P. R. Sayer, D. D. S.

P. R. SAYER, D. D. S., secretary and treasurer of the Sayer & Puttkamer Mining Company, of Cherokee County, and one of the leading dental practitioners of Columbus, was born in 1872 near Des Moines, Iowa, and is a son of G. W. and Margaret (Malone) Sayer.

The parents of Dr. Sayer moved from Iowa to Kansas in 1876 and settled near Manhattan, where they were engaged in farming until the spring of 1889, when they came to Cherokee County, and now reside in the vicinity of Crestline. They had the following children: P. R.; William and Roy, of Cherokee County; T. V., formerly a dental practitioner, but now interested in mining; and Charles.

P. R. Sayer was reared in Kansas and was a pupil in the common schools of Cherokee County. In 1896 he entered the office of Dr. J. O. Houx, for the study of dentistry, and also took a literary course in the State Normal School at Fort Scott. He remained two years with Dr. Houx and in 1899 opened an office of his own at Columbus, where he has met with the most satisfactory success. He has a finely equipped suite of rooms in the LaRue Building.

Dr. Sayer has been quite extensively interested in mining operations for some years, giving attention to lead and zinc working in the Galena district and, as stated, is an official of the Sayer & Puttkamer Mining Company, the president and general superintendent of which is John Puttkamer, and the vice-president, T. V. Sayer. The property is considered very valuable, and the developing work now in progress gives every promise of rich returns.

At Columbus, Dr. Sayer married a daughter of DeWitt C. Seibert, who was an early settler of Cherokee County. They have two children,—Constance Annabel and Grace Emeline. They enjoy a pleasant home with beautiful surroundings, in the southwestern part of the city. Dr. and Mrs. Sayer are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Fraternally, Dr. Sayer is a member of the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America, and he belongs also to the State Dental Association of Kansas. Politically, he is identified with the Democratic party.


History of Cherokee County Kansas and its representative citizens, ed. & comp. by Nathaniel Thompson Allison, 1904, transcribed by Judy Hartman, staff from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, January 8, 1997.


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