Warren O. Sanders, who since the 1st of June, 1903, has been owner, editor and publisher of the Roberts Herald, was born in Lowell, Indiana, February 18, 1866, and is a sun of Charles H. and Abigail (Sanders) Sanders. The mother was also a native of Lowell, while the father's birth occurred in Wood county, Ohio. He and his wife, however, now reside near Lowell. Their family numbered four sons and a daughter, of whom Warren O. Sanders is the eldest. He remained in the neighborhood in which his birth occurred until twenty-four years of age and attended the district schools. He prepared himself for teaching and, desirous of further educational development, he became a student in the Indiana State Normal School at Terre Haute. For eighteen years he successfully engaged in teaching, having the ability to impart clearly and readily to others the knowledge that he has acquired. For six years he was a teacher in West Creek township. Lake county, Indiana, and one year in Kankakee county, Illinois. He also taught for a short time near Winamac, Indiana, after which he resigned and for five years was a teacher in Piatt county, Illinois, while for six years he was principal of the schools of Roberts. His labors here were effective and beneficial, as he promoted the standard of education and introduced practical methods wherewith to secure desired and advanced results. At length he determined to turn his attention to journalism and on the 1st of June, 1903, purchased the printing outfit and has since been editor of the Roberts Herald, which was established in 1898. He also prints the Melvin Transcript, established in 1893 and the Thawville Reporter, established in 1904. He has a well equipped office and makes a specialty of job work, and his paper and also his job office have a good patronage. The paper is conducted as a republican sheet and is published in the interests of Roberts and the locality, being devoted to the dissemination of local and general news.
Mr. Sanders was married October 7, 1894, to Miss Susannah Biser, who was born February 23, 1871, near Winamac, Indiana, her parents being Samuel and Esther (Miller) Biser, both natives of Pennsylvania. The father still resides at Winamac but the mother is now deceased. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Sanders have been born six children: Orth Biser, Esther, Fern, Clarence, Clara and Lucile. All are yet living with the exception of Clarence, who died at the age of ten months.
Mr. Sanders is a stalwart champion of republican principles and does all in his power to promote the growth and insure the success of the party. His fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability, have frequently called him to office. He was township clerk for eight years and he also served on the school board and acts as its clerk. Socially he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America and for five years has been clerk of the local camp. He also belongs to the Court of Honor, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Thawville and the Knights of Pythias fraternity. He is a gentleman of strong mentality, who has made a success as an educator and is now capably conducting the Roberts Herald.

Extracted 16 Oct 2016 by Norma Hass from History of Ford County, Illinois, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1908, author E. A. Gardner, Volume 2, pages 555-556.

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