Pages 303-304, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




JOHN W. SAVAGE, of Humboldt, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 25, 1842. He is a son of Charles Savage and Nancy Smith, the former of Geneseo county, New York, and the latter of Canada. The


parents emigrated to Milwaukee where the father was connected with the city's affairs, as an official for some years. The mother died in 1844 and the father two years later. They left several children four of whom survive, viz: Mary A., Ruth E. and James E., all residents of Great Bend, Kansas, and John W., our subject.

Mr. Savage was sent to New York upon the death of his parents and grew up in the company of his relatives. He was educated in the common schools and, when the war began, enlisted in Company H, Second New York Infantry. He spent two years in that regiment and then enlisted in the Twenty-first New York Cavalry and served about two years in that command. He saw the war from first to last and was in many of its fiercest engagements. He was in the seven days fight on the Peninsula, the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the second battle of Bull Run, went through the campaign in the Shenandoah and was wounded on the 22nd of November, 1864, in the battle of Rhoads Hill. After the war he volunteered for service in the regular army and served thirteen months longer. He was discharged for disability.

In 1870 Mr. Savage moved to Illinois and was a resident of Lake county, that state, till 1877 when he came to Kansas. He settled first in Barton county, Kansas, and remained in the wheat belt seven years. In 1884 he came to Allen county and took up his residence in Humboldt.

Mr. Savage was married March 25, 1872, to Catherine Miller. She died February 8, 1897, leaving two children, Charles and Lizzie Savage. February 4, 1900, Mr. Savage was married to Ida M. Wilson, a Georgia lady.

In business circles Mr. Savage devotes his time to real estate and the execution of legal papers. He is serving Humboldt as Police Judge to which the people have chosen him. For fifteen years he has been Post Adjutant of Vicksburg Post Grand Army of the Republic. He is a Democrat, is a lover of his country and of the flag he helped defend. He served one year as Post Commander.

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