Sackett, Orrin M.

Sackett, Orrin M.

Male 1868 - Aft 1920  (~ 52 years)

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  • Name Sackett, Orrin M. 
    Born Dec 1868  Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1920 
    Person ID I6055  Sackett | Descendants of Thomas Sacket the Elder, Simon Sackett the Colonist
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2013 

    Father Sackett, Solomon Ashman,   b. 7 Mar 1830, Portage County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1914, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Morehouse, Sarah,   b. Feb 1835, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1912, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1852  Morgan County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 4 children 
     1. Sackett, Florence Alice,   b. Aug 1861, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1930  (Age ~ 69 years)
     2. Sackett, Homer Mason,   b. Oct 1859, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1919, South Haven, Van Buren County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
     3. Sackett, Orrin M.,   b. Dec 1868, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1920  (Age ~ 52 years)
     4. Sackett, Edward Harvey,   b. 28 May 1871, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1926, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Family ID F680  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Larson, Anna,   b. Feb 1868, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1916, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Married Abt 1894  [2
     1. Sackett, Thorwald Harvey,   b. 27 May 1895, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1987, Santa Barbara County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     2. Sackett, Gertrude,   b. 29 Jul 1898, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1979, Woodstock, McHenry, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     3. Sackett, Orrin,   b. Abt 1905, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F10363  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Dec 1868 - Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, Thorwald Harvey - 27 May 1895 - Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, Gertrude - 29 Jul 1898 - Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, Orrin - Abt 1905 - Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 1870 federal census, Decatur Twp, Macon Co., Illinois; 18 Jul 1870;
      Series: M593 Roll: 249 Page: 376
      Sackett, Orange, M, W, at home, age 1, b. Illinois
      1880 Census; West, Mc Lean, Illinois
      Family History Library Film 1254230; NA Film Number T9-0230
      Page Number 553A
      Orange SACKETT Son S Male W 11 IL At School OH NY
      The Daily Journal, Telluride, Colorado
      11 Jul 1896; p. 4
      At a regular meeting of Cornet Falls Lodge NO. 52, A.O.U.W.,
      held last evening in Masonic hall, Deputy Grand Master Workman,
      W. C. Green installed the following officrs of the ensuing term:
      M. M. W., H. R. Goff: M. W., Orrin M. Sackett: T., T. L. Sloan: O.,
      C. R. Mc Doughal: recorder, Geo. C. Chatwin: receiver, S. B. Hall:
      Financier, Erl Gigelow: I. W., W. R. Collins: trustee, Geo. H. Phillips.
      The Daily Journal, Telluride, Colorado
      25 Jul 1896; p. 2
      Cornet Falls Lodge No. 52 A.O.U.W.
      Regular meetings every Friday evening at 5 o'clock
      in Masonic hall. Visiting brothers welcome.
      Orrin M. Sackett
      Geo. C Chatwin, Recorder.
      L. Erl Bigelow, Financier.
      Year: 1900; Census Place: Precinct 1, San Miguel, Colorado;
      Roll: T623 129; Page: 29B; Enumeration District: 120.
      July 30, 1900
      609/622 or 639/652 (same as above)
      Sackett, O M, Head, W, M, Dec 1868, 31, M, 6, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Supt Trumway?
      Sackett, Anna, Wife, W, F, Feb 1868, 32, M, 6, 2, 2, Sweden, Sweden, Sweden
      Sackett, Thorwald, Son, W, M, May 1895, 5, S, Colorado, Illinois, Sweden
      Sackett, Gertrude, Daugther, W, F, July 1898, 1, S, Colorado, Illinois,
      The Daily Journal, Telluride, Colorado
      29 Dec 1905; p. 1
      A little child of Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Sackett at Pandora was carrying a bottle in its hands last evening when it tripped and fell, breaking the bottle and cutting itself quite badly across the forehead, both eye lids being severed and the cut extending underneath the eye far enough to cut an artery, from which it bled profusely. Dr. Edgar Hadley was called, who treated the wound, and left the little one in as good shape as a wound of this character would permit.
      In 1907 William D. Haywood was charged with conspiracy in the murder of ex-Governor Frank Steunenberg.. Although a man named Orchard committed the murder, Haywood, an official in the Western Federation of Miners, was charged as being part of a conspiracy. The trial was held in Boise, Idaho.

      In an effort to show a pattern of violence perpetrated by the Union the state called witnesses from around the country who had experienced violent conflict with union organizers. One of the witnesses called by the state was Orrin M. Sackett of Telluride, Colorado.

      In his testimony, Orrin was questioned about his experience with the miners union at the Smuggler Union mine in 1901. Two different newspaper accounts give totally different views of Orrin's testimony. An unfavorable account of his testimony:
      The Basalt Journal, Basalt, Eagle Co., CO; 20 July 1907; Page Two;
      It has been apparent that the witnesses secured by the state for rebuttal were not making a favorable impression. This was due in a measure to Mr. Hawley's handling of them, but to a greaer extent to the guelling cross-examination of Richardson.
      As an example of the showing made by some of these witnesses the testimony of O. M. Sackett; the superintendent of the Telluride Power Company, may be considered. the witness admitted assisting in the deportation of union miners. "We decided to deport all undesirable citizens from Telluride," said he. He admitted that A. H. Floaten was an exemplary citizen. He said he saw Floaten covered with blood detained on a vacant lot, hatless, coatless and shoeless, whild his wife brought him clothes.
      He excused the treatment of Floaten by saying that he made speeches and harbored the unionists.
      "Don't you believe in free speech for everybody?" asked Richardson.
      "I do, providing thier speech is what it should be," said Sackett.
      There was derisive laughter at this, and even Judge Wood turned to the correspondent with a deprecating smile.
      Asked to explain "harboring unionists," Sackett said Floaten was giving them supplies from his store on credit.
      "Don't you know Floaten preaches the doctrine of non-resistance?" asked Richardson.
      "That if struck on one cheek he turns the other?"
      "I never saw him do that," said Sackett."
      Judge Wood announced that he might strike out all the evidence offered by the defense relating to the conditions in Colorado. Should he insist upon this the defense will be seriously crippled in making its appeal to the jury. He will listen to arguments on this point. ...

      A far different view of Orrin's testimony is found in his hometown newspaper
      «i»The Daily Journal«/i»; Telluride, San Miguel Co., CO.
      17 July 1907; Page One
      O. M. Sackett Tells of Rain of Balls From
      Peaceful Miners at Smuggler July 3
      1901 and Produces Paper Signed
      by St John Where the Czar
      Agreed to call of his
      Mob of Murderers.
      Boise, July 17: -- On the opening of court this morning Richardson notified the state that the defense desired that three of the state witnesses remain in town. Judge Wood announced that prior to the opening of arguments he would notify counsel as to the main points in evidence on which he would instruct the jury. Darrow for the defense announced that the sur-rebuttal would be very short.
      O. M. Sackett, of Telluride, Colorado, for fifteen years and employe of the Smuggler-Union mine, was the first witness of the day. He told of his personal experiences in the big riot at the Smuggler-Union in 1901, when, he said, he and several other emploues were compelled to run through a perfect hail of bullets in order to get to the mine. He said Nincent St. John was the head of the Telluride union at the time.
      The witness next told of negotiating with St. John to have the firing stopped and reached an agreement with him.
      The witness said that as a result of the negotaitions he had with St. John, an agreement between Edgar A. Collins, assistant manager of the mine, and St. John, president of the union, was drawn up and signed.
      The agreement was offered in evidence and although the defense objected, the Judge allowed it to be filed.
      The agreement was dated July 3, 1901. In it Collins agreed to cease work on the mine for a period of three days and the Miners' union agreed to refrain from violence for the same period.
      The witness then told of the killing of Arthur Collins, superintendent of the mine, the disappearance of several miners in the district and various disorders. He said the men were afraid to work and many of them were shot at on their way to the mines and it was because of these conditions that troops were brought into the district and martial law proclaimed.
      On cross-examination Sackett said the trouble in 1901 lasted only three days. "Then the agreement went into effect and the matter was settled and everything continued peaceful in the district until late in 1903, didn't it," aksed Richardson.
      "Well, there was a sort of armed neutrality." ...

      During the trial the defense tried to prove that the Pinkerton Dective agency was involved in anti-union activities while the state was trying to prove the union was involved in murder and violence. Clarence Darrow participated in the trial for the defense.

      In the end, Haywood was acquitted and Orchard was sentenced for the murder of Steunenberg.
      Year: 1910; Census Place: Pandora, San Miguel, Colorado;
      Roll: T624_125; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 148; Image: 718.
      May 2, 1910
      Sackett, Orrin H, head, M, W, 41, M1, 16, Illinois, Ohio, New York, English, Superintendent, Tramway
      Sackett, Anna, Wife, F, W, 42, M1, 16, 3, 3, Swed Swedish, Swed Swedish, Swed Swedish, 1889, English, None
      Sackett, Thorwald, Son, M, W, 15, S, Colorado, Illinois, Swed Swedish, English, None
      Sackett, Gertrude, Daughter, F, W, 11, S, Colorado, Illinois, Swed Swedish, English, None
      Sackett, Orrin, Son, M, W, 5, S, Colorado, Illinois, Swed Swedish, English, None
      «i»The Daily Journal«/i»; Telluride, San Miguel Co., CO.
      30 May 1912; p. 1
      Came in Contact With 10,000 Volt Wire and Was
      Thrown to Ground Sustaining Some Severe
      Burns and Injuries ---Not as Bad as First Reported
      O. M. Sackett, superintendent of tramway for the Smuggler_Union company, met with a very serious accident yesterday while engaged in doing some repair work on the Little Mary tram. Mr Sackett came in contact with a 10,000 volt power line and was thrown to the ground, a distance of about 35 feet, sustaining some severe bruises.
      It appears that a bucket had gotten off of the tram in some manner and Mr. Sackett and his assistants were engaged in putting it back on the cable. Mr. Sackett had climbed to the highest tower of the tramway, this tower being located just at the Union dump. In some manner which he is unable to explain he came in contact with the power line and the shock which was sent through his body knocked him from the tower. he fell to the ground and landed on his back on a pile of rocks. He says he remembers nothing from the time he came in contact with the wires until he was being brought down the hill.
      He was at once picked up by his assistants who were working with him at the time and carried down to the Bullion tunnel, wher he received attention until the ambulance could get there from this city and bring him to the hospital. He arrived at the hospital about 5 o'clock.
      All sorts of rumors were rife on the streets yesterday afternoon as to the result of the accident, but the Journal is gratified to learn this morning that Mr. Sackett's injuries are not nearly as serious as at first reported, although they are serious enough and will keep him on the shelf for some time. His back is very badly sprained and his shoulder is bruised up pretty badly, but is not broken as was first reported. He has a severe scalp wound and a cut over his eye. Mr. Sackett also has several burns where he came in contact with the high tension wires. One of these burns is on his leg, another on his hand and a couple on his back.
      The injured man passed a fairly comfortable night and was resting sa well as could be expected this morining. The surgeons have not as yet determined whether or not he has any internal injuries, but think he has none.
      The Daily Journal, Telluride, Colorado
      September 9, 1913, p. 4
      To Grand Junction.--
      Mrs. O. M. Sackett and daughter, Miss Gertrude, were departures on the morning's northbound for Grand Junction, where they will bisit of a short time while Miss Gertrude consults an oculist regarding some difficulty with her eyes. the expect to return hom the latter part of the week.
      Fort Collins Weekly Courier (Fort Collins, Larimer County);
      1918 Jan 11, p. 5
      "Orrin M. Sackett of Telluride spent the holidays with his children, Mrs. Keith Bellairs and Thorwald Sackett, of Livermore.
      1918, Jan 25; p. 7
      "Thorwald Sackett has been entertaining his father Orrin Sackett of Telluride on an enjoyable camping trip up in the Nunn Creek country."

  • Sources 
    1. [S900] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Secretary of State, (

    2. [S954] 1900 U.S. Census.

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