GEORGE M. SAYE
GEORGE M. SAYE. One mile west of Sutter, Sutter county, Cal., is located the ranch owned by George M. Saye, one of the first pioneer settlers of this section and one of a very few left to tell of the experiences of that early day. He was born in Polk county, Mo., January 12, 1836, a son of Richard Saye, who removed from his birthplace in Georgia to Missouri when that state was new and unsettled. He engaged in farming until 1853, when he crossed the plains with ox-teams, driving one hundred and fifty young cattle, and upon his arrival in California located in Sutter county. Until his death, which occurred in 1871, at the age of seventy years, he followed stock-raising and beyond losing considerable stock during the bad weather of 1861 and ’62, he met with success in his work. He was a Democrat politically and a popular citizen, in Missouri serving as sheriff of Polk county for several years, and was also county assessor for one year, refusing further service. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and fraternally belonged to Enterprise Lodge No. 70, F. & A. M., of Yuba City.
George M. Saye spent his boyhood upon the paternal farm until attaining the age of seventeen years, when, in company with his father, he crossed the plains to California, driving a team the entire distance. He remained with his father in the work of herding cattle for four years, when he located upon his present property, a squatter’s claim, and when it came into the market he homesteaded the same and has since engaged in general farming. He married Julia Ramey, a native of Virginia, who came to California with her parents in 1853, and they are the parents of four children: Laura, the wife of Edward Clements; Annie, the wife of Joseph Clements; Marvin, who conducts his father’s ranch; and Jessie, the wife of Warren Tharp, of San Francisco. Politically, Mr. Saye is a stanch adherent of the principles advocated in the platform of the Democratic party, but has never cared to hold office. Fraternally he is a member of Enterprise Lodge No. 70, F. & A. M., of Yuba City, to which he has belonged since 1875. He is very active in church work, being a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and was one of the organizers of this denomination in his locality in 1857, since which time he has served as steward and trustee.
Transcribed by Doralisa Palomares.
Source: “History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the Sacramento Valley, California” by J. M. Guinn. Pages 619-620. Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago 1906.
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