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History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.

Pages 642-643

DAVID A. SANDERS, farmer and stockman, whose home for the past thirty-one years has been on section 23, Taylor township, was born in Vermilion county, Indiana, December 24, 1851, and represents a family which has been actively identified with the progress and development of Benton county from its pioneer history.

His parents were Leonard and Mary (Beauchamp) Sanders. The father, whose chief occupation through his active life was farming, was born in Kentucky of English descent, was reared in Indiana and married there, and in 1856 came to Benton county, bringing his wife and four children. His father, Booker Sanders, who had been in Benton county during the early fifties and afterwards settled here permanently and lived till his death about 1873, had purchased land of the government, and it was on this that Leonard Sanders settled, this place being a mile east of where David A. Sanders now lives. Leonard Sanders spent two years in Colorado following the gold discoveries at Pike's Peak, and after his father's death bought his farm and lived on it until his death in March, 1901, at the age of seventy-four. He was a Republican in later years and he and his wife were members of the United Brethern church. He served his locality as school director, and was a useful citizen who is still well remembered in that community. His wife, who died in Taylor township about 1898, aged sixty-nine was born in Indiana, a daughter of Rev. David Beauchamp, who for many years was a circuit-rider in Indiana.

Leonard and Mary Sanders were parents of the following children: Lettie, who married John Coon and died about 1882 in this county; David A.; Hattie, who married Levi Eggleston and died in Eden township in 1899; Emeline B., who died in Taylor township at the age of twenty-three; Isabel, who died at the age of twenty-two; Sherman, who died when two years old; Eddie, who died when two years old; Jacob, now residing with his brother David; Grant, who is living on the old homestead; Susan, who died in infancy; Harry, a railroad man with the Northwestern Railroad at Council Bluffs; and Frances, wife of Harley Crew, formerly of Marion, Iowa, and now of Tacoma/ Washington. The first four children were born in Indiana, and the others in Benton county. Jacob has lived with his brother since the death of his wife (who was Miss Carrie Sterling), their four children being, Belle, Clifford, Earl and Harley.

David A. Sanders was four years old when the family moved to Benton county, and this has been his home for over fifty years. Farming has been his regular vocation, and for two years he was in that business in Adair county. For three years he and a partner took the contracts for working road taxes in Eden and Taylor townships. In politics he is an independent Democrat. His wife is a member of the United Brethern church.

He married, in 1871, in Taylor township, Miss Elmira J. Roberts. She was born in Dearborn county, Indiana, in May, 1852, and was reared at the home of a brother in Kansas from the age of ten to fifteen. Her parents were Thomas and Sarah Roberts. Her father became a resident of Taylor township, this county, in 1854, and died here in 1870, aged fifty-five. His first wife died here in 1856, and he then married her sister, who lived to advanced age, dying in January, 1890.

The five children of Mr. and Mrs. Sanders are all living: Clarence, who is in the employ of the Great Northern Railroad Company, lives at Minot, North Dakota, and has a wife and one child; Harvey 0., who has a farm of two hundred and seventeen acres in Taylor township, is married and has four children; May married Richard Hite, son of Jacob Hite of Vinton, and has three children; Ruth E., is the wife of Charles Fry of Taylor township, and they have two children; Gertrude is the wife of Chester Munson, of Berthold, North Dakota, and they have three children. Mr. Sanders owns forty acres where he resides.

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