SAVE, George

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SAVE, George (1887-1966) [SS#571-42-8910], Santa Barbara-born cowboy, 9th of 13 children born to Frenchman, Jean Savé (1843-1904), and Santa Barbara Native, Maria Francisca Antonia Botiller (1853-1902). His oldest sister, Catarina (Catherine), married Frenchman, Jules Moullet, superintendent of Santa Cruz Island. The kids were born on their Save dairy farm on the corner of De La Vina and Alamar streets.

George Savé and three of his brothers leased the San Onofre Ranch from the Hollisters. Savé served in the 164th infantry in World War I, and was later hired to work on Santa Cruz Island by Edwin Stanton in 1937. Savé worked for the Santa Cruz Island Company for 24 years, and he never married. He left the island in 1961 at age 74, and he died in Santa Barbara in 1966 at the age of 79. George Savé is buried in Santa Barbara at Calvary Cemetery.


Jean Savé (1843-1904) = Maria Francisca Antonia Botiller (1853-1902)

  • 1. Catarina Save [Moullet] (1872-1938) = Jules Ferdinand Moullet (1861-1945)
  • 2. Paucho Save (c. 1874- )
  • 3. Pedro Antonio Save (1875-1912)
  • 4. John Ernesto Save (1877-1940) = [1908] Flora Maria Juarez (1879-1974)
  • 5. Pascual Save (1878-1950)
  • 6. Luis Napoleon Save (1881- )
  • 7. Elena Save (1882- )
  • 8. Maria Feliciana Ursula Save (1884-1973) = [1905] Antonio Juan Orella (1866-1943)
  • 9. George Save (1887-1966)
  • 10. Altres Save (1890- )
  • 11. Margarita Save (1891-1963) = [1917] William Alexander Sinclair (1893- )
  • 12. Cecilia Marie Save [Erro] (1893-1979) [#551-01-8066] = [1916] Manuel Antonio Erro (1895-1954)
  • 13. Lawrence John Save (1894-1922)


George Savé (1887-1966)
George Savé after the Main Ranch fire,
Santa Cruz Island, 1950
George Savé working on Santa Cruz Island, 1953
George Savé working the road grader
on Santa Cruz Island, 1953
Giacomo Perla, Red Craine, Pete Olivari and George Save
on Santa Cruz Island


» Bonilla, I. A. From sheepherder to cowboy in old Santa Barbara in La Reata 1: (3-4) Autumn 1976



In the News~

The 1940 census lists living on Santa Cruz Island:

  • Pete Olivari
  • Giacomo Perla
  • Ah C Fong
  • Alvin U. Vasquez
  • Thomas Ward
  • Juan Leon
  • George Save
  • Richard Boynton
  • Paul Wilson
  • J. T. Wilson
  • F. Ricci
  • James Kelsey
  • A. Kinzel
  • Baker S. Felren
  • Frenchy Gonzales
  • Jeff Wilson
  • G. W. Swartz
  • Sam Haggares
  • Charlie Carlson
  • Charlie Gunderson
  • Richard Rossman (cook)
  • George W. Lee (hand)
  • Zulberto Zumberti (foreman)


March 3, 1966 [SBNP]: “George Savé of 1800 Garden Street died yesterday in a local hospital after an illness of two weeks. Born in Santa Barbara January 5, 1887, he was a veteran of World War I, having served in the 164th infantry. Prior to his retirement, he was a rancher and cattleman for the Santa Cruz Island Company for 24 years. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. A. J. Orella and Mrs. Cecilia Erro, both of Santa Barbara, and several nieces and nephews…”