A local newspaper
Jack Savage, aged 78 years, pioneer of this section for more than a half
century, and formerly an extensive land owner of this county, died at his
home in Brady at noon Thursday after more than a year's illness.
Funeral services were held Thursday night at 8:00 o'clock at his home, with Rev. J. T. McCaa, pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Brady, conducting, after which the body was sent to Philadelphia, Pa., his former home, for burial. A brother, D. F. Savage, now resides in Philadelphia. He was here only a month ago and aided in the celebration of Mr. Savage's 78th birthday anniversary.
Mr. Savage whose great grandfather was an aide to Colonel George Washington, was one of the best informed men in this section, his home being filled with many good books and priceless relics. When a youth he attended Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y., but withdrew during his junior year.
One of Mr. Savage's prized possessions was an original letter written by George Washington, the Father of His Country, to Colonel William Fitzhugh, also an ancestor of Mr. Savage. In this letter, Washington speaks of some horses that the colonel had sent him, and of a jack that the King of Spain had given the first President of the United States.
In front of Mr. Savage's reading stand was a stamp of the British government, which was kept in the Tower of London until 1852, and which was one if the series leading to the famous Boston Tea Party, an epic of the Revolution. Again there was a copper kettle kept in the family for more than a century.
Mr. Savage came to this country more than fifty years ago as a guest of his brother, D. F., the man who, with Frank Conover, bought the first polo ponies in this country and laid the basis for the world wide recognition that is now given horses bred and trained in this country.
The partnership of Savage and Conover lasted for many years; their friendship ended only with the death a few years ago of the latter. Safvage Brothers own about 3,000- acres, which they operate on shares, cultivating about 1,800 acres. Most of the persons to whom they sold the land are still holders of the land.
Polo was a new game when the Sagates introduced it to Bady, but playing fields were soon established at other places. They bought the sporting horses all over the country, going as far north as Sweetwater.
When the Savages were together here many years ago, one of their visitors here was Owen Wister, famous novelist, who was the author of "The Virginian," a book that was a "best-seller" in another generation.