JOHN B. SAVAGE, one of the self-made men of Le Roy, possesses a remarkable business talent and delights in trading
and merchandising. He is active and energetic and an excellent judge of lands, live-stock and dry goods. His talents
extend in all directions wherever a trade may be effected. Mr. Savage was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Feb.
10, 1844, being the son of Whalen and Jane (McCullom) Savage. The father of our subject died in Tuscarawas County
in about 1850. The mother then married John C. West, and now lives in Taylor County, Iowa.
The subject of this history is one of a family of seven children born to his parents, six of whom are still living. Sarah, Mrs. McGee, is a resident of Harrison County, Ohio; James, and Ann, Mrs. West, live in Taylor County, Iowa; Mary, Mrs. Whitmer, lives in Corning, Iowa; John B., our subject, was the sixth, and Jacob lives in Taylor County, Iowa. John B. Savage was but six years of age when his father died. In 1858 his mother with four of her children came to this State and county and settled in what is now Downs Township. The mother and her two daughters kept house for Denton Young, Sr., on his farm, and there our subject was also engaged breaking prairie. The second marriage of the mother occurred in the fall of that year, and John B. made his home with her two or three years afterward. He then commenced to work on a farm by the month at a salary of $20, and was employed by one man seven years. After this he became manager of the farm and had a share of the produce, and then married and located on a rented farm, where he remained three years, and in the meantime served as Tax Collector in Downs Township. In 1872 he moved into West Township, upon a farm which his wife had inherited from her grandfather, Henry West. Two years later he went to Le Roy and took charge of a flourmill, which he operated two years and then returned to his own farm. He was then employed by the firm of Barnum & Keenan, to buy grain at Sabina, being the first grain dealer in that place and the first Postmaster in what was then Monarch. He also served six years as Justice of the Peace. In 1882 he returned to Le Roy and purchased a half interest in the dry-goods business of James Kimler, which he conducted in company with A. Whittaker eight months. He then purchased the interest of his partner and after operating one year sold out, and a few months later opened a clothing store. This he also disposed of after one year, and engaged in the real-estate and loan business. In the fall of 1886 he traded a piece of land for a stock of goods, and his business now is to close out these in the most profitable manner that he can. His real-estate transactions extend throughout Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas.
Mr. Savage was married, Oct. 1, 1868, to Miss Sarah L. Crumbaugh, who was born in Empire Township, and is the daughter of Montgomery and Mary (West) Crumbaugh. Of this union there have been born two children Herbert and Annie. During the late war Mr. Savage served with the three months' men in Co. G, 68th Ill. Vol. Inf. He is a member of the G. A. R., Thomas Riddle Post No. 230, at Le Roy, and in all respects is a representative citizen who has attained a good position by the exercise of his own talent and industry.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 550. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards