John C. Saner, Sr., biography c. 1914
[from A History of Texas and Texans]
  Source: Johnson, Frank W. A History of Texas and Texans. Vol. III, pp. 1560-1561. Chicago: American Historical Association, 1914.

JOHN C. SANER. Probably the law has been the main highway by which more men of merit have advanced to prominence and position in the United States than any other road, and it is not unusual, therefore, to find among the leading citizens of a community a legal practitioner. John C. Saner’s position at the bar of Texas is a firmly-established one, and has been gained through the medium of individual ability and a thorough knowledge of jurisprudence, hut the prestige he possesses in the field of business is no less pronounced and today he is the directing head of some of the leading enterprises of the State. Mr. Saner was born in Hempstead county, Arkansas, May 1, 1874, and is a son of John Franklin and Susan Crawford (Webb) Saner.

Mr. Saner's education was secured in the public schools of his native community, at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, and at the University of Texas, where he was graduated from the law department in 1897, with the degree of LL. B., and where he received the degree of LL. M., in 1898. While a student at the University, he was engaged in assisting the editor of several legal works, such as “Batt’s Annotated Statutes of Texas” and “Batt's Buckler Digest.” In 1898 he came to Dallas and entered upon the practice of his profession, forming a partnership with his brother, Robert E. Lee Saner, under the firm style of Saner & Saner, and they now occupy a well-appointed suite of offices in the Commonwealth National Bank Building. It is as an organizer and promoter, however, that Mr. Saner is best known. Among the large concerns to which he has given the benefit of his able management may be mentioned the Saner-Whiteman Lumber Company, of Caro, Texas, and the Schluter-Whiteman Lumber Company, of Wood county, Texas. He is also secretary and treasurer of the Ragley-Saner Lumber Company, of Sabine county, Texas; president of the Caro Northern Railroad; vice president and treasurer of the United Securities Company, of Dallas; president of the Southern Loan Company of Dallas; and a member of the firm of Saner & Whiteman, bankers, at Caro, Texas. Mr. Saner is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega college fraternity, being the founder of the chapter of that order at the University of Texas. He also holds membership in the Dallas Club and in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and is exceedingly popular in club life and social circles of the city. Among his business associates he is recognized as a man of foresight, capacity and acumen, whose judgment may be relied upon in matters pertaining to large ventures.

In 1896 Mr. Saner was married to Mrs. Mary R. Schluter, daughter of W. G. Ragley, of Ragley, Texas, and to this union there have been born three children: Ethel Schluter, Frederick Schluter and John C. Saner, Jr. The family home in Dallas is located at No. 4631 San Jacinto Avenue.

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