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Posted By: Dana Roquet (email)
Date: 12/2/2010 at 11:04:39

This biography is also under Wapello county, as he has ties and lived at both locations

History of Wapello County
Published by Biographical Publishing Company 1901

Abraham J Mader, a well-known resident of Ottumwa, Iowa, holds a very important position as an official of the United States government, being an inspector of live stock and meats at the great packing establishment of John Morrell & Company, Limited. He was born in Hamilton county, Indiana, in 1840, and is a son of Jacob Mader.

Jacob Mader, who was a native of Germany, came to this country at an early age, and located in Indiana when he was twenty-seven years old. He engaged in farming there, and, being a miller by trade, operated a mill. He moved to Wapello county, Iowa, where he was engaged in farming until 1859, and then removed to Mahaska county, Iowa, where he died in 1875, at the age of sixty-six years. His wife died in Kansas in 1887, at the age of seventy-eight years. *They had one son and two daughters, as follows: A.J.; Lucinda (Wray), of Mahaska county, Iowa: and Mary (Roquette), who resides in Kansas.

A.J. Mader was reared in Indiana until he was thirteen years of age, and had very limited school advantages. He has cared for himself almost since childhood, and has worked himself up to a high station in the city in which he lives. He first engaged in farming on his fatherís farm, and during his twentieth and twenty-first years worked out for other farmers at a salary of $9 per month. He engaged in this line of work until 1864, when he embarked in the live stock business. He made his headquarters in Ottumwa and bought and shipped stock to Chicago, continuing in this business for a period of eleven years. In 1875 he commenced work as miller in the starch factory when it was first established, and acted as such for four years. In 1879 he became assistant miller in the plant of Keiser & Pierson, continuing with that firm until 181, in which year he was appointed chief of police of Ottumwa. He served one term in that capacity and then accepted his present position as inspector of live stock and meats at the packing house of John Morrell & Company, Limited. He is associated in the office with Dr. Miller and John Payton. It is a very important position, as all stock killed must first be inspected by them, and they then judge as to the quality of the meat sent out from the great establishment.

Mr. Mader was untied in marriage in Wapello county, to Marion McCarty; she was born in Ohio, a daughter of William McCarty, and came here with her father when twelve years of age. Her mother now lives in South Ottumwa, and her brothers and sisters, with one exception, reside in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Mader have seven children: Fannie (Andrews) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; John A., a shipping clerk in the packing house at Ottumwa; Norman, who is in the employ of Charles Graves, of Ottumwa; Lulu May; Alice; Mabel; and Worth. In politics, Mr. Mader is a Democrat. Fraternally, he was made a Mason at Fremont, Iowa, and now belongs to the blue lodge at Ottumwa. In religious views, he is liberal. A peculiarity of the Mader family is that only one son of each generation has raised a family, as far back as can be traced. Mr. Mader resided on Court Hill a good many years, and now resides at No. 533 North Green street.

*Jacob and Catherine Mader had three daughters that lived to adulthood. They also had a son John who died at 17 yrs old.

Lucinda Mader Wray
Elizabeth Mader Roquette, who married Philip Roquette and is buried at Cedar Township beside her father Jacob Mader.
Mary Mader Roquet, who married Philipís brother, Charles W. Roquet and lived in and is buried in KS
Philip Roquet went by Roquette and Roquet at different times in his life. His wife and children went by Roquette, and most descendents which live in ND go by Roquette. Philip is buried at Cedar TWP sharing a headstone with his father. Name on stone Philip Roquet. Philip and Elizabeth were divorced.

Abraham Mader also had a son that died young. Loamil Mader 1869-1874 and buried at Cedar TWP next to Jacob Mader
Abrahamís daughters:
Fannie Mader Andrews
Louise May Mader Sullivan
Mabel E Mader Dougherty
Alice M Mader Giles


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