The Stump Ranch

Family & Community History
of the Upper Skagit Valley

George & Georgetta A. Torrey
Savage Family
(Royal Stump Ranch 1927)
  • The Last Remnants of the Minkler/Savage Sawmill A time capsule and photo of the final remains of the Minkler/Savage saw-mill of Birdsview, originially built in 1877, posted 24 January 2005.
  • "In Quest of Savage Knights" by Barb Thompson. Link is fixed to Barbs adventure to England in 2003 to find Savage Ancestry.
  • James Savage 1906-1925 "Demise of a High School Logger"
    By Catherine Savage Pulsipher
    Updated 4 August with NEW PHOTOS added.
  • Kate Halladay and Bert Savage-
    "We were all pleased and benefited by this adventure."
  • Life & Legend of John W. Savage
  • Enlistment Record for John Savage, George & Warren Savage
  • 1940 Easter Sunday Reunion
  • Christmas at the Savages
    by Paul v. Pressentin
  • "Life and Adventures" by George Savage
    The edited and annotated autobiography of the George Savage Family at the Skagit River Journal.
  • Savage Family News...

  • Date for the 2007 Annual Savage Family Picnic Announced!
  • Report & photos on this years Annual Savage Family Picnic from Shorline, Wa.
    posted 4 October 2003 Ted Savage WW2
  • 2002 Savage Family Reunion news coming soon from Barb Thompson & Mary Wymore.
  • Theodore (Ted) Savage, age 82, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2002 at Heritage Court in Everett. He was born April 2, 1920, in Burlington, WA to John W. Savage and Nellie Savage. Link to Ted's obituary here
  • Eddy Savage, 82, of Ana-cortes, died Sunday, October 28, 2001 at Island Hospital in Ana-cortes.He was born November 22, 1918 in LaConner, WA, the son of Ghiles [Jehial] & Myrtle (Holeton) Savage.
    Looking for a photo of Eddy, if anyone has any, please send via e-mail or snail mail. Thanks Link to Eddy's obituary here

  • Eleven Sons, Daughters in Reunion
    Easter Sunday 1940

    Click the name of Savage children of George & Gerogetta Savage to link to their own page.

    Back left to right: William E. Savage, Anacortes; Bert D. Savage, Concrete. Middle Row, left to right: Leslie G. Savage, Concrete; Harry L. Savage, Sauk, U.S. Ranger Station; Ira C. Savage, Concrete; Marian B. Savage, Anacortes; Jehial J. Savage, Anacortes. Bottom row, left to right: John W. Savage, Seattle; Olive Savage-Braun, Bothell; Rose Savage-Hawkins, Anacortes; Catherine Savage-Pulsipher, Concrete.

          Washington statehood-theme of the Golden Jubilee celebration this year-reminds the members of a pioneer Skagit Family that some of them had been in Washington territory fifteen years before it blossomed as a self-governing commonwealth.
         Eleven children-eight sons and three daughters-of the late Mr. & Mrs. George Savage, who came to Skagit County (then part of Whatcom) in 1874, held a reunion with members of their family at Anacortes Sunday, April 16 and a merry time it was, with forty-eight persons gathered at the banquet board.
         George Savage was the first county engineer of Skagit County, and located most of the pioneer roads there. He was interested in early politicss, and once made a steamboat journey from Mt. Vernon to Whatcom (now Bellingham) to protest in behalf of the would-be Skagit County residents.
    (Link here to that story)
         Mr. & Mrs. Savage and their four children-Leslie, Bert, William and Ira-crossed the plains from Iowa on the first trian to carry passengers to San Francisco. (Incidentally, the engine which drew the train is on exhibition in the Wells Fargo collection at the San Francisco Fair, as is the Golden Spike, the driving of which they witnessed). The family came North by sailing ship to New Westminster, and settled in British Columbia, but the "King George" Indians did not like the "Bosten Men", so they left again on a sailboat which Mr. Savage had built. The next winter they spent at Marchs Point, but later went on to Utsalady, [on Camano Island] where a sawmill was located. Eventually Mr. Savage left the mill to look for a homestead, and after staying one winter at Day Slough on the North Fork of the Skagit River, he went up the river toward Concrete [Birdsview] and settled on a timbered tract fronting on the stream. Timber which was cut from the tract was dragged out by oxen and rafted down to the mill at Utsalady.
         The original home was destroyed by fire, but Bert Savage today has a home on the same site, and part of the old log outbuildings, as well as part of the original orchard, are still in use.
         So far as is known no other family of the 1870's in Skagit County is still living intact, with no deaths amoung the entire group. Mr. Savage died in 1920 and Mrs. Savage in 1928, but the eleven surviving children, ranging from 47 to 73 years in age, are still in good health.
         At Anacortes Sunday, in addition to the eleven of the departed pioneers, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present. Among these were Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Savage, of Seattle; Mr. & Mrs. John Monohan and children of Bellingham; Eddy Savage, of Anacortes, Mr. & Mrs. Antone Christenson, of Anacortes, and their two children.

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