WHITNEY LEE SAVAGE is president of the
Charleston Lumber Company, wholesalers and manufacturers, and this
is the line of business which he took up as a young man and has followed
consistently and successfully for nearly forty years.
Mr. Savage was born on a farm in Jackson County, Ohio, November 29,
1867, son of William A. and Thankful Elizabeth (Detty) Savage. Both
parents were natives of Ohio. His grandfather, David Savage, born
at Augusta, Maine, January 16, 1808, descended from a branch of the
Savage family that came from the vicinity of Belfast, Ireland. David
Savage was an early settler in Southern Ohio, and died in that state
January 11, 1863. The maternal grandfather, Joseph Detty, also lived
in Ohio. William A. Savage has spent his active life in the lumber,
oil and iron business, and is now living retired in Charleston at
the age of eighty-six. His wife is deceased. There were seven children
and five are now living; Mrs. Rosa Snell, of Texas; Whitney Lee; S.C.;
Mrs. Maude Brown, of Shreveport, Louisiana; and Talma, wife of Doctor
Terry of Shreveport, Louisiana. Whitney Lee Savage was brought to
Charleston when a child and attended public schools there. His knowledge
of the lumber business comprises everything from lumber mills to wholesale
office, and it was in 1907 that he acquired an interest in the Charleston
Lumber Company. In 1914 he and his brother took over the entire company.
Mr. Savage becoming president, while his brother, S.C. Savage, is
vice president and treasurer, and Mr. Savage's son, Fred C., is secretary.
They do a general lumber business, both wholesalers and manufacturers,
the chief output of their mills being oak flooring, which is sold
at wholesale in the Cleveland market.
Mr. Savage married Louie J. Slack, a native of Charleston, daughter
of John W. Slack, who was a well known steamboat captain on the Kanawha
and Ohio rivers. Mr. and Mr. Savage had five children: Fred Cameron,
who was educated in Charleston and in West Virginia University, has
been associated with his father's lumber business since early manhood,
and by his marriage to Helen Wright he has two children, Helen and
Fred C., Jr.; Elizabeth Ritter is the widow of Cornelius Estell and
has one daughter, Anna Louise Estell; Joseph Whitney, a graduate of
West Virginia University, connected with the Charleston Gazette, married
Jeanette Kelley; William Lee, Jr., the fourth child, is on the payroll
of the Charleston Lumber Company; David Jackson, the youngest, is
still in school. The family are members of the First Methodist Episcopal
Church. Mr. Savage is a steward in the church. he is a York and Scottish
rite mason and Shriner, being a past master of the lodge, and has
held chairs in th e Royal Arch Chapter and Commandery. He is a member
of the Kanawha Country Club, and a Democrat in politics.
"Mr. P. M. Savage operates a quarry at north
end of Capitol street near the Coal & Coke railroad and the city
of Charleston This quarry is one of the oldest quarries near this
city, and the stone is used for buildings and crushed for concrete.
Twenty to thirty men are employed, and 150 to 200 tons of stone are
crushed daily in an Austin No. 5 crusher. The stone is said to weigh
about 2,700 pounds to the cubic yard. Quarry.—The
face of the quarry runs north and south, 170 feet long with the old
workings extending 80 feet further to the south. It has been worked
back to the east 75 to 80 feet.
The Lewis Publishing Company, 1928 - Volume 4, page 69