Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
SANDERS, CHARLES BEVERLY, Jr. , one of Sangamon County's progressive and energetic young business men, who holds the responsible position of Superintendent of the Boynton Telephone Company at Pleasant Plains, Ill., was born in Ashland, Cass County, Ill., September 23, 1874, a son of Charles B. and Mary (Teal) Sanders.
When Mr. Sanders was about four years of age the family moved to Lamar, Mo., and at that place he began his school days. As a youth he carried on the work of a farmer's boy and when only sixteen years of age rented land and began farming on his own account, operating a property near Lamar for three years. In 1893 he went to Kansas City and for a time was engaged in work in a nursery, but eventually became employed by the Armour Packing Company, and in 1894 he went to Galveston, Tex., where he engaged in selling horses. He was employed as the overseer of a plantation at Richmond, Tex., for one year and in 1895 went to Houston and later to Sherman, Tex., but finally returned to Kansas City and in 1896 came to Pleasant Plains. In 1898 he was foreman of an extra gang on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and in 1900 went to work for the Western Union Telegraph Company, and during the same years became connected with the Boynton Telephone Company. In 1901 he was given the position of Superintendent, which he has ably filled to the present time, having entire charge of the building of a system that has over 700 fully equipped telephones. Mr. Sanders has a comfortable home, situated on North Maple Street in Pleasant Plains. He is a Democrat in politics, and has been for six years a member of the Board of Aldermen, as well as being a member of the Board of Education. He is progressive in his views and considered one of his community's most dependable citizens.
On August 12, 1903, Mr. Sanders was united in marriage with Miss Rosa Kundig, who was daughter of Henry and Catherine (Vollart) Kundig, natives of Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Kundig came to America in 1868 and settled at Pleasant Plains, where he established a shoe business and later a grocery store, and continued to conduct the latter until his death in 1901. His daughter, Mrs. Sanders, conducted the business for a time after her father's death and then sold the stock. To Mr. and Mrs. Sanders have been born four children: Amy Violet, born July 3, 1904; William H., December 29, 1905; Harold Eugene, October 12, 19907; and Nina Eloise, November 5, 1910.