Sanford Scholarship History
The Max Sanford Memorial Scholarship was created in 1984
after Max Sanford passed away and his family donated memorials to the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District. The
District contributed matching funds so that the scholarship would continue in perpetuity.
Max was tragically struck by lightning while driving a tractor
on his farm. He farmed in the Maquon and Gilson areas most of his life. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member
of the Maquon American Legion Post and Pilgrim Congregation Church, Knoxville. Mr. Sanford also served on the Board of Directors
for the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District for 20 years having served as Chairman for 4 of those years. Max
also represented the District by participating on the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District’s
After Max passed away, his wife Frances Platt Sanford assumed
his responsibilities as Chairwoman of the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors. Frances remained
the Chairwoman for over 6 years, until she stepped down from the board in 1991.
Frances passed away peacefully at home in May 2011. She was a
teacher in Fulton and Knox Counties for 21 years, retiring in 1976. During World War II, she lived in Chicago, where she worked
for CC & H and was responsible for editing the book "Rationing." She later worked for the United States Savings and Loan
in Chicago, where she was editor of their publications and monthly magazines. She graduated from Maquon High School in 1936
and MacMurray College in 1940. She was a member of the Central Congregational Church in Galesburg and its Sarah and Martha
Circles. Frances also was a member of the MI, Good Cheer Club, Knox County Historical Sites, Maquon Library Board and Knox
County Home Extension Board. Frances also co-authored "Knoxville Through Five Generations" and "Knoxville the Next Generation."
After Frances passed away, the Sanford family again donated memorials
to the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District. The District Board approved to formally change the name of the scholarship
to read the "Max and Frances Sanford Memorial Scholarship" in June 2011.