Aaron Sage, one of the sons of Samuel and Elizabeth (Davis) Sage, had long been a well known resident of the Dover community. He was born in England March 18, 1841, and was eight years of age when brought to America by his parents. Reared on a farm, with meager educational opportunities, he had given the best years of his life to the agricultural industry. He is an honored veteran of the Civil war, having served his time before coming to Kansas. He enlisted and was mustered in December 13, 1861, in Battery F of the Third New York Light Artillery, and remained in service more than three years, receiving his honorable discharge at Hilton Head, South Carolina, March 11, 1865. He was with his battery in the siege of Charleston, at Whitehall and Kingston, North Carolina, and made a very honorable record as a soldier.
It was in May, 1865, when he arrived in Kansas with his father. For a time he worked as a farm hand. He laid the modest foundation of prosperity by hauling butter to market with a team of oxen. This was a business which required a great deal of enterprise and hustle. He had to get up in the middle of the night, and did not return from his daily trip until long after darkness set in.
In the summer of 1865 Mr. Sage married Eliza (Smith) Dennett. Their five children were: George; Fred; Clark; Minnie, Mrs. Bert Bundy; and one that died unnamed in infancy.
Mr. Aaron Sage had made life a success in every sense of the word. He owned a farm of 520 acres and considerable other property. When the State Bank of Dover was organized he was one of its incorporators and is the only vice president the bank had ever had. He is a member of Lincoln Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of Topeka, had held minor township offices, in politics is a republican and is a member of the Grange and had held office in that organization.