JOHN B. SANDERS,
a prosperous farmer of Eden township, is a native son of the township,
his birth having occurred here December 11, 1865. He is a son of
William B. and Isabel (Butcher) Sanders, the latter a resident of
Vinton, now aged about seventy years. William B. Sanders came to Benton
county in 1852, from Indiana, and his wife came in 1854. In 1863 they
were married on the farm where their son John now resides. William
Sanders was born December 15, 1835, and died May 7, 1907; he left some
two hundred and fifty acres of land, this consisting of ten acres of
timber in Benton township, and the remainder prairie in Eden township.
The father came to Iowa with the grandfather, known as Booker Sanders,
a Virginian by birth, and they located in Taylor township, near Cedar
River, where Booker Sanders lived until his death, in December, 1872,
at the age of about seventy-five years; he was one of the pioneers.
William B. Sanders was a Republican, and served in various local
offices. He had two children, John and Cora the latter dying at the age
of ten months and twenty-seven days. They also reared a niece to
womanhood. Mr. Sanders served in Company G, Thirteenth Iowa Regiment
having enlisted in 1863, and was later discharged on account of
sickness and disability.
John B. Sanders has spent his life in his native township, receiving a
common school education, and has followed farming with great success;
he raises stock and also buys for the market to some extent. He
operates two hundred and ninty-nine acres of well improved land, in
Eden and Benton townships, and has recently purchased two hundred and
forty acres near Brookings, South Dakota. His entire South Dakota
holdings consist of about four hundred acres. He has always been a firm
Republican, although in local matters he is independent.
Mr. Sanders married Flossie Luton, of Benton county, daughter of Frank
and Eliza (Bordwell) Luton, the former from Pennsylvania and the latter
a native of Iowa. Lyman D. Bordwell was an early pioneer of Iowa, and
two of his sons were soldiers in the Civil war; one was a flag-bearer
and was killed, and the other, William Bordwell, is a resident of
Vinton. Mrs. Sanders is the only child of her parents. Mr. Sanders and
,his wife have four children, namely: Ivan William F., Audrey Irene,
John Arthur and Eunice; all are small and at home.