Sackett, William Loren

Sackett, William Loren

Male 1866 - 1924  (58 years)

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  • Name Sackett, William Loren 
    Born 21 May 1866  Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Dec 1924  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1177  Sackett | Descendants of Thomas Sacket the Elder, Simon Sackett the Colonist
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2009 

    Father Sacket, Loren,   b. 1801, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1893, Amboy, Lee County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Mother Downey, Sarah L.,   b. 1841, Westport, Essex, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Married 23 Nov 1864  Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Sackett, William Loren,   b. 21 May 1866, Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1924, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Family ID F496  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Brown, Ida Irene,   b. May 1865, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1933, Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 11 Jul 1887  Sangamon County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Sackett, Loren B.,   b. 8 Sep 1888, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1984, Morris City, Grundy, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     2. Sackett, Edwin,   b. Jul 1898, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F504  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 May 1866 - Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Jul 1887 - Sangamon County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, Loren B. - 8 Sep 1888 - Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, Edwin - Jul 1898 - Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Dec 1924 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The place of birth of William L. Sackett was Holyoke, Mass., and there the first three years of his life were spent. The next five years were spent with his parents at Springfield, Mass. He then went west and for several years resided with his brother, James T., and still later resided with his sister at Hartford, Conn. When old enough to do something toward his own support, he secured a position in a job printing office, continuing at a night school studies which he had previously been pursuing in a Hartford grammar school. This he continued until his strength failed him and a nearly fatal illness ensued. In 1881 he went to Decota and spent a year in ranching and seeking health, after which he went to Illinois, and located at Springfield in that state, where he secured employment in a job printing office and completed the trade. Later he took up newspaper reporting and was employed for a time on the State Journal at Springfield, of which he became night editor. In 1884 he became the capital correspondent for the Chicago Herald, and still later served on the staff of the Chicago Herald, the New York Tribune, the Philadelphia Press, and St. Louis Globe-Democrat. He also served at different times as private secretary for several prominent state officials. In 1891 he became proprietor and editor of the Morris Herald,of Morris, Ill., which he has conducted with success. In 1896 he was chosen a McKinley presidential elector for the eighth Ohio Congressional District. - [Weygant, p. 319-320]
      William L. Sackett

      Mr. Sackett is distinctively American; so were his ancestors, both lineal and collateral for generations. His father, Loren Sackett, is a direct descendant of the Sackvilles, the English branch of the family, which for many years has been prominent in official and mercantile circles in England.[*] The mother, Sarah (Downey) Sackett, is a lineal descendant of a family that was prominent in Ireland and that has figured conspicuously in events which go to form the history of the Emerald Isle. Representatives of both the paternal and maternal ancestry played a prominent part in the early history of America. They were members of the Pilgrim band and lovers of religious liberty and independence. The ancestors are found among the few that embarked on the Mayflower when it made its famous voyage to the New World to carry the little band of settlers who were to lay the foundation for the development of New England.[**] They sought here liberty to worship God after the promptings of their conscience, and throughout the colonial epoch members of both families were concerned with the important interests which go to form the records of that period of our national history. When the British tyranny became unendurable and the colonists resolved to throw off all allegiance to the mother country, members of the family were among those early on the field of battle and also in the deliberations in the halls of the continental congress. The subject of this sketch is a great-grandson of Lieutenant Adnah Sackett, who was a volunteer soldier in the Revolutionary war, serving as first lieutenant in Captain Sackett's (Seventh) Company of Colonel John Moseley's Third Hampshire County (Massachusetts) Regiment. The name of Sackett figures prominently in the records of the Revolutionary war, and several of the family were engaged with Washington in his campaigns, two being upon the immediate staff of the father of his country.
      [*The Sacketts in America are not related to the Sackvilles of England. - TEK]
      [**There were no Sacketts on the Mayflower. - TEK]

      Loren Sackett, the father of our subject, was a boy of nine years at the time of the outbreak of the war of 1812. He took an active interest in the Mexican war, and gave close attention to the events which led up to and attended the Civil war, but was too old to join the army. Two of his sons, however, served with the boys in blue, William Henry becoming the captain of Company I, Eleventh Connecticut Volunteers, serving until the last engagement of his regiment before Petersburg, in 1865, when he was killed on the field of battle. The other son, Joseph T., was a member of Company C, Thirteenth Illinois Infantry. He enlisted as a corporal, but for gallantry on the field of battle at Ringgold Gap was brevetted captain. This event concerning the preservation of the colors of the regiment is a matter of comment in the state reports.

      William Loren Sackett, whose name introduces this review, was born at Holyoke, Massachusetts, in the early '60s, and at the age of three years was taken by his parents to Springfield, that state, where he lived until about eight years of age. As the result of death and sickness the family became scattered, and William L. made his way westward to live with an older brother, then located in Amboy, Illinois, to which place the father came after sonic years of travel in search of health, his death occurring in Amboy. Through the winter months William L. Sackett was allowed the privilege of attending the country schools, and during the summer months he worked upon the farm, herding cattle or doing anything else that he could find to do in order to help pay his way. A few years later he went to Hartford, Connecticut, to live with a sister, and there enjoyed the benefits of a grammar-school education and studied during one or two terms in a preliminary class of the Hartford high school. The circumstances of the family at that time, however, would not permit of his graduation, and he secured a position in a small job printing office, where he was able to earn enough to pay for his board and clothing. During the winter, as opportunity offered, he attended a night school and was thus engaged until his strength failed. After a long and nearly fatal illness he went to Dakota, in 1881, spending a year upon a ranch, his labors bringing him his livelihood and at the same time greatly benefiting his health. The ranch was situated in the vicinity of the Sioux and Brute Indian reservations. Upon recovering his health, Mr. Sackett returned to Illinois, in 1881, locating in Springfield. There he again began work at the printer's trade, accepting a position in a job office. Subsequently he turned his attention to newspaper work, and was for a time a reporter for the State Journal at Springfield. Subsequently he served as the business manager of other publications and finally became night editor of the Journal, in which capacity he served until the paper was sold and reorganized in 1884.

      During this time Mr. Sackett had become a stenographic writer, and on severing his connection with the State Journal he became the capitol correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He later served upon the staff of the Chicago Herald, the New York Tribune, the Philadelphia Press, St. Louis Globe-Democrat and other papers. In this way he became actively interested in political affairs, formed the acquaintance of many prominent statesmen and politicians and numbers among his friends some of the most eminent men of the day. He served for some time in the capacity of private secretary to Governor John R. Tanner, who at that time was the state treasurer and political manager for Senator Cullom. He was also at one time private secretary for Cullom, three or four years for Chief Justice Simeon P. Shope, of the state supreme court, and for seven years for Attorney General Hunt. While thus engaged he was complimented by being selected by Governor Richard J. Oglesby as his confidential assistant in the disposition of the trying appeals for clemency made in behalf of the condemned Chicago anarchists, and was highly complimented by the governor in an autograph letter upon his success in outwitting the hundreds of newspaper correspondents and getting information of the governor's denial of the plea for pardon to the officials in Chicago ten hours before it became known in Springfield, that proper provision might be made to frustrate any plans for assailing the county jail and rescuing the anarchists. Mr. Sackett also aided Attorney-General Hunt in the preparation and hearing of this case on its appeal to the United States supreme court at Washington.

      While in Springfield, in 1887, he became acquainted with and married Miss Ida I. Brown, a young lady of culture and many admirable qualities. As a result of this marriage two children have been born, Loren B. and Edwin, aged respectively eleven and two years.

      Mr. Sackett has been engaged in various lines of newspaper and mercantile work and railroading, and for a number of years has been active and prominent in state politics, being an uncompromising Republican and a fearless, open fighter. In the McKinley campaign of 1896 he was named by acclamation as the presidential elector for the eighth congressional district, with nearly twenty thousand Republican majority. In 1891 he came to Morris and purchased the Morris Herald. It has been a stanch and uncompromising Republican paper under his management, and is a journal that is a credit to the city. It has always been conducted upon the broader ideas gained by its publisher when identified with metropolitan papers, directing its criticisms as an impersonal advocate of the people, regardless of the personal beliefs of the individuals associated with it. This idea of journalism was new to the constituency of the paper, and many looked upon it askance as a type of personality. Those who knew Mr. Sackett best, however, long ago learned that no matter what his paper said he frequently did not entertain the same views personally, and personally he is ever ready to meet his friends or opponents with the best of feeling, regardless of newspaper comment. It is not difficult to find numerous critics who will say that, no matter what else they may think, under the direction of its present publisher the paper is always outspoken upon every proposition, and that it does much by its policy to curb the vicious and promote the best interests of the city.
      [Source: Biographical and Genealogical Record of La Salle and Grundy County, Illinois, Volume 11,Chicago, 1900, p. 577-580]
      Supplied by: Kari J. Roehl
      Additional Source:
      File at:
      Source: History of Grundy County, Illinois, Chicago: Munsell Publishing Co. Publishers; 1914; pages 895-896
      Sackett, William L., Holyoke, 1866, v187, p20, Birth
      "1866 May 21, William L Sackett, m, s. Loren Sackett, of Holyoke, shoe
      maker, father b. Westfield, mother b. Westport NY" (CRS)
      Year: 1870; Census Place: Holyoke, Hampden, Massachusetts; Roll: M593_617;
      Page: 265; Image: 95.
      Sacket, Loren, 65, M, W, Shoemaker, -, 1000, Mass
      Sackett, Sarah L, 29, F, W, Keeping House, New York
      Sackett, William L, 4, M, W, Attends School, Mass
      llinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900
      Groom Bride Date Vol./Page License No. County
      SACKETT, WILLIAM L/ BROWN, ADA I 07/11/1887 006/0169 SANGAMON
      History of Morris Township and City
      By O. J. Nelson

      No history of Morris would be complete without a mention of its newspapers, for through them and the influence they have exerted, its improvements have been inaugurated and carried through to successful completion.

      Morris Herald - Although it has been issued under several names and has absorbed more than one competitor, the Morris Herald is justly admitted to be the oldest paper of Grundy County. In 1852, the cornerstone of this reliable organ was laid when J.C. Walters founded the Morris Yeoman and published it on a Franklin press in an old adobe hut on Washington Street, near the present Commercial Hotel. Two years later the paper passed out of his control, and the firm of Buffington and Southard not only took charge, but changed its name, issuing on July 29, 1855, the first copy of the Herald. Within a year, Mr. Southard purchased his partner's interest, and with the exception of a short period when Turner & Perry had charge, issued the Herald until 1874. In that year he disposed of the paper to the Hon. P.C. Hayes, who soon thereafter associated with him E.B. Fletcher, a practical printer. In the meanwhile changes were made in the place of location, the adobe hut giving way to quarters in a drug store conducted by a Doctor Gibson. Other changes were effected, until the present location was taken, but it is singular that in all the years of its history the Herald never moved from Washington Street. Governor Ray feels that the part played by the Herald in the birth of the Republican party, should not be overlooked or forgotten. With other newspapers all over the country, it advocated the principles that formed the first platform of that organization, and gave the candidates of that party its earnest support. In the meanwhile, Mr. Southard could not forget his love for Morris and its people, and returned within a year, prepared to buy back his beloved organ. Negotiations falling through, he founded the Advocate, with an entirely new plant, and conducted it successfully until he finally regained possession of the Herald, when he merged the two. In the meanwhile a daily paper had been started, known as the News, but it was purchased by Hayes & Fletcher, and issued as the Daily Herald. W.L. Sackett bought the Herald about July 1, 1891, and took possession of it in October of that same year. Since then, he has continued as editor said proprietor. For years the Morris Herald has been the organ of the Republican party, and the leader in politics in this locality.
      Excerpts from the Morris Daily Herald
      December 12, 1893
      Mr. W. L. Sackett returned this morning from Amboy after attending the funeral of his father yesterday.
      Year: 1900; Census Place: Morris, Grundy, Illinois;
      Roll: T623 304; Page:
      10B; Enumeration District: 53.
      Sackett, Willam L, Head, W, M, May 1864, 36, M, 12, Massachusetts,
      Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Publisher, 0, yes, yes, yes, O, F, H
      Sackett, Ida B, Wife, W, F, May 1865, 35, M, 12, 2, 2, Kentucky, Kentucky,
      Kentucky, yes, yes, yes
      Sackett, Loren, Son, W, M, Sept 1888, 11, S, Illinois, Massachusetts, Kentucky, At school, 9-1/2, yes, yes, yes
      Sackett, Edwin, Son, W, M, July 1898, 1, S, Illinois, Massachusetts, Kentucky
      Year: 1910; Census Place: Morris, Grundy, Illinois;
      Roll: T624_290; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 57; Image: 1178.
      April 19, 1910
      Jefferson Street
      Sackett, William, Head, M, W, 44, M, 21, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, English, Editor, News paper, Emp, no, 0, yes, yes, O, F, H
      Sackett, Ida, Wife, F, W, 43, M1, 21, 2, 2, Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky, English, None, yes, yes
      Sackett, Loren, Son, M, W, 21, S, Illinois, Massachusetts, Kentucky, English, None, yes, yes
      Sackett, Edwin, Son, M, W, 11, S, Illinois, Massachusetts, Kentucky, English, None, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes
      Zeman, Barbara, Servant, F, W, 16, S, Illinois, Bohemia, Bohemia, English, Servnat, House, W, no, yes, yes, yes
      Clark-Elwell Co.
      City Directory of Morris, Illinois; 1917
      SACKETT WM L (Ida), publisher Morris Herald, r 316 W Jackson
      Prairie Farmer's Directory of Grundy and Kendall Counties Illinois
      1917 Business Directory
      Compiled and Published by Prairie Farmer Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois
      SACKETT, Wm. L., Publishers
      Clark-Elwell Co.
      City Directory of Morris, Illinois; 1917
      Containing a complete Residence and Business Directory and a Miscellaneous and Street Directory of Morris
      Page 147
      MORRIS HERALD, W L Sackett publisher, daily and weekly, 124 E Washington
      Year: 1920;Census Place: Morris Ward 2, Grundy, Illinois;
      Roll: T625_370; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 65; Image: 439.
      January 5, 1920
      Sackett, William L, Head, O, F, M, W, 51, M, yes, yes, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, yes, Proprietor, Newspaper, Em
      Sackett, Ida, Wife, F, W, 50, M, yes, yes, Kentucky,Kentucky, Kentucky, yes, None
      Sackett, Loren, Son, M, W, 31, S, yes, yes, Illinois, Connecticut, Illinois, yes, Proprietor, Newspaper, Em
      Sackett, Shirley, granddaughter, F, W, 4-3/12, S, Illinois, Illinois, Illinois, None
      Sackett, William, grandson, M, W, 3-1/12, S, Illinois, Illinois, Illinois, None
      Nora? Anna, Servant, F, W, 23, S, yes, yes, Illinois, Austria, German
      Austrian, Austria German Austrian, yes, Servant, Private Family, W
      Illinois Death Index
      SACKETT, WILLIAM L / M/W / UNK / 6030992 / 1924-12-16 / COOK / CHICAGO / 24-12-16

  • Sources 
    1. [S115] Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950, 6030992 (Reliability: 3).

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