Biographical History of Central Kansas, Vol. I, p. 587
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
The story of pioneer life in Kansas is a familiar one to Ernest W Sanderson, for he has been a witness of the development of the southwest and has faithfully borne his part in the work of upbuilding and advancement. He is a native son of the Sunflower state, his birth having occurred at the old homestead in Lincoln township, Rice county, March 6, 1876, where he was reared to the honest toil of a farmer. He is a son of Samuel and Jennie A (Weaver) Sanderson, both natives of Ohio and descendants of prominent and representative families of that state. The father was born in Highland county, Ohio, June 20, 1858, and was reared in Pike county, that state. He was a son of William and Elizabeth (Evans) Sanderson, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Ohio. The former was of Irish descent. Samuel and Jennie A Sanderson were the parents of eight children, - Ernest W, Arthur, Alice B, George B, Elna E, James W, John H and Charles. Of the Methodist church the parents were worthy members and the father was a member of the Masonic fraternity.
Ernest W Sanderson, the subject of this review, remained on the old homestead until he reached his majority, when he commenced the struggle of life for himself. His first employment was as assistant deputy agent of the Modern Woodmen of America, with which he remained for two years. At the time the Oklahoma district of the Woodmen was admitted into jurisdiction as competent territory he received the appointment of assistant deputy. He had entire charge of the district, appointed the agents and looked after the interests of the organization there. He remained in that position for four years. May 4, 1900, he accepted an agency of the New York Life Insurance Company, and in that position he is now serving to the satisfaction of all concerned. He is a competent business man, reliable and trustworthy in every relation of life, and his success has come to him as the result of persistent purpose, earnest labor and reliable business methods. In his social relations he is a Master Mason and is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.