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 Milburn James “Kangaroo Kid” Saylor

Milburn James “Kangaroo Kid” Saylor

Stanford, Lincoln County, Kentucky, USA
Death 21 Nov 1921 (aged 30)
Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec: 57, Lot: 813
Memorial ID 46008934 · View Source
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Born James Milburn Saylor, a boxer in the lightweight division. Saylor started his boxing career in 1908 and participated in more than 200 fights around the country and across the globe. In 1914 Milburn won the lightweight and welterweight titles of Australia. Milurn's fighting record was 73-34-27 (141).

Milburn attributed much of his success in the ring to his kid sister. It was her interest and help, he stated in an interview published in the Fort Wayne Daily News on May 15, 1916, that kept him going in lots of tight places and he would not be sure that without her he would have made the strides he had made.

When Milburn first set out on the cross-country trots he found it lonesome by himself and he also found that with no one at hand to urge him on he was disposed to slight the work. He couldn't afford to pay a trainer or a sparring partner to trot with him. At this point the little sister solved the perplexity by offering to go with him herself.

Of course, the youngster couldn't make all the long runs with him, as she was only 14 and not robust, but her good will and eagerness to help inspired Saylor more than anything else could, and they always started out together. Then if the road looked long sister would select a spot in the shade after Saylor was well underway and wait there for him, falling into stride with him on his way back. Saylor is able to have all the training help he needs now, but his young sister is proud to tell that she could, help when it counted most.

Milburn's parents were Albert and Mollie Saylor. Siblings included Bertie, Levi, Minnie, and Bessie. (Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Stanford, Lincoln, Kentucky; Roll: 538; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 0032; FHL microfilm: 1240538.)

Milburn married Anna May Fitzgerald Wallace in Marion County Indiana on Thursday, February 8, 1912. Anna was from Connersville, Indiana and was the daughter of William and Mary (Gray) Fitzgerald. Milburn was 22, as was Anna. Anna was born on March 31, 1890. Anna had been divorced and her married name was Wallace. After Milburn and Anna were married in the afternoon, he went to his training quarters to put on finishing touches for a bout he had the evening of February 9th. Anna, with a party of girl friends, attended the fight on Friday.

Milburn's brother, Levi Saylor, also known as Lee Patterson, was also a pugulist (professional boxer).

In 1914 while in Australia, he had a string of seven wins by KO in his first eight bouts. Milburn announced his retirement from boxing on December 21, 1918.

After Milburn's boxing career, he became a railroad fireman. Milburn died in a horrific accident in Lafayette Indiana on November 21, 1921. Nine box cars broke loose and crashed into his engine. Milburn was pinned against the boilerhead and was scalded to death by the released steam.

May he rest in peace.



Gravesite Details Burial: November 22, 1921





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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Milburn James “Kangaroo Kid” Saylor (22 Nov 1890–21 Nov 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46008934, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by NLColes (contributor 47336358) .