"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Schrader, William who is profitably engaged in the livery and dray business in Tomahawk, in which city he settled only some four or five years after it was founded, was born in Catteraugus County, New York, Dec. 29, 1863, son of John and Louisa (RUTER) SCHRADER. The parents were of German origin and the father a mason by trade. They never came west and both are now deceased. The son William attended school until the age of 13, at which time be began earning his own living at common labor. In 1883, being then in his twentieth year, he came to Wisconsin, locating at Stevens Point, where he remained for two or three years, subsequently going to Knowlton, Wis., and coming to Tomahawk in 1891. Here he found work about the lumber years at teaming and soon entered the employ of the Bradley Lumber Company with whom he remained until 1904. In that year he bought a four-dray livery business of Louis HILDEBRAND, which he operated for eight years in connection with a dray line. In 1920 he took Albert SCOTT into partnership and the firm name is now Schrader & Scott. It is to Mr. SCHRADER'S credit that although starting in life as a poor boy without capital he has been successful. He is the owner of one of the largest and finest gravel pits in this part of the state. He is a member of the Equitable Fraternal Union and in politics a Republican. On July 4, 1887, Mr. SCHRADER was married at Steven Point, Wis., to Ella May, daughter of John and Sarah PETRICK. The parents, American born, were of Scotch and New England origin, and the father, a machinist by trade, operated a machine shop in Stevens Point, where the daughter Ella May was born May 1, 1864. It was just after their marriage that Mr. and Mrs. SCHRADER moved to Knowlton, Marathon County, where they began home making. They have had two children, Jennie Louella, born at Knowlton, Feb. 9, 1889, and Delbert William, born at Stevens Point, Aug. 14, 1896. Jennie Louella after passing through the grades attended high school two years in Tomahawk, and then entered the Allen Business College at Stevens Point for a commercial course, but while there she took sick and died, March 24, 1906, before she had completed her course. Delbert William attended the town and graded schools and then went to Milwaukee, where he learned the trade of auto-motive electrical engineer. On June 21, 1918, he entered the United States navy as electrical engineer, and after training one month at the Great Lakes was sent to New York, where he was assigned to the U. S. S. Mont Claire for service. On this vessel, which was engaged in carrying supplies to our soldiers in France young SCHRADER made three round trips and started on the fourth, but the ship had to turn back. On this trip he was taken sick and one reaching New York he was sent to the naval hospital at Norfolk, Va., where he remained for a while until his recovery. On July 29, 1919, he was discharged at Great Lakes and returned home on the following day. On one of his trips between this country and Europe the ship was at sea 34 days on account of stormy weather. At the time the armistice was signed it was in the port of St. Nazaire, France. In 1920 young SCHRADER entered the Milwaukee Motor School, from which he was graduated that fall. He then entered the Milwaukee School of Engineering taking a complete course, and is now doing practical work with the Automotive Electric Co., and pursuing his studies. He makes his home with his parents in Tomahawk. In 1917 the subject of this sketch built a neat and comfortable modern house, the outside of "pebbledash" finish, at 124 Railway Street, in which he and his family reside. They are members of the Episcopal Church, and Mrs. SCHRADER is affiliated with the local Royal Neighbors, the Maccabees, and the Equitable Fraternal Union.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 716-717, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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