Lee County Illinois



Lee county numbers among its most progressive and successful native sons and among the men who have in later years been prominent factors in promoting agricultural development, N.H. Sanders, an extensive landowner in Bradford township, and one of the leading stock dealers and shippers in this part of the state. He was born in this county, June 5, 1882, and is a son of J.F. Sanders, of whom further mention is made elsewhere in this work.

N.H. Sanders remained at home until he was twenty-three years of age and then rented a farm, which he now occupies. With characteristic energy he carried forward the work of developing this place along progressive and modern lines with the result that he was soon able to purchase the property. It comprises two hundred and forty acres on section 4, Bradford township, and Mr. Sanders makes his home upon it, while carrying forward the work of supervising his extensive interests here and elsewhere. He owns in addition to it, two hundred and eighty acres in Ashton township, adjoining the village of Ashton, and three hundred and twenty acres in Osceola county, inherited from his grandfather, Mr. George, of Lee county. Mr. Sanders specializes in the raising of high-grade stock and has now a flock of twenty-five hundred sheep and a number of Poland-China hogs. He is regarded as an expert judge of stock values, and the animals which he breeds command a high price and a ready sale upon the market. All of the land which he owns is in a high state of cultivation, equipped with substantial buildings and provided with modern machinery.

Mr. Sanders has been twice married. He wedded first Louise Kelley, a daughter of Peter Kelley, who died in 1910, leaving a son, Murrill D. Sanders. In 1912 Mr. Sanders wedded Miss Mildred Suter, a daughter of Rev. Cyrus Suter of Franklin Grove, this county. Mr. Sanders is a member of the Presbyterian church and gives his political allegiance to the republican party. Although he is never active as an office seeker he takes an intelligent interest in the welfare and growth of his native community, where he is held in high honor and esteem as a young man whose energy, enterprise and progressive spirit have been the foundation stones of his success.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens

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