It is seldom that a young physician entering upon the practice of his profession achieves instantaneous and striking success. The path that leads to a large and lucrative practice is in nearly every case a weary and tortuous one, but to all rules there are exceptions. The physician whose life is discussed in this sketch, Dr. Carl D. Sanders, although one of the younger of Union county's medical men, has, nevertheless, in the few brief years that he has followed his calling attained an eminence that places him well in the van as a prominent and successful physician and surgeon. He was born in Jonesboro Illinois his present field of practice, in 1880, and is a son of Dr. David R. and Lydia (Rauch) Sanders, and a grandson of Abraham and Mary Sanders, farming people of Tennessee.

Dr. David R. Sanders was born in Tennessee, in 1845, and came to Williamson county, Illinois, when a lad of eight years. He resided on his father's farm there until 1863, in which year he enlisted in Company E, Eighty-first Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until the close of the Civil war. For some years he was a school teacher in Williamson county, was ordained a minister of the Missionary Baptist church, and for thirty-five years was engaged in the practice of medicine, the last six years of his life being spent as assistant surgeon at the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane. His death occurred in 1907, while he was discharging the duties of that office. Dr. Sanders was much interested in political matters and one of the leaders of the Republican party in his section. His widow, who survives him, makes her home at Jonesboro with her son.


Dr. Carl D. Sanders attended the public schools of Jonesboro, after which he took a literary course in the Union Academy, Anna, and graduated therefrom in 1899. For some time he was engaged in hospital work, which experience was a most valuable one, enabling the young physician to observe various medical and surgical cases, as well as to come in contact with some of the most skilled and prominent physicians and surgeons of the state, and to note their methods of diagnosis and treatment of difficult and baffling cases. In 1904 he entered the Ensworth Medical College, at St. Joseph, Missouri, from which he was graduated in 1908, at which time he entered the medical field at Jonesboro. As has been said, his success here was instantaneous and complete. Being naturally endowed with a genial nature and agreeable manners, he made hosts of friends and the extent of his practice rapidly increased.

In 1908 Dr. Sanders was united in marriage with Miss Ella Jane Pickles, who was born in Johnson county, Illinois, in 1883. They have had no children. Dr. Sanders belongs to the Masonic Blue Lodge, No. 111, and the Odd Fellows, both of Jonesboro, and his profession connects him with the Union County and Illinois State Medical Associations and the American Medical Association. He is a learned and skilled physician, and a young man in every way entitled to the admiration and respect of all who are acquainted with him.

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