THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  MRS. F. ARABELLE SAGE, of the village of Cazenovia, is the widow of the late Orrin W. Sage, an enterprising manufacturer and public-spirited citizen, who died here October 23, 1891, at the age of seventy-eight years. Mr. Sage was born in Greenfield, Mass., April 1, 1813, and was a son of Oliver Sage of the same place, who was born in 1769, and died in 1859. Oliver was a son of Solomon Sage, of Berlin, Conn., born in 1737; and the father of Solomon was David Sage, also of Berlin, Conn. Oliver Sage was a farmer by occupation. He married Polly Denio, of Greenfield, daughter of Aaron Denio, who was an innkeeper of Deerfield, Mass., many years, and was of French ancestry.
  Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Sage became the parents of sixteen children, but seven of whom, however, arrived at mature age. Of these Orrin W., the late husband of Mrs. Sage, was the youngest. He came from New England to Truxton, Cortland County, bringing with him his wife and their only child, Frances. He was a manufacturer of sashes, doors, and blinds at the Fern Dell Mills, this enterprise being established by himself and his wife's brother, Newton Ames, about the year 1850. The business was successfully conducted for forty years. Mr. Sage finally sold out his interest in this concern, and at his death was engaged in the same business in Oneida, where he had established himself six years previously. He took an active part in the public affairs of his town, was President of the Village Board, and was prominently associated with various progressive enterprises having for their object the physical and moral advancement of the community. His political sympathies were enlisted on the side of the Republican party; and in religious faith both he and his wife were Episcopalians, of which church he was a Warden and Vestryman many years. In fraternal matters he was an Odd Fellow and a member of Homer Lodge. At his death he bequeathed a good estate to his wife and daughter, and left the reputation among his fellow-men of having been an upright, progressive, and high-minded citizen.
  Frances, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sage, was educated at the Cazenovia Seminary, and was married September 11, 1877, to William W. Watkins, of Skaneateles. Mr. Watkins is a bookseller at Cazenovia, and is also interested in manufacturing business in Oneida. He is a man of liberal education, and identified with the educational interests of Cazenovia, being Trustee of the seminary and Treasurer of the Board of Education. He lost his father in early youth, and has made his own way in life, beginning as a clerk, when but twelve years old, and coming to Cazenovia in 1863. Mrs. Sage is well known to the people of Cazenovia as a lady of intelligence and refinement, and one whose sympathies are enlisted in behalf of every worthy cause. She is passing her declining years in comfort, and enjoys the respect and esteem of all who know her.

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