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Joseph Lewis Saunders, Sr
Birth: Aug. 21, 1857
Monmouthshire, Wales
Death: Mar. 20, 1929
Council Grove
Morris County
Kansas, USA

Learned Trade in England in Mill
That Has Been in Saunders
Family for Two Centuries.
J.L. Saunders, one of the oldest millers in the state, died at his home shortly after midnight this morning following an illness of only a few weeks. Funeral arrangements will be delayed pending the arrival here of his son, F. V. Saunders of Chanute.
Born in Wales, Mr. Saunders began his milling career as an apprentice in an old burr mill, at Hereford England, which has been in the Saunders family for more than two centuries. Having mastered the milling trade as followed in England, he was brought soon after his sixteenth year to America where an older brother had already become associated with a mill in Quincy, Ill.
The Welsh youth rapidly become recognized as an authority on milling problems and was employed as a machinery salesman by the family of Harvey Firestone, now a tire manufacturer. He was sent back to England for a few years and sold American milling equipment to the flour-makers of the old country. He also spent several years as an installment expert, installing new equipment in mills in this country.
Coming on west he was identified with the old Shawnee mills in Topeka and in 1901 purchased the mill here. It was sold after a few years to other parties, but was bought back by Mr. Saunders in 1913 and its capacity doubled. A large mill subsequently purchased at Chanute and operated in connection with the plant here until it was destroyed by fire in l925. Mr. Saunders also operated the Altoona mill for a considerable period.
A veteran miller, Mr. Saunders continued to assist actively in the operation of the Gold Bond mill here until within three weeks of his death. His active connection with mills in America extended well over half a century. Besides his widow, Mr. Saunders is survived by two sons, Frank V. Saunders of Chanute and Joe L. Saunders Jr., of this city.
The deceased Joseph L. Saunders was born August 21st, 1859 in Abergavinnie, South Wales, England, and died in Council Grove, Kansas, Wednesday, March 20th, 1929, at 1:15 A.M.
He was baptized when an infant in the established church of England, where he attended church, Sunday school and public school and learned a part of the trade as a miller.
In 1872 he came with his father to America and settled in Quincel, Ill., where he went to work as a miller.
In 1888 he was married to Miss Mary A. Link of Topeka, Kansas, and shortly after his marriage they moved to Altoona, Kansas, where they lived most of the time until 1913. To this union were born two sons, Joe and Frank. After 17 years the wife and mother passed on to her reward.
In 1913 he moved to Council Grove and has since had charge of the local mill, with his son Joe Jr.
After years of need of a companion, he married to Mrs. Marion F. Highfil.
In business and social life he was outspoken and frank, it was not his nature to deceive or hold a grudge against anyone.
It was to Christ he looked for forgiveness and salvation, his trust was in the Lord.
The community loses a valuable citizen. The business men lose a brother and partner. The community and friends share the sorrow with the children and wife. Those nearest who suffer most are the two sons, Joe Saunders Jr. and his family, Frank Saunders and wife of Chanute, and the wife, Mrs. Marion Saunders.
The funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church, the pastor, Rev, H. F. Draper, officiating. Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery, the Masons having charge at the grave.
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our deep appreciation to those who extended their services and sympathy during the recent illness and death of our husband and father; also for the beautiful floral offerings.
-- Mrs. J. L. Saunders Sr., Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Saunders Jr. and family, Mr. and Mrs. F. V. Saunders

He was really born August 21, 1857. He came to America in 1870. 
Family links: 
  Joseph E. Saunders (1825 - 1887)
  Marion Forbes Cheetham (1871 - 1955)
  Mary Adeline Link Saunders (1867 - 1905)*
  Joseph Lewis Saunders (1889 - 1979)*
  Francis V Saunders (1892 - 1957)*
*Calculated relationship
1859 - 1929 (The 1859 is in error, he was really born August. 21, 1857)

Greenwood Cemetery
Council Grove
Morris County
Kansas, USA
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