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Transcribed by G McCall from:

A HISTORY OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA

By Luther B. Hill, A. B., With the Assistance of Local Authorities, Volume II, Illustrated, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago / New York, 1910, Page 206

Harry L. Sanders. In the ranks of that noble fraternity, the Knights of Pythias, no member is better known or held in higher esteem in Oklahoma than is Mr. Sanders, who is grand keeper of records and seals of the order for the state of Oklahoma and who has held other important stations in the fraternity, to the advancement of whose interests in this state he has contributed in most effective and generous measure. He maintains his home in Webber’s Falls, Muskogee county, and is held in unqualified esteem in this community.

Mr. Sanders was born on a farm in Index township, Cass county, Missouri, on the 1st of February, 1870, and is a son of Joseph and Amanda (Scholl) Sanders. He passed his boyhood days on the home farm and was afforded the advantages of the public schools of his native county. At the age of sixteen years he began the study of telegraphy and in due course of time became a skilled operator. For several years he was engaged as telegraph operator for various railroad companies, and was stationed for intervals of greater or less duration at various points in Missouri, Kansas and Texas. He then turned his attention to the vocation of bookkeeping, at which he was employed in Kansas City for some time prior to his removal to Webber’s Falls, Oklahoma, in 1897. In this place he assumed the position of bookkeeper in the mercantile establishment of William M. Gibson, and later he entered the employ of the Hayes Mercantile Company, holding the responsible position of bookkeeper for that mammoth firm until May, 1907, when he found it expedient to devote his time and attention to the affairs of the Knights of Pythias in an executive capacity. In May, 1904, he was elected grand keeper of records and seals of the Indian Territory grand lodge of the order, and in 1907, upon the consolidation of the grand lodges of Indian Territory and Oklahoma, was elected to his present office. When he was first elected to his office with the grand lodge of Indian Territory the Knights of Pythias had a total enrollment of four thousand nine hundred members in that jurisdiction, and Oklahoma claimed four thousand two hundred and sixty-two members. On the 1st of January, 1909, the combined enrollment for the consolidated jurisdiction showed a total of nine thousand nine hundred and thirty-nine. The financial affairs and general activities of the various subordinate lodges are in most favorable condition and there is a steady growth in the membership. Prior to assuming his present office Mr. Sanders had filled various other positions in the grand lodge, and he is at the present time keeper of records and seals and master of finance in Stand Watie Lodge, No. 128, the local organization of the order in Webber’s Falls. He is a member of the Uniformed Rank of the Knights of Pythias, in which he holds the rank of colonel.

In politics, Mr. Sanders is aligned as a staunch supporter of the cause of the Republican party, and he is loyal and public-spirited as a citizen, taking an active interest in local affairs. He has served as a member of the board of aldermen of Webber’s Falls and also as city recorder. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders are both members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

On the 5th of October, 1898, Mr. Sanders was united in marriage to Miss Lillian M. Boyd, a daughter of Andrew J. and Susan J. (Berry) Boyd, of Webber’s Falls, and the two children of this union are winsome little daughters,--Thelma P. and Marguerite B.



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