Howard Sanderson

Howard Sanderson

Howard, youngest child of John Sanderson and Margaret Whitfield and seventh in the order of birth, was born on 19 Nov 1838 in Athens, Greene, New York. His early education was in the public schools of New York. He then attended a boarding school in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and afterward he attended Yale University for two years. In 1854, his father died. He was 16 years old. At 18 he arrived in Milwaukee following his brothers, William and Edward, who had arrived several years earlier.

By 1876 we find him living at 208 Division in Milwaukee. Howard joined his brothers became a bookkeeper at the Sanderson Mill from 1876-1881. He became a prominent factor in the success of the company. He was noted for his progressive spirit and for his thorough reliability.

In 1882 Howard was appointed manager of the Sanderosn Phoenix Mills in Milwaukee. He early became identified with the Board of Trade and retained his membership therein until his death. His name was very prominent in grain trade circles.

Howard Sanderson and Louisa J. Wilcox joined in marriage in Dec 1862 in Milwaukee. Louisa was the daughter of Joel S Wilcox and Jane (Shields) and was born about 1837 in Milwaukee. She was one of the first pupils of Milwaukee College.

Joel Wilcox Family

Joel Wilcox was born 1 Oct 1809 in Vesper, Onondaga County, New York. Jane (Shields) Wilcox was born in Manilius, New York in 6 January 1811 and was one of the first white women in Milwaukee. Mr. Wilcox came west to Chicago in the Fall of 1834. In March 1835 he came to Milwaukee and took up claim upon ninety acres on the south side of Milwaukee (Bayview) near Lake Michigan and later the Rolling Mills and Jones Island. He returned to New York for his wife in July 1835. The first three days after landing they lived in a brush shanty on the beach and then built a log cabin and operated a farm. They lived in the log house for eleven years. In 1845 they replaced their log cabin with a frame farm house and out buildings. Mr. Wilcox died there in September 1872 and Mrs. Wilcox died in 1898.

In 1930 the land was reported to be covered by the railroad tracks of the Illinois Steel Company and of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway. There was a street name named after the family, Wilcox Street. It was renamed many years ago to E. Bay Street (located at the end of Lincoln). The area has completely changed from what it was “back in the day”, due mostly to the growth of the Milwaukee lake front and needing to restructure the harbors to accommodate the larger ships.

1897 Map showing Wilcox Street
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Howard Sanderson Family

Howard and Louisa’s family residence was at 220 Pleasant street.

Louisa and Howard had four children:

  • Jennie W. Sanderson, she was born 2 Oct. 1863 but died a short time afterwards August 29, 1864.
  • Mary Louise Sanderson, born 6 December 1868, she died 6 August 1884 in Milwaukee.
  • Margaret Elizabeth Sanderson, born November 1871. She married Dr. Jean J. Loizeaux. They had two children.
  • Sarah Jessie Sanderson, born October 1874. She married Joseph Henry Booth. They had three children.

Louisa died of dropsy at the family home on 27 Mar 1896 at the age of 59. The family held a private burial. She was laid to rest in the Wilcox plot next to her two daughters, her parents and probably her grandparents in Forest Home Cemetery.

Howard’s second marriage

A few years after Margaret died, Howard married again. This time to Ida B. Burroughs. They married in 1900 in Athens, Greene County New York. Ida was born about 1859 in New York. Her mother, Catherine, lived with Howard and Ida in Milwaukee.

Howard died on 10 Apr 1912 at the age of 73. He was buried next to his family Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 13 Apr 1912.

Ida was still living in Milwaukee as of the taking of the 1930 census.

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