THOMAS H. SAVAGE
The subject of this sketch, Thomas H. Savage, was born
in Brownville, Jefferson Co., N. Y., March 22, 1842, and is the son of
Nathaniel and Mary (Sharon) Savage, born in New York, and of Irish descent,
who went into Jefferson county in 1837.
Nathaniel Savage was a successful cabinet maker, but died at
the age of thirty-three years at Brownville, N. Y., leaving a family of
six children, only three of whom are now living: Judge John A., lawyer,
ex-banker and a successful business man of Livingston, Montana; Elizabeth,
the wife of John Main of Sterlingville, N. Y., and Thomas H., who left
home at the age of twenty-three, and came west as far as Oconto, Oconto
Co., Wis., where he engaged extensively in lumbering; he also took up a
homestead in the eastern part of Shawano county, then an unbroken and almost
impenetrable wilderness. He and a companion were the only persons residing
in that tract of country now called Green Valley, Shawano county.
In 1872 he was united in marriage to Catherine Strong, of Evans
Mills, Jefferson Co., N. Y., and they have two children: Mary, born
August 9, 1873, and Frances born February 19, 1875. The parents of Mrs.
Savage, Patrick and Mary (Dean) Strong, were of Irish parentage, and died
in June, 1895, at the advanced age of nearly ninety years, at Evans Mills,
N.Y. In 1886, Mr. Savage was appointed by the Hon. Commissioner of Indian
Affairs to the position of farmer for the Menomonee tribe of Indians, and
to superintend the lumbering operations carried on by them. This position
he held for four years and a half. At the close of the Democratic administration
he was released from further duty, and returned to his home. He was
then engaged for three years in the mercantile, business at Underhill,
Oconto Co., Wis., where he also held the position of postmaster. In 1892
he received the appointment from President Cleveland to the office of Indian
Agent for the Green Bay Indian Agency, Keshena., Wis., which position he
now holds. In politics Mr. Savage has been a life-long Democrat.