From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 275-276, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Andrew Schaad, who for many years has been identified with the
agricultural interests of Cass County, Illinois, and ho is a resident
of Hickory precinct, was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, January 4, 1836.
John Schaad, his father, was a son of John Schaad, and both
passed their lives and died in Germany, the former in 1852. Grandfather
Schaad was all his life engaged in agricultural pursuits. His son,
John, became a civil engineer, and was engaged in surveying for canals,
railroads and turnpikes. His wife, nee Katherine Hamel, was born in the
same locality as her husband, she being the daughter of Christian
Hamel. She came to America in 1853, the year following Mr. Schaad's
death, and spent her last years in Cass county, Illinois. She reared
four children: Thomas, Charles, Andrew and Mary. Thomas and Charles
both married and reared families, and spent their last years in Cass
county. Mary is the wife of Henry Walter, and lives in Arenzville.
The subject of our sketch attended school in Hesse-Darmstadt
until 1853, when he accompanied other members of the family to America.
They set sail from Havre de Grace September 15, 1853, on the sailing
vessel Farera, and landed at New Orleans after a voyage of forty-five
days. There was cholera on board the vessel, which rendered the voyage
an unpleasant one. From New Orleans they came north by river to
Beardstown. Andrew and his brothers rented land and farmed together,
being successful in their operations. Subsequently Andrew and Charles
bought a tract of land on sections 6 and 7, township 18, range 10, and
farmed together a few years. The former has been a resident of what is
now Hickory precinct since 1858, and is now the owner of 320 acres of
land, 177 acres of which are the finest tillable land, located on
sections 6, 7, and 8, township 18, range 10. He has erected a nice set
of frame buildings, and is comfortably situated to enjoy life.
In 1866 Mr. Schaad married Miss Miza Taylor, a native of
Scotland, and a daughter of Neill Taylor. He and his wife are the
parents of three children Robert, Kate and Maud.
Politically Mr. Schaad is a stanch Republican. He is a member of
the County Central Committee, Highway Committee in District No. 2, and
has served as a member of his District School Board for thirteen years.
Both he and his wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
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