"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Sanderson, W. H. the active manager of the John K. SANDERSON farm in Sections 11 and 2, town of Somo, Lincoln County, who is also one of the town officials, was born at Knox Mills, Price County, Wis., in 1894, son of John K. and Tillie (SUMMERFIELD) SANDERSON. The father was a native of Massachusetts who settling in Price County, Wis., in 1891, becoming associated with the Knox Mills Lumber Company and engaged in logging. In 1893 he was married in Osceola, Polk County, Wis., to Tillie SUMMERFIELD, daughter of John and Wilhelmina SUMMERFIELD. Her parents were natives of Germany who many years ago settled in Stillwater, Minn., from which place they removed to Polk County, Wisconsin, buying a farm in the town of Lincoln, that county. Both are now deceased. In the year of their marriage, 1893, Mr. and Mrs. John K. SANDERSON came to Lincoln, buying 240 acres of land in Sections 11 and 2, town of Somo. It was a partly improved tract and Mr. SANDERSON finished stumping the land and erected necessary buildings, including a barn 36x120 feet with full basement and the West Bend equipment. The house is a good frame structure of eight rooms and all the other buildings are such as belong to a first class farm. Mr. SANDERSON has a good equipment of modern machinery, including a tractor. He has brought 110 acres under the plow, the balance being in timber and pasture. Since 1915 the farm has been in charge of his son, W. H. SANDERSON, who came with the family to Lincoln County, attended the local schools and was graduated in 1913 from the Wausau Business College. They are carrying on general farming, including stock raising and dairying, having a herd of high grade Holstein cattle, with pure bred sire, and they also raise registered Duroc-Jersey hogs. The raising of potatoes, however, is their specialty and in the season of 1923 W. H. SANDERSON raised 1872 bushels on six acres. He has served two terms as supervisor of the town of Somo, being chairman of the board for a year and a half, and since 1921 he has been town treasurer. He is a stockholder and director of the Tripoli State Bank. Mr. and Mrs. John K. SANDERSON have two other living children besides W. H., namely, Walter and George, of whom Walter is on the home farm, while George is a student at the University of Wisconsin.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 719, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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