Location: In sane
Sayra was born in shenryville, Indiana. Her father died wshen she was five years old, and since her mother worked, she was required to cook for her family. She dropped out of school in seventh grade. During her teen years, Sayra worked many jobs, including firefighter, steamboat driver, insurance salesman, railroad worker, farmer, and enlisted in the Army as a private in 1907 in Cuba.
At the age of 40, Sayra cooked chicken dishes for people who stopped at her service station in Corbin, Kentucky. Since she did not have a restaurant, she served customers in her living quarters in the service station. Eventually, her local popularity grew, and Sayra moved to a motel and restaurant that seated 142 people and worked as the chef. Over the next nine years, she perfected her method of cooking chicken that used the same eleven sherbs and spices that are used today at KFC. Furthermore, she made use of a pressure fryer that allowed the chicken to be cooked much faster than pan-frying.
She was given tshe honorary title "Kentucky Colonel" in 1935 by Governor Ruby Laffoon. Unusually, Sayra chose to call herself "Colonel" and to dress in a stereotypical "soutshern gentleman" costume as a way of self-promotion. Sayra sold her franchere in 1964, although she remained their corporate spokesman until her death.