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Dean Sage

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Ithaca, NY, USA
Death: June 23, 1902 (61)
Camp Harmony, Ristigouche, New Brunswick, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry W. Sage and Susan Elizabeth Sage
Husband of Sarah Augusta Sage
Father of Susan Linn Fenimore-Cooper; Henry M. Sage; Sarah Porter Holter; Dean Sage and Elizabeth Manning Hare
Brother of William Henry Sage

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About Dean Sage

Dean Sage was a noted businessman, philanthropist, investor, a major figure in the establishment of Cornell University, and a respected collector and author on the subject of sport fishing. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote in praise of the elder Dean Sage's sense of citizenship as well as his sense of humor, and depended on his hospitality and business acumen. (Cornell University was founded in 1865).

Sage endowed the Sage Lecture, a sermon series at Sage Chapel.

Camp Harmony is located on an elevated point at the junction of the Restigouche and the Upsalquitch Rivers. Dean Sage named the site Harmony after Julia Harmony Twichell, the wife of his good friend and fishing companion, Rev. Joseph Twichell, a clergyman from Hartford, Connecticut. Sage built the first camp on the Harmony site in 1879, it was a three-room building with birch-bark partitions between the walls. While hardly luxurious, it was a major improvement over living in tents. In 1888, Sage published "The Restigouche and its Salmon Fishing", a fly-fishing classic that further spread the fame of the river system. Dean Sage, William H. Sage, Col. Oliver H. Payne, William C., Whitnerry and Charles Lawrence, decided to rebuild an improved Camp Harmony in 1895-1896. Stanford White designed the new Camp as a sprawling log building with a very large octagonal living room-dining room surmounted by a peaked roof. This became the central point from which the two bedroom wings radiated, one overlooking the Restigouche River, the other the Upsalquitch. The whole being surrounded by a comfortable porch affording magnificent views up and down both rivers. All of the golden oak furniture was shipped to Matapedia and hauled up river by scow. Except for the addition of electric light and more comfortable easy chairs and sofas, as well as bathrooms, the Camp remains exactly as it was in 1896 and a concerted effort has been made to keep it so.

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Dean Sage's Timeline

June 6, 1841
Ithaca, NY, USA
October 1, 1866
Age 25
May 18, 1868
Age 26
Menands, NY, USA
June 8, 1874
Age 33
December 13, 1876
Age 35
Kings County, New York, United States
March 27, 1878
Age 36
Menands, Albany County, New York, United States
June 23, 1902
Age 61
Ristigouche, New Brunswick, Canada