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    William Shrader was born in Monroe township December 25, 1845, and is a son of Charles and Rosanna (Gates) Shrader, whose family numbered four children, two sons and two daughters. He was reared to manhood upon his father's farm, early becoming familiar with all the labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. From the time of spring planting until crops were harvested in the autumn he assisted in the work of the fields, and then entered the district school of the neighborhood. At the call for one hundred-day men he responded to his country's need and joined the service, although not yet twenty-one years of age. He became a private in Company G, One Hundred and Forty-seventh Ohio Cavalry, being mustered in at Camp Dennison. The regiment went to Washington to defend the capital city and was there stationed until the expiration of his term.

    After his military service Mr. Shrader returned to the home farm, upon which his father had located in March, 1857, and, on attaining his majority, he assumed the management of the place, which was a wild and unimproved tract covered with a heavy growth of timber, consisting of oak, hickory, ash, elm and walnut trees. There was also a log house and log stable upon the place. With characteristic energy he began its development and made excellent and substantial improvements thereon. He there owns fifty acres of land on sections 18 and 19, the entire place being under cultivation. He carries on general farming, but also makes a specialty of raising tobacco and finds it a profitable source of income.

    In 1881 Mr. Shrader was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Knife, daughter of David and Jane (Pearson) Knife. They were both born in Miami county, and were the parents of four children, living: Mrs. Shrader; Ella, wife of Allen Vore; Charles, on the home farm; Cora, wife of Warren Cress. All are living in Miami county. To Mr. and Mrs. Shrader have been born seven children, three now living: John W., born December 22, 1873; Susanna, July 21, 1882, and Bessie M., November 26, 1887. They have also lost four children, Minnie P., Frankie, Charles and an infant. In his political views Mr. Shrader is a Republican, but has never sought or desired political preferment. Socially he is connected with D. M. Rouzer Post, G. A. R., of Tippecanoe City, and enjoys the esteem and friendship of his comrades of the blue.

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