Newspaper Abstracts, recent additions


  • The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, 23 Jan 1885, p4
    "A Sad Divorce Suit
    —Sad it is when man and wife, who have sailed together for a quarter century over the varying oceans of life, from the isles of youth until almost to peaceful harbors of shadow land find their bark wrecked upon the breakers of discord. Mrs. Martha E. Sackett, of Arrowsmith, has filed a bill for divorce against her husband, Sabina Sackett. In the declaration she relates a story that, if true, is a pitiful commentary upon life, love and matrimony. She says she married him in 1855; both were young and poor, and both worked together and accumulated land and property, until now there lies in his name 240 acres of fine land, valued at $15,000 or more; that in 1884 she was compelled to yield to his repeated cruelty, abuse, neglect, vilification and avarice and leave him, after having been a faithful wife and bearing him six children; that she is now dependent upon her daughter for support, her only asset being an investment of $1,000, which her father gave her, and which is placed in unproductive city lots. Mrs. Sackett says that her husband worked her to death, refused to obtain medical treatment for her when ill, refused to support her, and added vile insult to injury by calling her the most insulting of names implying her lack of wifely virtue. She asks for a divorce and an equitable division of the property which she helped to accumulate."
    [Transcribed by Chris Sackett from image researched by Erin Dennis]
  • The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, 19 Mar 1885, page 3
    -Yesterday's proceedings-
    A decree of divorce was granted to Martha E. Sackett, from her husband, Sabina Sackett."
    [Transcribed from by Ted Smith]
  • The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, 22 Mar 1909, p9
    "Sabina Sackett Is Dead.
    Mr. Sabina Sackett, another of the pioneers of this county, passed away in death Friday night at 10:30 o'clock at his home near Arrowsmlth, aged 80 years. Altho he had been in poor health for some time his final illness was only of two days duration, the end being directly due to a stroke of apoplexy, which he suffered Thursday.
    The decedent was born in Delaware county, O., March 22, 1828 and his boyhood days were passed in that locality. At the age of 23 he came with his parents to Illinois, making the trip in a wagon and settling near Twin Grove, this county. On April 17, 1855 Mr. Sackett was married to Miss Martha Hill and to the union six children were born, four of whom survive, viz: William H., and Effie May, both of Bloomington, James E. and Seth T., of Arrowsmith.
    In December 1865 Mr. Sackett moved to a farm near Arrowsmlth, where he continued to live ever afterwards. He was one of the first in that vicinity of that town to clear and improve his farm and as far as known he was the only old settler that was living on the farm that he originally improved. He is also survived by a brother, Charles of Greenfield, In., and five sisters, Josephine Hayward, Sarah Wills, Lydla Stears, Maris Barney, all of Jasper, Minn., and Katherine Curros of Iowa; also fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
    Mr. Sackett was an honest, upright man, kind and considerate in his home and of a jovial disposition. It could also be said of him that he was a good citizen. For some time he had felt that his end was approaching and recently in conversation with members of his family he expressed his readiness for the summons.
    The funeral will take place this morning at 11 o'clock st the Christian church In Arrowsmith, Rev. R. Russell officiating. Interment in Greenwood cemetery."
    [Transcribed by Chris Sackett from image researched by Erin Dennis]
  • The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, 23 Jan 1920, page 7
    Mrs. Martha E. Sackett, who for eighty-two years has lived in the vicinity of Bloomington, died at 10:15 last night at her home at 1021 East Front street. Her death came as the result of many ills attendant upon advanced age. Mrs. Sackett was born April 17, 1832 at Twin Grove in the days when Bloomington was a little country town on the trail between Chicago and St. Louis. On April 17, 1855 she was married to Sabina Sackett. For several years they rented farms in several directions from Bloomington. In 1865 they secured a farm In the vicinity of Arrowsmlth and from that time Arrowsmlth has been considered their home. Mr. Sackett died 12 years ago. There are three sons and one daughter surviving. They are Will at 1020 East Front street; Seth, of Arrowsmlth; Irwin, of Normal; and Effie M. Doty. Mrs. Sackett was for many years a member of the First Christian church.
    [Transcribed from image by Ted Smith]
  • The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, 2 May 1940, Thu, Page 5
    William Sackett Dies at 82 Years
    William H. Sackett, 82, died at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Walsh, 503 South Moore street. Mr. Sackett was a retired carpenter and had been in ill health for some time.
    Funeral services will be held at home at 2 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Chester B. Grubb will officiate. Burial will be in Park Hill cemetery.
    He was born Jan 15, 1858, near Bloomington. On Sept. 1, 1880, he was married in Normal to Addie Scoville who died Oct. 30, 1895. Three sons, an infant and Fay and Lucius D. Sackett and two daughters, Mrs. Lester Armstrong and Mrs. Pearl Downey, preceded him in death.
    He is survived by a son, Guy W. Sackett, Anderson, Ind.; a daughter, Mrs. T. M. Walsh, Bloomington; two brothers, Irvin Sackett of Downs and Seth S. Sackett of Arrowsmith, and a sister Effie M. Doty, 923 West Moulton street. There are several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
    [Researched and transcribed by Erin Dennis]


  • Star-Gazette, Elmira, New York, 24 Sep 1900, Mon, Page 7
    Something of Interest Concerning Frank E. Sackett.
    He Possesses All of the Qualifications Which Entitle Him to Hold the Office—His Able Business Career.
    There is no reason in the world why every resident of the county should not vote for the Democratic nominee for county treasurer. On the other hand there is every reason why each voter of Chemung county should cast their ballot for him. Frank E. Sackett, the man whom the Democrats of this county have selected for this office, possesses every qualification which should fit a man for just such an office. He is a thorough business man and has been allied with the business interests of this county all his life. He is quiet, unassuming and strictly business, and has a most complete knowledge of business methods and how financial matters matters should be conducted. If he is elected to the office of county treasurer—and every indication points to the fact that he will be the successful candidate—the taxpayers of the county may rest perfectly contented that the finances will be cared for in the best possible manner. Mr. Sackett at the present time holds the responsible position of note clerk at the Chemung Canal bank, which institution conducts one of the largest banking businesses in the state. For twenty-seven years he has been connected with the banking business and for that reason has a most complete business knowledge of financial matters end complicated financial accounts. Mr. Sackett has lived in Elmira all his life and his excellent reputation is too well known to every Elmiran to need discussion. It was on July 22, 1855, that Mr. Sackett was born—it also being the same year that Democratic nominee for governor was born—and they will go into office together. The Democratic nominee for treasurer's birthplace was at No. 28 East Water street in what was then the old Fourth ward. He is a descendant of one of the very oldest families in the county and comes from a family whose sterling worth has always been a matter of Chemung county history. Elisha Sackett, grandfather of the Democratic Democratic nominee, came to Elmira about 1825. He was a builder and at that time the present city of Elmira was known as Newtown. He moved here from Spencer and before that time had lived in New York. He was associated with Major Riker in the building business and in 1812 was called to Buffalo to build the first frame building in that city. Mr. Sackett's father was Caleb W. Sackett, who in 1855 conducted a bakery business at the corner of Lane and Carroll streets, the present location of Bundy's grocery.
    His death occurred about thirty-three years ago. Mr. Sackett, the Democratic candidate for treasurer, received his preliminary education in the public schools of this city. He attended both the Sullivan street and William street schools.
    On January 13, 1872, he entered the employ of the Pittston and Elvira Coal company, and remained with them just one year, lacking a few days. In 1873 he resigned that position to enter the Second National bank and remained with that institution until about the time of the big flood of 1859. In June of that year he accepted a lucrative position with the Chemung Canal bank and ever since that time has been one of their valuable attaches.
    Mr. Sackett is a prominent member of the Royal Arcanum, being a member of Chemung council, No. 208, of this city. He is prominent socially as well as in business circles and particularly happy in his home life. He was married twenty-two years ago and with his wife and daughter resides in their pretty home at No. 612 Maple avenue. Last spring the residents of the Eleventh ward showed their appreciation and confidence in the Democratic nominee for treasurer by electing him alderman, and his excellent record n the common council shows how well he has justified their selection. When a young man Mr. Sackett was a member of the Elmira volunteer fire department and served efficiently as a member of company No. 2, being at that time but nineteen years of age. Members of the department remember well his popularity in the company. Mr. Sackett has always been alive to the interests of the city and has assisted in more than one enterprise. He has always been one of the enthusiastic of the local base ball "fans" and has year after year aided liberally in maintaining every team Elmira has put in the field. He was such an earnest supporter that the members of one team took his name and called themselves Sackett's pets. Mr. Sackett takes much interest in all athletic sports and out door exercises and in his younger days was himself a good base ball player. He is well known and very popular with all classes alike and any one who knows him can not fail to like him. With his genial and pleasant ways he makes friends wherever he goes. There is not the slightest suspicion of a point that could ever be raised in opposition to Mr. Sackett's candidacy and the election to the office of county treasurer would be but a just honor. He is a gentleman and thorough good fellow and adds material strength to the strong county ticket. Sackett, Lynch, Weeks, Green and Colegrove make a quintette (sic) that is hard to equal and with the Hon. John B. Standfield to head the ticket should carry the county with a handsome majority."
    [Transcribed from image by Ted Smith]


  • Monroe Commercial, Monroe, Monroe County, Michigan, 13 Oct 1859
    "Died—on Tuesday, the 4th of October, at the residence of her brother in Raisinville, Achsah Miranda Sackett, in the fifty-fourth year of her age. The deceased had been for forty years an exemplary Christian, manifesting in her life and acts the power of grace and the influence of the gospel of Christ; and this fact afforded great consolation to her friends, in as much as during her last illness she was not in that state of mind which would have enabled her to prepare for an untried future, showing the importance of preparing for death while in health and the full exercise of the mental powers."
    [Researched by Myra Roper (Monroe County Museum)]
  • Monroe Commercial, Monroe, Monroe County, Michigan, 9 Sep 1869
    "Leander Sackett, an old well known and highly esteemed resident of Monroe County, died at his residence in Raisinville, on Thursday Sept. 2, after a protracted illness of tumor in the stomach. Mr. Sackett was born in Windham, Connecticut, in April 1794, and was therefore in the 76th year of his age. His father's family removed from Connecticut to the Western Reserve, in Ohio, when he was a lad of ten or twelve years, the trip being made with ox teams, and occupying six or eight weeks. In 1822, Mr. Sackett, having then married, came to Maumee with his wife; and associated with Mr. Vantosole, established an Indian Mission, some 30 miles above Toledo. Here he remained until 1829, when the Station was abandoned; the Indians having been removed farther west. He then resided some three or four years at Maumee City, during which time he married Miss Eliza Conant, having lost his first wife while at the Mission Station. In 1832 or 33 he removed to Monroe, where he remained until 1836, as proprietor of the old Mission House, the leading hotel, which occupied the present site of Dansard Bank. Mr. Sackett then removed to a farm on the banks of the River Raisin, in Raisinville, and there he spent the remainder of his days. He was a man of great energy and activity, with an unusual developement of hopeful enthusiasm, and became intimately connected with every movement for the benefit or improvement of the town or community, frequently neglecting his own interests and bearing burdens alone that should have been shared by others. In 1852, Mr. Sackett was a delegate to the Buffalo Convention that formed the Free Soil Party. He has been an enthusiastic and earnest advocate of its principles. He leaves a wife and one son, S.M. Sackett, Druggist of this City."
    [Researched by Myra Roper (Monroe County Museum)]
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania, _ May 1870
    "[Death] Yeager.—On the 5th inst. Fraxanella, wife of Henry C. Yeager, and daughter of Jacob R. and Eliza Sackett, aged 25 years.
    The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from the residence of her parents, No. 4803 Frankford st., Frankford, this (Saturday) morning, at 10 o'clock. Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery."
    [Transcribed from Find A Grave image by Chris Sackett]


  • The World, New York City, 31 May 1896 (Sunday), page 13
    Died on a Visit to his Wife's Grave
    William Sackett, of No. 2467 Seventh avenue, identified yesterday the body of the man who died Thursday of heart disease on the steps of the Sandman Hotel, White Plains Road, as that of his father, Charles Sackett.
    The elder Sackett had left home to visit the grave of his wife in Woodlawn and had stopped at the hotel for shelter during a thunder storm. The body was removed from the morgue to the undertaker's.
    [Transcribed from image by Ted Smith]
  • The Scranton Republican, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 30 Oct 1934, Page 6
    Mrs. Samuel Sackett
    Mrs. Kathryn Hager Sackett, 65, 1129 Watson Avenue, wife of Samuel Sackett, died on Sunday night in her home.
    Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Loomis, Hallstead, and Miss Elna L. Sackett, this city; a son, Herman, Endicott, N.Y.; four sisters, Mrs. Charles Ball and Miss Carol Sackett [sic: probably should be Hager], Roncerveate, W. Va., Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson, Lewisburg, W. Va., and Madge Hager, Washington, D.C., and a brother, Frank Hager, Youngstown, Ohio.
    Funeral services will be held from the late home on Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Interment, Mountain Valley Cemetery, Hallstead.
    [Transcribed from image by Ted Smith]
  • Press and Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, New York, 30 Apr 1954, page 31
    "MRS. ELIZABETH SACKETT, 75, of Hallstead, Pa., died at 2:26 a.m. today at Freeman Nursing Home, Great Bend, Pa. She is survived by two step-daughters, Mrs. Elna Ball of Factoryville, Pa., and Mrs. Bertha Loomis of Hallstead; one stepson, Herman Sackett of Endictott; four sisters, Mrs. Louise Rockewell, Mrs. Anna Miller, Mrs. Ethel Fowler, all of Johnson City, Mrs. Eith Hawley of Peoria, Ill.; three brothers, Albert Dawes of Nicholson, Pa., Samuel Dawes of Minooka, Pa., and James Dawes of Chenango Bridge; several nieces and nephews. The body was moved to the Tuttle Funeral Home, Hallstead, Pa., where friends may call Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon and evening."
    [Transcribed from image by Ted Smith]
  • New York Times, 29 Jan 2010
    "SACKETT—Lester, 97, beloved husband of the late Lillian, devoted father of Jeffrey (Marcy) and Denis (Sara), and adored grandfather of Jaime, Daniel and Max."
    [Transcribed from The New York Times, online edition, by Ted Smith]


  • Cleveland Press, Ohio, 20 Apr 1954
    "Sackett, James A., beloved husband of the late Grace J. (nee Mueller), dear father of Grace L. and J. Warren, grandfather of J. Michael and Thomas W., brother of Mary Corlew of Orla Vista, Fla., suddenly, Saturday p. m., late residence, 1950 Wooster Rd., (formerly of 4206 Spokane Ave). Family will receive friends at the Wischmeier Funeral Home, 2709 Archwood Ave., From 7-10 P. M., Monday, From 2-5 and 7-10 P. M. Tuesday. Services Wednesday, Apr. 21, at 1:30 p. m. Interment Sunset Memorial Park."
    [Transcript, Find A Grave]
  • The Greenwood Commonwealth, Greenwood, Mississippi, 31 Jan 1964, page 1
    "Mrs. W. G. Sale Rites Saturday
    Mrs. W. G. Sale, mother of Mrs. R. G. DeLoach, and a frequent visitor in Greenwood died at her home this morning in Richmond, Va.
    Funeral services will be held Saturday from her home at 1201 Confederate Ave in Richmond and burial will be in Lynchburg, Va.
    Mrs. Sale is survived by two daughters, Mrs. DeLoach and Mrs. Johnson McRee of Richmond, Va."
    [Transcribed from image by Ted Smith]


  • Western Reserve Chronicle, Warren, Ohio, 13 Mar 1861
    "New Firm.
    Mr. Jules Vautrot has associated with himself in the watch and jewelry business, T. Ackley, and M.W. Sackett, under the style of J. Vautrot & Co. Mr. Vautrot has been in business here for a length of time and has established his reputation as a prompt business man. Messrs. Ackley and Sackett are young, energetic, accommodating and reliable, and will give satisfaction to their customers."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • Western Reserve Chronicle, Warren, Ohio, 29 Apr 1863
    Notice is hereby given, that the Copartnership heretofore existing between the undersigned under the name and style of J. Vautrot is hereby dissolved by mutual consent.—All accounts of the late firm will be settled by the new firm of J. Vautrot & Co."
    Jules Vautrot, Myron W. Sackett, Thaddeus Ackley."
    The undersigned have formed a Co-partnership under the style of J Vautrot & Co. in the Jewelry Trade. The business will be carried on at the old stand of J. Vautrot & Co.
    Jules Vautrot, Thaddeus Ackley.
    Warren, April 15."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • 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."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The New North-West, Deer Lodge, Montana, 17 Aug 1888
    "Mr. H. Ackley Sackett, a lightning silhouette artist, hailing from New York City, is on the flanks of the Montana racing circuit this season, and is profiling our people as expertly as did the masters of his art when, fifty years ago, before the camera came in use, it was about the only method by which the mass of people could have the counterfeit presentment of their features preserved. Sackett's silhouettes will remain by the thousand in Montana after he has gone again to Gotham."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The St. Paul Daily Globe, Minnesota, 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."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Indianapolis Journal, 4 Feb 1894, p. 2
    Having Elooped with the Elkhart Heiress, He Will Live High.
    Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
    ELKHART, Ind., Feb. 3.—No clew has yet been found to the whereabouts of Miss Frances Davenport, the young heiress who eloped from this city with the adventurer, H. Ackley Sackett. The matter has been placed in the hands of Pinkerton detectives, and her aunt, Mrs. J.R. Beardsley, and sister Florence, are in Chicago aiding in the search. Steps have been taken to prevent Sackett getting possession of any of the girl's property, most of which is ready money in the banks here, the estate having recently been settled. Sackett is between thirty-five and forty years old and came originally from Grand Rapids. Those who knew him there say he is a villain of the deepest dye, and bold enough for any enterprise. He is alleged to have boasted at South Bend and Laporte that he would get hold of Miss Davenport's money and have a snap the rest of his life."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Indiana State Sentinel, 7 Feb 1894, p. 8
    No Clew to the Runaways—Sackett a Married Man.
    ELKHART, Feb. 4.—Special.—No clew has yet been found to the whereabouts of Miss Frances Davenport, the young heiress who eloped from this city with H. Ackley Sackett. The matter has been placed in the hands of Pinkerton detectives, and her aunt, Mrs. J.R. Beardsley, and sister Florence are in Chicago aiding in the search. Steps have been taken to prevent Sackett getting possession of any of the girl's property, most of which is ready money in the banks here, the estate having recently been settled. Sackett is between thirty-five and forty years of age, and came here originally from Grand Rapids.
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 4.—Special.—Harry S. Sackett, who eloped with Florence [sic] Davenport, the daughter of Senator Davenport of Elkhart, Ind., a few days ago, is a Washington man having a wife and three children here.
    The oldest is a daughter twelve years old and the youngest four. He has the reputation of being a fast man here, and left his wife and children three months ago, since which time he has not supported them.
    His wife is now selling peanuts and candy to support herself and children. Steps have been taken by the relatives of the wife to have him arrested and prosecuted for bigamy."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Indianapolis Journal, Indiana, 9 Feb 1894, p. 8
    Claim of the Elkhart Heiress Who Eloped with an Adventurer.
    Gov. Matthews Issues a Requisition for Return of H. Ackley Sackett from Topeka, Kan.
    At 7 o'clock last night Governor Matthews issued a requisition on the Governor of the State of Kansas. The document was placed in the hands of Sheriff Crull, of Elkhart county, and will, if honored, entitle him to the possession of H. Ackley Sackett, adventurer and alleged hypnotist, who is under arrest in Topeka. The papers were made out at the office of the Secretary of State last night. The officer shoved them into his satchel and snapped the lock.
    "I am off on a race against time and those Chicago detectives," he sang out, as he left the Statehouse and hastened toward the Union Station. The prisoner whom he expects to take back to Elkhart in a few days is one of the shrewdest adventurers in the country, and is wanted at Elkhart for a particularly bright demonstration of his talent.
    The specific charge against Sackett is fornication, although it is thought that he can be held responsible for other acts of a criminal nature. For two weeks the daily papers have been full of accounts of the sensational elopement of Sackett with Florence [sic] Davenport, the Elkhart heiress, who, it is now claimed, was under a hypnotic influence during her travels with the man. Sackett left Elkhart during the early part of last week and was joined at LaPorte by Miss Davenport two days later. They were located at Topeka, Kan., the first of this week, where Sackett was arrested on the charge of adultery. The operations of the prisoner for two months previous to his arrest were exceedingly rapid. He turned up in Elkhart about two months ago in company with a young woman whom he introduced as his wife. Sackett was an artist. He secured quarters in one of the leading business houses of Elkhart, and created something of a stir by making fine silhouette pictures, which he fashioned with perfect ease. He wore fashionable attire, was good looking, and had a bold, fascinating manner that made him the talk of the town.
    Among those who grew interested in Sackett's dashing ways and his novel art was Miss Frances Davenport, an orphan and an heiress. Miss Davenport is twenty-three years old, a plump, pretty little blonde, and has in her own right a fortune of $40,000. She was prominent in society and belonged to one of the best families in the town. Her parents are both dead, and the little lady ruled the household of older sisters with a high hand. She was the pet and pride of the home. Although Miss Davenport spent a great deal of her time in the establishment where Sackett displayed his art, her name was not coupled with that of the artist by the gossips, and her conduct was not called in question. When Sackett and his alleged wife left Elkhart they went to South Bend, where they remained a few days. In the Davenport home the name of Sackett was not heard, and apparently he had passed out of the mind of the youngest daughter.
    Last Thursday the young lady disappeared mysteriously, and Elkhart society circles were stirred by a mighty sensation. For twenty-four hours it was not known where the girl had gone. Her uncle, who is president of the First National Bank of Elkhart, began at once to seek for information regarding her, and was not long in learning that she had gone astray. Reports from LaPorte, one of the neighboring towns, revealed information of the missing heiress. She had been seen there with Sackett, who appeared a day or day before her arrival. He had been heard to remark that he was "solid with a forty-thousand dollar heiress," and this fact, coupled with the absence of Miss Davenport, convinced the relatives of the wayward girl that the couple had fled together. The family were in despair, and determined to pursue the couple. Until the first of this week nothing was heard of them.
    On Monday a message came to the president of the Elkhart Bank. It was from the cashier of a Topeka, Kan., bank, and asked as to the credit of Frances Davenport. The Elkhart banker at once recognized the significance of the message, and wired the Topeka bank officials the story of his niece's flight. Instructions were also sent to arrest Hackett [sic], and the following day the sister and an aunt of the erring girl hurried on to Topeka. There they were put into possession of a strange story.
    The young woman asserted that what she had done was through no fault of her own. She was powerless to help herself. She charged that Sackett was the possessor of a strange influence, which she described as hypnotism, and which she said he had exerted over her. She said that from the moment she met Sackett he controlled all her actions. The aunt and sister remained in Topeka but a short time, and then went back to Elkhart, arriving there yesterday. They learned that when Sackett and the girl reached Topeka they were short of funds, and Miss Davenport suggested that they go to one of the banks and secure a draft on the Elkhart bank. The plan was adopted, and the cashier, without a knowledge of the true facts, wired the Elkhart bank simply as a matter of precaution. It is understood that Sackett left his alleged wife at South Bend without money and with naught to console her but a pet dog. The family of Miss Davenport have decided to prosecute Sackett on the fornication charge, the maximum term of imprisonment for which in this State is six months and a fine of $500. The necessary steps for the prosecution were made in the Circuit Court at Elkhart yesterday. Sackett is also wanted in Chicago. It is alleged that he was formerly employed by a bicycle firm in that city and embezzled an extensive sum of money. He has a wife and two children living in Washington, D.C. He left his family abruptly a year ago. The prosecuting attorney of Elkhart county is preparing to introduce the charge of an undue influence through the medium of hypnotism, and it is the belief of the family that Miss Davenport's statement in this particular is true. Sackett is thirty-two years old, and has traveled all over the country making silhouettes and giving sleight-of-hand performances."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • Topeka State Journal, Kansas, 15 Feb 1894, p. 5
    He Will Reside in Topeka For a Time.
    Congratulated on His Escape from Justice by Prominent People.
    Topeka is to have an addition to its criminal element, fortunately only for a short time it is hoped. Sackett is going to stay here.
    Harry Ackley Sackett is a free man. When he appeared before Justice Furry this morning for his preliminary hearing the justice announced after a consultation with the attorneys involved, that the case against Sackett had been dismissed and Sackett was discharged.
    Sackett is somewhat hard of hearing and he did not know what the judge said until his attorney, Aaron Jetmore, repeated it. Sackett said "Thank You," to the court and accompanied Lawyer Jetmore to his office.
    He will not leave Topeka. He has been given too much free advertising not to take advantage of it. He will open up a stand at Burkhart's cigar store, 801 Kansas avenue, where he will make silhouette pictures at so much a picture, where he expects to do a big business with the curious people of Topeka.
    Sackett said to a Journal reporter shortly after his release:
    "I have been twelve days in jail. That is a new experience to put down on my tab. I have no complaint to make, however. At the jail they gave me the best cell in the prison and I was treated pretty well.
    "I think the papers of Topeka have been too severe in their statements of the case, but under the circumstances I have no kick coming. You may say I am going to open a stand at Burkhart's cigar store, where I will be glad to see the curious people of Topeka in a professional way."
    "Do you know where Miss Davenport has gone?"
    "I am reliably informed that she has been taken back to Illinois by her aunt. I suppose her friends will make an effort to show that she has gone to Denver or somewhere else to hide her identity as much as possible."
    "What is the truth of these stories about your wife and family in Washington being destitute?"
    "My wife is making about eight or ten dollars a day. That is more than I have been making lately, but you know there are women who want the earth. We separated by agreement and she kept the children because she wanted to."
    "How do you account for none of the requisitions against you having materialized?"
    "That was all bluster. I am not wanted for any offense back east. If I were wanted you must know that I would have sense enough not to use my own name and continue my profession as a silhouette artist."
    After Sackett's discharge a large circle of people, many of them old settlers who remembered his father, pressed around him, shook his hands and offered their congratulations. Among those who did this were G.G. Gage and John T. Morton. Sackett had admitted to reporters and in fact everybody else, that he was guilty of criminal relations with Miss Frances Davenport, but as certain technical forms of law were not complied with he goes free. He is a foul scamp and the sooner he gets out of town the better for the town.
    The Family Sick of the Notoriety Given Them by the Affair.
    Miss Davenport returned yesterday with her relatives, and she expresses herself as being very thankful for being rescued from the man Sackett. She was in the city, however, when Lawyer Jetmore made the charge that she had been "spirited away."
    A conservator has been appointed over her property to protect her from the wiles of any other unprincipled adventurers who may try to get into her good graces on account of her wealth.
    A relative of Miss Davenport says the reason Sackett was not taken back to Indiana is because the feeling against him there has run very high, and the threat has been freely made that he would tarred and feathered, and they feared serious results from violence. This would have been very distasteful to her sisters, and they were sick and completely worn out with the excitement and notoriety caused by the unfortunate occurrence.
    They were in Chicago on the night of the elopement, and had as high as 160 detectives and police officers on the search with photographs and descriptions. Every theatre and place of amusement was thoroughly searched.
    Sheriff Crull of Elkhart county came here last week, with a requisition from the governor of Indiana, to take him back for trial there. The principal witness against him would have been the woman that Sackett took to Elkhart as his wife, and whom he deserted for Miss Davenport.
    Sheriff Crull was in the court room when the case was up for hearing last Saturday. He sat next to Sackett and while in conversation and apparently sympathizing with him, he was studying the man pretty thoroughly for a future acquaintance.
    After he arrived on Friday night with the requisition, the attorneys thought it best to take a continuance in the case and in the meantime to send Crull to Wichita to get the signature of the governor to the warrant, and have it issued by him in preference to taking one that was signed by the governor and not issued by him in person. He was detained at Newton and Emporia by the snow blockade until Monday evening, when he returned. He learned that the relatives east wished to discontinue further proceedings. He remained here until yesterday afternoon in hope of a change in programme that would give him the pleasure of Mr. Sackett's company on his way home. He was sadly disappointed that he had to go home alone.
    [Researched by Ted Smith and transcribed from image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Farmers' Union, Memphis, Missouri, 15 Feb 1894
    "—H. Ackley Sackett, who induced Miss Frances Davenport, of Elkhart, Ind., to elope with him, is in jail at Topeka, Kan."

    "—H. S. Sackett, arrested at Topeka, Kan., with an Elkhart, Ind., girl, must answer a larceny charge in Chicago."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, 15 Feb 1895, p. 8
    Warned Against the Silhouette Artist who "Did" Salt Lake.
    After Attempting Suicide Here He Went to San Francisco Where He Figures in Other Sensations.
    Salt Lakers will easily remember X. Ackley (that individual's interpretation of the word exactly) Sackett, the famous silhouette artist, who for nearly a year was so familiar a figure about the amusement resorts in and near this city.
    During the last days of the Wonderland performances and for a considerable time prior thereto he amused and astonished large numbers of people by his remarkable skill as a silhouettist. When summer came last year he was a constant operator at Saltair, Garfield and the parks, and did a rushing business in his line. While he made money in large amounts he spent it very freely and lead a life that was gay in the extreme. During the latter part of the season he entered upon a round of dissipation which was brought to a termination by the artist attempting suicide in an East Temple street saloon one night by repeatedly stabbing himself in the breast with a pen knife. Companions prevented him carrying out his intentions and he was placed under restraint and watchcare for a few weeks and on recovering he quieted down and a little later disappeared from the city.
    Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle contains a lengthy account of another sensational chapter in the artist's life together with two silhouette cuts of himself one of them his own work, the other by a "brother artist." The article was as follows:
    It was with feelings of surprise akin to horror that the Pure Food people at the Pavilion learned that a gay Lothario was lurking in their midst. The news came from Denver, where a confiding maiden is supposed to be pining away all for love of X. Ackley Sackett, the charming silhouette artist of national fame.
    In a letter sent to the Food Exposition X. Ackley was depicted as a truly phenomenal cracker of hearts. He was alleged to have left a trail of those bleeding organs from one side of the continent to the other, and was looking for fresh conquests. For the future peace and happiness of maidens fair, the Denver correspondent suggests that Sackett be chucked out bodily from the food tournament.
    X. Ackley has a stand or booth in the Pavilion where he cuts silhouettes in black and white and smiles upon the passing throng. He does not look like a gay deceiver and denies that he is one. If love-lorn ladies persist in following Mr. Sackett around at their own expense that is no fault of his, the artist argues. It is due to his winning ways.
    The charge made against the picture cutter is that he once eloped with an $80,000 heiress from Elkhart, Ind., and spent the honeymoon, such as it was, in jail. As X. Ackley had a wife and three children at the time, the friends of the girl naturally objected to his conduct. So they had the silhouettist locked up in Topeka, Kan., and took the girl home. The artist admits that he was at one time quite gay and debonaire, but that did not coax the maiden from her own fireside. She followed him in spite of his strenuous efforts to elude her vigilance. According to the stories published at the time Sackett dropped in on Elkhart last February and went to making pictures of prominent citizens.
    He was accompanied by a pet dog and a woman supposed to be his wife. During the week that X. Ackley operated in Elkhart he made the acquaintance of a young woman, the daughter of a state Senator, who had $80,000 in her own right. They eloped but were captured and wrenched apart in the bleeding state of Kansas.
    Sackett was not prosecuted, as the girl was of age and supposed to know what she was doing. relatives in Denver took charge of her and she is there yet.
    About three months ago the silhouette artist came to this city, and has since been plying his vocation in prominent localities. He has a stand in the Baldwin hotel lobby. Not long ago X. Ackley achieved some notoriety and a black eye in the famous conflict between actors and waiters in the Louvre. When the food show opened, the artist opened a booth at the Pavilion, but as business was not very good he closed the engagement.
    In reference to the elopement Sackett says that the girl followed him away from her home. On leaving Elkhart he went to South Bend and then to La Porte, at both of which places the heiress telegraphed her intention of joining the fascinating artist. But he said, "Nay, nay, Pauline," or words to that effect, so he says. On departing from La Porte Mr. Sackett was joined by the foolish maiden, who accompanied him to Chicago. She had some money and a trunk full of clothes, so the pair journeyed westward together. They stopped a while in Kansas City and then journeyed on to Topeka. Meanwhile all the detectives in that quarter of the globe were camping on the trail of X. Ackley.
    "When we got to Topeka," Sackett said last night, "I went into the depot for breakfast. On going back to the train I found the girl under arrest, and the officers took me on a charge of having swindled a bicycle firm. But that was only a trick to keep me in jail until the relatives of the girl could take her away. Then I was set free."
    As to the charge of having two wives, one in Washington, D.C., and the other in New Jersey, the silhouettist says the ladies are one and the same. He and his wife used to live in Washington, but she is now selling peanuts on a Jersey ferryboat. They were married fourteen years ago, but separated in 1884. Sackett says he intends to remain here and secure a divorce."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Herald, Los Angeles, California, 29 Mar 1895, p. 7
    "J. T. SHEWARD
    We have engaged the services of Mr. X. Ackley Sackett, the greatest living Silhouette artist, who will be in our store from one o'clock today until further notice. Mr. Sackett will cut pictures from life for all who purchase 50c worth of goods or more. This will be one of the great store attractions. Come in and see how the artist does it."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Herald, Los Angeles, California, 30 Mar 1895, p. 7
    "J. T. SHEWARD
    Store attractions are crowding thick and fast. Tonight from 7 till 10 the store will remain open. Doh's orchestra will furnish music. You will be royally entertained with the handsomest and most extensive decorations ever put up in the West. All day Mr. X. Ackley Sackett, the greatest Silhouette artist in the world, will cut pictures free for evry purchaser of 50c worth or more of goods. He is specially good with the children's pictures. Mr. Sackett has cut pictures for the most prominent personages in the world. Hundreds took advantage of this offer yesterday and had their pictures made. Every one has been delighted. Before Daguerre was born this was the only means known for taking pictures from life. Not retrograding but progressing. We show the difference between modern photography and ancient art. When this artist leaves the city he carries with him the peculiar faculty he has developed. There is no one else his equal. For a trifling purchase you can now avail yourself of this splendid offer. …
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The San Francisco Call, California, 5 Dec 1895, p. 10
    Commencing Friday, December 6, 1895, and until further notice, the celebrated Silhouette Artist, Mr. X. Ackley Sackett, will cut pictures free for every purchaser of 50 cents' worth of goods and over, at the
    1028 Market Street,
    Fletcher & Co., Proprietors.
    Wonders in Prices.
    Wonders in Drugs.
    Wonders in Toilet Articles,
    Call and See Our Wonders.
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • Topeka Daily Capital, Kansas, 22 Aug 1896, p. 4
    Sackett, the Newsboy, Was Well Known in This City.
    At the Age of 77 He Sold Papers and When He Died He Was Worth $16,000—His Son's Escapade.
    There are many people in Topeka who remember Or[s]emus Sackett, the "77-year-old newsboy," who died at Grand Rapids, Mich., Thursday. Sackett is the old man who sold newspapers and peanuts on Kansas avenue away back in the 70's, and during his residence here he brought Horace Greeley to Topeka to lecture.
    At that time nearly everybody in Topeka knew him, for he was then the character of the town. Two sons survive him. One of them, Harry, was his office boy while he conducted his lecture bureau. Harry figured in a sensational incident over a year ago. He eloped from Elkhart, Ind., with Frankie Davenport, a belle of the town, and the runaways were arrested at Topeka. Sackett fixed up the matter by marrying the girl. She left him afterwards and went to Washington, securing a divorce a few months ago.
    Sackett was with "Wild Bill" in 1871 when that famous frontiersman made a target of an "O" in the I.O.O.F. glass transparency in the Odd Fellows' building at Missouri avenue and Main street, Kansas City. Wild Bill fired thirteen shots in succession through it, riddling the "O" out of existence, and then City Marshal Speers came up and put a stop to his little fun.
    Sackett was born in New England, but lived in Chicago before coming here, and was one of the minor projectors of the Chicago Inter Ocean, and was formerly associated with Frank Palmer, formerly its publisher, and once postmaster there, as well as United States government printer. Old Chicagoans will remember Sackett as the noted "Yankee card writer" in the Sherman house lobby in 1863 and 1864. He was the original "card writing professor" and spent his summers at Saratoga, Newport and Long Branch, and made lots of money. Before coming to Kansas City he lost every dollar he had speculating in oil.
    Sackett invented the little rack, to be found on almost every hotel counter, for cards, envelopes, noteheads, pens, ink, matches and telegrams, and made much money on the invention. He left Kansas late in 1879, with nearly $40,000, for Grand Rapids, Mich., to manufacture these hotel conveniences. After a year's work he was stricken with disease and was practically an invalid for five years thereafter.
    When he began life again he had just 50 cents. This was the modest capital with which he started selling newspapers on the streets of Grand Rapids. He had no stand, but traveled all over the town and suburbs selling and delivering the daily newspapers, weekly picture papers and magazines. It was his boast that he carried his office in his hat. He walked about twenty miles every day to cover his routes. He could furnish papers from any place on the globe and sold over 400 daily. One of his eccentricities was to occasionally appear in a suit of clothes with buttons made of $5, $10 and $20 gold pieces, the latter on his overcoat. He left about $16,000.
    He lived in Kansas City for several years. Sackett was one of the most eloquent boomers in early days, and he never grew tired of singing the praises of Kansas City by day and night. He predicted, in 1879, a population of 150,000 by the census of 1890 and his prophecy came true. When any of his lyceum stars arrived he met them at the depot with a magnificent blooded team and rig, and the first thing he did, after a brief lunch, was to show them the then rising and rugged western metropolis in all its picturesque beauty and descant eloquently upon its future greatness. He brought all the star actors of the country, too, here in the early days. He was enterprising to an extreme, and no price was too great for him if the orator was of national reputation. He also had a habit of using the wires lavishly in furthering his lecture schemes.
    [Researched by Ted Smith and transcribed from image by Chris Sackett]
  • Evening Star, Washington, D.C., 12 Oct 1899, p. 10
    "Ackley Sackett, the celebrated silhouette artist, has been engaged by Joseph Auerbach, the men's outfitter and hatter, 623 Pa. ave., beginning from today to Oct. 21. Mr. Sackett occupies the hat window, supplying every purchaser with his or her likeness, gratis. Standing room only."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • Evening Star, Washington, D.C., 2 Nov 1899, p. 3
    Entertainment at Carroll Hall for Benefit of Poor.

    A feature of the evening was the work of a silhouette artist, X. Ackley Sackett. He took pictures without the aid of gas and guaranteed "the operation would be without pain, although it was a cutting affair."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Times, Washington, D.C., 15 Oct 1900, p. 2
    To Every Purchaser This Week
    We have engaged the services of Mr. X. Ackley Sackett, the greatest living silhouette artist in the world, and he will be at our store for six days only, beginning Monday, October 15. You are cordially invited to take advantage of his stay with us to secure a perfect silhouette likeness of yourself as a souvenir—FREE TO ALL PURCHASERS.
    Bring the ladies—bring the children—every purchaser will receive a hearty welcome and a picture free. Mr. Sackett's "black art" is a great novelty and causes lots of fun."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • Weekly Arizona Journal-Miner, Prescott, Arizona, 13 Apr 1904
    "X-Ackley Sackett, the silhouette artist, left for Jerome today. He will remain there Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday will be at the opening of Granite Dells. He will put Monday in at Whipple."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • Los Angeles Herald, California, 14 May 1906, p. 8
    Silhouette Artist Interests Children in Behalf of San Francisco's Needy by Unique Scheme of Collecting Books
    Sackett's Unique Scheme
    A novel method of contributing to the cause of relief in behalf of San Francisco has been devised and put into most promising operation by X. Ackley Sackett, the local silhouette artist. Mr. Sackett, who has been one of the leading spirits in the relief work effected here, several days ago caused to be announced at the public school that to every child bringing him a school book, regardless of subject matter or condition, he would present a profile cut to order. Already the books have commenced to come in and the silhouette craze among the youngsters is assuming alarming proportions. Grammars, geographies and spelling books are spread over arithmetics and readers, some of which were undoubtedly in use before California was settled, in the none too large quarters of the artist; and the end is not yet.
    Yesterday a woman promised to donate a soapbox full of books, and others have made known an intention to contribute in smaller quantities. Mr. Sackett says he knew what he was about when he undertook his contract, and claims to be immune from scissors paralysis, which complaint the undiminishing activity of the youthful population of the town seems bent on making his portion.
    "Bring 'em along," is his slogan, and locally it's a three-cornered pool and take your choice on whether the kids lose interest or the supply of books or Sackett gives out first."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • Los Angeles Herald, California, 31 Oct 1906, p. 5
    X. Ackley Sackett, Known as "the Cuttist," Forced to Leave Venice in a Hurry to Escape Violence
    Special to The Herald.
    VENICE, Oct. 30—Information secretly conveyed to him, to the effect that a number of men had planned to give him a coat of tar and feathers tonight, caused X. Ackley Sackett, the Windward Pier cuttist, to hurriedly close his studio this afternoon and depart for Los Angeles.
    Before leaving Sackett made the statement that he understood it was part of the program to have a charge of his having committed a vicious act trumped up against him to be used by his assailants should they be arrested or if he did not leave town quietly after the proposed assault had taken place.
    Sackett, who lives in the rear of his studio, is generally credited with having brought to public notice the activities of card sharps here and the alleged neglect of duty of the local police force. He said he had been warned previously and was not taking any chances, as he feared the gang and could not depend on the police for protection."
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • Los Angeles Herald, California, 5 Nov 1906, p. 10
    Venice Pier Artist Arrested for Throwing Bottle at a Man Who Said Things
    Special to The Herald.
    VENICE, Nov. 4.—On complaint of Pat Bulger, a bartender, X. Ackley Sackett, the Windward pier cuttist, was arrested tonight after Sackett had thrown a bottle of ink at Bulger with the evident intention of hitting him.
    Sackett was brought before Justice of the Peace Wheat at the latter's residence and was allowed to go on his own recognizance. His hearing was set for 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. His action, Sackett claims, was occasioned by Bulger, who with two friends, was standing in the center of the walk before his studio and making insulting remarks concerning his morals. Both men as well as several bystanders received a liberal splashing of the black fluid.
    [Transcribed from Library of Congress image by Chris Sackett]
  • Abilene Reporter-News, Texas, 7 Oct 2005
    "COLEMAN – Sidney Sackett, 95, of Abilene, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005. Services are 11 a.m., Friday in the Glen Cove Cemetery Pavilion. Military honors will follow. Interment will be under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman."
    [Transcribed from GenealogyBank by Chris Sackett]


  • Topeka Daily Capital, Kansas, 6 Feb 1894, p. 4
    Harry A. Sackett and Miss Frances Davenport Stop in Topeka,
    And Sackett Falls Into the Clutches of the Law—Miss Davenport Wealthy and of Good Family in Indiana—She Is Now Stopping With George W. Crane, But Her Sister Will Come for Her Today.
    The second chapter in a very interesting elopement case occurred yesterday in this city and the outcome of it was the landing of Harry A. Sackett, the more or less handsome villain with the black curly hair, in the county jail and Mr. and Mrs. George W. Crane receiving Miss Frances Davenport of Elkhart, Ind., whose young and innocent fancy has been ensnared, in their home as a guest. She is the youngest daughter of the late Senator B.L. Davenport of Elkhart, Ind., and the family is the oldest, wealthiest and most aristocratic one in that part of the state, which makes the affair doubly exciting. She is very plain and quiet in appearance; short, rather stout, with hair brushed severely back from her forehead; wears spectacles, and is 21 years of age, although in experience and demeanor she seems much younger.
    On Sunday afternoon she called on Mrs. Crane, who formerly lived in Elkhart and was well-acquainted with the family, and said she was taking a pleasure trip by herself through Mexico and California, that she had seen nothing of the world and wanted to visit some relatives in San Francisco and would leave the next morning. She spent the afternoon with them and insisted on returning to the Keith block, where she had taken a room for the night, "because a young man I met on the train recommended it as a desirable place if I was traveling alone." As she is worth $40,000 in her own right they thought nothing of the proposed trip and urged her to stay with them while she was in the city. It was of no avail, however. Miss Edna Crane walked part way home with Miss Davenport and she expressed a desire to get to bed immediately and not impose upon Mr. and Mrs. Crane any farther as she was extremely tired. She had incidentally asked Mr. Crane to cash a draft for her the next morning before train time, as she had spent more money in Chicago than expected and taking all things together they suspected something was wrong. Finally Mr. Crane got a clue that she eloped and so telegraphed immediately to her sister in Elkhart and received several telegrams in reply requesting him by all means to keep Sackett in custody, not to cash any drafts, and take care of the girl as she had been in Chicago ever since she left trying to get some trace of their destination.
    When she came to Mr. Crane's office yesterday morning he asked her point blank if she was married to Sackett and she said: "No, but he says we will be married in San Francisco." He explained to her what the consequences of such a step would be, and that she was not only bringing disgrace upon herself and her family, but aiding and abetting a scoundrel who was after her money. Miss Davenport seemed much surprised at his accusation, but was willing to accede to Mr. Crane's wishes and told hin that Sackett was at the train waiting for her to come and that he had her baggage checks and money drafts and she must see him. They drove to the train, but in the meantime Mr. Crane went to the sheriff and swore out a warrant for the arrest of Sackett on the charge of adultery. Arriving at the train, she pointed out the man and the sheriff took him without any trouble. He was put in the county jail and his bond fixed at $1,000. He retained Aaron Jetmore as his attorney and a preliminary hearing was set for this morning. Sackett looks like a sport who had buffeted the world and all its vicissitudes and profited by his experience. He is slender, of medium height, has a flat nose and sharp chin, and aside from a low and musical voice that rolls out with musical cadence, he is hardly calculated to entrap the affections of the feminine sex at first sight. His wiles deepen, however, upon acquaintance. He has acquired the art of being a gentleman when it is necessary with perfect ease, and converses very fluently about the situation. To a Capital reporter he said yesterday: "I lived in Topeka twenty years ago. My father kept a newstand. He moved to Kansas City and I became manager of the Lyceum bureau, and traveled as advertising man for Francis Train, The Mendelssohn Quintette and other good attractions, and always went ahead and made silhouette pictures. I am not a fakir; I have worked at cutting these pictures for twenty-seven years, and it comes natural to me. (He is now 34 years old.) My father afterwards moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., where he is now engaged in the book business and he is a man of considerable wealth. I was arrested yesterday on a telegram from Chicago that told the sheriff to hold me for grand larceny; that is simly a scheme of Miss Davenport's family to get me. There's absolutely nothing that can hold me for in Chicago I took nothing unless, oh yes, by the way I did steal away from the town. But I'm d——d sure I wouldn't take any of the town with me, and I don't think I stole the girl. Mis Davenport and I were infatuated with each other, and I told her exactly what she was doing when she came away with me and that consequences were inevitable. Our conduct may not have been right in line with society's idea of propriety, but I have a wife in Washington, D.C., who is a Catholic and she won't divorce me. I care a great deal for Miss Davenport and my program was to take in the mid-winter fair and establish a business there. After getting the business on a good paying basis, she could invest her money in it and I would manage it. I have worked in Washington, made pictures of all the famous persons there and have their autographs. We stayed several days in Chicago as man and wife, went from there to Kansas City last Thursday and registered as man and wife, and she stayed with me here as my wife. I am very anxious to see her and have telegraphed my father to help me out of this trouble."
    Miss Davenport does not seem to be in her right mind since this trouble occurred and does not half way realize the enormity of her offense. She appears to be in a hypnotized state, and answers all questions passively, but without resentment, or intelligence as to what the world or her family will think of her conduct. Her friends think temporary mental aberration may account for her manner. She has been educated all her life in first class boarding schools and has attended Laselle seminary near Boston for the last five years. Sackett is probably the first man she had ever been alone with for ten minutes. She said yesterday: "I met Mr. Sackett in Elkhart when he had a place.
    I did not know that Mr. Sackett was a married man, but the understanding was that as we could not very well be married in Elkhart, we would go away and be married at the first convenient opportunity. He first wanted me to go to South Bend, but I wouldn't go there on account of knowing so many people, and so he went to LaPorte in one of the leading stores as a maker of silhouette pictures and one of the clerks introduced a party of us girls to him one day. After that I met him two or three times and he professed a great admiration for me. My mother died three months ago and I have always been the odd sheep in the flock and felt that I was in the way of my two older sisters who are not married some miles nearer Chicago, and from there he wrote several letters to me urging me to meet him. He finally set the time to meet me at LaPorte on a certain train. I took the train, he got on at LaPorte and we went on to Chicago together."
    Miss Florence Davenport, an older sister will arrive today to take her sister Frances back home, and a telegram received late last night indicated that an officer from Chicago would arrive in Topeka tomorrow with a requisition for Sackett on a charge similar to that preferred against him here. It is possible that the case against Sackett in Justice Furry's court will be dismissed, as the offense in Kansas is only a misdemeanor. Under the law of Illinois it is a crime punishable by a term in the penitentiary. It is said to be the desire of Miss Davenport's friends to have Sackett tried in Chicago, where justice will be meted out to him according to the enormity of the offense."
    [Researched by Ted Smith and transcribed from image by Chris Sackett]
  • Topeka State Journal, Kansas, 6 Feb 1894, p. 8
    And a Designing Scamp Make All the Trouble
    A Friend of the Family Arrives in the City Today—Miss Davenport Staying at Geo. W. Crane's.
    Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Crane are getting a little more notoriety out of the Sackett-Davenport affair than they expected and a great deal more than they desire. For the sake of friendship for the young woman's family, which is one of the best in Elkkhart, Ind., Mr. Crane has been acting the part of the good Samaritan and giving Miss Davenport a temporary home at his house until her relatives can come and take her back to Elkhart.
    There is some doubt whether A.H. Sackett, the eloper now in the Shawnee county jail, will be prosecuted in Topeka or taken back to Chicago. Officers from Chicago, armed with a requisition from the governor of Illinois, will arrive tonight, but the case against him for criminal relations with Miss Davenport here is entitled to trial first. Whether the case against him will be dismissed, in order that he may be tried in Chicago, is a matter of considerable doubt. It depends largely on Miss Davenport herself. Sackett is confined on default of $1,000 bond for his appearance at 10 o'clock Saturday morning for preliminary hearing before Justice Furry.
    Miss Davenport's friends have employed Quinton & Quinton to help conduct the prosecution. Sackett on the other hand, has engaged A.B. Jetmore to defend him.
    J.T. Lenfesty, of Waldson, Illinois, arrived in the city at midnight last night. He is a cousin of Miss Davenport, and the authorized agent of her friends and relatives in the case. Mr. Lenfesty started out two days after Miss Davenport and Sackett had gone, determined to run them down if it took a year. When he arrived in Topeka he did not know the turn affairs had taken. He had simply been informed at Kansas City that the elopers had come to Topeka. He was highly elated to find that Sackett was lodged in jail on the charges named, and was very grateful to Mr. Crane and his wife for the good influence they have exerted over the girl and their interest in her case.
    Mr. Lenfesty said to a Journal reporter todaay: "Miss Davenport is a girl 20 years old, but with the judgment usually found in a girl of ten. She was as innocent and unsophisticated as any girl could be and her influences have been the best. The family is one of the most respectable in Elkhart. She had simply reached that age when she wanted someone to love her and she fell in with this villain. He is a villain of the blackest type. He has a wife and three children in Washington. I have done considerable telegraphing all over the country in this case, and the chief of police informs me his wife and children live at 1116 Robinson street, S.W., Washington. He was never divorced although he had a mistress in Elkhart. Miss Davenport has $40,000 in her own name and there is no doubt but that Sackett was after the money and that only.
    "She knew Sackett only four days, and we expect to prove that he enticed her away. Before she went away she expressed great abhorrence for the man. It is my firm belief that he hypnotized her. I don't know very much about it, but that is the way I account for it. Now she appears to be coming out from under the hypnotic influences and she denounces him. She is willing that he should be prosecuted."
    Miss Davenport is still stopping at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Crane, where she has been ever since her elopement became known.
    It is expected that Miss Florence Davenport, an older sister of Miss Frances, will arrive tomorrow. In that case Miss Davenport may accompany her back home at once, and with the principal witness gone, the case against Sackett here muust be dropped, and the Chicago policeman will take him away, thus ending one of the most remarkable sensations in Topeka for many months.
    He Says He is Sincere in His Regard For Miss Davenport.
    A.H. Sackett was seen by a Journal reporter in his cell in the Shawnee county jail last night. He had previously given orders to the jailor that he would see no reporters. He had taken off his swell coat and vest, collars, cuffs and necktie, and was reclining in his shirt sleeves. His coat was folded with great care to prevent wrinkles, and he had spread newspapers over his cot, which was not clean enough for the fastidious prisoner. He was complaining lustily to his lawyer, A.B. Jetmore, about the temperature of the room, its sanitation, the fellows in the next cell, and several other details, when the reporter called.
    He finally consented to say: "Miss Davenport is nearly 22 years old, and is therefore old enough to know what she is doing. There was nothing hurried or unpremeditated about our actions. We did not act hastily. I acknowledge we had known each other only a short time, but there was a mutual attachment between us that neither of us could overcome. I confess that I cannot nor do not wish to overcome it."
    "How long had you known Miss Davenport?"
    "About three weeks."
    "Is it a fact that you are married and have a wife living in Chicago?"
    "That is a question my lawyer told me not to answer."
    "The papers refer to you as a 'fakir.'"
    "I am not a fakir. That is what makes me more sore than anything else about the whole business. I am not a fakir, but I pride myself on being the best living artist in my line. I do not use any but legitimate methods in my trade. I do not even 'con' them into taking my pictures. They know when they place an order with me just what they will get, and they get it."
    "Mr. Crane says the young lady has repented, and is willing to return to Elkhart."
    "I do not believe it. I believe she is sincere towards me as I am with her. Mr. Crane may be able to influence her to some extent, but I will never believe that. Of course she is at liberty to return to Elkhart any time she chooses to do so. If she thinks she would be happier there than with me, all right."
    "Are you married to Miss Davenport?"
    "Didn't you register in Kansas City and other places as man and wife?"
    "I do not care to answer that question at present."
    "How do you expect to disprove the charges against you?"
    "You will see when the time comes. I will get out of this scrape all right, you mark my words. My father has as much money as anyone and if I don't get justice he'll know the reason why. I can give bond in any sum and pay my fine if necessary."
    "Is it true that you traveled all over the world with George Francis Train?"
    "Not all over the world. I traveled all over this country and in several other countries with him. That was in 1873. My father was his manager the year he called himself 'the next president of the United States.'"
    "Where does your father live now?"
    "In Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have sent for him to come on at once."
    [Researched by Ted Smith and transcribed from image by Chris Sackett]
  • Wichita Beacon, Kansas, 7 Feb 1894, p. 4
    An Adventurer Runs Off With a Girl Worth $40,000.
    TOPEKA, Feb. 6.—Harry Sackett, a fakir and maker of paper pictures by profession and a breaker of feminine hearts by inclination, is under arrest in the Shawnee county jail on the charge of bigamy and improper relations with Miss Frances Davenport, a pretty young heiress of Elkhart, Ind. The arrest was made yesterday by sheriff Burdge on a telegram from Chief Shea of Chicago.
    Last Saturday morning Sackett, accompanied by a pretty girl 20 years old, engaged rooms at the Keith building as man and wife, and were assigned to room 21. Miss Davenport in the meantime had run out of money, and it occurred to her that Mrs. George W. Crane of this city, was an old friend of her mother's and would be able to identify her in order to get a draft cashed. Mrs. Crane did so, but in the meantime Mr. Crane had seen an account of Miss Davenport's elopement in Sunday's papers. The young woman came into Mr. Crane's office this morning and he frankly told her the great mistake she was making. Miss Davenport admitted that she had run away with Sackett and that they were not married.
    She did not appear to realize the irreparable blunder she had made. She agreed to leave him for the time being until she decides what she wants to do next. She says Sackett has agreed to marry her, but she has only his word. The officers think Sackett has another wife, as if he had not he would have married his victim before this for the $40,000 in her own name.
    Sackett is an expert in his particular branch of art. Give him a pair of scissors and he will turn out a first-class profile on black paper of any subject. He is swelly dressed, and prides himself on being a lady's killer. Since he came to Topeka he has been in company with Tony Brown. Sackett's father lived in Topeka twenty years ago, and operated a bookstore. The older settlers will remember him as something of a sharper himself.
    The following dispatch from Elkhart, Ind., throws some light on Sackett's conduct:
    "Miss Frances Davenport, handsome and charming, has prostrated her family with grief and caused a profound sensation in Elkhart by eloping with an adventurer. The young woman, who is twenty years old, is the youngest daughter of the late Senator B.L. Davenport, who, during his life was the leading banker of this city, and owned the most sumptuously appointed residence in this part of the state.
    "The man with whom Miss Davenport eloped came here three weeks ago. He gave his name as M. Sackett. He earned a living by making silk pictures. He had a woman with him who he introduced as his wife and of whom he wanted to be rid. While here he drank freely and had the appearance of a man who lived by his wits. He was known by Miss Davenport's friends to have met her two or three times, but nothing was thought of it. He left here two weeks ago. Miss Davenport told her three sisters, the mother having died a few months ago, that she was going with a lady friend to spend the day in Goshen, and packed up some of her clothing.
    "It was soon learned that she had not gone there and search for her was immediately begun, her uncle, ex-Senator J.R. Beardsley, taking the matter in charge. He found that she had drawn $45 from the bank, bought a ticket for Chicago, and was joined at LaPorte by a strange man. Misses Florence and Lizzie went to Chicago in quest of her, but returned, having found no trace of her. They have since received a letter from her written at Chicago saying that when they received the letter she would be married and on her way east. Sackett told some men at LaPorte before the arrival of the train that he was going to California to take in the Midwinter fair with a girl who had $30,000 or $40,000, which is about the amount of Miss Davenport's ready money. Miss Davenport is quite attractive and no breath of suspicion has ever been attached to her name, nor was she given to the society of gentlemen. She is now known to have had clandestine meetings with Sackett during his stay here.
    "Sackett claims to have gone around the world with George Francis Train."
    [Researched by Ted Smith and transcribed from image by Chris Sackett]
  • Wichita Daily Eagle, Kansas, 7 Feb 1894, p. 5
    After Running Away With an Indiana Heiress He is Arrested for Bigamy.
    When the old Main street theater was running in full blast the Sacket-McCoy Comedy-company played there to crowded houses every night. Both partners were mashers, and the number of young girls that were mashed on them was alarming. The show went up like a balloon, but after a week or ten days engagement the company busted and had nothing for assets but a fine stock of cupid's darts. After leaving here they went with a traveling medicine company owned by Diamond Bell, but both of them left with company. McCoy eloped with the daughter of a Mulvane merchant and Sacket took for his partner a young girl who lived then in this city, named Fay Ellsworth. At Winfield he left her and ran away with the wife of the patent medicine doctor's, with whom he was traveling.
    At Topeka a few days ago a Henry Sacket got into trouble and his description answers our Harry to a dot. It appears that he is still at his old trade pf breaking hearts and making pictures, for the Harry that was here made a peculiar kind of fancy paper pictures, while he was off the stage—between acts, so to speak.
    The Topeka Journal has the following to say about the gentleman:
    [There follows the same story as that in the Wichita Beacon of 7 Feb 1894, presumably also from the Topeka Journal.]
    [Researched by Ted Smith and transcribed from image by Chris Sackett]
  • Topeka Daily Capital, Kansas, 7 Feb 1894, p. 5
    Sackett Said to Be Wanted for Embezzlement.
    A Gentleman Coming Today to Identify Him—Miss Davenport's Relatives in Topeka.
    Miss Frances Davenport, the wronged girl from Elkhart, Ind., is still in the city, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Crane. The outlook for Harry A. Sackett, the deceiver, is anything but promising, and developments yesterday strengthen the belief that he is an adventurer, who has had little education, but made up for it in experience acquired in knocking around the world. He seems to be a clever rogue and has lived up to this time very successfully by his wits. He may have an opportunity to use them in the penitentiary before long. Mr. John T. Lenfesty of Waldron, Illinois, a cousin of Miss Davenport, who has big milling interests in Illinois, and W.S. Howland, her brother-in-law, a wholesale milliner in Denver, arrived yesterday to arrange matters and commended Mr. Crane for his action in the case. Mr. C.J. Wiggemeyer, a special detective from Chicago also arrived yesterday to see that Sackett was held in custody. The sister remained in Chicago at the Grand Pacific hotel awaiting instructions, for it is probable Sackett will be taken to Illinois for trial on another charge. A woman has been out for the arrest of a man answering Sackett's description in every particular, since last August on the charge of embezzlement and the man who swore to the warrant will arrive today to identify his man. He is the manager of a large bicycle company and H.A. Sackett was a trusted agent, who got away with about $450. The name, even to the initials, is the same, and the description of this man coincides perfectly with this man, even to the peculiar nose that seems to have been broken in the middle. Mr. Lenfesty corroborated everything that had appeared in the Capital yesterday from Mr. Crane's information and added: "It is true that Frances is weak minded, and never having been in the company of men before she was easily deluded. The fact that she has not the slightest sense of shame at her conduct, and is willing to answer all questions without resentment or surprise is enough to convince anyone that she is weak-minded and partially under a power this man has wrought over her. I started out Sunday to look for her, but all day Saturday there were 160 detectives in Chicago looking for her and two or three in every theater with her picture. She left home Thursday, went directly to Chicago and they stopped there but a few hours, leaving at 6 o'clock in the evening for Kansas City. When she left home she had $80, all of which is gone, except $1 that she spent in Chicago and $1.80 that she has now. He carried the pocketbook. The draft that Mr. Crane was asked to cash would have been for $200. He wanted her to get $500 but she refused. I went to the jail yesterday afternoon to see Sackett and the moment I looked at him I remembered that I had seen him selling pictures in Chicago five or six years ago, and he acknowledged finally that he had been there. He protested that he loved Frances as much as she did him, and that his attorney had told him he could get a divorce from his wife in Washington, D.C. That I do not believe, for he is as afraid as death of his wife and confessed to someone else that if she thought there was a woman in the case, she wouldn't grant a divorce; besides, she is a Catholic."
    Sackett said yesterday: "I love Miss Davenport and wanted to marry her, but —— I was married in 1881 by a Catholic priest, and have three children. My wife and I separated but made up our troubles in 1888 and lived together until last April."
    Mr. Lenfesty says he has reason to believe that Sackett has another wife and child, but will not tell where they are. The wife in Washington, D.C. will come out here if her expenses are paid, if circumstances make it necessary. The requisition papers for Sackett from the governor of Illinois will arrive today, so it is probable nothing will be done with him here on the girl's account, if he is the man the bicycle manager is looking for. Mr. Lenfesty says that he has an idea that other charges will be brought against him before he gets to Chicago.
    Sackett has been cautioned by his attorney, Aaron Jetmore, not to talk to anyone, and attempts were made all day yesterday to get Miss Davenport to go to the jail and consult with Sackett or Mr. Jetmore. Her relatives would not admit Mr. Jetmore to the house on any condition, and would allow no conference.
    Miss Davenport is the only one who appears unconcerned in the affair. She was not at all confused when her relatives arrived yesterday, and answered their questions without hesitation. Mr. Lenfesty said to her: "Frances, didn't you know that this fellow came to Elkhart with a woman he called his wife, and that he left her to come to you?" "Yes," she replied without apparent interest. "Did you know that between LaPorte and Chicago he went into the buffet car and got liquor four times?" "Yes."
    "Well are you satisfied with a man who offers you hand-me-down love of the worst kind? Can you have any respect for yourself?"
    To this she gave no reply, but in the course of conversation said she was willing to go home and glad that they had come for her. "The papers have made such a fuss over it," she said, "and represented it as such a terrible misdemeanor I am glad I left him."
    This speech indicates her condition. She is undoubtedly in love with Sackett and if left to herself with him free, she would yield to his persuadings, but her family will guard against anything of the kind in the future. Mr. Lenfesty says her sister is crushed over her actions and can not conceive of Frances, who has been kept such a child, running off with a man. "Why," he said, "she reads 'Little Women' and that kind of literature, and at home, was as pure-minded a girl as ever lived." She does not betray any interest at his misfortune in being in jail and is indifferent to all the circumstances. When Mr. Crane asked her if Sackett hypnotized her she said: "I couldn't help doing anything he wanted me to."
    If the requisition papers arrive today Miss Davenport will be taken home and received into the family fold.
    [Researched by Ted Smith and transcribed from image by Chris Sackett]
  • Topeka State Journal, Kansas, 9 Feb 1894, p. 3
    Two Dispatches Relating to Sackett Received Today.
    Will Probably be Dismissed—A Requisition Issued by Gov. Matthews of Indiana.
    When the case of A.H. Sackett, charged with criminal relations with Miss Frances Davenport is called in Justice Furry's court at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, it will be either continued or dismissed; continued, if officers from the east fail to arrive to take Sackett back on another charge, and dismissed if they do arrive and want him. In either event he will not be prosecuted here.
    A friend of Miss Davenport told a Journal reporter today that unless Sackett could be sent to jail without the testimony of the young woman, he would never be punished. "The disgrace and humiliation of her testifying to all that occurred after their departure from Elkhart would not compensate for the satisfaction of placing the villain behind the bars, where he deserves to be. The relatives dread this more than the escape of Sackett. The fact is they are trying to materialize some of the numerous cases for which he is wanted in the east."
    An Associated Press dispatch from Elkhart would indicate that quite another course had been decided upon by her relatives at home.
    The Elkhart Dispatch.
    ELKHART, Ind., Feb. 9.—The family of Miss Frances Davenport, who eloped with the adventurer, Sackett, has decided to prosecute Sackett. He may be compelled to serve a term of imprisonment and pay a fine of $500.
    The necessary steps for the prosecution were taken in the circuit court and Sheriff Crull has gone to Indianapolis to secure requisition papers.
    The Indianapolis Dispatch.
    A later telegram from Indianapolis says:
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Feb. 9.—A requisition was this morning issued by Governor Matthews on the governor of Kansas for H.A. Sackett, who is wanted at Elkhart, Ind., on account of the part he took in an elopement with Frances Davenport. The sheriff of Elkhart county left with the requisition in a hurry, as the Chicago authorities want Sackett on a charge of embezzlement. He is under arrest at Topeka.
    [Researched by Ted Smith and transcribed from image by Chris Sackett]
  • Topeka State Journal, Kansas, 10 Feb 1894, p. 8
    Lawyer Jetmore Thinks Miss Davenport Has Left Town.
    Interesting Sparring Match in Justice Furry's Court This Morning—Some More About Sackett.
    A.H. Sackett was taken before Justice Furry today for his preliminary hearing in the case of the elopement with Miss Frances Davenport of Elkhart, Ind. He was represented by Aaron Jetmore and the prosecution by Deputy County Attorney Urmy, assisted by E.S. and A.B. Quinton.
    There was a lengthy legal controversy regarding the continuance asked for by the state. Mr. Jetmore objected.
    "Are you ready for trial?" Mr. Quinton inquired of Mr. Jetmore.
    "I decline to answer that question. The prosecution must first say whether they are ready or not."
    "Do you want a jury?"
    "I don't care. Are you ready for trial? Yes or no."
    "I cannot say at present."
    Finally Quinton & Quinton asked for a continuance on the ground that their witnesses were not present. They said they wanted to get Sackett's wife from Washington.
    "I protest," said Mr. Jetmore springing to his feet. "I do not believe Miss Davenport is in the city, but on the contrary has been spirited away and has no intention of prosecuting this man. He cannot be prosecuted without her. She was subpoenaed, why is she not here? It is not our fault and under the circumstances it is customary to discharge the defendant.
    "Sackett has been in jail a week and it is an injustice to keep him confined any longer on a charge that cannot be proven. Sackett may have gone astray in this instance but he is only a man. The young woman is 22 years old and did what she did with her eyes open. It is charged that Sackett has ruined her reputation forever but I will wager that her friends have done a hundred fold more to damage her than has Sackett.
    "What is more his bond is unusually high. One thousand dollars for a case of this sort is extremely high. If the case must be carried out I hope to see the bond reduced to a reasonable figure which he can furnish, or else ordered out on his own recognizance. He proposes to stay and fight this case and has no intention of skipping the town."
    "He is probably in love with our climate," remarked Mr. Quinton dryly.
    "Will Miss Davenport be here when the case is called again?" Mr. Jetmore demanded of Mr. Quinton.
    "She will be subpoenaed," replied Quinton.
    "Will you give your word on your professional honor that she will be here?"
    "I will answer such questions out of court."
    Judge Furry surprised Jetmore by saying that his court had no jurisdiction to try Sackett, but merely to give him a preliminary hearing. The judge refused to reduce the bond, and continued the case until next Thursday, the 15th, at 10 o'clock.
    Mr. Jetmore asked that his protests in the case be recorded, in order that he might get the benefit of them when the case is called again.
    Sackett's Wives.
    Sackett appears to be a much married man. Besides the wife and three children he is known to have in Washington, D.C., he is said to have a wife and two children in Asbury, N.J., and a wife and two children in New York, according to the press dispatches.
    A dispatch from Asbury Park to the New York Herald says: "Chief of Police Shay of Chicago today sent a telegram to Chief of Police William H. Smith of this place asking him if H. Sackett, who formerly lived in Asbury Park, was married. Last week Sackett eloped with Miss Frances Davenport, youngest daughter of the late Senator L.D. Davenport. Sackett is a silhouette artist, and had a stand in the Asbury avenue pavilion at this place in 1889-90. With the assistance of Caleb L. Bailey he inaugurated and successfully carried out the first annual baby parade in 1890. His attention to women on the board walk was such that Mr. Bradley requested him to leave, and before the close of the season he packed his traps and got out of town. He has a wife and two children, and this fact has been telegraphed to Chief of Police Shay."
    Another telegram from Chicago says: "H. Sackett, who eloped from Elkhart, Ind., with Frances Ddavenport, has a wife and two children in New York. Sackett married a sister of Mrs. Howe, wife of the eastern manager of the American News company, and the deserted family is now living with the Howes in their New York home."
    [Researched by Ted Smith and transcribed from image by Chris Sackett]
  • Medina County Gazette (Medina, Ohio), 9 Aug 1967, page 3
    "Area Deaths
    Dr. Myron Sackett of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who died Monday is survived by his wife, Mae (nee Sheerlein); sisters, Mrs. Ethel Hosebach and Mrs. Edna Palmer of Erie and Mrs. Alda Davison of Conneaut and brothers, Arley of Kinsman, Levi of Michigan and Emery of Levittsburg.
    Dr. Sackett's brothers and sisters were erroneously listed as surviving children in the Tuesday issue of The Gazette."
    [Transcribed from by Ted Smith]


  • New York Times, December 8, 1854 page 4 column 4.
    Yesterday morning the principal officers of the Market Bank, in Pearl street, discovered that William P. Sackett, the receiving teller, has proved a defaulter to the amount of $25,000. He managed this by balancing his books fraudulently. The first information of the fraud was obtained through the assistant receiving teller, who observed the discrepancy in Sackett's account and last Sunday morning informed the Secretary of the Bank. This led to an immediate investigation of the books, which furnished sufficient grounds for Sackett's arrest. He was taken into the custody of a Committee of the Bank on Monday last, but has not yet been handed over to the officers of justice. The directors of the bank are awaiting the arrival of Sackett's father, who resides on Long Island, when an examination will take place.
    Sackett has a wife and one child and resides in Brooklyn. The bank think they will secure a portion of the amount taken, and that their loss will not exceed $15,000.
    [Researched & transcribed by Thurmon King]
  • The New York Herald, 9 Dec 1854
    "The directors of the Market Bank were engaged yesterday afternoon in investigating the defalcation of the second teller, Mr. Sackett. It was said that the bank would, under no contingency, lose more than $12,000 or $14,000. It was reported that when Sackett was asked what he had done with the money, he stated that he had spent it in "spreeing" it with Candee; that he had enjoyed good things at Mr. Candee's, and gave them in return, and that if the directors had allowed him four days he would have added $20,000 more to the sum [?] his defalcation. It was said that he used to drive a pair of very fast gray horses, and dash about Y[?]kers with them, where he had a country residen[ce] and frequently in company with his fast confrére of the same place. Sackett was formerly assistant teller of the American Exchange Bank. From what we could learn, the bank directors were trying to see if they could not, through the aid of the young man's father or otherwise, fall upon some plan to have the amount of the deficiency made up."
    [Library of Congress. Chronicling America. Chris Sackett, Aug 2017]
  • The New York Times, February 13, 1855
    "New-York City
    The Market Bank Defalcation
    The Recent Embezzlement of $25,000
    Arrest of the Receiving Teller
    Yesterday evening Sergeant Mansfield and officer Patterson, of the Lower Police Office, returned to the City from the South end of Long Island, having in custody a young man named William Post Sackett, Receiving Teller of the Market Bank. In December last Sackett was detected in embezzling a large amount of funds from the Bank. An investigation was at once commenced by the Bank officials and the result of their labors exhibited a deficiency in the accounts of Sackett, to the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars. At the time of the discovery of the felony, the Teller was privately arraigned before the President, Cashier, and Directors of the institution, where he confessed his guilt, and restored a large portion of the missing funds. The brief particulars of the affair were given in the Daily Times, shortly after it occurred, and the Bank officers made no attempt to bring the offender to justice, and the case has been kept in secret until within a few days past.
    Meanwhile, Sackett was allowed to go on his parole, and finally proceeded to the farm-house of his father-in-law, at Smithtown, near Suffolk, L. I. On the 6th instant, Richard S. Williams, Esq., President of the Market Bank, appeared before Judge Connolly, at the Halls of Justice, in Centre-street, and made a long affidavit, wherein he accuses Sackett of purloining $25,000, during his two years connexion with the Institution in the capacity of Teller, for receiving all funds from depositors and others, doing business with the concern. Upon these representations of Senator Williams the magistrate issued his warrant of arrest for the defaulter.
    When the officers arrived at their destination, they had to proceed some four miles to the wherabouts of Mr. Sackett. The accused was brought to the City by the Western train from Greenport, and the sitting magistrate being absent, he was placed in custody of officers Webb and Patterson by Justice Welsh. Henry L. Clinton, Esq. is engaged for the defence, and a further hearing in the matter will take place some day this week. The prisoner states that during his employment in the above Bank he speculated rather heavy in Railroad Stocks and Bonds, and was, at one period, worth over $20,000 clear of the world, but in consequence of the hard times, he met with extensive losses and was unable to make good his account in the Bank. He also asserts that he returned all his assets, bonds and notes, amounting to some $17,000, to the Bank, and could not pay up the balance."
    [Researched & transcribed by Thurmon King]
  • Evening Post, New York, NY, 13 Feb 1855, p. 3
    "Embezzlement of the Funds of the Market Bank.
    Arrest and Examination of the Receiving Teller.
    Bail Fixed at $10,000.
    It will be recollected that in the early part of last December it was stated that William Post Sackett, the receiving teller of the Market Bank, in this city, had absconded, after a defalcation discovered in his accounts to the amount of $25,000. The accompanying affidavit furnishes the history of the transaction, and as a result, a warrant was entrusted to Sergeant Mansfield and office Patterson for the apprehension of the defaulter. It was only yesterday they received information that Sackett was living on Long Island.
    They set out by the railroad for the place at which they hoped to find him. On arriving at the depot they observed a person among the passengers waiting to come to New York by the 1 o'clock train, who answered to their description of Sackett, and without further ado they took him into custody and brought him to the city.
    The affidavit of "Richard S. Williams" upon which the warrant was issued, recites that he resides at "No. 16 Jefferson street, in the city of New York." He "says that he is the President of the Market Bank, that William Post Sackett was receiving teller of said bank, and was engaged at a yearly salary; that he was in the said situation from November 1, 1852, to December 2, 1854, and that during that period he has embezzled the funds of the said bank to the amount of $25,000.
    Deponent further says that on the 2d of December last, it was discovered that the footing up of his accounts was wrong on his books, by making false entries of figures, thereby intending to mislead and deceive the officers of the said bank.
    Deponent also says that he was informed by a clerk of the bank, namely Walter Hendrick, that he examined the accounts of Sackett on Saturday afternoon, the 2d December, after bank hours, and that Hendrick informed deponent that he told Sackett in the bank that the footings of his accounts were wrong, and that Sackett said that he would come down on Monday morning and make it right.
    Deponent says that Sackett did not come to the bank on Monday, but on Monday evening Sackett called on deponent at his residence, and acknowledged to deponent that his accounts were wrong, and that he had abstracted at various times from the bank, and in all the sum of $25,000.
    Deponent further says that he charged the said Wm. Post Sackett, while he was in employ of said bank, as receiving teller, with having feloniously embezzled and converted to his own use the sum of $25,000, thereby cheating and defrauding the officers and stockholders of the said Market Bank out of the said amount.
    Richard S. Williams
    Sworn before me, February 5, 1855,
    Michael Conolly, Police Justice.
    At 11 o'clock this morning, the accused, accompanied by his professional adviser, Mr. Clinton, appeared before Police Justice Conolly. Mr. Williams, President of the bank, and Mr. Garnett, one of the bail for Sackett, being present, the object being to determine and state the amount of bail to be taken for his appearance. The Judge fixed the amount at $10,000. Mr. Garnett offered to become bound for one half that sum. The case was adjourned until half past 4 this day, when it was expected Sackett's mother would take the other half."
    [ Chris Sackett, Aug 2017]
  • The New York Herald, 13 Feb 1855
    "William Post Sackett, late receiving teller of the Market Bank, of this city, was arrested yesterday, on Long Island, and brought to this city, to answer the charge preferred against him of embezzling twenty-five thousand dollars of the funds of the bank."
    [Library of Congress. Chronicling America. Chris Sackett, Aug 2017]
  • Title not recorded.
    "On February 24 and 28, 1855 the case was argued before Justice Connolly. Mr. Clinton, counsel for Sackett, presented a three and a half hour closing argument. He contended that the Bank had treated the matter as a loan account, rather than embezzlement, by accepting payment from Sackett and several others to reduce the amount of the indebtedness. One payment he cited:
    "Received, Dec. 4, 1854, of Mrs. Jerusha Sackett, a certificate of deposit for four thousand one hundred and forty-three 40/100 dollars, on account of money due the Market Bank [signed] by Richard S. Williams, President"
    At the close of the day, the case was handed to the court."
    [Researched & transcribed by Thurmon King]
  • New York Daily Times, Saturday, March 24, 1855
    "The Market Bank Embezzlement.
    The examination which recently took place before Justice Connolly, in regard to the charge against Sackett, for embezzling the funds of the Market Bank, was closed several weeks ago, but as yet no decision has been rendered by the Magistrate. It will probably be given to the public in the early part of the coming week."
    [Researched & transcribed by Thurmon King]
  • Poughkeepsie Journal, Dutchess County, New York, 28 Aug 1967, page 18
    "Mrs. Elliot, Town Resident
    Mrs. Anna Sackett Elliott, 31, of 2 Silver Lane, Town of Poughkeepsie, died yesterday at Highland Hospital, Beacon, after a short illness.
    Mrs. Elliott was born in Poughkeepsie on Dec. 26, 1935. She was the daughter of Benjamin Sackett, Staatsburg, and Ruth Pataki, Poughkeepsie.
    On Dec. 17, 1955, she married Frank L. Elliott in Pleasant Valley. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church, Wappingers Falls.
    In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Elliott is survived by three sons, Dale Robert, Gary Frank and Kevin Joseph; three daughters, Linda Marie, Debra Ann and Patricia Ann; four brothers, Charles, Hyde Park, Joseph Vienna, Va., and Frederick and James, Poughkeepsie; one sister, Mrs. James (Edna) Schwartz, Rhinebeck, and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 9:15 a.m. at McCornac Funeral Home, 11 N. Clinton St., and at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Wappingers Falls, where a Mass of Requiem will be offered. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Wappingers Falls.
    Friends may call at 11 N. Clinton St., Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m."
    [Transcript from digital image, (Researched by Ted Smith).]
  • Meadville Tribune Republican, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, Wed, 12 Jan 1916
    "Death of M. W. Sackett"
    "Myron Ward Sackett, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Meadville, passed away Wednesday morning about 7 o'clock at his home on Liberty street. He had been ill for several weeks but had recovered sufficiently during the past two weeks to be out and visit his office, but suffered a relapse recently. The end came peacefully, the direct cause being a cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Sackett was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, October 24, 1841. He came to Meadville in 1861, arriving by the first train run eastward on the A. & G. W. railroad, now the Erie. He engaged in the clothing business with his half-brother, E. W. Tanner, the firm being known as Sackett & Tanner. In 1869 he went to Pittsburgh where he entered the wholesale crockery business. While there he became interested in the work of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the oldest of the fraternal insurance orders, and to this organization he devoted the remainder of his life, serving as the general secretary or Supreme Recorder for 36 years. During this time Mr. Sackett also served for 12 years as secretary of the National Fraternal Congress, an association of the principal fraternal associations of the United States and Canada. He was recognized as a leader in fraternal insurance work and was widely known throughout the county on account of his long association with the work of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and of the National Fraternal Congress. He returned to Meadville in 1879, and this city has since then been the central office of the A. G. U. W. Mr. Sackett was married August 15, 1866, to Miss Sarah V. Barber, of Meadville, who survives him, together with their five children; Mrs. Seth S. Terry, of Montclair, New Jersey; Mrs. William P. Haines, of Buffalo, New York; Mrs. Walter Irving Bates, of Meadville; Ward M. Sackett, of Corvallis, Montana and Edgar H. Sackett, of Meadville. Two half brothers also survive; E. P. Tanner, of Canfield, and Horace Tanner, of Youngstown. M. W. Sackett was a man of genial and friendly disposition, who had many devoted friends who knew his value and admired his character. He was a devoted husband and father, and outside of the demands of his business most of his interest and pleasure were in his home. His nature was loyal and sincere; simple and natural in his tastes, he was of an independent cast of mind and despised all shams and pretenses. The services were conducted by the Rev. Henry T. Secrist, pastor of the Unitarian church, the church of Mr. Sackett and his family, and were impressive in their simplicity. Reading from the Beatitudes, and a few appropriate selections from familiar poems, Mr. Secrist closed with an earnest prayer. There was no eulogy, no sermon, the well known life of Mr. Sackett and selections that were read harmonizing as a fitting testimonial to his memory; and after the attending friends had departed the family and those remaining with them accompanied the remains to Greendale, where the final rites were conducted and the earthly chapter of an honored and esteemed life was closed."
    [Find A Grave transcript]
  • Mahoning Dispatch, Mahoning County, Ohio, Fri, 14 Jan 1916
    "Home Happenings—Mr. E. P. Tanner received a telegram Wednesday morning advising him of the death of his half brother, Myron W. Sackett, in Meadville, Pa. No particulars were given as to the cause of death. Deceased was born and reared in Canfield Township and was about 72 years of age. He had resided in Meadville for many years and was grand recorder of the AOUW. He is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters."
    [Find A Grave transcript]
  • Meadville Tribune, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, Mon, 17 Jan 1916 "Supreme Recorder Ancient Order United Workman—The Last Obsequies" "Republican of Jan. 17th, we clip the following as to the last obsequies of our deceased brother; In the presence of a very large gathering of friends, including many of the representative business men of the city and a large number from a distance, services in memory of Mr. Myron W. Sackett were held at the residence on Liberty street, at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, and the interment was made in Greendale cemetery. There were members present from the various Orders to which Mr. Sackett belonged, and from the Chamber of Commerce, the latter attending in a body. The offering of flowers was very large and beautiful. The casket was banked with flowers, largely of roses, and many such tributes were arranged in the adjoining rooms." [Find A Grave transcript]


  • The London Gazette, 22 Oct 1830.
    "The Court of Relief of Insolvent Debtors.
    The Matters of the Petitions and Schedules of the Prisoners hereinafter named … are appointed to be heard at the Court-House, in Portugal Street, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, on Friday 12 November 1830 ….
    Sackett, Vincent Edward (sued and committed by the name of Vincent Sackett), formerly of White's Grounds, Bermondsey, and at the same time of No. 21, Salisbury-lane, Dock-Head, Bermondsey, Fellmonger, and late of No. 21, Salisbury-lane, Dock-Head, Bermondsey, aforesaid, all in the County of Surrey, Journeyman Fellmonger."
    [The Gazette ( (Researched by Joan Leary)]
  • The London Gazette, 31 Jan 1834.
    "Notice is hereby given, that a meeting of the Creditors of Sackett Darby, late of the parish of Saint Lawrence, and of Ramsgate, in the Isle of Thanet, and County of Kent, Shoe-Maker, an Insolvent Debtor, will be held at the Spread Eagle Inn, Ramsgate aforesaid, on the 20th day of February next, at the hour of Eleven in the Forenoon, to approve of the manner and place at which the real estate of the said Sackett Darby shall be sold by public auction; also to consent to and authorise or dissent from the Assignee of the estate and effects of the said Sackett Darby commencing, prosecuting, or defending any suit or suits at law or in equity, for the recovery of any part of the estate and effects of the said Sackett Darby; or to the compounding, submitting to arbitration any differences or disputes between the Assignee and any person or persons for or on account of or by reason of any matter, cause, or thing whatsoever relating to the estate and effects of the said Sackett Darby."
    [The Gazette ( (Researched by Chris Sackett)]
  • The London Gazette, 16 Apr 1897.
    "Notice is hereby given that the Partnership formerly subsisting between us the undersigned Edward Sackett and John Sackett carrying on business as Ironmongers at Nos. 17 and 19 Hare-street Woolwich in the county of London under the style or firm of Messrs. E. and J. Sackett has terminated the said Edward Sackett having retired from the firm. The business is now carried on at 17 and 19 Hare-street Woolwich aforesaid under the style or firm of J. Sackett by the said John Sackett alone to whom all sums owing to the late Partnership may be paid and by whom all debts of the late firm will be paid.—Dated this fifth day of April one thousand eight hundred and ninety-seven.
    Edward Sackett.
    John Sackett."
    [The Gazette ( (Researched by Chris Sackett)]
  • The London Gazette, 3 June 1913.
    "Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us, the undersigned, Edward Gaskell Sackett and Edward Stewart Gordon Sackett, carrying on business as Chartered Accountants, at No. 1, Middle-pavement, Nottingham, under the style or firm of E.G. Sackett and Son, has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the thirty-first day of May, 1913. Each of them, Edward Gaskell Sackett and Edward Stewart Gordon Sackett, will carry on business in future on his separate account.—Dated the 31st day of May, 1913.
    Ed. G. Sackett.
    E. S. Gordon Sackett."
    [The Gazette ( (Researched by Chris Sackett)]
  • Daily Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thursday April 13, 1933
    Special to The Nonpareil.
    GREENFIELD, April 13.—Relatives have received notice of the death of Gibson Sackett, former Adair county resident, who died at Washington, Kansas. Funeral services were held last Thursday. Mr. Sackett is survived by his widow and two daughters. Death was due to a stroke of paralysis."
    [Researched by Ted Smith.]
  • The Belleville Telescope, Kansas 7 Jan 1982
    "Ceremony Unites Washington Countians
    Ilah Sackett of Washington and Robert B. Henderson of Mahaska were united in marriage in a private ceremony at the Christian Church in Washington at 12 p.m., December 28.
    The ceremony was performed by Rev. Robert G. Molby of Kansas City, nephew of the bride; Steve Burkun of Washington.
    Musicians were Mr. and Mrs. Cain of San Antonio, Tex.
    The bride was escorted by her nephew, Eugene G. Molby of Ulysses, Kan.
    Attending the couple were: Mrs. Bernard Miller, niece of the bride; Mrs. Harold Root, sister of the groom; Harold Root of Hollenberg; Bernard Miller of Lawrence.
    A luncheon was served at the Steak House in Washington following the ceremony.
    The bride is a former Mahaska grade school teacher.
    The groom is a retired mail carrier.
    The couple is at home in Mahaska."
    [Transcript from digital image, (Researched by Ted Smith).]