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Harry T. Sackett


Posted By: Oregon Rain
Date: 1/19/2007 at 22:03:37

Harry T. Sackett is the owner of the Twin Oaks Farm, which comprises one hundred and eleven acres on sections 25 and 26, Honey Creek township. It is devoted to the general cultivation of grains and to the raising of graded stock. Mr. Sackett was born in Clayton county, Iowa, July 10. 1860, and is one of a family of seven children whose parents were Charles T. and Phoebe (Baldwin) Sackett. The father and mother were both natives of New England but were married in Ohio and in the early '50s settled in Clayton county, Iowa. In 1872 they came to Delaware county, taking up their abode near Oneida, where the father carried on general farming and also engaged in raising graded stock. He was much interested in public affairs and his aid and support could be counted upon to further measures and movements for the general good. He passed away in 1893 and his wife died in 1899, being laid to rest by his side in the Edgewood cemetery.

Of their five sons and two daughters, four are yet living. The record is as follows: Moses and Charles, both of whom are deceased; Willis, a resident of Strawberry Point; Lysander, of Arlington; Laura, the wife of Charles Smith; Mary, the deceased wife of Lester Clark; and Harry T., of this review.

The last named spent the first twelve years of his life in his native county and then accompanied his parents on their removal to Delaware county, acquiring his education in the public schools of both counties. When not busy with his text books he worked with his father in the fields upon the home place and when about twenty five years of age he started out in life on his own account, cultivating a rented farm for a time and afterward purchasing property. Today he is the owner of one hundred and eleven acres and the Twin Oaks Farm is one of the pleasing features of the landscape. He has added to it many modern improvements and his methods of cultivating the soil are progressive and accord with the advanced ideas of scientific farming.

Mr. Sackett was married March 20, 1888, to Miss Lily May Martin, a daughter of George W. and Mary Ann (Scrivens) Martin of Honey Creek township, and the little daughter born of this union was buried with the mother in February, 1889. On the 9th of August, 1893, Mr. Sackett was united in marriage to Mrs. Hattie Bryans, the widow of John Bryans and a daughter of Elisha and Jane (Clugston) Miller. By her first marriage she had a daughter, Carrie, who is now the wife of Harry Coon. By the second marriage there have been born four children, as follows: Harry E., who passed away on the 6th of December, 1895; Harold T., who died February 4, 1898; Lilly May, whose demise occurred June 2, 1900; and Howard Carl, who was born on the 11th of September, 1903. The Miller family were among the early settlers of this part of the state. Mrs. Sackett's father came from New York and her mother from Indiana, and they were married in Delaware county on the 12th of April, 1857. Their remaining days were passed in Delaware county and they were numbered among its citizens of sterling worth. They had six children, five of whom, together with the parents, now sleep in the Greeley cemetery.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Sackett are widely known in Honey Creek township and in other parts of the county. He has lived in Delaware county for forty two years and has therefore witnessed much of its growth, development and improvement. His interest has led to cooperation in many plans for the public good and at the same time he has carefully managed and conducted his business affairs, so that both his farming and stock raising interests have brought to him a substantial measure of success.

~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 389-390. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.


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