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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 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.
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 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.
Glendale CemeteryHeadstone for the Berrisford Family, Glendale Cemetery.
Glendale CemeteryGlendale Cemetery May 27, 1995 Savage Pacer.
Patrick Gallagher 1897Gallagher is a familiar name in Hamilton and Burnsville. This Patrick Gallagher is identified as one of Glendale's pioneers and has purchased his mother's property in Hamilton...
Glendale CemeteryThe gates of the small cemetery on McColl Drive in 2021.
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.
Legal fight looms over Glendale township 1969March 11, 1969 - Minneapolis Star

The legal battle over the future of Glendale Township is shaping in Scott County.

Legally, the township is now only two square miles on the shores of northern Prior Lake. The remainder of the township was merged with the village of Savage last month...
Consolidation hearing at savage 1968January 4, 1968 Dakota County Tribune

A hearing on the proposed consolidation of Savage and Glendale township...
Glendale Township - SavageGlendale Township map 1898, now Savage Minnesota.
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.
Special election Glendale - Hamilton 1896September 24, 1896 and October 1, 1896 Shakopee Argus

A vote to separate the township from the village.
Glendale ChurchSeptember 14, 1899 - Shakopee Argus

Rev. J. A. McClelland will present his farewell discourse on Sunday evening to his Glendale charge...
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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.
Information on City of Savage part 2 - 2017Savage,a great place to live: Information published about the City of Savage.
Savage 2017Information on the City of Savage, published 2017.
Ellen Scott AllenGrave of Ellen Scott Allen, grew up in Eagan, daughter of Richard Scott. She married Michael Allen of Hamilton/Savage.
Investigators continue probe into Bunge elevator explosion, Savage 1978October 11, 1978 Burnsville Sun -

By Del Stelling

Firemen from six communities were called to the scene last week to combat a blaze that resulted from the grain explosion....
Rose McCann Kennelly 1897 newsShakopee Argus December 30, 1897 news

Just ran into this today:
So what If Rose McCann McCann (Kennelly) who grew up in Glendale/Savage had a Facebook page on December 30, 1897? News from the Shakopee Argus.
Elizabeth A McGinley O'BrienElizabeth (1870 - 1952) married Edward O'Brien (1863- 1934). Their children included Helen Lannon and they farmed in Glendale/Savage.
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.
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.
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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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