The Life of Charles F. Sanders

COUNTY ENGINEER WAS NATIVE OF KUTZTOWN; Charles F. Sanders, county engineer for 21 years and just reappointed, builder of three spans across the Sckuylkill River, died at his home, 334 Windsor Street, Reading, at 9:30 o’clock Monday night. Death came as a result of pneumonia which a week heart left him unable to combat. Mr. Sanders was about his duties last week until a severe cold drove him to his bed. He was 58 years old. Mr. Sanders who resigned as County Engineer in 1928 fallowing a nervous breakdown as the result of overwork in designing the Lindbergh Viaduct for the city, had been cast to play an important role as engineer and advisor to the new board of county commissioners. Since Jan. 1 when he resumed office, taking the place of Leroy F. Christman who had been his assistant for years and who succeeded him as county engineer, Mr. Sanders had been very busy catching step with the county’s program. Scores of bridges in the county were designed and built under the supervision of Mr. Sanders. In the city of Reading he built the Penn Street and Bingaman Street and Schuylkill Avenue bridges across the Schuylkill, He also built bridges at Hamburg, Berkley, Lenhartsville and Virginville. He was born April 1, 1873, the son of Jacob and Sarah (Henry) Sanders. In 1889 he was graduated by the Kutztown Normal School and in 1897 by Lehigh University. He was active in Democratic politics, many years. On January 6, 1893, he was married to Catherine Tobias, who survives him. There are no children. two sisters also remain, Mrs. Emma Leiby of Warwick, New York, and Mrs Lilly Beaver, of Allentown. ( Patriot, 1/14/1932).

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