SANNER, JOHN W., a farmer and stock raiser living near the city water works at Springfield, has occupied his present farm for about sixteen years, and has been successful in his operations. Though he owns but a small tract of land he makes the most of it and makes it yield a fair profit. He is a native of Sangamon County and was born March 1, 1870, son of John A. and Anna A. (Walkins) Sanner, the former born in September, 1823, and the latter April 25, 1837, both natives of St. Mary County, Md. The father was a carpenter and he and his wife came to Illinois in 1865, locating in Springfield, and for a number of years worked as finisher in carpenter work in the employ of James Sutton. He continued this occupation until his death, in 1895. His widow survived him about two years.
John W. Sanner was educated in Sangamon County country schools and was reared to farm work. When he reached the age of sixteen years he found employment as fireman and later engineer with the Springfield City Water Works, remaining with this company for twenty-three years. In September, 1909, he took up his present occupation, which he finds congenial and profitable. He moved to the city of Springfield in 1893, and two years later came to his present location, where he has a comfortable home. He stands well in the community and is regarded as a man of industry and integrity, carrying on his work to advantage and interested in the progress and welfare of his township and county.
Mr. Sanner was married in Springfield, June 10, 1890, to Katie Smith, born February 6, 1871, daughter of John W. and Nanna A. Smith, the former born December 12, 1839, and the latter June 15, 1849. The father came to Wisconsin from New York in an early day, and later came to Springfield, where he was for a short time engaged in butcher business. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Sanner, namely: Lee L., of Springfield; Delos E., Chester M., Ruth E., Mary M., Bessie V., and Esther V., all at home. Mr. Sanner is a member of the Methodist Church and in politics is a Republican. He has a fine family of children and is a man who is very fond of his home.