Benjamin Franklin Bader

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Fulton County, Illustrated, Edited by Newton Bateman, LL.D, Paul Selby, A.M. - Edited by Jesse Heylin 1908
  BADER, Benjamin F., of the firm of Bader & Company, successful grain dealers of Vermont, Fulton County, IL, was born in Preble County, Ohio, November 20, 1838. He is a son of Jeremiah and Sarah (Thompson) Bader, natives of Germany and the State of Pennsylvania respectively. Jeremiah came alone to the United States when he was about eighteen years old taking passage thus hurriedly in order to avoid the required service in the German army.  He located in Pennsylvania, where he was shortly afterward married, and subsequently moved to Ohio. In 1846 he journeyed to Schuyler County, IL, and located near the village of Bader, named in honor of his son, William, who was largely instrumental in locating the line of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company near that place. Jeremiah Bader entered 240 acres of Government land in the vicinity of the town, on which he was engaged in farming until 1855, when he moved to Astoria, IL, and there died in October, 1856, at the age of fifty-seven years. He was born in 1799 and came to this country in 1817. His widow passed away on the old home farm, September 1, 1886. Twelve children were the result of their union, as follows: Pierson, who died in infancy; Elizabeth, deceased, who married Philip Murry, also deceased; Mary, who died in Astoria, IL, and was the wife of Lemuel J. Hopkins, who died in Browning, IL; William, a resident of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Sarah, widow of Elias Gibbs and a resident of Fresno, Cal.; Rosanna, widow of John J. Bleeker, of Pasadena, Cal., who resides with her son, Dr. J. J. Bleaker; Margaret, who first married Courtland Doane, deceased, by whom she had one child, Laura, who became the wife of Eli Dixon, a banker, of Littleton, IL; John L., of Le Roy, Kan.; Benjamin F., Addie L., whose, first husband was Martin Cook, deceased, and who is now the wife of George W. Hughes, of Astoria, IL, and Henry 0., who spent many years on the old home farm, but sold his interest, and is now operating a grain elevator in Littleton, Schuyler County.
  Benjamin F. Bader was about nine years old when his father brought him to Schuyler County, IL, and was reared on the paternal farm receiving his early education in the district schools of the vicinity. He remained at home until he was eighteen years old and then spent a year in Ohio. On returning home he went to work on the farm of his brother, William, by whom he was employed by the month for some years, after which he farmed jointly with the latter until he was about twenty-six years old. He then purchased and operated a threshing outfit, and has since worn out two or three such equipments. In 1900 Mr. Bader established himself in the grain trade in Vermont, and bought the Sutherland elevator. The firm of Bader & Company has elevators at Rushville, Littleton, Astoria and Vermont, IL, and they also deal in hard and soft coal at Vermont and Astoria. They operate two steam hay-balers and turn out two carloads of hay per day through their four elevators. Each has a capacity of 15,000 bushels of grain per day, and the firm handles about 400,000 bushels per year. Mr. Bader's sons are associated with him in this enterprise, and constitute the "company."                     .
  On December 15, 1864, Mr. Bader was united in marriage with Azuba Ann Farr, a daughter of Cooper and Ada (Linn) Farr. Her father originally journeyed from Pennsylvania to Columbus, Ohio, whence he moved to Fulton County, IL, clearing a fine farm In Astoria Township, of which he was one of the pioneer settlers. Her parents are both deceased.
  Mr. and Mrs. Bader became the parents of eight children, three of whom died in infancy and one, Lora Ada, died at the age of four years. Those surviving are as follows: Vira B., wife of W. S. Long, of Rushville, IL, connected with the firm of Bader & Company; Fred G., who manages the Astoria elevator; William F., who conducts the Vermont elevator, and Ernest G., of Vermont, IL, who operates the hay department of Bader & Company, attending to the buying in bulk.
  In politics Mr. Bader is Independent, voting for the men and measures which he thinks most conducive to the interests of all the people. Fraternally he is affiliated with the I. 0. 0. F.  He ranks as one of the most enterprising and substantial merchants, and one of the best representative citizens of Fulton County.  His worthy and estimable wife is a member of the Christian Church.
1861 Militia Roll

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