Lee County Biography

Clarence D. Sanders


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Clarence D. Sanders, one of the most extensive landowners and prosperous and progressive agriculturists of Lee county, was born in Bradford township, September 16, 1883. He is a son of J. F. and Martha (George) Sanders, natives of Lee county, where the mother passed away in early life. The father afterward married again and moved to Texas, where he purchased a farm, upbn which his death occurred a few months later. To his first union were born three children : N. H., a farmer in Bradford township ; Clarence D., of this review ; and Grace M., deceased.

Clarence D. Sanders accompanied his father to Texas after acquiring his education in the public schools in Bradford township. In 1905 he returned to Lee county, Illinois, and for about one year worked in the employ of his brother N. H. Sanders. In 1912 he acquired two hundred acres of land in Bradford township and upon this property has since resided, making it by his intelligent management and progressive methods one of the finest agricultural properties in his locality. He has other valuable and important property holdings, owning one hundred and sixty acres in Pocahontas county, Iowa, a thirty acre fruit farm in Idaho and thirty acres of excellent land in Texas.

In Lee county, in 1907 Mr. Sanders was united in marriage to Miss Carrie L. Dewey, who was born in Ida county, Iowa, a daughter of Charles L. and Emma Dewey. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders have three children : Hazel M., who was born May 20, 1908 ; Kenneth R., born August 18, 1909 ; and C. L., born April 12, 1913. The parents are members of the Presbyterian church and Mr. Sanders gives his political allegiance to the republican party. His attention is, however, largely concentrated upon the conduct of his business interests and, being progressive, intelligent and enterprising, he has gained a success which has been worthily won and is always well used.

History of Lee County by Frank E. Stevens 1914

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