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Profile of the Savage Post Office in the Garvey store, formerly Berrisford Store, now Razors Edge BarbershopIn 1872 John Berrisford who was originally from Uttoxeter, England erected his mercantile store, 20x82 feet, with a wing 24x24 feet, at the crossroads of Judicial Road and the old St. Paul-Shakopee Road, now County Road 34 in Burnsville, MN. He kept a general stock of goods, and also dealt largely in cattle so during the summer months he supplied the surrounding country with fresh meats.

The Berrisford store was located near where St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was located. The frame structure church burned to the ground on April 13, 1883 and a new frame structure was built and dedicated in 1885 by Archbishop John Ireland. In 1902 on Candlemas (the Christian Festival of Lights or mass of the candles on February 2nd), a wood burning stove caused a fire in this church and for the second time, the church was burned to the ground within a period of 20 years. At this time, the Archbishop decreed that the new church should be built in Hamilton, a town that was beginning to experience new growth and among its amenities; the town boasted an organized fire department.

Because the church had moved to Hamilton (now known as Savage), the store began to suffer from the loss of business. John Berrisford decided it was futile to continue his mercantile business and sold the store to Mr. Ed Garvey, a local school teacher who moved the building to Hamilton to the corner of what is now 124th Street and Ottawa Avenue South in Savage, MN. For several years it housed Garvey’s Store, which also included a post office for a time. In April 1908, Edward A. Garvey was appointed Postmaster of Savage.

In subsequent years, this building housed an antique shop, upholstery shop, Western tack shop, a donut shop, Family Carpets, the Lavendar Lady Beauty Salon, and for a time served the drafting department of Continental Machines. In September 1967 it became the Razor’s Edge Barber shop. In March 1980 the Razor’s Edge Beauty Salon was added as an adjunct to the barber shop. It is now the Razor’s Edge Barber Shop and Hair Salon. This is the oldest commercial building in the community of Savage.
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Frank's Red Crown GarageBurnsville residents in the Orchard Garden's area likely utilized this garage. This 1920's photo shows Frank's Red Crown Garage on Old Lyndale (now County Road 5) between Orchard Gardens and Lakeville. Today this is the site of Benjamin Sign Company. Photo compliments of the Lakeville Historical Society.
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George Allen Ford DealershipOriginally a Ford Dealership and later a Dodge Dealership the Allen family sold and serviced vehicles for over 50 years in Savage. In 1973 the dealership, which opened in 1915 was sold. Today this is the site of McHale Auto Body
George_Allen_dies.pdf
George Allen Sr dies 1965George Allen, Sr., age 75 a life long resident of Savage died February 24, 1965 of a heart attack. Well known as the founder in 1917 of the George Allen Garage, he was also prominent in civic affairs in the Savage area...He was the son of Michael and Susan Allen born September 6, 1889 at Savage (then Hamilton). In 1910 he married Margaret Egan, who died September 5, 1945. In 1949 he married Marjorie King Horn, who survives him. Five of his seven children - Edward, George Jr, Peter, Mary (Mrs. A Pivec) and Jane (Mrs. Ralph Braun) live in Savage. Two sons Joseph and Gerald died.... Burial St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
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George Allen Dodge adThis ad appeared in one of the Dan Patch Days booklets. Today this is McHale Auto Body.
George_Augustinack.pdf
George Augustinack dies 2018December 6, 2018 Savage Pacer reports on the death of George Augustinack, long time Savage resident and Vice President of the Dan Patch Historical Society. He also operated AllType printing.


Longtime Savage resident, vice president of the Dan Patch Historical Society and active community member George Augustinack died last month of a heart attack. He was 77.

“When you said ‘George’ around Savage you did not have to say the last name because everyone knew who you were talking about,” said Savage Mayor Janet Williams.

Augustinack moved to Savage from St. Cloud in the 1960s, when he was in his early-20s, according to family members. He soon started his own printing company in Savage, AllType Printing, and began buying up commercial real estate properties around town.

“You’d see him out and about just all over,” Williams said.

He notoriously enjoyed dining out for breakfast and lunch.

“Even if he didn’t have anyone to go with, he’d just go and there’d be regulars,” said Tausha Chamberland, Augustinack’s daughter. “He would always get to know you. He’d get to know the owners and waitresses — he could talk. He was never at a loss for words.”

Over meals, many of them at the Windmill Cafe, Augustinack made friends around town and began learning about the life of M.W. Savage and his record-setting racehorse, Dan Patch. As a printer, he became deeply interested in Mr. Savage’s advertising prowess and ability to transform Dan Patch into a bona fide celebrity.

“He was intrigued with the man behind it all,” Chamberland said.

During Dan Patch’s champion reign in harness racing, Savage — a Minneapolis businessman — capitalized on his horse’s fame, making Dan Patch a household name with various products named after the racer, who was housed in what later became the city of Savage.

Soon Augustinack began collecting all the Savage and Dan Patch memorabilia he could get his hands on. In the early days of collecting, Chamberland said, he picked up a lot of items from original owners who still lived in the area. Later he kept his eye on eBay and other online auction websites.

In the book “Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America,” author Charles Leerhsen describes Augustinack’s peculiar collection. Items included a horse tail, harness, a scale model of the farm where Dan Patch lived, photographs of people who worked at the farm, even items of clothing seen worn in the photos.

“’Sometime over the last forty years’, George notes unnecessarily, “I got carried away,’” Leerhsen wrote. Also during this interview, Augustinack noted with “a mysterious wink” that he thought he’d still be able to track down items missing from his collection, such as M.W. Savage’s false teeth and belt buckle.

On March 24, 1992, Augustinack attended the first-ever meeting of the Dan Patch Historical Society. He served as the group’s vice president until his death.

“George was involved in all kinds of activities in town,” Williams said. “As a newcomer, he chose to be involved.”

Many of Chamberland’s memories with her father revolve around his involvement in the historical society. For the past decade, the two designed the Dan Patch Days buttons, which are purchased by collectors all over the country. Williams said once the year’s button was made, Augustinack was rarely seen without it pinned to his shirt.

“He was like a walking encyclopedia,” Chamberland said. “What amazed me is that he remembered it all — he could rattle off dates, he just knew everything.”

Augustinack’s eclectic interests were not limited to local history. Williams said he also was a beekeeper and kept purple martins, a type of swallow, in birdhouses at his home. Williams remembers him bringing her mother honey from his bees.

“He was always go, go, go,” Chamberland said. “He was always busy and always had stuff to do.”

Williams said Augustinack became part of the city’s fabric.

“He cared a lot about the city and the history and all of that for someone who moved in,” Williams said.

Augustinack is survived by his wife of 46 years, “Bea”; siblings Pat, Carol and Phil; his daughter and his granddaughters, April and Amber.
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George Augustinack at Windmill CafeGeorge Augustinack at Windmill Cafe, Savage.

Longtime Savage resident, vice president of the Dan Patch Historical Society and active community member George Augustinack died last month of a heart attack. He was 77.

“When you said ‘George’ around Savage you did not have to say the last name because everyone knew who you were talking about,” said Savage Mayor Janet Williams.

Augustinack moved to Savage from St. Cloud in the 1960s, when he was in his early-20s, according to family members. He soon started his own printing company in Savage, AllType Printing, and began buying up commercial real estate properties around town.

“You’d see him out and about just all over,” Williams said.

He notoriously enjoyed dining out for breakfast and lunch.

“Even if he didn’t have anyone to go with, he’d just go and there’d be regulars,” said Tausha Chamberland, Augustinack’s daughter. “He would always get to know you. He’d get to know the owners and waitresses — he could talk. He was never at a loss for words.”

Over meals, many of them at the Windmill Cafe, Augustinack made friends around town and began learning about the life of M.W. Savage and his record-setting racehorse, Dan Patch. As a printer, he became deeply interested in Mr. Savage’s advertising prowess and ability to transform Dan Patch into a bona fide celebrity.

“He was intrigued with the man behind it all,” Chamberland said.

During Dan Patch’s champion reign in harness racing, Savage — a Minneapolis businessman — capitalized on his horse’s fame, making Dan Patch a household name with various products named after the racer, who was housed in what later became the city of Savage.

Soon Augustinack began collecting all the Savage and Dan Patch memorabilia he could get his hands on. In the early days of collecting, Chamberland said, he picked up a lot of items from original owners who still lived in the area. Later he kept his eye on eBay and other online auction websites.

In the book “Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America,” author Charles Leerhsen describes Augustinack’s peculiar collection. Items included a horse tail, harness, a scale model of the farm where Dan Patch lived, photographs of people who worked at the farm, even items of clothing seen worn in the photos.

“’Sometime over the last forty years’, George notes unnecessarily, “I got carried away,’” Leerhsen wrote. Also during this interview, Augustinack noted with “a mysterious wink” that he thought he’d still be able to track down items missing from his collection, such as M.W. Savage’s false teeth and belt buckle.

On March 24, 1992, Augustinack attended the first-ever meeting of the Dan Patch Historical Society. He served as the group’s vice president until his death.

“George was involved in all kinds of activities in town,” Williams said. “As a newcomer, he chose to be involved.”

Many of Chamberland’s memories with her father revolve around his involvement in the historical society. For the past decade, the two designed the Dan Patch Days buttons, which are purchased by collectors all over the country. Williams said once the year’s button was made, Augustinack was rarely seen without it pinned to his shirt.

“He was like a walking encyclopedia,” Chamberland said. “What amazed me is that he remembered it all — he could rattle off dates, he just knew everything.”

Augustinack’s eclectic interests were not limited to local history. Williams said he also was a beekeeper and kept purple martins, a type of swallow, in birdhouses at his home. Williams remembers him bringing her mother honey from his bees.

“He was always go, go, go,” Chamberland said. “He was always busy and always had stuff to do.”

Williams said Augustinack became part of the city’s fabric.

“He cared a lot about the city and the history and all of that for someone who moved in,” Williams said.

Augustinack is survived by his wife of 46 years, “Bea”; siblings Pat, Carol and Phil; his daughter and his granddaughters, April and Amber.
george_sonny_allen.pdf
George Sonny Allen dies 1993Age 70 former partner of Allen's Dodge auto dealership and elected mayor of Savage at age 21. He was a life long resident of Savage.
Born 1922 - Died 1993.
gepharts_ad.pdf
Gephart's LakevilleThe year 1960 - this ad appears in the newest newspaper in the area - the Minnesota Valley Review.
Gephart's a long established Dakota County funiture and appliance store advertises televisions and radios in this ad.
glendale.pdf
Glendale post office changed to Savage 1904The name of the Glendale post office has been changed to Savage. Have not bun to use the name yet. The P.M. is waiting for his stamps. April 8, 1904 Scott County Argus.
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Glendale CemeteryGlendale Cemetery May 27, 1995 Savage Pacer.
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Glendale House Fire 1888December 1, 1888 Irish Standard reports; Fire broke out in the Glendale House at Hamilton Station. John Carr proprietor, on the night of November 20, 1888 and only for ready assistance would surely have been destroyed. The building was damaged to the extent of $300.
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Consolidation hearing at savage 1968January 4, 1968 Dakota County Tribune

A hearing on the proposed consolidation of Savage and Glendale township...
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Glendale Township - SavageGlendale Township map 1898, now Savage Minnesota.
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Glendale Township HistoryTaken from: Book The History of The Minnesota Valley, here is portion of the book on Glendale Township (now Savage) and references to John Berrisford- Burnsville's first merchant.
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Glowing Hearth and Home Savage 2017Built to house the Dan Patch Liquor Store, the city sold the building to Glowing Hearth and Home in 2017.
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Then Dan Patch Liquors - Now 2020 Glowing Hearth and HomeBuilt as Dan Patch Liquors, West 123rd Street, in 2020 it is Glowing Hearth and Home.
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Gopher HeatingAd for Gopher Heating, Savage appearing in an undated Dakota County Platt book, circa 1960s. It was owned by Joe Zilka.
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Information on City of Savage part 2 - 2017Savage,a great place to live: Information published about the City of Savage.
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Savage 2017Information on the City of Savage, published 2017.
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Elizabeth A McGinley O'BrienElizabeth (1870 - 1952) married Edward O'Brien (1863- 1934). Their children included Helen Lannon and they farmed in Glendale/Savage.
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Mary McAndrews McCann 1925 at Connelly farmWife of John McCann - she was the mother to many Burnsville daughters including: Bridget Connelly, Ann Gallagher and Rose Kennelly. Mary and her husband lived on a farm in Glendale/Savage and he died in 1874. Mary was born March 20, 1836 and died in Burnsville, Minnesota (on the farm of her daughter Bridget Connelly) on May 12, 1926.
Grand_opening_of_Dan_Patch.pdf
Dan Patch Lounge and Liquor StoreJune, 1985 Savage Review features a full page ad for the recently remodeled Dan Patch Lounge. Photos include Mayor Rod Hopp and bartender Ray Winkel.
great_dan_patch.pdf
The Great Dan PatchA brief newspaper article tells the story of Dan Patch - published in a 1960 edition of the Minnesota Valley Review.
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A recent book about Dan Patch and Marion SavageAt the turn of the twentieth century, when horses were everywhere, Dan Patch was among the most famous. His owner, M.W. Savage, made him the nation√s first sports superstar. Tim Brady tells the story of the beloved horse. Includes bonus DVD.
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Green Giant Plant SavageThe Minnesota Valley Canning Company was founded in 1903 in
Le Sueur, Minnesota and located one of their plants in Savage. "The Valley of the Jolly Green Giant" refers to the Minnesota River valley around Le Sueur.
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The Green HotelThe January, 1994 Savage Review features a historic photo of the Green Hotel in Savage. It was located on the site of the Hardee's in 2017.
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Kearney's sell grocery store, retain variety store 1964January 30, 1964 Dakota County Tribune: Gene and Mary Kearney announce the sale of their grocery store in Savage but will continue to operate the Variety Store.

Gene Kearney was born in Burnsville and has lived in Savage since his marriage. They ran the grocery business 18 years.
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Kearney's sell grocery store, retain variety store 1964January 30, 1964 Dakota County Tribune Gene and Mary Kearney announce the sale of their grocery store in Savage but will continue to operate the Variety Store.

Gene Kearney was born in Burnsville and has lived in Savage since his marriage. They ran the grocery business 18 years.
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Hamilton is now SavageNovember 26, 1903 Minneapolis Journal ad references Hamilton now being Savage Minnesota.
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