25 May 2017

Augustine Sackett is inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

Augustine Sackett (1841–1914) was the inventor of drywall, which he patented in 1894 as Sackett Board. It is used today to clad walls and ceilings in virtually all new buildings.
He has been inducted in 2017 into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, which recognizes individual inventors for major technological advances. He is the most recent of just 547 inventors so far honored.
Augustine described himself, rather modestly, in the 1900 census as a paper manufacturer, and in 1910 as a manufacturer of linings—little realizing that his product would come to be installed in 97% of new homes, and become a $3billion a year industry.


Links:
National Inventors Hall of Fame: Augustine Sackett
IPWatchdog: Evolution of Drywall: Augustine Sackett Creates Gypsum Board for Faster Building Construction (scroll down page for Augustine story)
The Sackett Family Association: Augustine Sackett
Thurmon King's Sackett Database: Augustine Sackett

01 May 2017

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:

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Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster 

01 April 2017

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
See Change Log for all updates to the website.

Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster

28 February 2017

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
      See Change Log for all updates to the website.

      Chris Sackett
      TSFA Webmaster 

      01 February 2017

      New on sackettfamily.info

      The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
        See Change Log for all updates to the website.

      Chris Sackett
      TSFA Webmaster

      01 January 2017

      New on sackettfamily.info

      The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
      See Change Log for all updates to the website.

      Chris Sackett
      TSFA Webmaster

      05 December 2016

      Daniel Floyd Sackett dies

      Daniel Floyd Sackett, one of the group of Sackett researchers who "met" through the original Rootsweb surname list, shortly leading to the setting up of the Sackett mailing list, has died at the age of 63. His obituary appears on the Missoulian (Montana) website. 

      In the 1990s, Daniel compiled in an early version of Family Tree Maker a detailed database of American Sacketts, and it was these records that became the basis of the databases now on the Sackett Family Association websites.

      Sackett historian Thurmon King remembers Daniel well. They met with Ruth Rawlings, another early member, when Daniel came from Missoula to Richland, WA, to make copies of documents held by Ruth.