Biography of W. Monroe Sage

Sage, W. Monroe. a resident of the village of Bergen, N. Y., since 1861, was born in the town of Wheatland, Monroe eoun;y, N. Y., December 28, 1834, a son of Warren and Salome (Skinner) Sage. Salome Skinner was an eye witness to the battle of Lundy's Lane; her family lived near by and went to the woods for safety, and from their place of concealment witnessed the battle. Warren Sage followed carpentry daring his early manhood, but later confined his attention to agricultural industry, owning a farm in the town of Wheatland, where he died February 1, 1856, W. Monroe Sage is well known in the musical circles of Western New York, having devoted the major portion of his life to music and musical convention work. He was reared on the farm, received his early education in the district schools and later attended Oberlin College, Ohio. and was graduated from Eastman's Commercial College in Rochester. He was endowed by nature with unusual musical talent and played the violin while yet sitting in his high chair; at the age of seven played before public assemblages; he did not begin the scientific study of the violin until nineteen years of age. when he attended L. Hinsdale Sherwood's Musical Academy at Lyons, N.Y., and remained there until called home by the death of his father. A few years later he was graduated from the Friendship Academy of Music in the branches of violin, voice and harmony. Part of the time during his years of study he gave singing schools in the winters and attended the normal music schools during the summer months under the instruction of such noted masters as A. N. Johnson, William B. Bradbury, George F. Root and Carlo Bassini. Among the professors from whom Mr. Sage obtained his finest and most finished points in violin playing was Prof. Henri Appy, who came to America in 1850 as the violinist to Jenny Lind. In politics he is a Republican; he was the prime mover in bringing about the incorporation of the village of Bergen, and as a demonstration of their appreciation for what he had done the people honored him by electing him the first village president, which office he filled two years; the first year of his administration he caused to be placed 102 sidewalks, the second year he inaugurated the first street lighting by placing four lamps on four corners. In 1863 Mr. Sage married Frances A. D. Doolittle, daughter of Deacon James D. and Eunice M. (Carter) Doolittle, he a prominent merchant in Bergen, who died in 1884, leaving a beautiful home since occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Sage. Mrs. Sage died May 1, 1899. The Sage family dates back in America to 1652, when David Sage, a native of Wales, settled in Middletown, Conn., being one the pioneers there.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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