Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin Counties", published by Western Historical
Publishing Co., 1904.
GIBSON SAVAGE, who lives about
thirty-five miles up the Columbia from Pasco, is one of the leading stockmen
of the valley. He handles about five hundred horses at this time
and one hundred head of cattle. His headquarters are on an estate
of two hundred and forty-five acres, favorably situated for the stock business
and productive of hay for winter purposes. This location was made
long since and when he had the choice of the country, since Mr. Savage
is a pioneer.
Gibson Savage was born in Polk county, Oregon,
being thus a native of the occident. His parents, William and Sarah
(Brown) Savage, were natives of New York and Illinois, respectively.
The father died some time since, but the mother is still living in Oregon.
The father crossed the plains in 1845, being
among the very first who made that most unique of all trips in the United
States. Stock raising occupied him until his death. Our subject
remained in Oregon until 1881, gaining, during his boyhood days, the training
to be had from the early district schools. Then came a move to what
is now Franklin county and here he located as mentioned above and commenced
raising stock very extensively. At that time he was the heaviest
stock breeder in this part of the country and he sold to all the important
markets. Since then, as settlers have come in and the range has become
limited, he has steadily decreased his holdings to the number already spoken
of. In addition to the property enumerated, Mr. Savage owns town
lots in Pasco, and is a prosperous man. Fraternally, he is affiliated
with the K. P. and the Elks. In political matters, Mr. Savage has
always evinced a lively interest and is found alert in the campaigning