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  • Hartford Courant, 26 Sep 2018
    "Ivy J. Rajotte, 91, of Newington, CT died peacefully at her home on Monday, September 24th. Ivy was born in London, England on May 24, 1927 to Margaret and Jeremiah Sackett. She left London at age 19 and moved to Boston Massachusetts to marry her husband, Victor E. Rajotte who she met at a dance at Epping Air Force base in England during World War II. They moved to Newington, CT in 1954, where she started a family and continued to live for the past 64 years. Ivy loved to garden and her beautiful flowers were enjoyed by all. Ivy touched many people as the town cosmetician. She worked for many years at Thrifty Drug Store and over the years she assisted many women in Newington with their beauty needs. She was always able to bring out the best in people, both physically and spiritually, and always had an open seat at her counter if anyone needed to talk. According to her clientele, she dispensed friendship and self-confidence along with beauty and makeup tips. Ivy was predeceased by her loving husband Victor Rajotte, her parents Margaret and Jeremiah Sackett, and her sister Ann Thompson. She leaves her children, Victoria Woodward (Pete) of Edmund Oklahoma, Gerry Connelly (Ned) of Hamden, Jeff Rajotte (Trish) of Rocky Hill and Brett Rajotte (Ronda) of Lake Forest, CA. She also leaves 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and Julie McManus her caretaker for the last 5 years. Ivy's two cousins, Maisie Carter and Jim Sackett and her nephew Jerry Thompson and niece Carol Carey were her British connection to her beloved England. We would like to thank the wonderful workers from Constellation Services for their wonderful hospice care given to our mom. Funeral services for Ivy will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington. She will be lovingly laid to rest with her husband in West Meadow Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Thursday, September 28, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Avenue, Newington. To share a memory with Ivy's family, please visit us at"
    [Transcribed from Hartford Courant, online edition, by Chris Sackett]
  • The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, 9 Jun 1952, page 2
    Mrs. Effie May Doty, 84, who lived for 65 years at 932 W. MacArthur Ave., died at 10 a.m. Sunday at El Paso Rest Home, El Paso. She had been ill since last October.
    She was brought to the Beck Memorial Home where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. George Stuart, pastor of First Christian Church will officiate. Order of Eastern Star members will perform the lodge ritual. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery.
    Mrs. Doty was born at Arrowsmith Feb. 14, 1868, the daughter of Sabina and Martha Sackett. She was married to Henry A. Doty in October of 1884 and they moved into the Bloomington residence. He died in 1909. Mrs. Doty moved to El Paso four years ago.
    Surviving are a son, Earl C. Doty, Gary, Ind.; a daughter, Fern C. Hinshaw, St. Paul, Minn., and two brothers, Irwin Sackett, Le Roy, and Seth Sackett, Arrowsmith.
    Mrs. Doty was a member of First Christian Church all her married life and was a member of Chapter 50, Order of Eastern Star.
    [Transcribed from image by Ted Smith]


  • 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]