San Diego County
George Sawday is a worthy native son
of San Diego County who has devoted his life to ranching and to the cattle
business and resides on the well-known Sawday Ranch at Witch Creek. He was born at Julian, California, in 1876,
his parents being F. R. and Sarah (Goode) Sawday, natives of England, who took
up their abode among the pioneer settlers of the Julian district in 1869.
As stated, George Sawday has been
identified with ranching and cattle interests since the beginning of his active
career. At present he has under lease
many thousands of acres in various parts of Southern California, owns several
large ranches in San Diego County and is running approximately five thousand
head of cattle. The Sawday Ranch at
Witch Creek, on which he resides, is situated about eleven miles from Ramona,
on the highway between San Diego and Julian.
He is known far and wide as a cattleman and has long been numbered among
the most prosperous and respected citizens of his native county.
In 1904 Mr. Sawday was united in
marriage to Miss Emily Elizabeth Crouch, daughter of Herbert and Martha Crouch,
honored pioneers of Oceanside, California, where the former passed away in
June, 1927. A review of the career of
Herbert Crouch may be found on another page of this work. Mr. and Mrs. Sawday are the parents of two
daughters: Lucy Charlotte, who is the
wife of Orville Cumming and the mother of a daughter; and Mary Crouch, who is
the widow of the late Fred Tellam and the mother of
A worthy exemplar of the teachings
and purposes of the Masonic fraternity, Mr. Sawday has crossed the sands of the
desert with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
He is also affiliated with the Sciots, the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, while his wife has
membership in the Eastern Star and the Ramona Woman’s Club. Mr. and Mrs. Sawday have been lifelong
residents of San Diego County and are well known and highly esteemed throughout
this part of the state.
by V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South
Vol. III, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 387-388, Clarke Publ.,
Chicago, Los Angeles,
© 2012 V.