Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Forgotten Mayor

This blog "The forgotten Mayor Samuel Hackett" was inspired by a set of unusual circumstances. Some time ago, I began a search for a list of the former mayors of Rich Hill.
The first time I came across a list of former mayors was in the Rich Hill Mining Review Jubilee Article then again in the double Jubilee article Mr. Hackett was not listed as a former mayor in either article nor was he lisited on the historical list of Mayors of Rich Hill.
How did I find out about the forgotten mayor?
Well it just happened that one day I came across the 1888-1890 Rich Hill City Directory and I browsed through it and he is listed as mayor. (View for yourself in
The Rich Hill City Directory)
This new finding of a mayor that wasn't listed gave me inspiriration to find out more about Samuel Hackett and his roll in the history of Rich Hill.
My findings are that Mr. Hackett is listed in the Bates County History as one of the first elected Alderman of Rich Hill.

Former Mayor, Samuel P. Hackett, a pioneer, an early alderman and mayor, and a good official in both positions, died at his home in the west part of the city at 4 o'clock this morning after a long continued illness of paralysis.
Mr. Hackett was born in Liverpool, England, in April. 1836, and was 77 years, 10 months and 3 days of age at his death. He came to the United States at 12 years of age in 1848, landing at a southern port in Florida, but came from there to Sedalia in Pettis county, Mo , in 1850 and thence to Bates County in 1853. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Edwards in 1856. and located in Rich Hill in 1880 the first year of the town's history, residing in this and Vernon counties till his death, or for a period of 60 years. He was the father of 11 children, 8 of whom, be­sides the widow surviving. There are also a number of grand-children and other relatives..
The funeral of Mr. Hackett will occur at the Baptist Church at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. After sermon by Pastor R S. Beal, burial well be made in Green Lawn Cemetery. Friends of the family are invited to attend.
The above obituary came out of the Christmas Day December 25, 1913 publication of the Rich Hill Mining Review.

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