Newspaper Abstracts, Michigan

18 records

  • 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)]
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 18, 1893
    "Newsman Sackett and the Girls
    "Yankee" Sackett, the newsman, will give his sleigh ride to the little girls of the public schools tomorrow afternoon. The sleighs will call at the schools between 3 and 4 o'clock, and after a slide through the country the little ones will be let down at their homes."
    [Orsemus Sackett].
    [Researched by Kari Roehl].
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 18, 1893
    Sackett Among the Great
    An amusing incident occurred in a Madison Avenue school room not long ago. It was shortly after the girls' sleigh-ride given by Mr. Sackett and the teacher was questioning the pupils in regard to what great man's birthday was to come soon. Many of the replies were merely guesses, but they included Grover Cleveland and General Jackson. Finally on e little girl in the corner raised her hand and upon receiving permission to reply, said: "I know, it is Mr. Sackett's."
    [Orsemus Sackett].
    [Researched by Kari Roehl].
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 27, 1893
    Sackett's New Suit
    Sackett, "the Yankee Newsboy" came out this afternoon looking very swell in a brand new suit and a straw hat. Of course the suit is made of navy blue cloth like his other suits but the buttons are different this time. The coat buttons are Columbian souvenir half-dollars, the buttons on the sleeves are dimes of the new issue and the waist coat buttons are 1803 quarters. The old boy created quite a stir in the Morton and when one of the boys asked where he got his suit he said, "Bought it of my friend May at the Giant, New York, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Rocky Mountain News, Illustrated American, Truth, Puck or Judge." and with a serious expression on his face he walked on in his familiar and peculiar gait.
    [Orsemus Sackett].
    [Researched by Kari Roehl].
  • The Saginaw News, August 16, 1893, p. 1, col. 4.
    A Former Grand Rapids Man Arrested For Fraudulent Marriage.
    RACINE, Wis., Aug. 16.—William Wallace Sacket, formerly of Grand Rapids, was arrested here as an accessory to a fraudulent marriage between himself and Mrs. Ida A. Clark. About three years ago Sacket came here. Recently he became acquainted with Mrs. Clark, who is the daughter of a prominent citizen and related to one of the leading families of the town. On July 20 last he went to the home of the lady. With him was one J.S. Brown, a friend of Mrs. Clark. Sacket informed Mrs. Clark that Brown was a United States secret detective and that as such officer he had the power to contract a marriage.
    He was desirous of marrying Mrs. Clark and the mock ceremony was performed by Brown, Mrs. Clark believing that it was legal. Discovering that she had been duped into an illegal marriage she informed the chief of police and warrants were issued for both Sacket and Brown. The former was caught and was held to the circuit court. The sheriff has gone into the country after Brown. It is claimed that Sacket has a wife living at Grand Rapids from who he never was divorced. He is 50 years old and Mrs. Clark is about 30."
    [Researched by Terri Carlson]
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 22, 1894
    "Wanted To See Fred
    Sackett, the Newsman, Invaded the Superior Court
    Sackett, the newsman, with whiskers, eyeglasses and a tottering step, walked into the Superior court this morning while it was in session and began calling "Cincinnati," "Chicago," etc. The court deputy rapped for order, but Sackett didn't hear him. He slapped a bundle of papers and magazines down on a table with a resounding whack and then threw down another lot. Then he picked up a paper and began shaking it at one of the lawyers. Finally Judge Burlingame had to call him down, but he didn't pay any attention to the court. Finally his honor sent the messenger to inform Sackett that his demonstrations were out of order. After repeated efforts the old man "caught on," but was dismayed.
    "Can't hear a word," he declared. Then, turning toward the judge he asked: "Where is Fred Adams?"
    The messenger showed him where the clerk was, and the court resumed business."
    [Orsemus Sackett].
    [Researched by Kari Roehl].
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 31 1894
    "Yankee Sackett to the Public
    I am sure every man, woman, and child in Grand Rapids will witness that I have done as much to entertain and amuse the newsboys and school girls as any other party, and am not disposed to quit. I wish to explain a slight misunderstanding which does me an injustice. Last Saturday Mr. Sprout of The Democrat told me they were making a float on which I was asked to ride with a small boy, and told me to call on Mrs. Schultz, the costumer, who desired to fix appropriate costumes. He did not tell me I was to represent Time, Santa Clause or a clown. I called Sunday morning on Mrs. Schultz, who told me I was expected to represent Time with a scythe. I replied that any one would answer for that, but it would wholly destroy my individuality, and I respectfully declined. Mrs. Schultz agreed with me as to it unfitness. I only wish to be taken as I am. My self-respect will allow me no other course. I met Mr. Sprout this morning at The Democrat office and he roughly said, "You have done a smart thing, haven't you?" "What," said I, "you never told me that I was expected to appear in the procession in any character but my own." "Well," said he, "we are done with you and don't want anything more to do with you; you are not needed at the newsboys' dinner, Fifty gentlemen at The Morton last evening said it was just like you; you were always a crank."
    I have not put myself forward for my recognition by the dinner committee, and if neighbors send in as usual I will probably get a dinner.
    I am consoled by the fact that my ancestors fought, bled, died and almost suffered in the Revolution, that my father served in the war of 1812 and lived on horse beef at Sackett's Harbor, and that I did volumes of Union talk during the war and made some money out of the rise in gold."
    O. Sackett."
    [Orsemus Sackett].
    [Researched by Kari Roehl].
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 13, 1895
    "Sackett's Carnival.
    O. Sackett, the Yankee newsman, will soon give his annual sleighing carnival to the newsboys of Grand Rapids. A cordial invitation will be sent to the teachers of every school district in the township of Grand Rapids, outside of the city, and the residents of each district owning teams, will gladly volunteer to bring the scholars to the carnival, giving them a delightful gala day. The procession will start from Campau place about noon on a Saturday and end in ample time for the visitors to reach home before dark. The name and number of each outside district should be conspicuous on the sleighs. Due notice will be given of the date of the carnival and sent to the outside schools."
    [Orsemus Sackett].
    [Researched by Kari Roehl].
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 19, 1895
    "The Newsboys' Ride
    Sackett, the Yankee Newsman, Will Give It Next Saturday.
    A newsboys' grand sleigh ride will be given by O. Sackett on Saturday, Feb. 23. Visitors and boys will assemble on Campau place at 12:30. The procession will move at 1 p. m. and end at 3 p. m., in time for visitors to reach home before dark.
    A cordial invitation is extended to the teachers and scholars of the schools of the township of Grand Rapids and out of the city. It is believed that the residents of the districts will kindly donate teams to bring them in.
    No city newsboys will be admitted to the sleighs without a badge or check from the papers."
    [Orsemus Sackett].
    [Researched by Kari Roehl].
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 24, 1895
    "It Made Him Hot
    Queer Effect of Cold Water on "Yankee" Newsman Sackett.
    The prosecuting attorney's force are now puzzling themselves over a hard problem. Yankee Newsman Sackett complains that James Bayliss of the Morton House news stand has committed an assault upon him. "The Yankee" says Bayliss threw water on him and his papers the other morning while he was holding forth in front of the hotel. It is a grave legal question whether the application of water in some instances may not be reckoned a meritorious deed instead of an assault: but "Yankee" says his papers and his personal tranquility were greatly damaged by the transaction. Wherefore he asks redress from the law."
    [Orsemus Sackett].
    [Researched by Kari Roehl].
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 19, 1896
    "Sackett Is No More
    The Old "Yankee Newsman" Died last Night
    A Man Of Mystery
    Who Made Fortunes and Lost Them Again
    Closed His Business a Few Days Ago and Death Quickly Followed His Release From Toil.
    O. Sackett, The "Yankee Newsman," is dead. His peculiar and familiar cries of "Cincinnati," "New York," "New Orleans," etc., will be heard no more on the streets nor in business places. For eighteen years he had been a conspicuous figure in Grand Rapids. His traits of character indulged many that were called eccentric, but, with all his oddities, he counted many warm friends. In his younger days Sackett was a successful amusement manager, having directed the tours of such famous lecturers as Horace Greely and George Francis Train. Many stories of more or less authenticity have been told of the fabulous fortunes that have been amassed by Sackett in amusement enterprises, but it was said he lost them. No one tells, however, of the manner of their loss. It was, perhaps, the fact that his early life was shrouded more or less in mystery that made him the more interesting to those with whom he came in contact.
    Sackett was especially fond of telling anecdotes of his earlier experiences in the amusement line and was evidently proud of associates of former years. He had been engaged in selling newspapers and periodical literature on the streets of Grand Rapids nearly all of the time since he came here. Last year he sold photographs of himself, upon the back of which was a "sticker," bearing the following printed advertisement:
    "The oldest newspaper man in the world, 75 years old July, 1895. Started in 1889 with 50 cents. Saved, up to December, 1894, $16,000.
    "Beat it!
    "Has no News stand, but solicits, sells and delivers papers and magazines from all cities in the United States, Mexico and Europe.
    "Covers 15 to 25 miles daily. Send postal with name of paper to O. Sackett, postoffice, and I do the rest."
    The old man's health had been failing for several years and his feebleness became very noticeable six months ago. Several times during the summer he was overcome by the heat or other causes and had fallen on the streets exhausted. On these occasions he was cared for by friends or was taken to his boarding place, 162 Ottawa street. Last week he was attacked by jaundice, and on Friday took to his bed. He was attended by Dr. Amanda Evans and two nieces, Anna and Eva Sackett, of Croton, Newaygo county. Anna has been in the city for two weeks caring for her aged uncle. Notwithstanding the best of nursing, he gradually sank, and passed away last night at 6 o'clock.
    The last time Sackett appeared on the streets selling papers was on Tuesday, Aug. 11. He was so feeble that he was prevailed upon to "close out" his business, as he expressed it, and he was making plans to go to St. Paul to superintend the construction of some houses upon lots which he had purchased there some time ago. He purchased an invalid chair and insisted upon being taken out on the streets as late as last Friday. He refused to entertain the idea of death, expressing the strongest determination and expectation of recovery up to the very last.
    The old man made a will about six months ago, the document being drawn by Hon. John Patton, jr. C. B. Kelsey was named as executor of his estate. Mr. Sackett leaves three children, T. Ackley Sackett of Minneapolis, Fitch Carl Sackett of Brooklyn, N. Y., and another son, whose whereabouts are at present unknown. The deceased had been married twice. After the death of his first wife he married again, but did not live happily, and was divorced from her thirty years ago. The divorced wife has been remarried more than twenty years. Mr. Sackett also left a brother in Croton, Newaygo county, and several nephews and nieces.
    For all of his eccentricities, Sackett enjoyed the friendship of hundreds of newsboys, and the annual sleighrides given to the boys by him will be missed. A week ago last Sunday Sackett struggled about the streets in an endeavor to conduct his business as usual, but the extreme heat compelled him to spend most of his time reclining in shady doorways. Here he was attended by the little newsboys, who took turns in relieving the old man's distress by fanning him.
    The funeral will be held from O'Brien's undertaking rooms on Friday at 2 p. m. C. B. Kelsey and Henry Spring have charge of the arrangements. It is desired that all the newsboys in the city attend the funeral, and they are therefore requested to meet at The Evening Press office on Friday at 1 p.m., from which place they will go to the funeral in a body."
    [Researched by Kari Roehl.]
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 21, 1896
    Grand Rapids' Famous Old Newsboy Is Dead—Left a Fortune.
    Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug. 20—Orsemus Sackett, "the newsboy," is dead. He was 72 years old, had been peddling papers here for 10 years or more and leaves a fortune of several thousand dollars. He was born in New England and as a young man grew rich in piloting George Francis Train, Horace Greeley and other famous lecturers about the country. He lost his money speculating in oil, and in an unfortunate venture in Western lands, and when he came here he "went broke." He began selling papers in a modest way and soon became a familiar character. It was his boast that he could furnish papers from any city on the globe. At one time he made a sensation by appearing in a suit of clothing with $5, $10 and $20 pieces as buttons. Two sons survive him."
    [Researched by Kari Roehl.]
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 21, 1896
    "Kind Words For Sackett.
    The Newsboys' Band Sorrows, for a Friend Has Passed Away.
    Peioskey, Mich., Aug. 21.—The members of The Evening Press Newsboys' band have been the jolliest resorters in Michigan, but when they heard of the death of O. Sackett, the veteran newsboy, they looked very sorry indeed and at once drafted resolutions of respect. The boys had been treated well by the aged newsman, and they are not the sort to forget a friend. The resolutions were characteristic and read as follows:
    Whereas, We liked Mr. Sackett, the oldest newsboy in Grand rapids, very much, and
    Whereas, He was always good to us and gave us jolly times by his yearly sleighrides for the newsboys, be it
    Resolved, that we are very sorry to hear of his death and regret that we cannot show our respect by going to the funeral. We wish we could send some flowers, but we shall never forget him, and maybe that would please Mr. Sackett just as well.
    (Signed) Geo. Simmons, Arthur Thomas, Frank Pla?s."
    [Researched by Kari Roehl.]
  • Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 22, 1896
    "One Dollar Each
    Sackett's Sons Are Cut Off by His Will.
    His Money to Lie in Bank Nineteen Years Before Being Divided
    As soon as the relatives returned from the funeral of Newsman Sackett yesterday they assembled at the People's Savings bank and listened to the reading of the last will and testament of the deceased. After directing that all just debts and funeral expenses be paid, the sum of $1 was bequeathed to each of the three sons. To his nieces, Anna and Eva Sackett, was given his gold watch and amethyst ring. The residue of the estate is bequeathed to the grandchildren, Geraldine, Irving and Byron Irving of Brooklyn, N. Y., and to his great grandchildren, Althea Wade and William S. Wade of Hurley, Wis., and the nieces, Anna and Eva Sackett, of Croton, Newaygo county, Mich.
    It is directed that the estate be converted into money as soon as possible and deposited in the Peoples Savings bank, to be kept there, with accrued interest, for nineteen years and then distributed equally among the heirs named.
    Charles B. Kelsey is named as executor of the will. He places the value of the estate at from $5,000 to $7,000, allowing for the valuation placed upon the St. Paul property by the deceased.
    After the reading of the will Mr. Kelsey brought out a small tin box containing the keepsakes and other treasures of the dead man. They were family pictures, a few pieces of old silver, an ancient deed to some lots in Grand Rapids, two marriage certificates and a copy of a decree of divorce dated 1891. A tattered piece of paper bore the family record, showing that the deceased was born in Chili, Monroe county, N. Y., July 19, 1826."
    [Researched by Kari Roehl.]
  • The Progressive Herald, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 14 Jun 1913, p. 9, col. 6
    Items of Interest
    Stanley Sackett, until recently owner of the Gobleville Bank, has become associated with ex-Sheriff Abner Campbell of Kalamazoo, having purchased the interest of M. Myron in the firm of Myron and Campbell. The new firm will be known as the Campbell & Sackett Realty Co.
    [Researched by Chris Sackett]
  • Battle Creek Moon-Journal, Calhoun County, Michigan, 6 Sep 1921
    "Almiron Sackett Dies—Almiron E. Sackett, age 87 [sic] years, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. H. B. Whitmer, 91 North Wabash avenue, at 5:45 this morning. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his niece, his wife and one child, Mrs James Morehouse, of this city. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. No. 29 and that organization will have charge of the funeral services. Funeral services will be held from the residence Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. D. J. Van Antwerp will officiate and burial will be made in Hick's cemetery."
    [Transcribed from Find A Grave image by Chris Sackett]
  • The Kalamazoo Star, Michigan, 29 Nov 1921, pp. 1-2
    Announce Winter Series of Sunday Musical Concerts
    Project Approved by Commission
    Kalamazoo will have a series of community Sunday afternoon musical concerts during the winter months …
    Names Citizens' Committee.
    …Stanley Sackett [of about 100 names].
    [Researched by Chris Sackett]

Sources [where recorded]:
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