."
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  • The St. Paul Globe, January 18, 1904, p. 6, col. 1.
    "GIRL FLAGS TRAIN WITH RED PETTICOAT
    Track Was Clear, but the Young Woman Wanted a Ride.
    GENESEO, N. V., Jan. 17.—That one young woman at least in this town wears a red petticoat is certain. Conductor Sackett, of a branch line of the Erie railroad, which runs through here, if necessary, will vouch for the fact. He saw the petticoat in its entirety only a few days ago. So also did the engineer of Sackett's train. The engineer saw the petticoat first.
    The girl who owned it, who is well known in town socially, was just pullIng it from its natural hiding-place when the train rounded a curve about two miles from Geneseo. The girl was standing on the track. Three other girls were with her. There was a cold wind blowing, and as the girl with the red petticoat waved it the engineer applied the brakes. Conductor Sackett wondered what was the matter and climbed down from his car. He found the girls and petticoat—all red. They only wanted to ride back. They put the petticoat under the conductor's coat till they got in the car.
    Conductor Sackett was angry at the delay, but did not refuse to expedite matters as regards the petticoat, for he knew, he said, just how mean he would feel with his petticoat, if he had one, off on a cold day."
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  • The Minnneapolis Journal, January 25, 1904, p. 12, col. 3.
    "MINNEAPOLIS TEAM WINS
    DEFEATS ST. PAUL FOUR IN THE NORTHWESTERN WHIST ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL TOURNAMENT.
    EVENING SINGLE-PAIR MATCH.
    North and South—Wadsworth-Gray, 153; Jones-Montgomery, l58; Metcalf-Countryman, 158; Barnet-Mrs Paul, 150; Larkin-Mrs Larkin, 149; Coburn-Mrs. Coburn 154; Mix-Mrs. Mix, 159; Littroan-Moulder, 157; McKusick-Miss Knowlton, 151; Lawton-Miss Dudley, 146; Mr. and Mrs. Wheelock 146; Buford-Saunders ,154; Mr. and Mrs Jenkinson, 147; Mr. and Mrs. Pike, 153; Muller-Sbadegg, 150; Gillett-Mis Gillett, 157; Mrs. Jones-Mrs. Barber, 142; King-Johnston, 149; Ringgold-Armstrong, 156; Horn-Kneeland, 152.
    East and West—Chase-Hobart, 122; St John-Stewert, 124; Mr and Mrs Scott, 114; Mrs. Smith-Schoonmaker, 126; Mrs. Metcalf-Mrs. Itingold, 122; Guiwite-Mrs Luther, 115; Reed-Bigelow, 110; Duell-Mrs Donahue, 116; French-Duell, 123; Rankin-Mrs. Rankin, 120; A. C. Paul Mrs. S. S Gillett. 126; Pugh-Satterlee,118; Welzer-Miss Merrick, 122; Sprague- Mrs Sprague, 126; Harris-Mrs. Parsons, 121; Sykes-Brlnsmaid, 123; Mr and Mrs. Higbee, 121; Fraser-Briggs, 123; Parsons-Mrs. Sackett, 120; Todd-Sullivan, 123."
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  • The St. Paul Globe, April 23, 1904, p. 10, col. 3.
    "Substitute Sackett for Kirkman.
    The Prohibition city committee has substituted the name of C. Dell Sackett for that of J. H. Klrkman, withdrawn as a candidate for assemblyman. Sackett is assistant advertising manager for the Northern Pacific and a resident of the Sixth ward."
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  • The St. Paul Globe, May 7, 1904, p. 2, col. 4.
    "BOARD OF CONTROL FAVORS STATE FIRMS
    Action by the state board of control in awarding contracts for supplies for state institutions for the quarter ending July 31 confirms the strength of popular opinion which had until recently criticised the board in awarding so many contracts to jobbers outside of the state for supplying state needs.
    Of fifty firms receiving contracts for supplies, all but four are located in the state. The classes represent beef and pork products, coffee, miscellaneous groceries, hardware, dried and evaporated fruits, men's clothing, paper, tea, sugar, flour, feed, findings and dry goods. Reid, Murdoch Co., Chicago, will provide a portion of the miscellaneous groceries, a Chicago firm will share in the hardware supplies, a New York firm in men's suits, and a Chicago house in the dry goods to be used in state institutions. The prices at which the quarterly contracts were made were not given out by the board of control, which yesterday made known the successful bidders in the various classes.
    The list follows:
    Flour—Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mill Co., Minneapolis; Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mill Co., Anoka; Fergus Flour Mills Co., Fergus Falls; John A. Cole, Rochester, Minn.; Sackett & Fay, St. Peter, Minn.; Washburn-Crosby Co., Minneapolis; H. C. Ervin. St. Cloud; Minnesota Flour Mill Co. Minneapolis.
    Feed—Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mill Co., Anoka; Minnesota Flour Mill Co., Minneapolis; Red River MillingCo., Fergus Falls; Sackett & Fay. St. Peter; Faribault Roller Mills Co., Faribault; John A. Cole, Rochester."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, June 9, 1904, p. 6, col. 4.
    "MINNETONKA
    Mrs. J. E. Gage's pretty summer home at Meadvllle Park was the scene of a picnic gathering yesterday, when a group of twenty women from the Shakspere club and from the Ladies' Whist club took advantage of the fine weather to spend the day at the lake. In the party were Mmes. Merrick, Mix, Luther, Parsons, Barber, Jones, Sackett, Jennison, Trask, Pike, Sanders, Miller, Blair, Dickinson, Lenox, Trevor, Kelley, Peake, Leland, Edmonds, Misses Ina Sackett and Kathleen Merrick. Each had provided her share for the picnic luncheon, which was daintily served in the dining-room and on the piazza. The afternoon was given up to sight-seeing, and the steamer Acte had been chartered for a tour of the lake."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, November 15, 1904, p. 7, cols. 3–4.
    "THOUSANDS FLOCK TO JOHNSON'S HOME
    THRONGS OF VOTERS ATTEND CELEBRATION AT ST. PETER.
    A Big Delegation, Headed by the Journal Newsboys' Band, Goes from Minneapolis on the Journal "Governor's Special" Train — Citizens of St. Peter Join in Receiving the Visitors.
    Five thousand visitors joined with the population of St. Peter last evening in honor to John A. Johnson, governor-elect of Minnesota. The demonstration was originally planned by the citizens ot St. Peter for themselves, but grew beyond all their ideas, and it became a Minnesota jubilee, a non-partizan rejoicing over the election of a worthy son of the north star state to its highest office. Four special trains brought thousands of visitors, and thousands more drove in from the country districts all about. Minnesota street, the broad avenue where St. Peter transacts business, was in gala dress and thronged with people, looking as lively as Nicollet avenue in a carnival time.
    No hall could accommodate the crowds, and, being favored by mild weather, the main part of the program was carried on outdoors, consisting of a street parade, with speeches from carriages to the crowds gathered at each corner of the route.
    The parade was headed by the Journal Newsboys' band, which accompanied the Minneapolis party on the Journal "governor's special." Many local people availed themselves of the low rate and the comfortable accommodations of the Journal train, which left Minneapolis at 4:05 over the Omaha road, arriving in ample time for the exercises and returning in the wee small hours, after the honors had been paid to the governor-elect. Six coaches carried the crowd, and a cafe car furnished refreshments to the hungry pilgrims both going and coming.
    A Great Demonstration.
    The gathering at St. Peter was a notable concourse. People from the nearby towns flocked in without regard to affiliation. A special train from Mankato brought six hundred, and another great delegation came from New Ulm, the train picking up hundreds at the towns between. Eight bands of music made the night air resonant. The vast cheering crowd of people, the booming cannon, the blaring horns, the tasteful decorations and the bright lights everywhere made a scene such as the little city in the valley never before witnessed. The best of it all, tho, was that the city itself was proud of the young man, native to its soil, whose election has honored his friends and neighbors as well as himself. Three other governors — Henry A. Swift, Horace Austin and A. E. McGill — have been St. Peter men, but they were imported products. St. Peter produced John Johnson, and in him supplies the first native son of the state to preside over its destinies and the first to occupy the great marble pile soon to be dedicated as the new state capitol.
    St. Peter Welcomes Guests.
    A citizens' committee of St. Peter, headed by Major A. L. Sackett, receive the guests from outside and made arrangements for their entertainment. Associated on the committee were President Mattson and the faculty of Gustavus Adolphus college, Dr. H. A. Tomlinson. George H. Ribble, I. H. Stark, A. A. Stone, John McCabe, M. G. Evenson, A. Donahower, John M. Treadwell, C. Amundson, Mayor W. Muller, Dan Holland, C. W. Bobcock, Herman Sporing, C. W. Poetz, and a number of others. They greeted guests at the Masonic hall, and there the line formed for the parade.
    The pageant started about 9 o'clock, and the flag at the head was carried by gray-bearded veteran, 84 years old, G. W. Studley. He has always been a staunch republican, but he supported his young friend Johnson, and begged to be allowed to carry the old flag again, as he did when Lincoln reviewed the conquering armies at Washington in 1865. The Journal Newsboys' Band swung down the street with a lively air, followed by a Minneapolis delegation. The firemen of St. Peter formed an escort for the governor-elect, who occupied the first carriage with G. Winston and Mayor Muller. The Modern Wood men in uniform, the Minnesota State band, the Gustavus Adolphus band, the Second Regiment band of New Ulm, the St. Peter band, the Nicollet band, the Kasota band and the Cleveland drum corps, escorted the carriages containing the speakers.
    John A. Johnson was the central figure, of course. The crowds followed and gathered at the corners to hear him speak, hanging on his words, which were necessarily brief, and confined to thanks for the support of his friends and the honors thrust upon him, with a promise to give his best efforts to making a worthy record. Short talks were made from the carriages by G. Winston, E Corrigan, and Orville Rinehart of Minneapolis. C. D. O'Brien, T. J. McDermott and James E Hickey of St. Paul, L. A. Rosing of Cannon Falls.
    Following the street exercises, the guests gathered at the Nicollet hotel, where a banquet was served. Major A. L. Sackett presided, and short responses were made by Governor-elect Johnson, F. G. Winston, Frank A. Day and others. The special trains left at a late hour, bearing away nearly all of the visitors.
    Many Prominent Visitors.
    Democrats were in attendance from all parts of the state, including William Gausewitz of Owatonna, Fred Ryan of Duluth, Representative M. J. O'Laughlin of Wabasha, Mayor Frank Glotzbach and party from Faribault, Mayor Taylor of Mankato, George Jones of Jackson, Cleve W. Van Dyke of Alexandria, Mayor G. Armson of Stillwater, and others from all parts of southern Minnesota.
    In the Minneapolis party were F. G. Winston, R. Corrigan, Edward O'Brien, W. H. Williams, George Porter, C. A. Quist, G. McMillan, V. Collins, S. V. Morris, Jr., Thomas Downs, James McMullen, L. H. McKinstry, Frank Meyst, Ed A. Stevens, Frank N. Stacy, Professor Wilhelm Pettersen, O. G. Rosing, Harry A. Lund, James Dwyer, Louis Engwall, and other representative Minneapolis people. The St. Paul delegation was chiefly democratic, headed by R. T. O 'Connor, and including G. Pyle, C. D. O'Brien, T. R. Kane, Frank Huber, Reuben Warner, Jr., E Hobe, W. Egan, Peter Van Hoven, R. Hickey, T. McDermott, M. Kain and a of others prominent in the democratic party.
    The governor-elect was visibly tired from the strain of the campaign, from which he has not yet recovered. He is now kept busy answering letters and talking with applicants for appointments. He leaves this evening for St. Louis and the south to rest two weeks or more. The party consists of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Day, and Major A. L. Sackett of St. Peter."
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  • The St. Paul Globe, March 30, 1905, p. 1, col. 6–7.
    "STATE TAKES HAND IN INSURANCE DEAL
    OFFICERS OF MINNEAPOLIS COMPANY DEPOSED
    Commissioner Thomas D. O'Brien Takes Charge of Affairs of Northwestern National Life Company That Built Big Auditorium—Resignations Are Demanded and Committee of Mill City Citizens Is Named in Attempt to Protect Interests of Policy Holders
    Thomas D. O'Brien, state insurance commissioner, yesterday took charge of the affairs of the Northwestern National Life insurance company of Minneapolis, the company that built the Auditorium in Minneapolis on a promise from the citizens that they would raise $2,000,000 business for them.
    Yesterday afternoon the insurance commissioner, after a conference with Gov. Johnson, Atty. Gen. Young, State Auditor B. F. Carroll of lowa, and the company's board of directors, ordered the members of the executive committee of the board of directors to resign as officers and directors. This order called for the resignations of W. F. Bechtel, president: A. F. Timme, first vice president, and Fred J. Sackett, secretary and treasurer.
    Securing these resignations, Commissioner O'Brien then named a committee of Minneapolis citizens, consisting of Mayor David P. Jones, former Gov. John Lilnd, Lucien Swift, B. F. Nelson and F. A. Carle. This committee will meet this morning and suggest to the remaining directors suitable men to fill the vacancies. The insurance commissioner also demands that the acts of this committee be ratified by a meeting or the policy holders of the company, called at a future time for that purpose.
    Time for Action Arrives
    After a sweeping Investigation of the affairs of the Northwestern National Life insurance company by the insurance commissioner, the belief prevailed that under the present management the stockholders would lose heavily; that the affairs were in a bad financial condition, and the committee of prominent Minneapolis citizens was appointed to save what it could from the impending wreck.
    The action In appointing this safety committee came yesterday afternoon, after an all day conference between Gov. Johnson, Commissioner O'Brien, Atty. Gen. Young, State Auditor Carroll of lowa, the officers and directors of the company and members of the committee.
    One of the very first moves was to demand the resignations of the officers of the company, which were tendered, and the committee will have full control. A meeting will be held in Minneapolis today to take up the work of reorganization.
    The committee selected by Commissioner O'Brien includes Mayor David P. Jones, former Gov. Lind, Lucien Swift, and B. F. Nelson. F. A. Carle was chosen to act on the committee,but declined to serve.
    The officers who resigned were: W. F. Bechtel, president: A. F. Timme, first vice president; Fred J. Sackett, secretary and treasurer.
    The report of the insurance commissioner was made to Gov. Johnson yesterday afternoon. The probe has been swinging over the insurance company for some time, and rumors of an unsatisfactory condition of affairs had reached the public. The report of the commissioner follows: …"
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  • The St. Paul Globe, April 10, 1905, p. 8, col. 2.
    "STILL HOLDS PLACE
    Secretary Whose Resignation Was Suggested Is In Office
    The directors of the Northwestern National Life Insurance company have not acted upon the resignation of F. J. Sackett, secretary and director, which was tendered at the suggestion of Insurance Commissioner O'Brien when the matter of the reorganization of the company was considered at a meeting held at the capitol in St. Paul a few days ago.
    Mr. Sackett continues as secretary and director. W. F. Bechtel, the president has given place to L. W. Collins, former justice of the supreme court, and five other directors. No vice president has been selected to succeed A. F. Timme, who was also a member of the directory. The next meeting of the directors will be held on Wednesday, and it is possible a new secretary will be elected."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, May 12, 1905, p. 15, col. 4.
    "A KILLING AT WIBAUX
    Floyd Sackett Shot Dead in a Quarrel with a Neighbor.
    GLENDIVE, MONT.—Floyd Sackett, a well-known resident of Wibaux, was shot and instantly killed at Ox Ranch last night, it is alleged, by Mark White.
    Sackett and White, it is said, were involved in an altercation over the removal of some sheep from land claimed by Sackett. White, according to the charges, became greatly angered over something Sackett said and before he could be restrained shot Sackett, the bullet striking him in the forehead and penetrating the brain.
    White was disarmed and is in custody in Wibaux. Both men are said to stand well in the community."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, May 13, 1905, p. 10, col. 3.
    "DIES IN REMORSE
    Mark White, Slayer of Sackett, Kills Himself.
    HELENA, MONT.—Remorse over his act in killing Floyd Sackett, near Wibaux, Wednesday night, drove Mark White to self-destruction. Late advices from the scene of the tragedy say that before he could be arrested he calmly arranged his affairs for ending his career, settled several business matters, bade his family farewell and then shot himself at his ranch."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, November 6, 1905, p. 1, col. 7.
    "FIRE INSURANCE MEN ARRAIGNED
    Messrs. Bechtel, Kerr, Sackett, Campbell and Dearth Answer to Indictments.
    ALL PLEAD NOT GUILTY AND GIVE $5,000 BAIL
    Eight Bills Against Former President Bechtel, One of Bribing Elmer H. Dearth.
    "Good morning, have you been arrested yet?"
    With this salutation, former officials of the Northwestern Life Insurance company met their friends when they assembled this morning at County Attorney Al J. Smith's society function in Judge H. D. Dickinson's courtroom.
    Messrs. W. A. Kerr, Fred J. Sackett, Wallace Campbell and W. F. Bechtel, all present in answer to bench warrants, discussed their dilemma with smiles and attempted witticisms, but beneath it all there was tense seriousness. The arraignment was postponed until 2 p.m. to give the defendants time to secure bondsmen.
    Shortly after 2 o'clock the prominent defendants appeared before the bar of justice and one by one listened to indictments charging them with felonies. All pleaded not guilty and their trials were set for dates early in the term.
    The Charges.
    W. F. Bechtel is accused, in one bill, of giving a bribe of $200 to former State Insurance Commissioner Elmer S Dearth, who is alleged to have approved a false report of assets made by the company. It is alleged that the report of assets included $50,000 worth of securities that, instead of being in the company's possession as reported, were held as collateral for a large loan in Iowa. The former president of the company is also accused in seven bills of grand larceny in the first degree, each indictment alleging a distinct embezzlement of considerable amount.
    Elmer H. Dearth, former state insurance commissioner, is charged with receiving a bribe of $200.
    W. A. Kerr, former counsel and director of the company, is accused in two bills of grand larceny in the first degree or embezzlement from the company.
    Fred J. Sackett, former director, secretary and treasurer, pleaded to five indictments charging embezzlement.
    Wallace Campbell, former vice president, is accused on two counts of grand larceny in the first degree or embezzlement.
    Dr. J. F. Force, former president of the old Northwestern Life association, is in California with his family. The other defendants say that he will probably come to Minneapolis at once.
    Bail Is Furnished
    Bail for each defendant was fixed at $5,000 and bondsmen representing over a million dollars worth of property were on hand to furnish the necessary signatures. W. L. Harris and J. F. Jordan qualified for Mr. Bechtel's bond, P. D. Boutell and H. L. Qilkie signed Mr. Campbell's, and W. L. Harris and J. E. Gage are the signatories on Mr. Sackett's bonds. The same bondsmen qualified for the bonds of the other two defendants.
    Never has a Hennepin county court been graced by a more formidable array of legal talent than that which faced Judge Dickinson in defense of the five prominent defendants. Former judges, county attorneys, United States officials and others known among the twin cities' best lawyers were there and gave promise of one of the fiercest legal fights ever had in this county or state.
    Victor Welsh of Welsh & Hubachek appeared for Mr. Bechtel; Ralph Whelan of Koon, Whelan & Bennett, represented Wallace Campbell; Charles W. Somerby, acted as Mr. Sackett's counsel; Judge Robert Jamison of Belden, Jamison & Hawley, appeared for Judge Kerr, and Pierce Butler, former county attorney of Ramsey county, represented Elmer H. Dearth."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, November 7, 1905, p. 6, col. 2.
    "ALL WILL DEMUR
    Life Insurance Officials Plan First Step in Defense.
    Indicted life insurance officials were not as plenty about the courthouse today as yesterday. The principals and their attorneys are busy preparing the demurers that will be made to the various indictments. No attempt will he made to make stock of a clerical error in one of the four indictments against Fred J. Sackett, the former secretary of the company. One of the four charges after naming Mr. Sackett was by mistake made to read in the name of Mr. Bechtel after the first mention of Mr. Sackett's name, Charles W. Somerby, who represents Mr Sackett, said today that it would he admitted that the mistake was clerical and that the indictment is really intended for Mr. Sackett. At any rate there are three other similar counts against him."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, (Minneapolis, Minn.), January 21, 1906, p. 2, col. 4.
    "MAJOR SACKETT FOR COMMANDER G. A. R.
    St Peter Veteran Mentioned as Successor to McDonald of St Cloud.
    Addison Sackett
    Major A. L. Sackett, St. Peter, Who May Become Department Commander of the Minnesota G. A. R.
    Special to The Journal.
    St. Peter, Minn., Jan. 20. Among the civil war veterans who are receiving mention as possible successors to C. Macdonald of St. Cloud, department commander of the Minnesota G. A. R., is Major A. L. Sackett of this city. The St. Peter man is not an active candidate for the place, but should he allow the use of his name he would have a loyal following of Grand Army men throughout the state.
    Major Sackett has a war record of which any man might be proud, having served three years and nine months with the Eighty-ninth New York infantry. When his regiment was recruited he enlisted in Company E and fought with it at Antietam, Fredricksburg, Hanover Junction and the siege of Petersburg. He was on the firing line in all of its twenty battles and Skirmishes, and did not lay down his arms until after the surrender at Appomattox.
    While not one of its territorial settlers, Major Sackett is nevertheless a veteran Minnesota miller. Directly after the close of the war he came to St. Peter and was employed in the mill which he now owns. At that time this city was one of the greatest primary wheat markets in the west, millions of bushels of grain being marketed here every fall and freighted out by the steamers in the spring of the year. When the first railroad was built here in 1871, he formed a partnership with Charles Fay and they have controlled the industry for nearly thirty-five years.
    Major Sackett has several times held public office. A few months after coming to St. Peter he was elected register of deeds of Nicollet county for one term, and in 1882 was sent to the state senate, serving four years. He has thrice been mayor of St. Peter, was for thirteen years a trustee of the St. Peter state hospital, and is now a member of the board of trustees of the Minnesota Soldiers' home."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal. April 23, 1906, p. 11, col. 4.
    "Shakspere's Birthday Honored.
    Today is Shakspere's birthday and the Ladies' Shakspere club paid it honor with a banquet at Dayton's tearooms. It was the annual banquet of the club and covers were placed for twenty-five. The decorations were in the club colors, yellow and brown, with a brown Japanese basket of yellow flowers in the center of the table and a smart ribbon bow on the handle. The place cards we're in buff, lettered in brown, and the buff menu cards bore on the cover a picture of Anne Hathawav's cottage at Shottery.
    Mrs. W. H. Ritchie acted as toast mistress and the program of toasts was preceded by a piano solo by Miss Sackett. Mrs. Charles-Peake responded to the toast "The Biennial" Mrs. Heck Merriam, "Our Future" Mrs. William Cleator, "Happy Days" Mrs. Charles Wallace, "Our Husbands" and Mrs. F. J. Sackett, "Shakspere." The program was varied with vocal solos by Mrs. Ernest Colwell and Mrs. Grove gave a reading, the council from "Othello." Tomorrow the Ladies' Shakspere club will hold its annual meeting with Mrs. Merriam, 3010 Humboldt avenue S."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, May 25, 1906, p. 6, col. 2.
    " CIVIL SUIT FOR INS. OFFICIALS
    MR. ROBERTSON* BRINGS ACTION AGAINST BECHTEL AND OTHERS.
    A Policyholder Charges Them with Unlawful Diversion of the Company's Funds and Demands Thru the Court an Accounting and Repayment.
    James Robertson has brought suit against the former officers of the Northwestern National Life Insurance company to secure an accounting and a refundment of certain moneys.
    The plaintiff is a well-known local lawyer and a policyholder in the company has brought suit against William F. Bechtel, Jacob F. Force, Fred J. Sackett, Wallace Campbell, A. F. Timme, William A. Kerr, H. B. Willis, George Haywood and the Northwestern National Life Insurance company.
    He prays "that said defendants, other than said insurance company, may be compelled to account for their official conduct as officers and directors of said defendant Northwestern National Life Insurance company during their respective terms of office as such and in the management and disposition of the assets, funds and property of said insurance company and that judgment be rendered on said accounting accordingly, as the facts may be found to warrant it, for judgment in favor of said defendant insurance company and against such of said defendants as may be held liable thereto."
    The allegations upon which the plaintiff bases his demands, are practically the same as those contained in the indictments recently returned against some of the former officials. It is also alleged that there was an illegal over payment on the lots where the Auditorium has since been built that $50,000 as unlawfully paid out in 1901 for legislative purposes and various other amounts in various ways, aggregating about $400,000.
    An official of the insurance company said this afternoon that the present directors had all along recognized the possibility that civil suits to recover funds might properly be brought against certain former officials. They had never declined to bring such actions, he said, but had felt that they could proceed much more intelligent when the disclosures consequent upon the criminal trials were all in hand. With this in view, full transcripts of all the evidence in the trials have already been taken and these are being amplified as the prosecutions progress.
    col. 5–7.
    FORCE TO CLAIM RIGHT TO CHECK
    FORMER INSURANCE COMPANY OFFICIAL'S DEFENSE OUTLINED.
    State's Case Against the Doctor Practically All in at Noon—Defendant May Raise Questions of Law and Statute of Limitations as Well as of Felonious Intent.
    DR. J. F. FORCE'S DEFENSE
    Under his contract with his company he was entitled to a salary of $15,000 a year. He had been drawing only $10,000 a year, and at the time of the consolidation of his company with Mr. Bechtel's, the company owed him $15,000. The Metropolitan bank stock was transferred to him in payment of that debt and it was assigned to him by written Instruments signed by President Bechtel and Secretary Getty on Feb. 27, 1901.
    This is a brief summary of the defense as it as detailed to the jury in Judge Frank C. Brooks' court this afternoon by George P. Flannery, chief counsel for Dr. Force. It is the foundation upon which the accused hopes to build up a case strong enough to result in his acquittal and vindication in the eyes of the public. It is pronounced by able lawyers to be the strongest possible defense. It will be subjected to strenuous attack by the state and will have to be judged in the light of some strongly contradicting evidence in the state's case.
    Some Legal Questions.
    Some interesting legal questions will probably be raised by the defense. There is the matter of statute of limitations, which to some lawyers seems a bar to the present prosecution. If the $675 check appropriated by Dr. Force within the three-year limit was illegally appropriated then the other checks drawn before that were illegally appropriated, they say, and the transfer of the stock that formed the basis of the taking of these checks the defendant was illegal. Prosecution upon the transfer of this stock is barred by the statute of limitations and it will probably be contended by the defense that as the taking of this check grew out of and as a part of the transfer, it therefore comes under the same rule.
    Another point that may be raised is an allegation that Dr. Force did not come into possession of this check by virtue of his position as vice president of the insurance company and therefore, altho he did feloniously appropriate it to his own use, he is not guilty of embezzlement, with which he is charged and for which he is now on trial.
    It will be argued that, even tho the defendant had no legal right to this stock, he thought he had, and acting on his belief he was not guilty of a felonious intent. The state has introduced strong circumstantial evidence to establish a knowledge and intent, on the part of Dr. Force, to defraud the company.
    What State Has Shown.
    Assistant County Attorney John F. Dahl had practically completed the state's case at noon today. The state has shown:
    That the board of directors had control of all of the corporation property, including the check alleged to have been fraudulently appropriated by Dr. Force.
    That Dr. Force was vice president, a director and a member of the executive committee of the insurance company.
    That 135 shares of stock in the Metropolitan bank were owned by the company in 1900.
    That the books of the company show no assignment of this stock to Dr. Force.
    That the books of the company show no receipt of the $675 check upon which the indictment is based.
    That the books of the bank show no transfer or assignment of this stock to Dr. Force or to anyone else.
    That four of the directors knew nothing about the alleged assignment of this stock.
    Checks Cashed by Force.
    That eight checks for liquidation dividends issued in the liquidation of stock on the Metropolitan bank to the insurance company for a total of $15,322.50 were indorsed and cashed by Dr. Force.
    That Dr. Force was drawing $10,000 a year from the insurance company after he had ceased to take an active part in its management, and that the company’s books showed no other money owing to him.
    That Dr. Force never told J. T. Wyman, president of the bank, with whom he was a fellow director and on terms of personal friendship, anything about his owing this bank stock.
    That the defendant did not inform H. B. Willis, a director of the insurance company, that the stock had been transferred to him, and that in 1904 he did ask Willis if he knew what had become of the Metropolitan bank stock. Willis, replying that he did not, Force then said that Wallace Campbell had told him that the stock had been charged to the expense account. Willis then asked him what the examiner of the insurance department was doing not to have noticed it, and Force replied that Bechtel had told him if anything of that kind was to be done, it should be done boldly and it would never be discovered.
    That after the first indictment was returned against Dr. Force he had met Z. H. Austin, a former employee of the company, and Austin had asked him about the Metropolitan bank stock, and Force had then told him that Bechtel had turned it over to him in payment of a personal debt and that he supposed Bechtel had a right to the stock.
    Frank E. Holton was called today by the state. Mr. Holton was cashier of the Metropolitan bank at the time of its consolidation with the Northwestern National bank, identified the certificates for the disputed 135 shares of stock and swore that they had been presented for liquidation, but could not swear who had presented them, or whether they were left at the bank or taken away at the time of the payment of the first dividend. He also testified that the bank books contained no record of any assignment or transfer of the stock from the insurance company to anyone. He testified that the $675 check Dr. Force is alleged to have embezzled from the insurance company was not credited to him but to the count of Sarah J. Force, the defendant's wife. Mr. Holton swore that three of the eight checks paid in liquidation of the 135 shares of stock had been lost and a diligent search failed to discover them.
    On cross-examination, Mr. Flannery brought out that one of the liquidation checks had been applied as payment on a note Dr. Force owed the Northwestern National bank.
    On redirect examination the witness swore that he was a friend of and associated in business with Dr. Force, but that he never had any conversation with the defendant relative to the liquidation of the stock in question.
    Z. H. Austin was recalled by the state and when asked as to Dr. Force's duties with the insurance company, he said: “I always supposed Dr. Force's connection with the company as a personal one between Mr. Bechtel and him." He said Dr. Force was away a good share of the time, but that he did not come in direct contact with him sufficiently to know how much.
    E. M. Stickney, cashier of the insurance company, explained the company's methods of handling checks and swore that the checks paid in liquidation of the bank stock had never been received by nor credited to the insurance company.
    Henry L. White, present auditor and former bookkeeper of the insurance company, said the insurance company kept a personal account with Dr. Force.
    The account for 1901 balanced on Dec. 2, 1902, he said, and he swore that $24,497.89 was charged to Dr. Force during that year. This amount, testified White, included the Metropolitan bank stock.
    "And you say you made an arbitrary entry of this debit and this credit at the order of Mr. Bechtel?" "Yes, sir."
    "Does that account show all the moneys received by him during that year?" "No, sir."
    "Does this account with Dr. Force show the receipt by him of any the checks paid on this bank stock?”
    "No, sir."
    "Is there any notation in the index of this book of this account with Dr. Force?"
    "I don't see any. I don't know why there isn't."
    On cross-examination the witness swore that Mr. Timme, the company's actuary, told him that this stock must be charged off before the end of the year.
    "Dr. Force never gave you any orders relative to making entries of corrections on the books!" asked Mr. Flannery.
    "He never did."
    "And as far as you know Dr. Force never knew of these entries until after this trouble?"
    On re-direct examination Mr. White stated that the bank stock entries were made on a written order by Bechtel, but that this order was lost.
    Judge W. A. Kerr, formerly attorney for and a director of the insurance company and now under indictment for alleged embezzlement, was called by the state.
    "Were you ever consulted by any of the officers or directors concerning any transfer of any Metropolitan bank stock to Dr. Force or to any one else?"
    "No, sir I was not. I do not believe that I even knew of its existence."
    Wallace Campbell, another of the accused directors, was called and also testified that he had never been consulted or knew of any transfer of Metropolitan bank stock during 1900 or 1901.
    "Was the matter ever brought up at a meeting of the board of directors?"
    "Not to my knowledge."
    Fred J. Sackett, former director, gave testimony to the same effect as his immediate predecessors."
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  • The Minneapolis Journal, June 12, 1906, p. 6, col. 2.
    "INSURANCE MEN KEEP IN HIDING
    SHERIFF UNABLE TO LOCATE STATE'S WITNESSES.
    Trial of Judge Kerr Proceeds without Presence of Bechtel and Getty—Assistant County Attorney Dahl Outlines Case Against Defendant and Calls Fred J. Sackett to Stand.
    With a jury completed in a remarkably short time for so important a case, the trial of Judge W. A. Kerr, charged with embezzling from the insurance company of which he was a director, began in earnest at 11 o'clock today before Judge F. C. Brooks.
    The state goes into the trial somewhat crippled by its inability to find George F. Getty, a former official who is under subpena, but who evidently prefers to be in contempt of court rather than to appear on the witness stand.
    Bechtel Not Found.
    A subpena is also out for former President W. F. Bechtel, but up to noon today the sheriff had been unable to find him. Frank Morrill, who preceded Judge Kerr as counsel for the company, has also been subpenaed by the state. What he can or will tell concerning the affairs of the company is at present a puzzle to all but the prosecutor. His testimony is anticipated with some interest, as he has never before been called upon to take the stand in one of the insurance cases.
    First Assistant County Attorney John F. Dahl opened to the jury immediately after the panel was completed. He spoke directly and briefly outlined the state's case by which the defendant is charged with embezzling $10,000 from the insurance company by means of his acts as a director of the company when the Force contract was commuted.
    Reviews History.
    The prosecutor reviewed the history of the life insurance company from the time of its organization in 1895 to 1903, the time when the crime for which Judge Kerr is on trial is alleged to have been committed, explained the relationship existing between Dr. Force and W. F. Bechtel, as it has been shown in previous trials, and elucidated the contract that Dr. Force held, and which was commuted by the company directors in 1903.
    "We will show you that Judge Kerr introduced the resolution to commute this contract and to pay Dr. Force $10,000 in 1908, and other sums afterwards," said Mr. Dahl. "We will show you that he voted for it, and in so doing aided and abetted in the commission of embezzlement, of which he is guilty under our laws.
    "We will show you that Judge Kerr was aware of the original agreement between Force and Bechtel and knew that it did not constitute a valid obligation against the company. His motive is plain. He was made a director of the company and he was made its legal adviser with plenty of good fat attorney fees. We do not contend that he is not a brilliant lawyer and perhaps earned all of the fees he received, but the fact that he made it possible to earn these fees is a sufficient motive for doing Bechtel's bidding."
    Sackett First on Stand.
    Mr. Dahl followed his opening with the introduction of articles of incorporation and other documentary evidence, laying the same foundations as in the Bechtel and Force cases. Fred J. Sackett, a former official, and now under indictment, was the first witness called and he identified the minutes of meetings at which Bechtel was elected president and the defendant was elected a director of the company.
    The jurymen who will have to pass upon the guilt or innocence of the defendant are: John De Smidt, Vilroy E. Clifford, Albert M. Larson, Clyde H. Crockett, James B. Duffy, Jonas Carlson, David S. Ringrose, F. E. Reynolds, Harry J. Allingham, Cyrus G. Chalker, Wesley Stringer and Fred M. Hinch."
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  • The Bemidji Daily Pioneer, June 27, 1906, p. 2, col. 4.
    "UNTIL ARREARS ARE WIPED OUT.
    Supreme Lodge, United Workmen, Levies Special Assessment.
    Montreal, June 27.—The supreme lodge, Ancient Order of United Workmen, has concluded its sessions here. To place the order on a more substantial basis the following action was taken:
    The present indebtedness of the order will be met by an assessment of 10 cents per month upon each member until the arrears are wiped out; this to be applied to lodges which have failed to meet their obligations. Each high rate jurisdiction before receiving aid from the general order must agree to put in force the following rates before Oct. 1: $1.24 per month per $1,000 at the age of eighteen years and scaling up to $2.05 at thirty-five; $3.09 at forty-six; $4.04 at fifty-two to the extreme limit of $9.65 at seventy years. Specified forms of policies are exempted.
    The guarantee fund established three years ago and which resulted in the secession of several grand lodges has been abolished. Officers were elected as follows:
    Supreme master workman, W. H. Narvis, Muscatine, Ia.; supreme foreman, J. A. Eickstein, New Ulm, Minn.; supreme overseer, J. C. Gallagher, New Haven, Conn.; supreme recorder, P. W. Sackett, Meadville, Pa.; supreme receiver, H. B. Dickinson, Buffalo, N. Y.; supreme guide, A. T. Patterson, Montreal; supreme watch, M. E. Schultz, Beatrice, Neb."
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  • The Bemidji Daily Pioneer, July 19, 1907, p. 2, col. 2.
    "MINE OWNER ON THE STAND
    Describes Conditions Existing at Telluride, Colo., Prior to the Declaration of Martial Law and the Arrival of Militia on the Scene.
    Boise. Ida., July 1.—Rebuttal evidence for the state in the Haywood trial was concluded during the afternoon and as the case now stands it is likely arguments will begin Friday.
    O. M. Sackett, one of the officials of the Smuggler Union mine at Telluride, Colo., was the one witness under examination during the morning. He gave an interesting account of the conditions existing in Telluride from 1901 to 1906 leading up to the declaration of martial law.
    An interesting piece of documentary evidence introduced by the state was a written agreement entered into in 1901 between Edward Collins, manager of the Smuggler Union mine, and Vincent St. John, president of the local union of the Western Federation of Miners. Under this agreement St. John agreed to stop the attacks upon the Smuggler Union mine as agreed between himself and Mr. Collins.
    Under cross-examination Sackett was unshaken. He joined the action of the citizens in taking the law into their own hands prior to the arrival of the militia and described the conditions as contrary to the wellbeing of peace loving citizens.
    On the opening of court Attorney Richardson notified the state that the defense desired three of the state witnesses to remain in town. Judge Wood announced that prior to the opening of argument he would notify counsel as to the main points in the evidence of which he would instruct the jury. Clarence Darrow, for the defense, announced the sur-rebuttal for the defense would be very short.
    May Increase Court Hours.
    Judge Wood said that while he would not limit the attorneys in the arguments he probably would increase the court hours so as to get through as quickly as possible. The lawyers were inclined to protest against this. Mr. Hawley, for the state, announced that he had been anything but well during the past few days. He said he might have to temporarily abandon the examination of witnesses if he felt no better. The matter of arranging the hours for argument was finally left in abeyance.
    O. M. Sackett of Telluride, Colo., for fifteen years an employee of the Smuggler Union mine, was the first witness of the day. He told his personal experience in the big riot at the Smuggler Union mine in 1901, when he said that he and several other employees were compelled to run a perfect hail of bullets in order to get to the mine.
    The witness stated that Vincent St. John was head of the local union at Telluride at that time. Over objection by the defense he was allowed to state that as a result of negotiations he had with St. John an agreement between Edgar A. Collins, assistant manager of the mine, and St. John of the union, was drawn up and signed. The agreement, when offered in evidence, was objected to by the defense. Judge Wood, after considering the matter for some little time, decided to admit the paper and it proved one of the most interesting and important exhibits of the trial. It was dated July 3, 1901, and in it the Miners' union agreed to refrain from violence for three days. The agreement was in part as follows:
    Agreed to Refrain From Violence.
    "It is hereby agreed between the Miners' union, by V. St. John, president, and the Smuggler Union company, by Edgar A. Collins, assistant manager, that all work on said mine shall cease for a period of three days ending Friday, and that said Miners' union will refrain from violence as to the person and property for the same period. The said Smuggler Union mine may employ four guards during the period."
    The witness then told of the killing of Arthur Collins, superintendent of the mine, the disappearance of several miners in the district and various disorders. He said the men were afraid to work, that many of these were shot at on their way to the mines and it was because of these conditions that the troops were brought in and martial law proclaimed.
    On cross-examination Sackett said the trouble in 1901 lasted only three days. Then the agreement went into effect and the matter was settled.
    Attorney Richardson read to the witness and the jury another agreement entered into on July 6, 1901, by the Smuggler Union mine and the Miners' union. It set forth that the differences between the mine and the union had been amicably adjusted, the union expressing its "entire disapproval of the recent outrages" and agreeing not to molest union or nonunion workers.
    Sackett next was asked as to the part he played in the deportation of the men from the Telluride district. He said he helped "escort" out of town members who were recognized as agitators and who had prevented peaceable citizens from going to work.
    "You made these deportations without any authority of law, didn't you?"
    "We had the law of self-defense," replied Sackett."
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  • The Bemidji Daily Pioneer, July 23, 1914, p. 2, col. 5.
    "FlVE WORKMEN ARE KILLED AT PANAMA
    Eighteen Others Injured by Premature Blast.
    Panama, July 2.—The premature explosion of a 4,800-pound dynamite charge at Oucanacha slide killed five workmen, four of them white, and severely injured one white man and seventeen negroes.
    The workmen were aboard the drill barge Teredo, which was wrecked and sank in the channel. The men had just completed charging the last of eight drill holes with 600 pounds of 60 per cent dynamite when the explosion occurred. The charge was to have removed the last stone in the channel cut.
    The white men killed were David Kett, captain of the barge, of Amherstburg, Ont; Charles Sackett, Parkersburg, Md.; J. F. Smith, Philadelphia, Pa.; J. H. Jones, Houghton, Mich.
    Michael Koenig of Maryland was severely injured. The two men who were charging the hole escaped without injury. It is thought several of the injured negroes will die."
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  • The Appeal (Saint Paul, Minnesota), May 1, 1915, p. 1, col. 2.
    "HUNGRY CHICKS PROVE CASE.
    Come Home With Quantity of Neighbor's Corn and a Few Messages.
    Stevens Point, Wis. Frank M. Sackett, after a great deal of difficulty, has convinced H. K. West of this town that his chickens are a lot of bandits at heart. He told him about it long ago, and now Mr. West, blushing, admits to it.
    Mr. Sackett complained that his seeds were being dug up faster than he could plant them. Mr West spoke about Missouri, and Mr. Sackett agreed to "show him". He scattered corn in his garden, but first ran a thread through each kernel, and on the far end he tied little cards.
    Hanging from each chicken's beak when they went home were the evidences of guilt. No jury's verdict was ever more damning.
    Here are a few of the inscriptions on the cards:
    "I have just been scratching in Mr. Sackett's yard."
    "I am a naughty chicken."
    "I have been trespassing."
    "I am a feathered bandit.""
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Source:
"Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers," digital image, Library of Congress (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/).