WILLIAM KREADER, the leading as well as the oldest merchant at Shellsburg, is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Northampton County, Dec. 19, 1834. His father, Samuel Kreader, born in Bucks County, Pa., was a wool manufacturer by occupation, and died in his native county at the age of threescore years. His mother, Maria (Bauder) Kreader, was born in Northampton County, same State, and there died at the age of forty-six years. Of twelve children, ten of whom are living, William Kreader is the sixth. He received a common-school education, and at the age of fourteen years commenced mercantile life as a clerk in a general store. In 1856 he was united in marriage, with Miss R. F. Hilton. She was born in the State of Delaware. They are the parents of two children — Flora, wife of Clifford Watson, who has one child, Emma F., and Thomas married to Miss Dell Hoagland; he assists his father in the store.
In the winter of 1860-61, they emigrated to Iowa, settling in Shellsburg, where, in 1862, Mr. Kreader established a general mercantile business, and still carries on the same. In 1871 he moved to his present location, a brick structure 80 x 44 feet in size and two stories in height. The lower room is divided by a partition, thus forming two commodious storerooms, both of which are well stocked with goods.Politically Mr. Kreader has always voted the Democratic ticket, and is a strong advocate of Democratic principles. He has frequently held local offices; is the present Mayor of Shellsburg, and in 1885 was the Democratic candidate for Sheriff, but was defeated with the remainder of the ticket. Me is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery; is a shrewd business man, a good financier, and always ready to assist in any public enterprise, and thus is highly esteemed by all who know him.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 326 & 329.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 13th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.