WILLIAM BADER, proprietor of the village of that name, was born in Preble county, Ohio, in 1826. His parents were Jeremiah and Sarah (Thompson) Bader. The father was a native of Germany, and the mother of Pennsylvania. They had eleven children, of whom eight are now living, namely: Mary, now Mrs. Hopkins, residing in Mason county; Sarah A., now Mrs. Gibbs, residing in Hancock county; Rosanna, now Mrs. Bleeker, of Pasadena, California; Margaretta, now Mrs. Doane; Jeremiah died when seventeen; John L., now residing in Kansas; Benjamin F., residing at Vermont, Illinois; Henry O., residing on a farm near Bader. The family moved from Ohio to Brooming township, Schuyler county, in 1846, and the parents both died on a farm near what is now known as Baders.
The early life of our subject was passed on the farm, and later he learned engineering and operated a saw and grist mill for many years. He then went into the lumber business in Ohio, where he conducted a mill before he removed to Illinois, he not coming until 1857. Here he continued his business in the lumber mill, and accumulated a large fortune. He and his wife have been enjoying some of their money by spending a year in California, on account of her failing health.
He was married November 9, 1856, in Randolph county, Indiana, to Miss Mercy A. Hunt, a daughter of Rev. William Hunt, of the Methodist Episcopal church, a pioneer of Randolph county, Indiana, although he was a native of Kentucky.
Mr. And Mrs. Bader have no children of their own, but they have reared two as their own; the first one died, but the present on is still living, and is a young lady of seventeen. Mr. Bader is extensively engaged in the grain business, and owns 160 acres of land, a warehouse, several residences and two-thirds of a brick building in Baders. His wife is a member of the Christian Church and he is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of I. O. O. F. He is a Democrat in politics and has served three terms as a member of the Board of Supervisors of his county. He has bee School Treasurer for fifteen or sixteen years, and has held various positions of trust and responsibility.
Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, Biographical Review Publishing Co., Chicago, 1892.
Transcribed by Dan Dunham for Schuyler County ILGenWeb
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