Minnesota, Minneapolis-St Paul
- Daily Globe, St. Paul, February 2, 1863, p. 1, cols. 4–6.
"THE BALLOTS IN DETAIL
Those who voted for Thomas Wilson were:
Castle, Christensen, Craig, Doran, Griggs, Peck, Sackett, Vollmer, Welch
Those who voted for D. M. Sabin were:
(Democrats in italic.)
Ackerman, Buckman, Castle, Christensen, Compton, Comstock, Crosby, Doran, Hollister, Johnson, Langdon, Peck, Peterson, Rice, Sackett, Sergeant, Shaleen, Steenerson, Welch.
Those who voted for D. M. Sabin were:
(Democrats in italics).
Ackerman, Blake, Buckman, Castle, Christensen, Compton, Comstock, Crosby, Doran, Gilfillan, C. D., Griggs, Hollister, Johnson, Langdon, Peck, Peterson, Rice, Sackett, Sergeant, Shaleen, Steenerson, Vollmer, Welch.
Those who voted for D. M. Sabin were:
(Democrats in italics).
Ackernmn, Blake, Buckman, Buckman, Castle, Christensen, Compton, Comstock, Craig, Crosby, Doran, Gilfillan, Criggs, Hollister, Johnson, Langdon, Peck, Peterson, Rice, Sackett, Sargeant, Shaleen, Steenerson, Vollmer, Welch"
- Daily Globe, (St. Paul, Minn.), March 20, 1878, p. 2, col. 5.
"WAYS THAT ARE DARK.
FUN WITH THE BOYS DOWN AT MADISON.
How Col. Ginty and "Hobe" Sackett Saw the Elephant — An Enraged Paternal Relative Carries a Streak of Sorrow from the takes to the Chippewa — Escaping by Moonlight Alone — Buying up the Issue of a Paper to Suppress it — A Harrowing Tale which the "Globe" Doth Unfold.
But human bodies are sic fools,
Fer a' their colleges and schools,
That, when nae ills perplex them,
They make enow themsels to vex them.
Social, political and newspaporial circles in Wisconsin are profoundly agitated over a recent thrilling episode and hair-breadth escape, which had Madison for their base and the banks of the Chippewa for their termination. The legislative session of the sister State east of the Mississippi is drawing to a close, consequently the fun there, as with Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnnie, is growing "fast and furious." Madison, therefore, at present is "the baiting-place of wit," and just the spot where a man can "drive dull care away," and at the same time, study the political horoscope. In other words, the city by the lakes is in a first-class condition in which to indulge in a "tear."
It was probably some such considerations as the foregoing which induced George C. Ginty, the editor of the Chippewa Herald, "Hobe" Sackett, and other congenial spirits to visit the capital of Badgerdom last week. Whatever may have been the incentive, however, it is sufficient for this "ower true tale" to note the fact that Ginty, Sackett & Co. were in Madison last week. And when there, it was the most natural of circumstances that the quill-driver of the Herald should attend a dramatic performance, at which he occupied a prominent seat. Ginty enjoyed the presentation as only a gentleman from "rooral destreects" can enjoy. In the midst of his felicity, a boy handed him a note, which the receiver carefully read, then put it in his pocket, and, donning his hat and overcoat, he was seen to steal out of the theatre. Ginty's departure at once constituted him the "cynosure of all observers," and, as straws indicate the direction of the wind, he was tracked to a neighboring restaurant, where "Hobe" was with two girls. Now three may be very poor company, when four are not, especially when the sexes are evenly balanced, so the quartette adjourned to an upper room, and refreshments were ordered and brought ad libitum. Shortly, the hilarity was interrupted by a knock at the door of the apartment.
"Who's there?" demanded the valiant Ginty.
"A friend," replied the outside mystery, and with that the owner of the answering voice entered without further parley.
And that owner had blood in his eye, and imprecations on his lips, and, as far as Ginty and Sackett knew, a revolver in his altogether too convenient hip pocket. He announced himself as the father of the girls, and an irate father at that. Then "there was mounting in hot haste," or some such confusion. Ginty and Sackett by skillful tactics dodged the paternal party with his back up, rushed down stairs and lit out for their hotel at the treble quick, regardless of hats and overcoats left behind.
Ensconced in their room they breathed freer, and mutually congratulated each other upon their lucky escape from the "darned old cuss." Next day, however, some of the boys came around and warned them the old man was still on the war-path, vowing the direst vengeance, so they held the fort—that is the bed-room—all that day. Thirty-six hours of imprisonment was not very cheering, and Ginty could stand it no longer, so it was agreed he should make his escape to the night train in disguise, and once more be thus enabled to tread his "native heath" on the banks of the foaming Chippewa, where the wicked would cease from troubling and the weary would be at rest. The second evening, therefore, Ginty, muffled up so that his mother would not have recognized him, slid out of the back door of the hotel, and down the back street to the depot, where he dodged into a sleeping car. and then plunged into bed, with an inward chuckle at his success in eluding his pursuer, and a further cackle at "Hobe's" stupidity in not doing likewise. Quoting Shakspeare,
If I may trust the flatt'ring eye of sleep,
My dreams presage some joyful news tomorrow,
Ginty composed himself for once in twenty-four hours, and was soon in the full enjoyment of "tir'd nature's sweet restorer."
But the end was not yet. In the middle of the night, a telegram was handed to him, stating that Sackett—the foolish "Hobe" that wouldn't run away—had been shot, that the old man was to start for Chippewa Falls right away after the fleeing Ginty, and, worst of all luck, that the Chicago Times would have a most minute account of the whole affair. The telegram closed with an urgent request to Ginty to suppress that portion of the Times edition intended for circulation in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls.
More dead than alive. Ginty reached home. Obeying the behest of the telegram, he forthwith bought all the copies of the Times to be delivered in both the cities named, and ordered them to be sent to him. He then sat down to await developments and the arrival of "Hobe's" corpse.
The developments are these: The old man was an entire stranger to the girls, the Times had not a particle of reference to the matter, and "Hobe" still lives to "shake hands across the bloody chasm," while THE GLOBE tells how Ginty had fun with the boys."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 21, 1882, p. 2, col. 2.
"Some anxiety is felt by the creditors of Sackett of Cleveland, 0., formerly of Chicago, now a member of the board of trade of both cities. He did a commission business, and was for a time correspondent for Irwin, Orr & Co. of this city, but recently that firm notified its customers that it had severed all connection with him. His office in Cleveland is now in the hands of a constable. He was last seen here on Saturday evening last at the Owl club, and his friends claim that his liabilities only amount to a few thousand dollars, and that he will turn up all right again in a short time and make a satisfactory explanation ot his absence. Mr. Sackett is very well known in this city, and is a member of the Sackett family of Cranberry farm in Wisconsin. He is a young man of some means and has a host of friends in Cincinnati, St. Louis, Cleveland, Chicago and Wisconsin who would not fail to see him through difficulty of not too serious a nature. As nearly as can be ascertained the missing man's liabilities are not at all large, and before anything is said or done which would tend to reflect any upon Mr. Sackett's character it would be well, perhaps, to wait and see if he does not turn up, as Mr. Orr believes he will. The reporter ascertained that one of his acts while in the city was to transfer his board of trade membership. This would indicate that he was raising money, and he has gone to his relatives or friends for the purpose of raising an additional sum with which to meet the demands of his creditors and close out his business."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 11, 1883, p. 2, col. 1.
NINTH DAY'S SESSION, SIXTH'S DAY'S WORK OF THE LEGISLATURE.
Appointment of the Standing Committees in Both Houses—Violations of the Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Special Legislation—The Record of Business Yesterday.
Enrollment—Messrs. Clarke, Wheat, Morrison, Buckman and Sackett.
Towns and Counties—Messrs. Van Hoesen, Pillsbury, Peterson, Craig and Sackett.
Engrossment—Messrs. Hollister, Crosby, Ackerman, Truax and Craig.
Sackett, Steenerson and Ward."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 18, 1883, p. 2, col. 1–2
"Two More Ballots for U. S. Senator Yesterday But No Result.
WINDOM DROPS 5 VOTES AT ONCE,
And Winds up the Second Ballot With 61, Which is a Shrinkage of 9 Votes from Day Before.
At noon the lieutenant governor and the senators entered the house, and on rollcall it was found that all the senators were present, and all the representatives except Baarnaas, Cullen and Sabin. Two ballots were taken, and nothing of interest occurred except that on the second ballot Mr. Daniels made a speech indorsing Hon. C. M. Start. He said he was a Republican, and went into the Republican caucus. It nominated Windom, and he voted for him. While he felt great regard for him, he desired to say that he had now decided to vote for a man who stood high in the state as a lawyer and as a man, and was well fitted to adorn the position of United States senator.
Those who voted for Thomas Wilson were:
Castle, Doran, Sackett, Christensen, Griggs, Vollmer,Craig, Peck, Welch—9.
Those who voted for Thomas Wilson were:
Castle, Doran, Sackett, Christensen, Griggs, Vollmer, Craig, Peck, Welch.—9"
[Addison L Sackett s. Dexter B Sackett & Electa Bement]
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 25, 1883, p. 2, col. 2–3
By Senator Compton—Appropriating $800 to construct a bridge across the Red river at Fergus Falls.
By Senator Rice—To provide for the collection of taxes, and to provide a check upon the accounts of county treasurers.
By Senator Rice—Regulating salaries of county auditors and the clerk hire of said officers.
By Senator Buckman—To regulate the salaries of county treasurers and auditors, where unorganized counties are attached.
By Senator Sackett—amend section 12, chapter 56, of the general statutes of 1878, relating to the partition of property.
By Senator Sackett—Legalizing the conveyance of real estate improperly executed and acknowledged.
By Senator Ackerman—Amending the general laws of 1881 relating to town insurance companies."
[Addison L Sackett s. Dexter B Sackett & Electa Bement]
- Daily Globe, (St. Paul, Minn.), February 2, 1883, p. 1, col. 4–6.
of the election of Mr. Sabin in the following terms:
"Dwight M. Sabin having received a majority of all the votes of this convention, a majority of all the members of both houses being present and voting, he is therefore declared duly elected a senator in congress from this state for the term of six years from and after the 4th day of March next ensuing." THE BALLOTS IN DETAIL.—Senator Sackett [amongst others]"
[Addison L Sackett s. Dexter B Sackett & Electa Bement]
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, May 17, 1883, p. 8, col. 1.
"Insane Hospital Additions
Hon. A. L. Sackett, St. Peter, state senator, is at the Metropolitan. Mr. Sackett, who also is a member of the board of trustees of the hospital for the insane of the state was present at the meeting of the trustees held yesterday, at which the bids for the additions to the two hospitals—one at St. Peter and the other at Rochester—were opened and contracts awarded.
For the addition at St. Peter four bids were received, the contract being awarded to C. D. Smith of LaCrosse, Wis., for $16,200. For the new wing at Rochester, only two bids were received. Granville Wood of Rochester securing the contract for $61,770, this sum not including the heating and plumbing, no satisfactory bid being received for this work."
[Addison L Sackett s. Dexter B Sackett & Electa Bement]
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 7, 1883, p. 11, col. 2.
Mrs. J. B. Sackett and daughter were the guests of Le Sueur friends on Wednesday."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 7, 1883, p. 11, col. 4.
Miss Sarah Garland, of Minneapolis, is a guest of Miss Ella Sackett.
Mrs. Dr. Sackett is visiting relatives at Lanesboro, Minn."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, August 3, 1883, p. 4, col. 3–4.
"A RINGING PLATFORM.
It was 12:15 when chairman Doran of the committee called the Democratic State Convention to order. After reading the call Mr. Doran in pursuance of usage, nominated Hon. C. F. Buck, of Winona, for temporary chairman. The nomination was most heartily seconded by a dozen or more voices, and he was unanimously elected. His appearance was greeted with applause. Mr. Burck at once called the convention to business, the first being the election of temporary secretary for which C. H. Lienau of St. Paul, was nominated and elected.
Hon. F. J. Whitlock of Scott moved the nomination of a committee of one from each judicial district, which was adopted, and the chair upon suggestion of members appointed the following as the committee:
First District—R. C. Libby, Dakota.
Second—R. W. Johnson, Ramsey.
Third—Wm Lutz, Wabashaw.
Fourth—M.W. Glenn, Hennepin.
Fifth—August Mortenson, Rice.
Sixth—John F. Meagher, Blue Earth.
Seventh—John Simons, Morrison.
Eighth—J. H. Dorsey, McLeod.
Ninth—J. B. Sackett, Nicollet.
Tenth—S.S. McKenney, Fillmore.
Eleventh—J. J. Hibbard.
At Large—F. J. Whitlock, chairman.
entitled to seats in the convention :
Nicollet—A. L. Sackett, B. H. Randall, Alex Harkin, J Boyce."
- The St. Paul Sunday Globe, October 21,1883, p. 4, col. 6.
"A CHURCH FRACAS.
A Serious Affray: Between Two Residents of Long Island in the Methodist Church at Bayville.
[Special Telegram to the Globe.]
New York, Oct 20.—Bayville, a little village on Long Island, was Thursday night the scene of a serious riot during which several persons were severely injured by being beaten and clubbed. Quiet and peace generally prevails among the inhabitants of the thrifty little village, but yesterday everything was excitement. The disturbance took place in the Methodist church where an oyster supper was in progress. The church was crowded with people many of those being women and children. There is but one means of exit. At about 9:30 o'clock, while the main body of the building was crowded with people, upwards of 150 of whom were seated at the supper table, a disturbance suddenly arose between William Henry Smith and Captain John Saokett, brothers-in-law, and old residents of the village. Words were followed by blows. The friends of each joined in the fray, creating a general free fight, which lasted for nearly twenty minutes. A rush was made for the door and in the frantic efforts of the women and children to reach, the open air many were knocked down and trampled upon. In the melee the lamps, with which the church was lighted, were knocked out of their brackets and broken. In the darkness and excitement the fight was carried on with terrible effect. Tables were upset and oyster pans, crockery and eatables were strewn upon the floor. The combatants fought their way out of the church and into the street, where they were finally separated.
The list of injured numbers ten persons, one of them being the pastor of the churoh, the Rev. William Taft, who, while acting the part of peacemaker, was kicked and beaten in a serious manner.
It is claimed by the friends of Capt. Sackett, who has heretofore bean held in respect by his neighbors, that he was first assaulted by Smith and acted in self-defense.
A family feud, it is said, has existed between the two men for several months. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of all persons who are known to have taken part in the fracas. Smith was so badly used up by Capt. Sackett that he had to be carried to his home on a stretcher. Sackett was confined to his bed today suffering from a terrible scalp wound inflicted by being struck over the head with a bucksaw."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 23, 1885, p. 2, col. 1.
Another dull day as far so matters of general interest are concerned. The usual number of local bills were put in, and after two hours session the senate adjourned to allow the committees to work and perfect measures for more mature consideration.
The senate was called to order at 10:05 by President Oilman. Business opened with the
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.
By Senator Sackett—To appoint Dr. C. K. Bartlett, St. Peter; M. J. Daniels, Rochester; H. H. Hart, St. Paul; Dr. Hewett, Red Wing; and Dr. Leonard, Minneapolis, as commissioners to locate a third insane asylum."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 23, 1885, p. 2, col. 2.
"ST. PAUL NEWS.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.
By Senator Sackett—To appropriate $1,200 to reconstruct a wagon bridge over Roberts creek in Nicollett county.
By Senator Sackett—To legalize acknowledgements of conveyances and other instruments, and the record.
By Senator Sackett—To appoint Dr. K. Bartlett, St Peter; M.L Daniels, Rochester; H. H. Hart, St. Paul; Dr. Hewett, Red Wing, and Dr. Leonard, Minneapolis, as commissioners to locate a third insane asylum."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 6, 1885, p. 2, cols 7–8
"SENATE BILLS PASSED.
Allowing compensation to county commissioners in certain cases.
To reimburse Hennepin, Dakota, Ramsey and Winona counties for boarding convicts.
Appropriating money in aid of fire department from insurance fund.
Legalizing the articles of incorporation of certain societies.
Forbidding counties from issuing bonds in aid of railroads.
Ackerman, Clement, Johnson, Billson, Compton, Peterson, Blake, Comstock, Sergeant, Buckman, Crosby, Severance, Castle, Goodrich, Steenerson, Christiansen, Houlton, Waite, Ward—19
Clarke, Langdon, Shaleen, Craig, Kuudson, Truax, Doran, Lawrence, Van Hoesen, Fletcher, Morrison, Vollmer, Gilfillan, C. D., O'Brien, Welch, Gilfillan, J. B., Peck, Wells, Griggs, Pillsbury, Wheat. Hall, Rice, Wilkins, Hickman, Sackett, Wilson—27.
A motion to reconsider was defeated by a vote of ayes 19, nays 27.
Recess till 4 p. m.
Senate Bills: To Pass—Relating to clerk hire in treasurer's office, Otter Tail county, Compton; relating to the meetings of commissioners of Otter Tail county, Compton; bond issue of Clay county, Comstock; distraining beast doing damage, Sackett; locating and vacating highways in Goodhue county, committee on judiciary; to authorize leasing part of the court house of Benton county, Buckman; relating to the board of education of Owatonna, Hickman; amending the charter of St Peter, Sackett; amending charter of Hastings, Truax."
- St. Paul Daily Globe, February 22, 1885, Page 6, col. 3.
"THE RAILROAD BILL.
Senator Steenerson offered the following amendment to section 9 of the bill for the regulation of railroad companies, which was unanimously adopted: "Said commissioners shall also investigate and consider what, if any, amendment or revision of the railroad laws of this state the best interests of the state may demand, and they shall make a special biennial report on said subject to the legislaiture." The bill was then read a third time and passed by the following vote:
THE HIGH LICENSE BILL.
The high license bill was then taken up and Senator Wilson sent up a large number of amendments, the effect of which were to eliminate the local option feature of the bill in cities and villages, and allows anyone to sell who takes out a $500 license.
Senator Peck moved to refer the bill and amendments to the committee of the whole.
Lost, 12 to 19.
Senator Wilson's amendments were adopted, after which the report of the committee was adopted by the following vote:
- St. Paul Daily Globe, August 21, 1885, Page 5, col. 2.
Tramps are becoming very numerous in this city. Last evening tramps broke into Mr. O. Anderson's store and stole his two single harness. On Monday two tramps broke into a bedroom at John Picker's place and pried open a trunk and took a lot of silver spoons, forks, etc. Mrs. Picker heard a man in the room and gave an alarm. Chief Davis was called and arrested one of the thieves, the other fellow making good his escape. The prisoner was taken before Justice Sackett and confessed that he was found in company with the spoons, etc. Justice Sackett bound him over until the next term of court in the sum of $200."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 2, 1885, p. 5, col. 2.
Mr. Witman Stratton of Norwich, N. Y., arrived here Monday morning and is visiting with Hon. A. L. Sackett. …Miss Mary Hayden, who has been visiting here the past three months, returned to her home in Fargo Saturday…. At a meeting of the trustees of Woodlawn cemetery last evening they decided to give each lot owner a warranty deed of his lot or lots …. Mr. H. C. Hess, one of the new teachers of the public schools, arrived here Monday from New Ulm …. Mayor Ives has appointed the following delegates from this city to the waterway convention to be held in St. Paul Sept. 3: A. L. Sackett, F. A. Donahower, M. G. Evanson, U. C. Miller and A. B. McGill…. The plum crop in this vicinity is very large this year…. The harvest ball at Kasota Thursday evening owing to rain was postponed to Thursday evening, Sept. 3 …. Mr. Seth H. Baker, head miller in Sackett & Fay's mill here, has purchased a half interest in the mill at Rapidom for $7,700. Mr. Baker will leave for his new home next week. … Miss Jesse Rankin left for Owatonna Wednesday morning, to be ready to take charge of her school by Sept. 7."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, March 21, 1887, p. 5, col. 1.
"BLACK HILLS JUSTICE.
Special Correspondence of the Globe.
Deadwood, Dak., March 18.—During the past ten days the Black Hills have not lacked for sensations. —
JUDGE LYNCH, ALMOST.
The natural results of these perversions of justice by its chosen agencies begin to be seen. Last week, at Lead City, a busy mining town three miles from here, the people were near to taking the law into their own hands; would have done so had not circumstances prevented. W. L. Sackett, an old man of the best business and social standing, was accused of attempting rape on the eight-year-old daughter of a miner. A hearing by Justice Monroe resulted in his discharge, the evidence being deemed absurdly inadequate by the judge to hold him. At once the cry of judicial corruption was raised by the excited mob who threatened Sackett to the extent that he fled in terror. The fury of the mob was then leveled at Monroe, and at an excited public meeting a committee was appointed to wait on him and demand his official resignation—which he flatly refused. He escaped the hands of men who were hunting for him that night by remaining in hiding guarded by friends and guns. The meeting offered a reward for the rearrest of Sackett, and he was brought back from a town about sixty miles away, whither he had fled, and by another judge put under bonds to answer the grand jury. He is now back quietly at work in the Homestake mills, of which he is engineer, and all is quiet. The sober, second thoughts of the Lead Cityites seems to have brought a better view of the case of Sackett."
- Western Appeal, (Saint Paul, Minn.), June 11, 1887, p. 2, col. 4.
"The trustees to select the site for the new insane asylum met at Fergus Falls, June 7. There were in the party Senator Daniels, John F. Meagher, A. T. Sackett, Burr Deul, William Schummel, Judge Tyler, C. D. Wright, Secretary Hart, Supt. Bartlett, of St Peter; Supt Bowers, of Rochester, and W. B. Dunnell. The site of the building was located and Mr. Dunnell ordered to prepare plans for no a building which will accommodate 1,030 patients. Work will begin soon."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, August 10, 1887, p. 2, col. 4.
"Sawed Out With Scissors.
H. Ackley Sackett, the famous silhouette artist, made an onslaught on the Globe staff last night and sawed the entire aggregation out of black paper with a pair of No. 2 scissors and pasted them on satin ribbon in about eight minutes. The profiles were so true to life, it was decided by a unanimous vote that the artist should spell his name X. Ackley Sackett, that being a more appropriate title. Mr. Sackett claims to be the original silhouette artist, and has been at the business fifteen years, during which he has traveled extensively, and in his scrap book he carries profiles of many prominent men throughout the United States."
[Henry "X" Ackley Sackett (1859–1938) s. Orsemus & Geraldine (___) Sackett]
- St. Paul Daily Globe, October 25, 1887, p. 2, col. 3.
A Man Who Will Serve His Constituency for a Score of Years.
H. Ackly Sackett, the silhouettist who has been going around the country seeking whom he might silhouette, turned up in St. Paul yesterday, fresh from Duluth. While there, he caught several prominent citizens. Among them was the mayor of that city, Hon. J. B. Sutphin, whom Mr. Sackett said, seemed to be more popular in his own town than any man he had met in the Northwest. The accompanying picture is said by Mr. Sutphin's admirers to be an accurate likeness of Duluth's mayor. Mr. Sutphin, so it has been given out by citizens of Duluth, has been prevailed upon to accept the mayoralty of that place for the next twenty years. This was done at the instance of prominent real estate men, who do not like the interruption to business incident to an election for mayor, and because it was a recognized fact that no one can successfully run for that office while the present incumbent wants it. The committee wanted to make the term forty years, but his honor refused, as he said he knew when he had enough. Mr. Sutphin is the most noted philanthropist that has his home anywhere near the head waters of Lake Superior."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 8, 1888, p. 3, col. 4.
"No Inquest Needed.
Deputy Coroner Spring has decided an inquest unnecessary over the remains of O. L. Sackett, who committed suicide at the St. Charles hotel by taking laudanum. A post mortem was held and the cause of death ascertained without doubt. His brother, B. Sackett, living at Providence, R. I., whom the deceased mentioned in the note, has been telegraphed to."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, March 21, 1888, p. 5, col. 4.
CAUGHT ON THE CURB.
E. S. Sackett, the insane man who has been making things uncomfortable at the hotels about town, will be cared for by his friends at Syracuse, N. Y. Sackett is a graduate of the Columbia law school. The story that Sackett was the man who instituted the suit for H. S. Burke to recover title to eighty acres in the Third division of Duluth was a canard."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 7, 1888, p. 11, col. 2.
Mrs. J. B. Sackett and daughter were the guests of Le Sueur friends on Wednesday."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 7, 1888, p. 11, col. 4.
Miss Sarah Garland, of Minneapolis, is a guest of Miss Ella Sackett.
… Mrs. Dr. [sic] Sackett is visiting relatives at Lanesboro, Minn."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 8, 1888, p. 4, col. 4.
"Saved His Bacon and His Gold.
A. J. Lamberton, of St. Peter, who is probably as well known in St. Paul as in his own town, was telling the Whisperer the other day an interesting story of the early times in Minnesota before the railroads made communication easy. He had a heavy payment to make in St. Paul one day, and, taking $10,000 in gold, set off in a buggy, accompanied by J. B.Sackett, for the city. He got as far as Fort Snelling, when it was necessary to cross the river. The time was the late spring, and it was doubtful whether the rotten ice would bear the weight,of the team. Mr. Sackett, indeed, protested against the attempt, but it was getting late, and Mr.Lamberton was willing to take desperate chances to get to the city before dark. He gave Sackett the bag of gold and left him on the bank. Then, starting his horse on the run, he went out on the ice. It rose and heaved with a wave-like motion under the weight. Several times it seemed as though it would crash through, but the one chance out of ten for safety that existed proved a favorable one, and the other side was reached in safety, almost by a miracle He had saved his bacon. Sackett was yet to cross with the gold. Tying his handkerchief to the bag, he dragged it after him on the ice and crept carefully along, the ice creaking and cracking at every step; but after many misgivings he, too, reached shore safely, and the journey was resumed.
Rather a contrast to modern methods of transportation."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 1, 1888, p. 2, col. 1.
"H. Ackley Sackett, the nomadic silhouettist, has reached St. Paul after a tour of Colorado, Utah, and other wild western regions. According to the GLOBE's suggestion, made a few months ago, Sackett now calls himself X. Ackley. He has secured the likenesses of Gov. Adams, Joshua Whitcomb, and a host of other celebrities, and last night he caught a profile of Ignatius Donnelly. Mr. Sackett undoubtedly has the largest and most varied assortment of silhouettes and autographs in the country."
[Henry "X" Ackley Sackett (1859–1938) s. Orsemus & Geraldine (___) Sackett]
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 19, 1889, p. 8, col. 2.
"JUDGMENT OF A JERSEY JURY.
Editor Sackett Acquitted of the Charge of Libel.
Jersey City, N. J., Jan. 18.—The jury in the trial of Editor William E. Sackett, of the Sunday Morning News of Jersey City, for alleged libel of Thomas Potter, a wealthy contractor, returned a verdict of acquittal this morning. Judge Lippincott charged strongly for the defense, and the jury decided the matter on their first ballot. Potter claimed to have been intimate with Julia A. Plumb, a widow. Sackett published letters written by Potter to the lady, and was arrested eight times during the past three years for as many successive articles that gave Potter offense. Mr. Sackett has instructed his counsel to sue Potter for $50,000 damages."
[5080 William Edgar Sackett Jr]
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 6, 1889, p. 1, col. 1.
"MUST DR. BOWERS GO
The Board of Trustees May Discharge the Rochester Superintendent.
Yesterday's Meeting in St. Paul Held Behind Closed Doors.
Dr. Bowers Repeats the Story of the Murder of Taylor Combs.
The Physician Is Not Without Warm Friends in Rochester.
Dr. Bowers was not arrested yesterday, nor is he likely to be pending the investigation into the management of Rochester asylum, and the murder of Taylor Combs. Elder Gray and the murdered man's brother returned yesterday from Rochester and the elder stated he had prevailed upon Combs to take more conservative action in the matter. They will await to see the outcome of the investigation by the trustees of the asylum, and, if there be the least semblance of whitewashing Dr. Bowers, a warrant is to be sworn out for his arrest, the charge being that of accessory after the fact to the murder of Combs. Dr. Bowers was in St. Paul yesterday, returning to Rochester by the evening train, as to-day he will be required to go before the grand jury which is instituting an inquiry into the murder, as well as the management of the hospital itself. Dr. Bowers feels his position keenly, freely acknowledging that in withholding the murder from publicity be has unwittingly done a great injustice not only to himself, but the whole management of the asylum. Several weeks ago a meeting of the asylum trustees was arranged for yesterday, to be held at the Merchants', St. Paul. It was at this meeting Dr. Bowers says he intended informing the trustees of the murder of Combs, but the force of circumstances decreed it otherwise, and instead the gathering was converted Into a secret star chamber for determining the action to be taken towards overhauling the management of the asylum. President M. J. Daniels is sick, and the meeting was presided over by Maj. H. B. Strait, of Shakopee. There were present: N. Schimmel, of St. Peter; A. L. Sackett, of St. Peter; Burr Deuel, of Dodge Center; J. F. Meagher, of Mankato; M. R. Tyler, of St. Paul; C. D. Wright, of Fergus Falls. A. Barto, of Sauk Center, is also a member of the board, but was absent at Austin, attending a G. A. R. reunion. The morning session and a portion of the afternoon session were taken up by routine business. The public was admitted during the transaction of these incidental items, but when the serious work of the session came up—“Move we go
INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION,"
piped Mr. Sackett, and the proposition was agreed to nem. con. There has been so much secrecy in regard to the murder of the negro Combs, and as the public generally look with suspicion upon secret investigations, it is to be regretted that the trustees conducted their work behind closed doors. The public have a right to know every detail adduced in this investigation. The Rochester asylum is public property, the managers are public officials, and any inquiry into the mismanagement of the institution, especially when such a grave charge as murder is being considered, should be freely open to the public. The trustees sat behind closed doors for three hours, and there was also present Secretary Hart, of the state board of corrections and charities. Messrs. Strait. Meagher, Deuel and Sackett made a report to the board of the result of their inquiry at Rochester, Monday, and Dr. Bowers was requested to repeat his statement."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 30, 1889, p. 1, col. 1.
"WAS MONEY USED?
Cross-examined by Mr. Davis, the witness said within ten minutes of his entrance into Rochester asylum he became on bad terms with Dr. Bowers. He objected to being put in a ward with lunatics, the lowest ward in the institution. He also became on bad terms with Messrs. Sackett and Schimmel, who are trustees of the asylum. He was of opinion they wanted to keep him in the asylum.
Mr. Trogdon—l think a little gold deceived them.
Mr. Trogdon—l do not think that a proper question.
Mr. Davis—Was there any one interested in keeping you in the asylum?
Mr. Trogdon—l think Sackett and Schimmel were.
Mr. Davis—Was it a pecuniary interest?
Mr. Trcgdon— l think they were bribed.
Mr. Davis—Who bribed them?
Mr. Trogdon—My impression is that A. J. Lamberton paid Schimmel & Sackett's partner. Charlie Fay.
Mr. Davis—Why should they be bribed?
Mr. Trogden—Because he did not want me on the witness stand.
Mr. Davis—How long have these gentlemen been pursuing you?
Mr. Trogdon—Fifteen years.
Mr. Simpson elicted from the witness that he had a property suit, and that he was put in the asylum to keep him from the witness stand. Sackett and Shimmel opposed his discharge, and after he had been granted a lease it was six weeks before Dr. Bowers allowed him to go. It was twelve months before he got his certificate, and then not until he had threatened Dr. Bowers with a law suit. It was upon these grounds he based the assertion that Sackett and Shimmel were bribed to keep him confined in tbe asylum."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 10, 1889, p. 8, col. 2
The trustees of the state hospitals for the insane held a meeting yesterday at the Merchants' hotel. There were present Messrs. Sackett, Schimrcel, Meagher, Deuel, Barto, Tyler and Wright. The business done was to let the contracts for some work. The contract for finishing the detached ward at Fergus Falls was let to Carlisle & Sons, of Minneapolis, for $13,967, and that for building the section of the main wing to O. K. Mather, of Mankato, for $43,000. The consideration of the bids for plumbing, etc., was postponed until 11 a. m. to-day."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 10, 1889, p. 8, col. 3
"ST. PAUL PERSONALS.
A.L. Sackett and wife, of St. Peter, are at the Merchants."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, July 31, 1889, p. 2, col. 4.
"THE ASYLUM HORROR
The judge stated it was the custom for old people, not insane, to be committed to the asylum. After his first visit to the hospitals he had brought this question before the trustees, and was informed it was the general disposition of county authorities all over the state. It was considered the old people were kept better and cheaper at the asylums than in the different workhouses.
Maj. A. L. Sackett, secretary of the board of trustees, generally substantiated Judge Tyler. He had known Dr. Bowers twenty years, and considered his business qualifications first-class, and held a high opinion of his management of the asylum.
Mr. Williston—Can the ill-treatment of patients be prevented?
Maj. Sackett—No, sir; I do not think it ever can be. Where you have one attendant to look after twenty patients, naturally unruly, there must be
A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF FORCE.
The question is—how can that force be reduced to a minimum without injury to the patients? There should be as much daylight in these institutions as possible; there should be no dark spots.
Mr. Williston—From what class do the attendants come from?
Maj. Sackett—Worthy farmers."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 5, 1889, p. 2, col. 1.
"SOME STAGE STORIES.
Herbert Sackett, the good-looking stage manager for Donnelly and Girard, has a good deal to say with reference to the mirth-provoking qualities of “Natural Gas." Everybody knows that the "business” introduced in the great "Summer Season" song is very funny, and very often people in the audience laugh so much over it that they become hysterical. "One night in Oshkosh," says Sackett "we had one of those hearty, loud-mouthed laughers in the audience. Every time one of the comedians opened his mouth this fellow came near falling off his seat. When the ‘Summer Season' song was reached, the local manager, who had seen the piece before, appeared behind the scenes and requested Donnelly and Girard to omit the circus ‘business.' Girard protested, claiming that the circus act was the funniest thing the whole Show. But the local manager wouldn't have it. He said that if the circus act 'went' the man with the loud laugh would have to be carried out of the audience on a stretcher. So to save the expense of a funeral, the circus act was omitted at Oshkosh.""
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, November 5, 1889, p. 2, col. 5.
"The Northwestern Lime Company brings suit against Ferodowill & Sackett to enforce a lien for $280.49."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, June 25, 1890, p. 4, col. 5.
"The Supreme Lodge Elects Officers for the Year.
Boston, June 24.—The supreme lodge American Order of United Workmen elected the following officers for the ensuing year: S.M.W., W. Warne Wilson, Detroit; S.F., J.W. Kingsley, Helena, Mont.; S.0., J. Edward Burt, Boston; S.R.D., M.W. Sackett, Meadville, Pa.; S.Rec., John J. Acker, Albany, N.Y.; S.G., L.P. Young Jr., Lexington, Ky.; S.W., William M. Butts, Baltimore; S. Med. Ex., Hugh Doherty, Boston; S.T., L.W. Troy, Chicago; S.T., Warren Totten, Woodstock, Ont.; S.T., J.G. Tate, Grand Island, Neb."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 29, 1891, p. 2, col. 2.
"The Trustees of the Minnesota Asylums Discuss New Buildings
The board of trustees of the Minnesota Hospitals for the insane held a special meeting in Room 13 of the Merchants' last evening, with nearly every member of the board present. The meeting was held to talk over plans for the new buildings and repairs authorized by the legislature which has just adjourned. Those present were: Hon. A. Barto, president, of Sauk Center; Judge M. R. Tyler, of St. Paul; Maj. A. L. Sackett, and John Peterson, the successor of William Schimmel of St. Peter; Hon. A. T. Stebbins, of Rochester. In addition to these members of the board Dr. N. P. Williamson, of Fergus Falls: Dr. C. K. Bartlett, of St. Peter, and Architect W. B. Dunuell, of Minneapolis, were also present.
Before taking up the subject for which the meeting was called the board re-elected Mr. Dunnell as architect for the term of two years. The plans for the completion of the unfinished buildings at Fergus Falls were discussed, and it was determined to at once advertise for bids for putting in a steam plant and completing the kitchen at Fergus Falls, and for the reconstruction of a ward at Rochester. A few repairs will also be ordered at St. Peter. While the appropriation of $210,000 for new buildings at Fergus Falls will not be available for a year it was decided that the board should go on and advertise for bids for the completion of the main building, the shops, and everything up to the administration building, with the provision that the bills shall be payable at the time the appropriation becomes available.
After settling these matters as far as possible all other business was put over until the regular meeting, which is set down for the 6th of next month, and Gov. Barto started the ball rolling by telling several highly amusing stories. Judge Tyler followed him in one that made the Sauk Center statesman laugh so heartily that the Jackson street side of the hotel sank nearly two inches. Maj. Sackett and ex-Representative Stebbins also came to the front and helped initiate the new member of the board, Mr. Peterson. It was nearly 11 o'clock when the meeting adjourned to meet again a week from to-day."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, January 27, 1892, p. 2, col. 4.
"Sackett Stands by Bartlett.
The appointment of A. L. Sackett, of St. Peter, as a member of the board of managers of the St. Peter asylum is still withheld, and it is understood the governor is looking for his successor. Mr. Sackett is said to have declared that he would not accept a reappointment conditional on the removal of Dr. Bartlett, and with this understanding will withdraw from the board."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 18, 1892, p. 4, col. 5.
"J. B. Sackett, of St. Peter, dropped into the city yesterday, and in a short time suggested a ticket for the Minnesota Republicans this year that is one of the wonders of the age. Mr. Sackett, by the way, is a brother of Maj. A. L. Sackett, but is not like the latter, a Democrat. He desires to vote a ticket like this:
Congress, Second District—Lieut. Gov. Ives."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, March 27, 1892, p. 1, col. 7.
"GROVER GETS THEM,
Minnesota Counties Pretty Unanimous for the Great Tariff Reformer.
Reports From a Large Number of Conventions Held on Saturday.
Only a Few Counties Have Yet to Choose Their Delegates.
Special to the Globe.
St. Peter, March 26—Nicollet county Democratic convention was held in this city today. The following delegates were elected to the state convention: A. L. Sackett. J. A. Johnson, Joseph Mason, John McCabe, Dr. Joseph Wicke. The delegation was instructed to present the name of A. L. Sackett as delegate from the Second district to the Chicago convention. Maj. Sackett is held as especially available, inasmuch as he is a life-long Democrat; an old soldier, being commander of the G. A. R. post here, and enjoying the high esteem of his old comrades. He is an enthusiastic Cleveland man, and will no doubt be the selection."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 1, 1892, p. 1, col. 1.
"GROVER HAS THE PULL
The Democratic State Convention Elects Delegates to Chicago.
Proceedings Enlivened With Good-Humored and Spirited Discussions.
Only One Contest Over Delegates From Congressional Districts.
Cleveland to Be Supported so Long as He Is in the Race.
THE MEN CHOSEN.
At Large— Alternate— M. Doran, A. L. Sackett, P. B. Winston, Dr. Gibson, L. Baker, J. B. Markham, T. Wilson. N. Baxter."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 1, 1892, p. 1, col. 4.
"SOLID FOR CLEVELAND.
Instruction for Delegates to the National Convention.
The committee on credentials was not ready to report when the convention re-assembled, and it was after 3 o'clock before business was resumed. D. W. Lawler appeared at that time, and the report of the credential committee was read by Mr.Donnelly. There was no opposition, and, the report having been quickly adopted, the convention proceeded, by call of congressional districts, to select the committees on resolution and permanent organization. This resulted:
First District—J.F.McGovem, of Wabasha: G.H. Heffron, of Olmsted.
Second—A. L. Sackett, of Nicollet; J. S. King, of Nobles.
Third—W. P. Tanner, Goodhue; P. H. Keeffe, Renville.
Fourth—E. W. Durant, Washington; Dan Aberle, of Ramsey.
Fifth—Ed A. Stevens and M.J. Dolan, of Hennepin.
Sixth—Morris Thomas, of St. Louis; Dr. Aidrich, Anoka.
Seventh District—M. T. McMahon, of Otter Tail; Joseph Smith, of Polk.
At Large—M. S Wilkinson, of Faribault."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 1, 1892, p. 1, col. 5.
"The selection of alternates followed, with this result:
Maj. A. L. Sackett, of Nicollet—Alternate for Mr. Doran.
Dr. O. W. Gibson, of Austin—Alternate for Mr. Wilson.
J. D. Markham, of Chisago—for Mr. Baker.
N. Baxter, of Clay—Alternate for Mr Winston."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 1, 1892, p. 2, cols. 4–5.
"BUCK A SURE WINNER.
Maj. A. L. Sackett Talks Second District Politics.
The Second district promises to be the scene of some very hard fighting in politics this year. The Republic congressional nomination, although not as valuable as it once was, is being sought with great ardor by a half dozen or more patriots. The Democratic and Alliance parties are both decidedly hopeful, the wonderful run made by Gen. Baker two years ago having proved that it is possible to defeat the Republicans even in that stronghold. One of the leading Democrats of the district, is Major A. L. Sackett, of St. Peter, who is Hon. Michael Doran's alternate to the national Democratic convention. Major Sackett was in the city yesterday and chatted politics with a number of friends. He took the ground that the Democrats can nominate Hon. Daniel Buck, of Mankato, and elect him. Mr. Buck, although desirous of keeping out of politics, Major Sackett thinks will not refuse to accept a nomination if the party demands that he do so.
"Daniel Buck," he said, "is a staunch Democrat, and will obey the call of duty at any time. He has the confidence of the farmers and all other voters of the Second district, and I believe would be elected over any man the opposition could name. Although it is very early, there has been some talk regarding fusion. It may amount to something, in which case I am in favor of giving Gen. Baker another chance. In spite of tremendous odds and after a magnificent and almost single-handed campaign, he came within about 400 votes of being elected over Congressman Lind. His views on the tariff question and other issues are in harmony with the principles of the Democratic party. Were he to run again he would receive enough stay-at-home votes at the last election to carry him through.""
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, October 16, 1892, p. 1, col. 1.
"AN APPEAL FROM A PARTISAN ACT
To the Public:
At the convention of the Minnesota Democracy, held at Minneapolis on the 3d day of August, 1892, the party nominated a full ticket of presidential electors, consisting of the following nine men: Robert A. Smith, Benjamin F. Nelson, D. N. Jones, William Quinn, Martin Shea, D. R. P. Hibbs, A. L. Sackett, James T. Barron and John C. Oswald. About a month later the names of these candidates, along with those selected by the convention for the other offices, were sent by the state central committee to the secretary of state to be printed on the official ballots prescribed by the election law now in force, and which are to be used by the voters of this state at the coming election."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, October 16, 1892, p. 1, col. 3.
"Chairman Baker’s Affidavit.
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE State of Minnesota for the Second Judicial District. State of Minnesota, County of Ramsey—ss.
To the Hon. Hascal R. Brill, Judge of the District Court of the State of Minnesota for the Second Judicial District.
Lewis Baker, being duly sworn, deposes and says that he is the chairman of the Democratic state central committee of the state of Minnesota, and a citizen and elector of the state of Minnesota; that a convention of the duly chosen delegates of the Democratic party of said state was holden at the city of Minneapolis on the 3d day of August, 1892, for the purpose of nominating presidential electors for the election of president and vice president of the United States, and other state officers. That at said convention there were duly nominated for presidential electors as aforesaid Robert A. Smith, Benjamin F. Nelson, D. N. Jones, William Quinn, Martin Shea, and D. R. P. Hibus and A. L. Sackett and James T. Barron and John C. Oswald, to be voted for by the electors of the state of Minnesota at the next general election, to be held therein on the 8th day of November, 1892. That on or about the 10th day of September, 1892, a certificate of nomination duly executed pursuant to the statutes of the state of Minnesota entitled "An Act to Regulate Elections" was filed with the secretary of state announcing the nomination of each of said above-named persons for the office of such presidential elector. That subsequently and on or about the 10th day of October, 1892, at a regular meeting of said state central committee, the following-named four persons duly resigned such nomination and declined to act in the capacity of presidential electors as aforesaid: D. K. P. Hibbs and A. L. Sackett and James T. Barron and John C. Oswald. That said state central committee immediately thereupon duly nominated as substitutes for said resigning electors William Meighen, A. L. Stromberg, James Dillon and A.H. Halloway, and certificates of such nomination were duly filed in the office of the secretary of state of the state of Minnesota, as required by law, copies of which said certitifictes are hereto attached, and marked Exhibits "1," "2," "3" and "4.""
- The Appeal, (Saint Paul, Minn.), December 3, 1892, p. 3, col. 3.
"Grand Opera House.
The next attraction at the Grand Opera House will be Kattie Emmett in her new play "Killarney." Miss Emmett is well known here as a pleasing soubrette of excellent methods and varied talents. The new play was written with a view of displaying her talents to the best advantage, and is a pretty love story dealing with the better class of the Irish peasantry. Much money has been lavished upon scenery and costumes and in every detail "Killarney" is said to be the best equipped play that has ever been sent out from the metropolis. The cast is composed of some of the finest players in the country and among the leading members of the company are George C. Boniface, Frazer Coulter, Harry Leighton, Hubert Sackett, Thaddeus Shine, Robert McNair, Grace Thome, Annie Haines, Eliza Hudson and little Kate Benneteau."
[Record added August 2011]
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 7, 1894, p. 5, col. 3.
"Eloper Sackett Wants Assistance.
TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 6—Eloper Sackett is still in jail. He has wired his father in Grand Rapids for assistance, and still is confident he will be released, as he has done nothing to cause his arrest. Miss Davenport's brother-in-law, W. H. Howland, of Denver, arrived this morning and Miss Fanny Davenport this evening. Miss Frances will probably go to Denver for a few weeks."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, February 7, 1894, p. 5, col. 7.
"An Eloper Caught.
Topeka, Kan., Feb. 6.—An officer arrived here this afternoon with a warrant for the arrest of Sackett, the man who eloped from Elkhart, Ind., with Miss Davenport, and he will be taken to Chicago to answer to the charge of larceny as well as bigamy. It is not decided whether Miss Davenport will go to her sister in Denver or return to Indiana."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, March 6, 1894, p. 1, col. 1
"FAREWELL TO MAJ. STRAIT
IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL CEREMONIES AT HIS LATE HOME.
THOUSANDS SHOW REGARD
By Attending the Last Obsequies of the Honored and Beloved Citizen—Episcopal and Masonic Ceremonies Combined—Those Present From the Twin Cities—Eloquent Discourse Delivered—Action of St. Paul Chamber of Commerce.
The remains of the late Maj. H. B. Strait were interred at Valley cemetery, Shakopee, yesterday afternoon. The funeral was from the Episcopal church, and was conducted by King Solomon lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Shakopee, of which the major was a member.
The honorary pallbearers were Gov. Nelson, Senator W. D. Washburn, ex-Senators Alex Ramsey and D.M.Sabin. Maj. A. L. Sackett. ex-Gov. McGill, Justice L.W. Coliins. Col. J. C. Donahower, Col. Joseph Bobieter and Eli Southworth."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, September 2, 1894, p. 3, col. 1
District Judges Find Much Business After Their Vacation.
Special term of the Ramsey county district court was held yesterday by all six judges. This is the opening of the courts after the summer vacation. The general term work will begin the first Monday in October, when the grand jury will convene. There was a considerable number of causes to be heard on preliminary motions yesterday. A resume of the proceedings is as follows:
Judge Brill—E. L. Barber et al. vs. O. F. Olmstead; order securing costs signed. Sims & Danforth vs. H. R. Benedick et al.; final decree in foreclosure ordered. North Star Boot and Shoe Company vs. W. S. Dieter; referred to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure of garnishee, Rock Manufacturing Company vs. Einstein & Co. referred to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure of garnishee—same order in two cases. In re assignment of Wallblom & Thorsell; sale of real estate confirmed.
In re assignment of St. Paul German Insurance company; submitted on application to require assignee to pay costs. In re adoption of Valentine Hawley: order made allowing W. B. McCue and Ellen M., his wife, to adopt the child. A number of assessment causes were heard and judgments entered in fourteen of them. Dudley, Battelle & Basse vs. Einstein & Co.; judgment against garnishees in two cases ordered. Rock Manufacturing Company vs. Einstein & Co.; judgment against garnishees in two cases ordered."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, October 27, 1895, p. 24, cols. 1–2.
"WORLD OF DRAMA.
KATIE EMMETT AT THE GRAND IN HER NEW PLAY.
IT IS "CHAT, AN AMERICAN BOY."
That popular favorite, Miss Katie Emmett, will be seen in this city at the Grand opera house for four nights and a Wednesday matinee commencing tonight. Miss Emmett will present to her admirers here for the first time, her latest success, "Chat, an American Boy." Miss Emmett is today regarded as one of the most successful exponents of boys' characters on the stage. She is bright and fetching, and her methods are such as to win for her immense favor from her audiences. Her new play, "Chat, an American Boy," is a big scenic production, possibly more pretentious than anything she has ever before presented. It is filled with novelties. For instance, there is a slum band, which was procured from the immediate vicinity in which the story of the play is located, in Greater New York. Then there is a real fire engine, the famous fire horses, Tom and Jerry, and seven other thoroughbred animals, the mounted police, a real hansom cab and other distinctly original effects that are positively certain of attracting more than ordinary interest. The play, which was written expressly for Miss Emmett, is said to contain touching scenes and an abundance of good wholesome comedy. Miss Emmett herself will sing some of her latest songs, and the members of the company will also contribute to the long list of specialty features. "Chat, an American Boy" is the joint work of Hubert Sackett and Marion Sackett."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, December 5, 1895, p. 18, col. 2.
Summary of Complaints and Orders Filed.—Special Term Matters.
Alvin D. Fitch vs. David C. Martin; application for allowance of expert fees submitted.
Patrick J. Bowlin vs. Louis Robbins & Co., defendants, and Hennessy & Cox, garnishees; referred to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure.
A. B. McDonald vs. J. I. Demsten, defendant, and St. Anthony & Dakota Elevator Company, garnishee; referred to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure.
Howard Paper Company vs. Sioux Paper Company, defendant, and Wright, Barrett & Stillwell, garnishees; referred to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 8, 1896, p. 8, col. 5.
Summary of Complaints and Orders Filed and Cases on Trial.
Orders and Decisions—
64.190 Griggs, Cooper & Co. vs. Austin & Dutcher, defendants, and Masonic Mutual Aid Association, garnishee; order referring to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure. Kelly, J.
64.189—Finch, Van Slyck, Young & Co. vs. j Austin & Dutcher, defendants, and Masonic Mutual Aid Association, garnishee; order referring to M. B. Sackett to take disclosure. Kelly. J."
- The St. Paul Daily Globe, May 10, 1896, p. 24, col. 1.
"PLAYS AND PLAYERS
JAMES O'NEILL IN A REPERTOIRE AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE.
WILL PLAY "MONTE CRISTO."
"THE COURIER OF LYONS" AND "VIRGINIUS" WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED.
SCHUMANN'S LADIES' ORCHESTRA.
Novel Attraction at the Metropolitan the Latter Half ot the Week—Gossip.
At the Metropolitan tonight James O'Neill will begin his engagement of four nights, supported by a company including Misses Florence Rockwell, Kate Fletcher, Josephine Foy, Marie Lloyd, Messrs. Hallett Thompson, Willlam H. Pasco, W. J. Dixon, John De Gez, Herbert Fortier, Albert Sackett, Percy Cooke, Thomas MacLarney and others in a repertoire including "Monte Cristo," "The Courier of Lyons" and "Virginius.""
- Minneapolis Journal, Minnesota, August 29, 1896
SACKETT'S ODD WILL
He Left Three of His Sons Legacies of $1 Each
THE ESTATE SAID TO BE LARGE
Some Valuable Lots in St. Paul Being Among the Rest Properties.
X. Ackley Sackett, a genial silhouettist, who has won many friends in Minneapolis, returned to the city yesterday from Grand Rapids, Mich., where he was summoned to attend the funeral of his father, Orsemus Sackett, which occurred a week ago yesterday.
Orsemus Sackett was 70 years of age, and was well known in his day as a newsman and amusement manager, and, though in many respects he was called eccentric, his funeral was attended by a large number of people, conspicuous among whom were the newsboys of Grand Rapids.
The pallbearers were carriers on the daily papers.
The Rev. Thomas W. Illman, who preached the funeral sermon, said of the dead man that he had not been an eccentric whose qualities were repellant, but one who attracted much sympathy. He was a man of untiring will and wonderful energy; one who did not let the grass grow under his feet.
"We do not know," continued the minister, "that he was soured against the world, but in his manner of living he separated himself from the rest of the world and lived a life apart from his fellows. He may have made no profession of religion. I am not here to make him out a saint, as is too often done in such cases. I am told that he had no belief in the hereafter. His belief or nonbelief does not alter the truth, and we believe that he knows now what we only see with the instinct of mind and heart."
The Grand Rapids Democrat, from which the above facts are taken, published in full the strange will of the peculiar old man. To his three sons he left $1 each and to his nieces, Anna and Eva Sackett of Croton, Mich., he left an amethyst ring and a gold watch, "to be divided between them as they shall agree." To these two nieces and five grandchildren and great grandchildren the will assigns all the remainder and residue of the estate, but under the most peculiar conditions. All the property is to be converted into money, which is to be deposited with the People's savings bank of Grand Rapids, Mich., where it is to remain at interest for nineteen years, at the end of which time it is to be gradually distributed among the persons named.
As the two nieces are middle-aged women already, they will not come into enjoyment of the property until life's end is near. Immediately after the reading of the will one of the nieces said that she was sure that her uncle had intended to cancel that part of the will relating to the nineteen years before the distribution. Mr. Kelsey, the executor of the estate, said he was of Miss Sackett's opinion. X. Ackley Sackett, the silhouettist, who had been cut off with $1, though he had always been his father's favorite, assured the nieces that he would assist them in getting the objectionable clause set aside and they in turn assured him that as he had always been good to his father they would divide with him if the courts ruled out the peculiar clause. The estate is believed to be worth about $20,000 or $25,000, among the property holdings being two valuable lots at St. Paul."
[Researched by Kari Roehl.]
- The St. Paul Globe, July 5, 1899, p. 8, col. 3.
"ON A SIX WEEKS TOUR.
Large Eastern Excursion Party Spent Yesterday In St. Paul.
A large excursion party arrived in the city early yesterday morning from Toledo and the East, by way of the lakes and Duluth, coming in over the Eastern Minnesota. They are on their way West, making a summer trip through the Yellowstone to the North Pacific coast cities and from there to Alaska. The excursion is under the management and personal direction of Charles H. Gates and numbers eighty people.
The party arrived in St. Paul at 7 o'clock, and went to the Ryan for breakfast. The morning was spent in resting and visiting the business portion of the city. After dinner the party took carriages and made a trip through the St. Anthony hill district and out to Como park, returning shortly before 6 o'clock. They left last night at 10:35 in a special train over the Northern Pacific made up of four sleeping cars, a compartment car, dining car and baggage car, for the Yellowstone. Ten days will be spent in visiting the points of interest in and about the park, and the trip will be continued to Portland. From there the party will visit Tacoma and take the steamer Seattle for Alaska, returning to Vancouver, B. C, and coming East over the line of the Canadian Pacific. They will arrive in the cities on Aug. 4, leaving for Duluth and returning to Toledo and Buffalo on the Northern Steamship company's passenger boats. The party left Buffalo June 30, visiting Mackinac island and Duluth en route.
The party consisted of … A. N. Sackett, Mrs. A. N. Sackett, …."
- The St. Paul Globe, July 1, 1900, p. 20, col. 2.
A letter from M. W. Sackett, secretary of the National Fraternal congress, Meadville, Penn., states that the next meeting of the congress will be held in Boston, Mass., on the 28th day of August. It will be the fourteenth annual session of the congress. Mr. Sackett says that reports from the various societies affiliated with the congress, so far received, give undoubted proofs that the past has been the most prosperous year the societies have ever enjoyed.
"The National Fraternal congress is not a legislative body, in the strict meaning of the term," says Mr. Sackett, "but there are many interests that are mutual on the part of the various societies, upon which consultation and agreement are of general profit. From its beginning the congress has continually grown in importance, and each year demonstrates in increasing ratio the necessity for its existence. Not only has the congress exerted a wide and beneficial influence in bringing fraternal protection to a higher standard of stability and excellence, but its influence has been sufficient to meet and successfully counteract opposition too powerful to have been met and overcome singly by any society."
- The St. Paul Globe, August 16, 1901, p. 1, col. 3.
"CORN KING IS BROKE
PETITION IN BANKRUPTCY FILED FOR THE GEORGE H. PHILLIPS COMPANY
AFFAIRS ARE BADLY TANGLED
Though It Is Claimed That Assets May Exceed Liabilities by Some Fifty Thousand Dollars.
CHICAGO, Aug. 15.—0n the petition of three creditors of George H. Phillips company, a petition of bankruptcy has been filed for the company in the United States district court. George H. Phillips and two other directors of the company filed their consent that the petition be allowed and the Chicago Title and Trust company has been appointed temporary receiver.
The filing of the petition and the appointment of the receiver will enable the company to continue in business.
One of the directors, W. K. Sackett, will be appointed by the receiver to manage the business, and the affairs of the company will proceed under the new management.
The three creditors who signed the petition are J. A. Greenlee, H. F. Babbitt and W. R. Hutchins. The claims of these gentlemen range from $5 000 to $25,000. Meanwhile, the statement is nearly completed and the exact conditions of the company's finances will be known.
Since the middle of July when the tangled condition of the books of the company was discovered every effort has been made to straighten out its affairs. A corps of expert accountants has overhauled the books, and has, in some degree, brought order out of chaos. It is now estimated that the assets of the company will aggregate $250,000 and the liabilities will not exceed $200,000.
The two directors of the company who joined with Mr. Phillips in consenting to filing the petition are C. B. Moore and W. K. Sackett. The remaining director is, John P. Collis. W. K. Sackett has been placed in charge of the affairs of the company under the receiver and will assume his duties tomorrow morning."
- The Minnneapolis Journal, December 11, 1901, p. 16, col. 3.
"AFTER SECOND PLACE
A Close Finish Fight In Commercial Club Tournament.
Only a few more games remain to be played before the end of the Commercial club billiard tourney which has proved such a popular feature at the club during the last month. There will be a close finish fight for second place in class A. Ely, Bruen and Mitchell are hot after that position.
Scores of last games played:
J. F. C. Ely (200), 200; R. L. Bruen (160), 153; 65 innings.
C. E. Rittenhouse (80),80; R. G. Fisher (80), 64; 61 innings.
A. W. Paris (50), 50; F. J. Sackett (50), 34; 44 innings.
Z. H. Austin (50), 50; H. G. Robbins (40), 38; 68 innings.
Z. H. Austin (50), 50; F. J. Sackett (50), 37; 41 innings.
H. G. Robbine (40), 40; W. F. Bechtel (50), 48; 75 innings.
C. R. Fowler (50), 50; F. J. Sackett (50), 48; 53 innings."
[6031 Fred J Sackett (1860– ) s. Richard Johnson & Matilda (Tombs) Sackett]
- The Minneapolis Journal, January 4, 1902, Page 17, col. 5.
[Names include Mr. and Mrs. Sackett]"
- The Minneapolis Journal, August 29, 1902, Minnesota Fair and Industrial Edition, Part One, p. 14, col. 4.
"Northwestern National Life Insurance Company, Minneapolis, Minn.
“THE YOUNG GIANT OF THE NORTHWEST”
The Most Modern, Liberal and Up-to-date Policy Contracts Issued.
Total Assets $2,477,292.25
Insurance in force $38,129,315.00
Number of policies in force 26,159
W. F. BECHTEL, President. DR. J. F. FORCE, First Vice-Pres.
WALLACE CAMPBELL, Second Vice-Pres. and Supt. of Agents.
FRED J. SACKETT, Secretary and Treasurer.
A. F. TIMME, Actuary. DR. C. A. McCOLLOH, Medical Director."
- The Minneapolis Journal, October 24, 1902, p. 13, col. 3–4.
SIXTH MATCH—SECTION A.
North and South—Austin and Timmle, 93; Taylor and Carpenter, 94; Murphy and Wellington, 81; Jones and Montgomery, 88; Todd and Bagley, 98; Parsons and Sackett, 92; Hospes and McKusick, 95; Barnes and Travis, 92; Campbell and Harris, 91; Clark and Kilbourne, 87; average, 91.5.
SEVENTH MATCH—SECTION A.
East and West—Parsons and Sackett, 101; Hospes and McKuslc, 92; Barnes and Travis, 89; Harris and Campbell, 98; Clark and Kilbourne, 85; Austin and Timmle, 88; Taylor and Carpenter, 89; Murphy and Wellington, 84; Jones and Montgomery, 94; Todd and Bagley, 93; average, 90.8."
- The Minneapolis Journal, November 7, 1902, p. 11, col. 6.
North and South—Jones–Montgomery, 108; Todd–Bagley, 92; Pike–McMichael, 96; Guderain–McMillan, 105; Nantz–Muckey, 101; Mix–Hooert, 88; Hendrlx–Brimsmald 87; Paul–Phelps, 98; Parsons–Sackett, 99; Taylor–McKusick, 97; average, 97.1.
East and West—Mix–Hobart, 97; Hendrix–Brimsmald, 92; Paul–Phelps, 96; Parsons–Sackett, 101; Taylor–McKusick, 99; Fraser–Barnard, 91; Higbee–Gillette, 94; Fahnestock–Nicholson, 97; Wilcox–Kennedy, 91; Pugh–Sykes, 96; average, 95.4."
- The Minneapolis Journal, November 14, 1902, p. 9, col. 1–2.
North and South—Grav and Jennison, 102; Fraser and Barnard, 105; Higbee and Gillette, 105; Fahnestock and Nicholson, 104; Brinsmaid and Countryman, 101; Phelps and Buford, 100; Parson and Sackett, 106; Taylor and McKusick, 100; Barnes and Travis, 103; Average 103 2-9.
East and West—Barney and Satterlee, 103; Chase and Wadsworth, 90; Burgess and Guiwitz, 87; Boutelle and Moulder, 91; Keer and Montgomety, 94; Todd and Bagley, 91; Pike and Michaels, 90; Lederer and Guderian, 95; Nantz and Muckey, 92; Average 91 7-9.
North and South—Woods and Sprague, 107; Kerr and Montgomerv, 111; Todd and Bagley, 111; Pike and McMichael, 190; Ledered and Gunderlan, 99; Chase and Wadaworth, 98; Burgess and Gulwitz, 102; Boutell and Moulder, 104; Miller and Nesbitt, 105; Average 104 1-9.
East and West—Brinsmaid and Countryman, 88; Phelps and Buford, 84; Parsons and Sackett, 84; Taylor and McKusiek, 95; Barnes and Travis, 96; Grav and Jennison, 97; Fraser and Bernard, 93; Higbee and Gillette, 91; Fabnestock and Nicholson, 90; Average 90 8-9."
- The Minneapolis Journal, November 21, 1902, p. 11, col. 2.
[Whist report — Parsons and Sackett]
- The Minneapolis Journal, January 16, 1903, p. 11, col. 1.
[Whist report — Parsons and Sackett]
- The Minneapolis Journal, February 20, 1903, p. 16, col. 7.
[Whist report — Parsons and Sackett]
- The Minneapolis Journal, March 20, 1903, p. 6, col. 4.
[Whist report — Nantz and Sackett]
- The Minneapolis Journal, March 25, 1903, p. 20, col. 4.
[Whist report — Mr. Higbee and Mrs. Sackett; Mr. Sackett and Mrs. Luther.]
- The Minnneapolis Journal, April 1, 1903, p. 15, col. 3.
Last night was ladies' night at the Minneapolis Whist Club. Mr. and Mrs. Sackett won high score north and south with four tricks plus. Mr. and Mrs. Parsons tied with Mr. Murphy and Mrs. Higbee for high score east and west with three tricks plus.
North and South—Mr. Luther and Mrs. Mix, 130; Mr. and Mrs. Pike, 130; Mr. and Mrs. Wellington, 131; Mr. and Mrs. Janney, 125; Mr. Guwitz and Mrs. Barber, 130; Dr. Muckey and Mrs. Conkey, 129; Mr. and Mrs. Sackett, 134; Average 129 6-7."
- The St. Paul Globe, May 28, 1903, p. 3, cols. 1–2.
"News of the Day From the Northwest.
Seventy-four Will Receive Sheepskins on June 3.
WINONA. Minn., May 27—At a meet of the faculty of the Winona normal school today the list of those who will be graduated on Wednesday, June 3 was passed upon. The list includes seventy-four and brings the total number of those receiving diplomas in the year up to 112. Gov. Van Sant will award the diplomas.
The list is:
Kathleen Elizabeth Sackett, Lanesboro; Martha Therese Sackett, Lanesboro;"
- The St. Paul Globe, June 10, 1903, p. 10, cols. 3–4.
"TELLS THE A. O. U. W. TO BEWARE OF THE WHITE DEATH
Supreme Medical Examiner Advises Workmen to Work to Stamp Out Consumption—
Lodge Organizes for Work—Visitors Take Trolley Tour of City and Lakes.
The supreme lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen met yesterday in annual convention at the capitol in the chamber of representatives. This convention is the thirty-first of the order and the growth of the organization, as shown by the speeches of the officers, is conceded by all to be marvelous.
About 150 delegates and officers were present at the opening ceremonies. The meeting was called to order, by J. J. McCardy, chairman of the general committee on arrangements. He also introduced the various speakers: Charles G. Hinds, S. G. Iverson and Mayor Smith, all three of whom delivered short addresses of welcome. These speeches were replied to by Supreme Master Workman Webb McNall, on behalf of the order.
C. G. Hinds said that in the jurisdiction of Minnesota there were nearly 30,000 Workmen; and that on behalf of them he welcomed the delegates to the state. He harked back to the time when the blood-thirsty Chippewas, Sioux and Dakotas fought for the ownership of this great territory. He spoke of it as it was then and as it is now— the boundless, rolling prairie granary of the world; the state wherein are found the greatest iron deposits and a population of almost 2,000,000 people. To the advancement of the state he said the fraternity had greatly contributed.
In a brief address Mayor R. A. Smith welcomed the delegates and their friends to the Saintly City; and State Auditor S. G. Iverson, on behalf of Gov. S. R. Van Sant, extended to them the greeting of the state of Minnesota.
In his response Supreme Master Workman Webb McNall said that he spoke on behalf of forty grand fraternal jurisdictions of an order that had penetrated farther north than any other order, and that counted its members as far south as the Gulf of Mexico, embracing 460,000 members. He was firm in the belief that the A. O. U. W. was the greatest order in existence, paying $10,000,000 each year in death benefits.
He believed that the government of the order was of the most impartial, unprejudiced nature; that no one could ever point the finger of scorn at the officers and say they had legislated from a personal point of view.
"Since the close of the war," continued the speaker, "we have paid to widows and orphans in excess of $127,000,000; and we have met all of our obligations and paid 100 cents on the dollar."
In his report Supreme Recorder M. W. Sackett gave the total membership at the close of 1902 as 451,510. The amount that had been paid to widows and orphans $9,860,416.18 during that year; and the death rate during the same twelve months, per thousand, was 11.84. The total amount of receipts was $1,350,113.89.
The appointment of committees through which the business will be transacted followed.
Beware of "White Disease."
An address by Dr. D. H. Shields, supreme medical examiner, was heard with interest. In his biennial report Dr. Shields says:
"The great problem that confronts this organization, and indeed all others, is to promote healthy and rapid growth with a decreased death rate. We find, upon investigation, that 562 of our members have died during the past year with that dread 'white disease,' consumption. Were it possible for us to so legislate as to prevent these deaths it would be of great benefit to us in eliminating the 'excessive cost problem.' Can it be done? We have the opinions of the most learned men in the medical profession that consumption is a communicable disease, and that being the case, it is a disease that can be prevented or obliterated.
"It would certainly be the part of wisdom on our part to take up this question and agitate it throughout our supreme jurisdiction, so that the states, territories and provinces comprising that jurisdiction might take it up and use very endeavor to stamp out this disease. If the fraternal orders would begin a thorough and systematic agitation of the question of suppression, we could, in a generation, destroy the destroyer."
Dr. Shields went on to say that the average age of the entire membership in 1902 was 41 years, and the average age of those admitted was 29 years.
At 4 o'clock the entire delegation of both Workmen and auxiliary took cars in front of the Ryan and visited the Indian Mounds and Como park. At the latter place luncheon was served on the grass and a band entertained the crowds. The strangers expressed themselves as being delighted with the park and lake, and so well did all enjoy themselves that the return was late.
The Only Supreme Recorder.
M. W. Sackett, supreme recorder of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, has a remarkable record in the matter of a life spent in the service of fraternalism.
Of the men who organized the supreme lodge of the A. O. U. W., there are but two living. One of them is W. W. Walker, of Chicago, and the other is M. W. Sackett, Meadville Pa. At that first supreme lodge meeting held in 1873, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was appointed supreme recorder, and that office he has held continuously ever since. He has never missed a convention in those twenty-four years; and, in his service of the order, has visited every state and most of the principal cities in the Union."
- The St. Paul Globe, January 18, 1904, p. 6, col. 1.
"GIRL FLAGS TRAIN WITH RED PETTICOAT
Track Was Clear, but the Young Woman Wanted a Ride.
GENESEO, N. V., Jan. 17.—That one young woman at least in this town wears a red petticoat is certain. Conductor Sackett, of a branch line of the Erie railroad, which runs through here, if necessary, will vouch for the fact. He saw the petticoat in its entirety only a few days ago. So also did the engineer of Sackett's train. The engineer saw the petticoat first.
The girl who owned it, who is well known in town socially, was just pullIng it from its natural hiding-place when the train rounded a curve about two miles from Geneseo. The girl was standing on the track. Three other girls were with her. There was a cold wind blowing, and as the girl with the red petticoat waved it the engineer applied the brakes. Conductor Sackett wondered what was the matter and climbed down from his car. He found the girls and petticoat—all red. They only wanted to ride back. They put the petticoat under the conductor's coat till they got in the car.
Conductor Sackett was angry at the delay, but did not refuse to expedite matters as regards the petticoat, for he knew, he said, just how mean he would feel with his petticoat, if he had one, off on a cold day."
- The Minnneapolis Journal, January 25, 1904, p. 12, col. 3.
"MINNEAPOLIS TEAM WINS
DEFEATS ST. PAUL FOUR IN THE NORTHWESTERN WHIST ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL TOURNAMENT.
EVENING SINGLE-PAIR MATCH.
North and South—Wadsworth-Gray, 153; Jones-Montgomery, l58; Metcalf-Countryman, 158; Barnet-Mrs Paul, 150; Larkin-Mrs Larkin, 149; Coburn-Mrs. Coburn 154; Mix-Mrs. Mix, 159; Littroan-Moulder, 157; McKusick-Miss Knowlton, 151; Lawton-Miss Dudley, 146; Mr. and Mrs. Wheelock 146; Buford-Saunders ,154; Mr. and Mrs Jenkinson, 147; Mr. and Mrs. Pike, 153; Muller-Sbadegg, 150; Gillett-Mis Gillett, 157; Mrs. Jones-Mrs. Barber, 142; King-Johnston, 149; Ringgold-Armstrong, 156; Horn-Kneeland, 152.
East and West—Chase-Hobart, 122; St John-Stewert, 124; Mr and Mrs Scott, 114; Mrs. Smith-Schoonmaker, 126; Mrs. Metcalf-Mrs. Itingold, 122; Guiwite-Mrs Luther, 115; Reed-Bigelow, 110; Duell-Mrs Donahue, 116; French-Duell, 123; Rankin-Mrs. Rankin, 120; A. C. Paul Mrs. S. S Gillett. 126; Pugh-Satterlee,118; Welzer-Miss Merrick, 122; Sprague- Mrs Sprague, 126; Harris-Mrs. Parsons, 121; Sykes-Brlnsmaid, 123; Mr and Mrs. Higbee, 121; Fraser-Briggs, 123; Parsons-Mrs. Sackett, 120; Todd-Sullivan, 123."
- The St. Paul Globe, April 23, 1904, p. 10, col. 3.
"Substitute Sackett for Kirkman.
The Prohibition city committee has substituted the name of C. Dell Sackett for that of J. H. Klrkman, withdrawn as a candidate for assemblyman. Sackett is assistant advertising manager for the Northern Pacific and a resident of the Sixth ward."
- The St. Paul Globe, May 7, 1904, p. 2, col. 4.
"BOARD OF CONTROL FAVORS STATE FIRMS
Action by the state board of control in awarding contracts for supplies for state institutions for the quarter ending July 31 confirms the strength of popular opinion which had until recently criticised the board in awarding so many contracts to jobbers outside of the state for supplying state needs.
Of fifty firms receiving contracts for supplies, all but four are located in the state. The classes represent beef and pork products, coffee, miscellaneous groceries, hardware, dried and evaporated fruits, men's clothing, paper, tea, sugar, flour, feed, findings and dry goods. Reid, Murdoch Co., Chicago, will provide a portion of the miscellaneous groceries, a Chicago firm will share in the hardware supplies, a New York firm in men's suits, and a Chicago house in the dry goods to be used in state institutions. The prices at which the quarterly contracts were made were not given out by the board of control, which yesterday made known the successful bidders in the various classes.
The list follows:
Flour—Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mill Co., Minneapolis; Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mill Co., Anoka; Fergus Flour Mills Co., Fergus Falls; John A. Cole, Rochester, Minn.; Sackett & Fay, St. Peter, Minn.; Washburn-Crosby Co., Minneapolis; H. C. Ervin. St. Cloud; Minnesota Flour Mill Co. Minneapolis.
Feed—Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mill Co., Anoka; Minnesota Flour Mill Co., Minneapolis; Red River MillingCo., Fergus Falls; Sackett & Fay. St. Peter; Faribault Roller Mills Co., Faribault; John A. Cole, Rochester."
- The Minneapolis Journal, June 9, 1904, p. 6, col. 4.
Mrs. J. E. Gage's pretty summer home at Meadvllle Park was the scene of a picnic gathering yesterday, when a group of twenty women from the Shakspere club and from the Ladies' Whist club took advantage of the fine weather to spend the day at the lake. In the party were Mmes. Merrick, Mix, Luther, Parsons, Barber, Jones, Sackett, Jennison, Trask, Pike, Sanders, Miller, Blair, Dickinson, Lenox, Trevor, Kelley, Peake, Leland, Edmonds, Misses Ina Sackett and Kathleen Merrick. Each had provided her share for the picnic luncheon, which was daintily served in the dining-room and on the piazza. The afternoon was given up to sight-seeing, and the steamer Acte had been chartered for a tour of the lake."
- The Minneapolis Journal, November 15, 1904, p. 7, cols. 3–4.
"THOUSANDS FLOCK TO JOHNSON'S HOME
THRONGS OF VOTERS ATTEND CELEBRATION AT ST. PETER.
A Big Delegation, Headed by the Journal Newsboys' Band, Goes from Minneapolis on the Journal "Governor's Special" Train — Citizens of St. Peter Join in Receiving the Visitors.
Five thousand visitors joined with the population of St. Peter last evening in honor to John A. Johnson, governor-elect of Minnesota. The demonstration was originally planned by the citizens ot St. Peter for themselves, but grew beyond all their ideas, and it became a Minnesota jubilee, a non-partizan rejoicing over the election of a worthy son of the north star state to its highest office. Four special trains brought thousands of visitors, and thousands more drove in from the country districts all about. Minnesota street, the broad avenue where St. Peter transacts business, was in gala dress and thronged with people, looking as lively as Nicollet avenue in a carnival time.
No hall could accommodate the crowds, and, being favored by mild weather, the main part of the program was carried on outdoors, consisting of a street parade, with speeches from carriages to the crowds gathered at each corner of the route.
The parade was headed by the Journal Newsboys' band, which accompanied the Minneapolis party on the Journal "governor's special." Many local people availed themselves of the low rate and the comfortable accommodations of the Journal train, which left Minneapolis at 4:05 over the Omaha road, arriving in ample time for the exercises and returning in the wee small hours, after the honors had been paid to the governor-elect. Six coaches carried the crowd, and a cafe car furnished refreshments to the hungry pilgrims both going and coming.
A Great Demonstration.
The gathering at St. Peter was a notable concourse. People from the nearby towns flocked in without regard to affiliation. A special train from Mankato brought six hundred, and another great delegation came from New Ulm, the train picking up hundreds at the towns between. Eight bands of music made the night air resonant. The vast cheering crowd of people, the booming cannon, the blaring horns, the tasteful decorations and the bright lights everywhere made a scene such as the little city in the valley never before witnessed. The best of it all, tho, was that the city itself was proud of the young man, native to its soil, whose election has honored his friends and neighbors as well as himself. Three other governors — Henry A. Swift, Horace Austin and A. E. McGill — have been St. Peter men, but they were imported products. St. Peter produced John Johnson, and in him supplies the first native son of the state to preside over its destinies and the first to occupy the great marble pile soon to be dedicated as the new state capitol.
St. Peter Welcomes Guests.
A citizens' committee of St. Peter, headed by Major A. L. Sackett, receive the guests from outside and made arrangements for their entertainment. Associated on the committee were President Mattson and the faculty of Gustavus Adolphus college, Dr. H. A. Tomlinson. George H. Ribble, I. H. Stark, A. A. Stone, John McCabe, M. G. Evenson, A. Donahower, John M. Treadwell, C. Amundson, Mayor W. Muller, Dan Holland, C. W. Bobcock, Herman Sporing, C. W. Poetz, and a number of others. They greeted guests at the Masonic hall, and there the line formed for the parade.
The pageant started about 9 o'clock, and the flag at the head was carried by gray-bearded veteran, 84 years old, G. W. Studley. He has always been a staunch republican, but he supported his young friend Johnson, and begged to be allowed to carry the old flag again, as he did when Lincoln reviewed the conquering armies at Washington in 1865. The Journal Newsboys' Band swung down the street with a lively air, followed by a Minneapolis delegation. The firemen of St. Peter formed an escort for the governor-elect, who occupied the first carriage with G. Winston and Mayor Muller. The Modern Wood men in uniform, the Minnesota State band, the Gustavus Adolphus band, the Second Regiment band of New Ulm, the St. Peter band, the Nicollet band, the Kasota band and the Cleveland drum corps, escorted the carriages containing the speakers.
John A. Johnson was the central figure, of course. The crowds followed and gathered at the corners to hear him speak, hanging on his words, which were necessarily brief, and confined to thanks for the support of his friends and the honors thrust upon him, with a promise to give his best efforts to making a worthy record. Short talks were made from the carriages by G. Winston, E Corrigan, and Orville Rinehart of Minneapolis. C. D. O'Brien, T. J. McDermott and James E Hickey of St. Paul, L. A. Rosing of Cannon Falls.
Following the street exercises, the guests gathered at the Nicollet hotel, where a banquet was served. Major A. L. Sackett presided, and short responses were made by Governor-elect Johnson, F. G. Winston, Frank A. Day and others. The special trains left at a late hour, bearing away nearly all of the visitors.
Many Prominent Visitors.
Democrats were in attendance from all parts of the state, including William Gausewitz of Owatonna, Fred Ryan of Duluth, Representative M. J. O'Laughlin of Wabasha, Mayor Frank Glotzbach and party from Faribault, Mayor Taylor of Mankato, George Jones of Jackson, Cleve W. Van Dyke of Alexandria, Mayor G. Armson of Stillwater, and others from all parts of southern Minnesota.
In the Minneapolis party were F. G. Winston, R. Corrigan, Edward O'Brien, W. H. Williams, George Porter, C. A. Quist, G. McMillan, V. Collins, S. V. Morris, Jr., Thomas Downs, James McMullen, L. H. McKinstry, Frank Meyst, Ed A. Stevens, Frank N. Stacy, Professor Wilhelm Pettersen, O. G. Rosing, Harry A. Lund, James Dwyer, Louis Engwall, and other representative Minneapolis people. The St. Paul delegation was chiefly democratic, headed by R. T. O 'Connor, and including G. Pyle, C. D. O'Brien, T. R. Kane, Frank Huber, Reuben Warner, Jr., E Hobe, W. Egan, Peter Van Hoven, R. Hickey, T. McDermott, M. Kain and a of others prominent in the democratic party.
The governor-elect was visibly tired from the strain of the campaign, from which he has not yet recovered. He is now kept busy answering letters and talking with applicants for appointments. He leaves this evening for St. Louis and the south to rest two weeks or more. The party consists of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Day, and Major A. L. Sackett of St. Peter."
- The St. Paul Globe, March 30, 1905, p. 1, col. 6–7.
"STATE TAKES HAND IN INSURANCE DEAL
OFFICERS OF MINNEAPOLIS COMPANY DEPOSED
Commissioner Thomas D. O'Brien Takes Charge of Affairs of Northwestern National Life Company That Built Big Auditorium—Resignations Are Demanded and Committee of Mill City Citizens Is Named in Attempt to Protect Interests of Policy Holders
Thomas D. O'Brien, state insurance commissioner, yesterday took charge of the affairs of the Northwestern National Life insurance company of Minneapolis, the company that built the Auditorium in Minneapolis on a promise from the citizens that they would raise $2,000,000 business for them.
Yesterday afternoon the insurance commissioner, after a conference with Gov. Johnson, Atty. Gen. Young, State Auditor B. F. Carroll of lowa, and the company's board of directors, ordered the members of the executive committee of the board of directors to resign as officers and directors. This order called for the resignations of W. F. Bechtel, president: A. F. Timme, first vice president, and Fred J. Sackett, secretary and treasurer.
Securing these resignations, Commissioner O'Brien then named a committee of Minneapolis citizens, consisting of Mayor David P. Jones, former Gov. John Lilnd, Lucien Swift, B. F. Nelson and F. A. Carle. This committee will meet this morning and suggest to the remaining directors suitable men to fill the vacancies. The insurance commissioner also demands that the acts of this committee be ratified by a meeting or the policy holders of the company, called at a future time for that purpose.
Time for Action Arrives
After a sweeping Investigation of the affairs of the Northwestern National Life insurance company by the insurance commissioner, the belief prevailed that under the present management the stockholders would lose heavily; that the affairs were in a bad financial condition, and the committee of prominent Minneapolis citizens was appointed to save what it could from the impending wreck.
The action In appointing this safety committee came yesterday afternoon, after an all day conference between Gov. Johnson, Commissioner O'Brien, Atty. Gen. Young, State Auditor Carroll of lowa, the officers and directors of the company and members of the committee.
One of the very first moves was to demand the resignations of the officers of the company, which were tendered, and the committee will have full control. A meeting will be held in Minneapolis today to take up the work of reorganization.
The committee selected by Commissioner O'Brien includes Mayor David P. Jones, former Gov. Lind, Lucien Swift, and B. F. Nelson. F. A. Carle was chosen to act on the committee,but declined to serve.
The officers who resigned were: W. F. Bechtel, president: A. F. Timme, first vice president; Fred J. Sackett, secretary and treasurer.
The report of the insurance commissioner was made to Gov. Johnson yesterday afternoon. The probe has been swinging over the insurance company for some time, and rumors of an unsatisfactory condition of affairs had reached the public. The report of the commissioner follows: …"
- The St. Paul Globe, April 10, 1905, p. 8, col. 2.
"STILL HOLDS PLACE
Secretary Whose Resignation Was Suggested Is In Office
The directors of the Northwestern National Life Insurance company have not acted upon the resignation of F. J. Sackett, secretary and director, which was tendered at the suggestion of Insurance Commissioner O'Brien when the matter of the reorganization of the company was considered at a meeting held at the capitol in St. Paul a few days ago.
Mr. Sackett continues as secretary and director. W. F. Bechtel, the president has given place to L. W. Collins, former justice of the supreme court, and five other directors. No vice president has been selected to succeed A. F. Timme, who was also a member of the directory. The next meeting of the directors will be held on Wednesday, and it is possible a new secretary will be elected."
- The Minneapolis Journal, May 12, 1905, p. 15, col. 4.
"A KILLING AT WIBAUX
Floyd Sackett Shot Dead in a Quarrel with a Neighbor.
GLENDIVE, MONT.—Floyd Sackett, a well-known resident of Wibaux, was shot and instantly killed at Ox Ranch last night, it is alleged, by Mark White.
Sackett and White, it is said, were involved in an altercation over the removal of some sheep from land claimed by Sackett. White, according to the charges, became greatly angered over something Sackett said and before he could be restrained shot Sackett, the bullet striking him in the forehead and penetrating the brain.
White was disarmed and is in custody in Wibaux. Both men are said to stand well in the community."
- The Minneapolis Journal, May 13, 1905, p. 10, col. 3.
"DIES IN REMORSE
Mark White, Slayer of Sackett, Kills Himself.
HELENA, MONT.—Remorse over his act in killing Floyd Sackett, near Wibaux, Wednesday night, drove Mark White to self-destruction. Late advices from the scene of the tragedy say that before he could be arrested he calmly arranged his affairs for ending his career, settled several business matters, bade his family farewell and then shot himself at his ranch."
- The Minneapolis Journal, November 6, 1905, p. 1, col. 7.
"FIRE INSURANCE MEN ARRAIGNED
Messrs. Bechtel, Kerr, Sackett, Campbell and Dearth Answer to Indictments.
ALL PLEAD NOT GUILTY AND GIVE $5,000 BAIL
Eight Bills Against Former President Bechtel, One of Bribing Elmer H. Dearth.
“Good morning, have you been arrested yet?"
With this salutation, former officials of the Northwestern Life Insurance company met their friends when they assembled this morning at County Attorney Al J. Smith's society function in Judge H. D. Dickinson's courtroom.
Messrs. W. A. Kerr, Fred J. Sackett, Wallace Campbell and W. F. Bechtel, all present in answer to bench warrants, discussed their dilemma with smiles and attempted witticisms, but beneath it all there was tense seriousness. The arraignment was postponed until 2 p.m. to give the defendants time to secure bondsmen.
Shortly after 2 o'clock the prominent defendants appeared before the bar of justice and one by one listened to indictments charging them with felonies. All pleaded not guilty and their trials were set for dates early in the term.
W. F. Bechtel is accused, in one bill, of giving a bribe of $200 to former State Insurance Commissioner Elmer S Dearth, who is alleged to have approved a false report of assets made by the company. It is alleged that the report of assets included $50,000 worth of securities that, instead of being in the company's possession as reported, were held as collateral for a large loan in Iowa. The former president of the company is also accused in seven bills of grand larceny in the first degree, each indictment alleging a distinct embezzlement of considerable amount.
Elmer H. Dearth, former state insurance commissioner, is charged with receiving a bribe of $200.
W. A. Kerr, former counsel and director of the company, is accused in two bills of grand larceny in the first degree or embezzlement from the company.
Fred J. Sackett, former director, secretary and treasurer, pleaded to five indictments charging embezzlement.
Wallace Campbell, former vice president, is accused on two counts of grand larceny in the first degree or embezzlement.
Dr. J. F. Force, former president of the old Northwestern Life association, is in California with his family. The other defendants say that he will probably come to Minneapolis at once.
Bail Is Furnished
Bail for each defendant was fixed at $5,000 and bondsmen representing over a million dollars worth of property were on hand to furnish the necessary signatures. W. L. Harris and J. F. Jordan qualified for Mr. Bechtel's bond, P. D. Boutell and H. L. Qilkie signed Mr. Campbell's, and W. L. Harris and J. E. Gage are the signatories on Mr. Sackett's bonds. The same bondsmen qualified for the bonds of the other two defendants.
Never has a Hennepin county court been graced by a more formidable array of legal talent than that which faced Judge Dickinson in defense of the five prominent defendants. Former judges, county attorneys, United States officials and others known among the twin cities' best lawyers were there and gave promise of one of the fiercest legal fights ever had in this county or state.
Victor Welsh of Welsh & Hubachek appeared for Mr. Bechtel; Ralph Whelan of Koon, Whelan & Bennett, represented Wallace Campbell; Charles W. Somerby, acted as Mr. Sackett's counsel; Judge Robert Jamison of Belden, Jamison & Hawley, appeared for Judge Kerr, and Pierce Butler, former county attorney of Ramsey county, represented Elmer H. Dearth."
- The Minneapolis Journal, November 7, 1905, p. 6, col. 2.
"ALL WILL DEMUR
Life Insurance Officials Plan First Step in Defense.
Indicted life insurance officials were not as plenty about the courthouse today as yesterday. The principals and their attorneys are busy preparing the demurers that will be made to the various indictments. No attempt will he made to make stock of a clerical error in one of the four indictments against Fred J. Sackett, the former secretary of the company. One of the four charges after naming Mr. Sackett was by mistake made to read in the name of Mr. Bechtel after the first mention of Mr. Sackett's name, Charles W. Somerby, who represents Mr Sackett, said today that it would he admitted that the mistake was clerical and that the indictment is really intended for Mr. Sackett. At any rate there are three other similar counts against him."
- The Minneapolis Journal, (Minneapolis, Minn.), January 21, 1906, p. 2, col. 4.
"MAJOR SACKETT FOR COMMANDER G. A. R.
St Peter Veteran Mentioned as Successor to McDonald of St Cloud.
Special to The Journal.Major A. L. Sackett, St. Peter, Who May Become Department Commander of the Minnesota G. A. R.
St. Peter, Minn., Jan. 20. Among the civil war veterans who are receiving mention as possible successors to C. Macdonald of St. Cloud, department commander of the Minnesota G. A. R., is Major A. L. Sackett of this city. The St. Peter man is not an active candidate for the place, but should he allow the use of his name he would have a loyal following of Grand Army men throughout the state.
Major Sackett has a war record of which any man might be proud, having served three years and nine months with the Eighty-ninth New York infantry. When his regiment was recruited he enlisted in Company E and fought with it at Antietam, Fredricksburg, Hanover Junction and the siege of Petersburg. He was on the firing line in all of its twenty battles and Skirmishes, and did not lay down his arms until after the surrender at Appomattox.
While not one of its territorial settlers, Major Sackett is nevertheless a veteran Minnesota miller. Directly after the close of the war he came to St. Peter and was employed in the mill which he now owns. At that time this city was one of the greatest primary wheat markets in the west, millions of bushels of grain being marketed here every fall and freighted out by the steamers in the spring of the year. When the first railroad was built here in 1871, he formed a partnership with Charles Fay and they have controlled the industry for nearly thirty-five years.
Major Sackett has several times held public office. A few months after coming to St. Peter he was elected register of deeds of Nicollet county for one term, and in 1882 was sent to the state senate, serving four years. He has thrice been mayor of St. Peter, was for thirteen years a trustee of the St. Peter state hospital, and is now a member of the board of trustees of the Minnesota Soldiers' home."
- The Minneapolis Journal. April 23, 1906, p. 11, col. 4.
"Shakspere’s Birthday Honored.
Today is Shakspere’s birthday and the Ladies' Shakspere club paid it honor with a banquet at Dayton's tearooms. It was the annual banquet of the club and covers were placed for twenty-five. The decorations were in the club colors, yellow and brown, with a brown Japanese basket of yellow flowers in the center of the table and a smart ribbon bow on the handle. The place cards we're in buff, lettered in brown, and the buff menu cards bore on the cover a picture of Anne Hathawav's cottage at Shottery.
Mrs. W. H. Ritchie acted as toast mistress and the program of toasts was preceded by a piano solo by Miss Sackett. Mrs. Charles-Peake responded to the toast "The Biennial” Mrs. Heck Merriam, “Our Future" Mrs. William Cleator, "Happy Days" Mrs. Charles Wallace, "Our Husbands" and Mrs. F. J. Sackett, "Shakspere." The program was varied with vocal solos by Mrs. Ernest Colwell and Mrs. Grove gave a reading, the council from “Othello." Tomorrow the Ladies’ Shakspere club will hold its annual meeting with Mrs. Merriam, 3010 Humboldt avenue S."
- The Minneapolis Journal, May 25, 1906, p. 6, col. 2.
" CIVIL SUIT FOR INS. OFFICIALS
MR. ROBERTSON* BRINGS ACTION AGAINST BECHTEL AND OTHERS.
A Policyholder Charges Them with Unlawful Diversion of the Company's Funds and Demands Thru the Court an Accounting and Repayment.
James Robertson has brought suit against the former officers of the Northwestern National Life Insurance company to secure an accounting and a refundment of certain moneys.
The plaintiff is a well-known local lawyer and a policyholder in the company has brought suit against William F. Bechtel, Jacob F. Force, Fred J. Sackett, Wallace Campbell, A. F. Timme, William A. Kerr, H. B. Willis, George Haywood and the Northwestern National Life Insurance company.
He prays "that said defendants, other than said insurance company, may be compelled to account for their official conduct as officers and directors of said defendant Northwestern National Life Insurance company during their respective terms of office as such and in the management and disposition of the assets, funds and property of said insurance company and that judgment be rendered on said accounting accordingly, as the facts may be found to warrant it, for judgment in favor of said defendant insurance company and against such of said defendants as may be held liable thereto."
The allegations upon which the plaintiff bases his demands, are practically the same as those contained in the indictments recently returned against some of the former officials. It is also alleged that there was an illegal over payment on the lots where the Auditorium has since been built that $50,000 as unlawfully paid out in 1901 for legislative purposes and various other amounts in various ways, aggregating about $400,000.
An official of the insurance company said this afternoon that the present directors had all along recognized the possibility that civil suits to recover funds might properly be brought against certain former officials. They had never declined to bring such actions, he said, but had felt that they could proceed much more intelligent when the disclosures consequent upon the criminal trials were all in hand. With this in view, full transcripts of all the evidence in the trials have already been taken and these are being amplified as the prosecutions progress.
FORCE TO CLAIM RIGHT TO CHECK
FORMER INSURANCE COMPANY OFFICIAL'S DEFENSE OUTLINED.
State's Case Against the Doctor Practically All in at Noon—Defendant May Raise Questions of Law and Statute of Limitations as Well as of Felonious Intent.
DR. J. F. FORCE'S DEFENSE
Under his contract with his company he was entitled to a salary of $15,000 a year. He had been drawing only $10,000 a year, and at the time of the consolidation of his company with Mr. Bechtel's, the company owed him $15,000. The Metropolitan bank stock was transferred to him in payment of that debt and it was assigned to him by written Instruments signed by President Bechtel and Secretary Getty on Feb. 27, 1901.
This is a brief summary of the defense as it as detailed to the jury in Judge Frank C. Brooks' court this afternoon by George P. Flannery, chief counsel for Dr. Force. It is the foundation upon which the accused hopes to build up a case strong enough to result in his acquittal and vindication in the eyes of the public. It is pronounced by able lawyers to be the strongest possible defense. It will be subjected to strenuous attack by the state and will have to be judged in the light of some strongly contradicting evidence in the state's case.
Some Legal Questions.
Some interesting legal questions will probably be raised by the defense. There is the matter of statute of limitations, which to some lawyers seems a bar to the present prosecution. If the $675 check appropriated by Dr. Force within the three-year limit was illegally appropriated then the other checks drawn before that were illegally appropriated, they say, and the transfer of the stock that formed the basis of the taking of these checks the defendant was illegal. Prosecution upon the transfer of this stock is barred by the statute of limitations and it will probably be contended by the defense that as the taking of this check grew out of and as a part of the transfer, it therefore comes under the same rule.
Another point that may be raised is an allegation that Dr. Force did not come into possession of this check by virtue of his position as vice president of the insurance company and therefore, altho he did feloniously appropriate it to his own use, he is not guilty of embezzlement, with which he is charged and for which he is now on trial.
It will be argued that, even tho the defendant had no legal right to this stock, he thought he had, and acting on his belief he was not guilty of a felonious intent. The state has introduced strong circumstantial evidence to establish a knowledge and intent, on the part of Dr. Force, to defraud the company.
What State Has Shown.
Assistant County Attorney John F. Dahl had practically completed the state's case at noon today. The state has shown:
That the board of directors had control of all of the corporation property, including the check alleged to have been fraudulently appropriated by Dr. Force.
That Dr. Force was vice president, a director and a member of the executive committee of the insurance company.
That 135 shares of stock in the Metropolitan bank were owned by the company in 1900.
That the books of the company show no assignment of this stock to Dr. Force.
That the books of the company show no receipt of the $675 check upon which the indictment is based.
That the books of the bank show no transfer or assignment of this stock to Dr. Force or to anyone else.
That four of the directors knew nothing about the alleged assignment of this stock.
Checks Cashed by Force.
That eight checks for liquidation dividends issued in the liquidation of stock on the Metropolitan bank to the insurance company for a total of $15,322.50 were indorsed and cashed by Dr. Force.
That Dr. Force was drawing $10,000 a year from the insurance company after he had ceased to take an active part in its management, and that the company’s books showed no other money owing to him.
That Dr. Force never told J. T. Wyman, president of the bank, with whom he was a fellow director and on terms of personal friendship, anything about his owing this bank stock.
That the defendant did not inform H. B. Willis, a director of the insurance company, that the stock had been transferred to him, and that in 1904 he did ask Willis if he knew what had become of the Metropolitan bank stock. Willis, replying that he did not, Force then said that Wallace Campbell had told him that the stock had been charged to the expense account. Willis then asked him what the examiner of the insurance department was doing not to have noticed it, and Force replied that Bechtel had told him if anything of that kind was to be done, it should be done boldly and it would never be discovered.
That after the first indictment was returned against Dr. Force he had met Z. H. Austin, a former employee of the company, and Austin had asked him about the Metropolitan bank stock, and Force had then told him that Bechtel had turned it over to him in payment of a personal debt and that he supposed Bechtel had a right to the stock.
Frank E. Holton was called today by the state. Mr. Holton was cashier of the Metropolitan bank at the time of its consolidation with the Northwestern National bank, identified the certificates for the disputed 135 shares of stock and swore that they had been presented for liquidation, but could not swear who had presented them, or whether they were left at the bank or taken away at the time of the payment of the first dividend. He also testified that the bank books contained no record of any assignment or transfer of the stock from the insurance company to anyone. He testified that the $675 check Dr. Force is alleged to have embezzled from the insurance company was not credited to him but to the count of Sarah J. Force, the defendant's wife. Mr. Holton swore that three of the eight checks paid in liquidation of the 135 shares of stock had been lost and a diligent search failed to discover them.
On cross-examination, Mr. Flannery brought out that one of the liquidation checks had been applied as payment on a note Dr. Force owed the Northwestern National bank.
On redirect examination the witness swore that he was a friend of and associated in business with Dr. Force, but that he never had any conversation with the defendant relative to the liquidation of the stock in question.
Z. H. Austin was recalled by the state and when asked as to Dr. Force's duties with the insurance company, he said: “I always supposed Dr. Force's connection with the company as a personal one between Mr. Bechtel and him." He said Dr. Force was away a good share of the time, but that he did not come in direct contact with him sufficiently to know how much.
E. M. Stickney, cashier of the insurance company, explained the company's methods of handling checks and swore that the checks paid in liquidation of the bank stock had never been received by nor credited to the insurance company.
Henry L. White, present auditor and former bookkeeper of the insurance company, said the insurance company kept a personal account with Dr. Force.
The account for 1901 balanced on Dec. 2, 1902, he said, and he swore that $24,497.89 was charged to Dr. Force during that year. This amount, testified White, included the Metropolitan bank stock.
"And you say you made an arbitrary entry of this debit and this credit at the order of Mr. Bechtel?" "Yes, sir."
"Does that account show all the moneys received by him during that year?" "No, sir."
"Does this account with Dr. Force show the receipt by him of any the checks paid on this bank stock?”
"Is there any notation in the index of this book of this account with Dr. Force?"
“I don't see any. I don't know why there isn't."
On cross-examination the witness swore that Mr. Timme, the company's actuary, told him that this stock must be charged off before the end of the year.
"Dr. Force never gave you any orders relative to making entries of corrections on the books!" asked Mr. Flannery.
"He never did."
"And as far as you know Dr. Force never knew of these entries until after this trouble?"
On re-direct examination Mr. White stated that the bank stock entries were made on a written order by Bechtel, but that this order was lost.
Judge W. A. Kerr, formerly attorney for and a director of the insurance company and now under indictment for alleged embezzlement, was called by the state.
"Were you ever consulted by any of the officers or directors concerning any transfer of any Metropolitan bank stock to Dr. Force or to any one else?"
"No, sir I was not. I do not believe that I even knew of its existence."
Wallace Campbell, another of the accused directors, was called and also testified that he had never been consulted or knew of any transfer of Metropolitan bank stock during 1900 or 1901.
"Was the matter ever brought up at a meeting of the board of directors?"
"Not to my knowledge."
Fred J. Sackett, former director, gave testimony to the same effect as his immediate predecessors."
- The Minneapolis Journal, June 12, 1906, p. 6, col. 2.
"INSURANCE MEN KEEP IN HIDING
SHERIFF UNABLE TO LOCATE STATE'S WITNESSES.
Trial of Judge Kerr Proceeds without Presence of Bechtel and Getty—Assistant County Attorney Dahl Outlines Case Against Defendant and Calls Fred J. Sackett to Stand.
With a jury completed in a remarkably short time for so important a case, the trial of Judge W. A. Kerr, charged with embezzling from the insurance company of which he was a director, began in earnest at 11 o'clock today before Judge F. C. Brooks.
The state goes into the trial somewhat crippled by its inability to find George F. Getty, a former official who is under subpena, but who evidently prefers to be in contempt of court rather than to appear on the witness stand.
Bechtel Not Found.
A subpena is also out for former President W. F. Bechtel, but up to noon today the sheriff had been unable to find him. Frank Morrill, who preceded Judge Kerr as counsel for the company, has also been subpenaed by the state. What he can or will tell concerning the affairs of the company is at present a puzzle to all but the prosecutor. His testimony is anticipated with some interest, as he has never before been called upon to take the stand in one of the insurance cases.
First Assistant County Attorney John F. Dahl opened to the jury immediately after the panel was completed. He spoke directly and briefly outlined the state's case by which the defendant is charged with embezzling $10,000 from the insurance company by means of his acts as a director of the company when the Force contract was commuted.
The prosecutor reviewed the history of the life insurance company from the time of its organization in 1895 to 1903, the time when the crime for which Judge Kerr is on trial is alleged to have been committed, explained the relationship existing between Dr. Force and W. F. Bechtel, as it has been shown in previous trials, and elucidated the contract that Dr. Force held, and which was commuted by the company directors in 1903.
"We will show you that Judge Kerr introduced the resolution to commute this contract and to pay Dr. Force $10,000 in 1908, and other sums afterwards," said Mr. Dahl. "We will show you that he voted for it, and in so doing aided and abetted in the commission of embezzlement, of which he is guilty under our laws.
"We will show you that Judge Kerr was aware of the original agreement between Force and Bechtel and knew that it did not constitute a valid obligation against the company. His motive is plain. He was made a director of the company and he was made its legal adviser with plenty of good fat attorney fees. We do not contend that he is not a brilliant lawyer and perhaps earned all of the fees he received, but the fact that he made it possible to earn these fees is a sufficient motive for doing Bechtel's bidding."
Sackett First on Stand.
Mr. Dahl followed his opening with the introduction of articles of incorporation and other documentary evidence, laying the same foundations as in the Bechtel and Force cases. Fred J. Sackett, a former official, and now under indictment, was the first witness called and he identified the minutes of meetings at which Bechtel was elected president and the defendant was elected a director of the company.
The jurymen who will have to pass upon the guilt or innocence of the defendant are: John De Smidt, Vilroy E. Clifford, Albert M. Larson, Clyde H. Crockett, James B. Duffy, Jonas Carlson, David S. Ringrose, F. E. Reynolds, Harry J. Allingham, Cyrus G. Chalker, Wesley Stringer and Fred M. Hinch."
- The Appeal (Saint Paul, Minnesota), May 1, 1915, p. 1, col. 2.
"HUNGRY CHICKS PROVE CASE.
Come Home With Quantity of Neighbor's Corn and a Few Messages.
Stevens Point, Wis. Frank M. Sackett, after a great deal of difficulty, has convinced H. K. West of this town that his chickens are a lot of bandits at heart. He told him about it long ago, and now Mr. West, blushing, admits to it.
Mr. Sackett complained that his seeds were being dug up faster than he could plant them. Mr West spoke about Missouri, and Mr. Sackett agreed to "show him". He scattered corn in his garden, but first ran a thread through each kernel, and on the far end he tied little cards.
Hanging from each chicken's beak when they went home were the evidences of guilt. No jury's verdict was ever more damning.
Here are a few of the inscription on the cards:
"I have just been scratching in Mr. Sackett's yard."
"I am a naughty chicken."
"I have been trespassing."
"I am a feathered bandit.""
Website Library of Congress, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). (Researched & transcribed by Karen Gerke).