Samuel Wood Shrader (1876-1925)

Source: Men of West Virginia
Biographical Publishing Company,
George Richmond, Pres.; C. R. Arnold, Sec'y and Treas.; Chicago, ILL; 1903
Volume I, Pages 287-288

Photograph - Samuel W. ShraderSAMUEL WOOD SHRADER, president of the Irondale Valley Coal Company, and vice-president of the Monongahela Bituminous Coal Company, one of the leading citizens of Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia, was born April 25, 1876, in Elizabeth, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of William and Eliza Jane (Dyers) Shrader. William Shrader was also born in Elizabeth, Allegheny County, and was a son of William Shrader, who was a German pioneer settler of that county. The latter lost his father and mother on the sea, en route to the United States, and the boy was sold for his passage as was the custom at the seaports at that time. William Shrader (2) was a coal operator and a member of the well known firm of Wood, Shrader & Company and now lives retired, aged 63 years. In politics he is identified with the Republican party. Fraternally he is a Mason. The mother of our subject, now residing at her home in Elizabeth, at the age of 58 years, is a daughter of Henry and Mary Jane Byers, and was born at Grapeville, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Like her husband, she is a member of the Presbyterian Church. The children born to William Shrader and wife were: John, a capitalist at Chester, West Virginia; Frank, engaged in the cattle business in the West; Alice (Mrs. John B. Edmondson) of Glassport, Pennsylvania; Frederick W., deceased; Bertha B. (Mrs. Bert W. McClure), of Beaver Falls; and Samuel Wood, of this sketch.

Samuel Wood Shrader completed the common school course, and finished his commercial education at Duff's Business College, immediately after going into the coal business as an operator, in which he has successfully continued ever since. The two great companies with which, he is so prominently identified control the output of a large extent of country and own 9,000 acres of coal land in Barbour, Upshur, Preston and Taylor counties, West Virginia. Their offices are located at Grafton.

In 1898 Mr. Shrader married Elizabeth E. Miller, who was born at McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in 1878. and is a daughter of Henry J. and Elizabeth M. (Ditmer) Miller. Two children were born to this union, -- Elizabeth Virginia, and Samuel Gramm, deceased. Both Mr. and Mrs. Shrader are members of the Presbyterian Church. In politics he supports the Republican party. His business interests are large and in the responsible positions, which he has been called upon to fill, he has displayed a wisdom and ability which testify to his thorough understanding of the demands of the trade, the conditions of labor and the trend of the times.

Additional Information

Find A Grave Memorial - Samuel W. Shrader

DEATH CERTIFICATE, Allegheny County, PA #68401
Name: Samuel W. Shrader
Date of Death: July 29, 1925
Marital-Status: Married, Elizabeth Miller
Date of Birth: April 26, 1876
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania
Father: William Shrader, born in Pennsylvania
Mother: Eliza Byers born in Pennsylvania
Informant: Elizabeth M. Shrader
Cause-of-death: Influenza; Hypertrophic Cirrhosis of liver (non-alcoholic)
Burial: Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township, PA

DEATH CERTIFICATE, Allegheny County, PA #77376
Name: Elizabeth Emma Miller Shrader
Date of Death: August 11, 1925
Marital-Status: Widow of Samuel W. Shrader
Date of Birth: Oct 16, 1879
Place of Birth: McKeesport, PA
Father: Henry J. Miller, born in Holland
Mother: Elizabeth Dittmer, born in McKeesport, PA
Informant: Elizabeth Shrader (daughter)
Cause-of-death: Influenza; Acute Nephritis
Burial: Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township, PA


1900 Census, Taylor County, WV
Fetterman town, Fetterman District; ED:126, Sheet 8A
Lines 44-48; Enum-Dwelling #158; Enum-Family #159
SHRADER, Samuel W. (head) born April-1876; age 24; Married 1-yr; Penn-Penn-Penn; Supt Coal mines
", Elizabeth E. (wife) born Oct-1878; age 21; 0-children; Penn-Holland-Penn
MILLER, John W. (bro-in-law) born Feb-1884; age 16; Penn-Holland-Penn; Book Keeper
HOMES, Virginia (servant) born Apr-1863; age 31; Wid; 9-children / 7-living; WV-WV-WV
", Auther (son) born Sept-1898; age 1; WV-WV-WV

1910 Census, Taylor County, WV
Grafton Magisterial District; Grafton, Ward 2; 363 Main Street
ED:138, Sheet 6B; Lines 60-62; Enum-Dwelling #106; Enum-Family #109
SHRADER, Samuel (head) age 34; mar(1)-12yrs; Penn-Penn-Penn; Coal Operator
", Elizabeth (wife) age 32; 1-child / 1-living; Penn-Penn-Penn
", Elizabeth (dau) age 9; WV-Penn-Penn

1920 Census, Allegheny County, PA
Pittsburgh City, 11th Ward; 801 North Highland Avenue
ED:497, Sheet 10A; Lines 1-5; Enum-Dwelling #181; Enum-Family #202
SHRADER, Samuel W (head) age 42; PA-PA-PA; Operator, Oil
", Elizabeth (wife) age 41; PA-PA-PA
", Elizabeth (dau) age 19; WV-PA-PA; Attends School
ANDERSON, Polly (servant) age 26; KY-VA-MD
WRIGHT, Mary F (servant) age 29; VA-VA-VA


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