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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Henry W. Schrader, proprietor of the Eagle Roller Mills of Bentonville, Ark., is a native of the Kingdom of Prussia, born in 1842, and the son of John and Christina (Selmann) Schrader, also natives of Prussia, born in 1794 and 1814, respectively. John Schrader was a wheel-wright by trade. In 1844 he immigrated to the United States and located in Franklin County, Mo., near Washington. Here he followed farming and died in 1879. His wife died in 1868. She was the mother of five children: Mary, Christina, Charlotta, Caroline and Henry W. The last named was only two years old when his parents came to America. He assisted his father on the farm until 1876. In December, 1865, he married Miss Elizabeth Wellmeyer, a native of St. Louis, Mo., born in 1845, and to them were born six children: Josie, Emma (who died in 1877 at the nine years and one month. and is resting in Larned Cemetery), William, Clara, Dora and Edward. In 1876 Mr. Schrader moved to Larned, Kas., and for six years was in the livery business. For three years he also speculated in home and sheep, and for one year he was engaged in the coal and feed business. In July he sold out and moved to Bentonville, Ark., where he purchased the Eagle Roller Mills for $6,500. In October he remodeled it and put in four double set of rollers, at a cost of $3,500, making it a capacity of sixty-five barrels per day, and capable of doing as good work as any mill in Northeastern Arkansas. His brands are “Gilt Edge,” “Snow Drift,” “Tip Top.” Mr. Schrader is an excellent businessman, is having a large trade, and is doing a good work. He is rather independent in his political views, but rather favors Democratic principles.

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This family biography is one of 240 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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