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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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E. S. Shad.

E. S. Shad, who has spent his entire life in Adair county and has always devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits, is now the owner of two hundred and forty acres of rich and productive land on section 6, Richland township.  His birth occurred on the 11th of April, 1866, his parents being John G. and Charlotte V. (Smith) Shad.  The father, a native of Germany, emigrated to the United States in an early day and first settled in Illinois, while subsequently he took up his abode on a farm in Adair county, Iowa, here spending the remainder of his life.  His widow, who still survives, is well known and highly esteemed throughout the community.  To them were born twelve children, nine of whom are yet living.

E. S. Shad attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority.  He then secured employment as a farm hand and at the end of five years rented a tract of land which he cultivated for seven or eight years.  On the expiration of that period, having accumulated the necessary capital by dint of untiring industry and careful expenditure, he purchased a farm of two hundred and forty acres on section 6, Richland township, which he has operated continuously to the present time and has improved until it is now a valuable property.  He devotes considerable attention to the raising of hogs and both his farming and live-stock interests return to him a gratifying income.  The success which he now enjoys is all the more creditable by reason of the fact that it is attributable entirely to his own efforts, for he started out in the business world empty-handed and has since worked his way upward to a place among the prosperous and representative agriculturists of Richland township.

On the 8th of February, 1906, Mr. Shad was united in marriage to Miss Anna Mueller, a native of Germany and a daughter of Herman and Fredericka Mueller, who were likewise born in that country, emigrating to America in 1900.  The father is still living in this county, but the mother has passed away.  Mr. and Mrs. Shad have one son, Willis H., whose birth occurred on the 29th of November, 1906.  At the polls Mr. Shad supports the men and measures of the republican party, believing firmly in its principles.  His life has been above reproach in all relations and he is widely recognized as one of the substantial and esteemed citizens of his native county.



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