|CHARLES H. SACKETT.|
Charles H. Sackett is the
proprietor of the Sundance Garage, in which connection he is
conducting a profitable business. Ile was born in Dubuque, Iowa,
September 2, 1860, a son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Michaels)
Sackett, who were natives of Pennsylvania and in 1852 removed to
Iowa, casting in their lot with the pioneer settlers of that state.
They took up their abode upon a farm in Delaware county, where the
mother died in 1864, while the father survived for a decade, passing
away in 1874. He devoted his entire life to general agricultural
pursuits. At his death he left a family of four children, three sons
and a daughter.
Charles H. Sackett, the youngest in the family, was reared to manhood in Iowa and received only about two years' schooling—such as the country schools afforded at that period. Moreover, he had the opportunity of attending school for only about six months a year. At the age of nineteen he left home and made his way to the Black Hills, where he took up his abode in 1879. He was a messenger on the stage that made the trip from Pierre to Deadwood, serving in that way for about five years. At a later period he entered the employ of W. H. Blair, of Rapid City, South Dakota. who was a wholesale liquor dealer and with whom he remained for five years. He then removed to Sundance, Wyoming, in the spring of 1890 and established a saloon, which he continuously and successfully conducted until November 9, 1917, when he sold out and turned his attention to the automobile business. He now conducts the Sundance Garage, having a large repair department and also handling the Dodge and Hupmobile cars. He has a very wide acquaintance in Sundance and his business interests have been thoroughly, honorably and successfully conducted. In later years he has made quite large investments in real estate and from his business and property interests derives a substantial annual income.
On the 9th of June, 1889, at St. Cloud, Minnesota, Mr. Sackett was married to Miss Mary E. Holmes, a native of Independence, Iowa, and a daughter of a prominent farmer of that place. her parents being Martin E. and Julia (Stead) Holmes, in whose family were nine children, five sons and four daughters, Mrs. Sackett being the eighth in order of birth.
Mr. Sackett in addition to his other business interests is a stockholder and director in the Sundance State Bank. When he retired from the saloon business one of the local papers said of him: "Perhaps no name in Crook county is more familiar throughout the county and this section of the Black Hills than is that of Charley Sackett. He has been identified with the history and development of Sundance and vicinity since 1889 and will be greately missed at the old stand by the hundreds of friends whom he has greeted these many years. However, Mr. Sackett has said for several years that he desired to retire from the business. He has also been one of the few saloon men to discern and admit the certain approach of the great prohibition wave which bids fair to engulf Wyoming at no distant future. To the credit of Charley Sackett it can be said that he conducted a notoriously orderly saloon, and if his example had been emulated by all other men engaged in the liquor traffic the prohibition agitation, no doubt would have longer failed of results. His successor cannot reasonably hope for such a career. Mr. Sackett has during recent years invested quite heavily in other lines in Sun-dance, having built up a splendid garage business, and his friends are pleased to learn that he intends to remain here." Mr. Sackett is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He joined the lodge at Dubuque, Iowa, through special dispensation of the grand lodge, as he had not attained his majority at that time, but he was coming west and wished to join the order before he left his old home. He has since been one of its faithful followers, ever loyal to its teachings.