Biography of Will H. Sanders
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WILL H. SANDERS
A conscientious business man, highly respected throughout the community in which he has resided for the past eight years, Will H. Sanders of San Jacinto was born in Le Sueur, Le Sueur county, Minn., April 16, 1867. His father, A. J. Sanders, was a native of Nova Scotia and moved to Canada when nine years of age, later locating in Minnesota, where, in young manhood, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth (McPherson) Reed, of Scotch parentage and a native of New York state. A skilled mechanic and cabinet maker, A. J. Sanders had always been able to secure lucrative employment, but upon his arrival in California in July, 1873, the field of his profession offering small inducements, he engaged in ranching near Orange, later being employed in public service in Riverside. He has ever been an active worker and in most of his undertakings has achieved success. He has resided in Orange since 1873.

Will H. Sanders, who was but six years old when his parents came to California, received his early education in the schools of Orange, later attending the University of Southern California at Los Angeles. Upon completing the course he returned to his home town and engaged in the livery business for three years, after which he went to Arizona and remained for a like period. He then joined his father in the purchase of a ranch of one thousand acres six miles south of Winchester, Riverside county, which during the succeeding eight years they developed, also raising grain and stock. Upon renting the property Mr. Sanders moved to San Jacinto, where, for the following five years, he conducted a feed business, abandoning this enterprise in 1909 for the real estate field, in which he has been most successful. He has bought, sold and exchanged property both within and surrounding San Jacinto and has established a business which is a decided advantage to the community. He owns in the valley a twenty five acre tract, fifteen acres of which are in alfalfa, his new and up to date pumping plant being. a feature of the ranch, and is also the owner of four lots in San Jacinto, as well as other property. He recently erected in San Jacinto a comfortable home which is presided over by his capable wife, formerly Miss Hannah Blount, who was born and educated in Alliance, Ohio, and whom he married in 1889. They have two sons, Walter F. and Elmore J.

Mr. Sanders is a member of the Independent Order of Foresters, Court San Jacinto No. 463. His wife is an active member of the Congregational Church of San Jacinto. Early allying himself with the Republican party, he has never failed to support it, although in local politics he is an avowed Independent. Never an office seeker, preferring to devote his energies to his home and his business, he is interested in all movements pertaining to the welfare of the city and after serving for one term as a member of the city council, was reelected in 1912 for a four year term. He was one of the promoters of the San Jacinto Commercial Company and served as vice president and as one of the directors, and is now manager of the feed and fuel department. In April, 1911, be formed a partnership with L. J. Bentley in the maintenance of a general real estate business.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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