Sidney Sackett, 87, Former Resident of Coleman, Dies Following Fall in Longview Home; Buried Last Saturday
The ranks of pioneer Coleman countians was thinned during the past week of another of its intrepid old-timers when Sidney Sackett, 87, died early Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Malcolm Broadstreet, in Longview, the result of a fall which crushed his hip last Wednesday.
A native of England, Mr. Sackett was born March 20, 1858, in Orsett, a small village located in Essex. His parents were the late Henry and Susannah Rea Sackett. He was the youngest in his family and the last surviving member of his family group.He came to Coleman county when yet a lad of 18 to make his home with his brother, the late Henry Sackett at Camp Colorado, where he became associated with his kinsman in the mercantile business. Later the Sackett Brothers established and operated a gin and mill on the banks of the Jim Ned Creek at Camp Colorado. This venture it is believed established the first mill in Coleman county.
In 1898 or 1899 he married Miss Pauline Nason, and to this union one daughter, Mamie Broadfoot, was born. The young couple came to Coleman and operated the Coleman Roller Mill and still later the Round Bale Gin.
It was in 1905 that Mr. Sackett moved with his family to Albany where he became proprietor of the Albany House which was later known as the Sackett Hotel. This venture lasted 10 years during which time Mr. Sackett's hostelry gained wide acclaim. He then moved to Abilene where he continued in the hotel business as well as managing a farm.
Three years later he purchased a typewriter repair shop at Sweetwater and soon moved it to Coleman where he operated it until 1937 or 1938 before retiring from active business. In 1940 he moved to Longview to make his home with his daughter.Since that time Mr. Sackett had been in failing health which was climaxed with his fatal fall last Wednesday.
Mr. Sackett at one time in the early days of the county had served a brief period as a member of the famed Texas Rangers.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Pauline Nason Sackett, Longview; a daughter, Mrs. Broadfoot, Longview, and a host of nephews and nieces in Coleman county and in England.
Funeral services were held from the Longview Episcopal Church Saturday afternoon, and interment was in the Longview cemetery."
—Coleman Democrat-Voice (Texas), Mar 1945