Charles E. Stader

b. 2 Jun. 1839 d. 16 Nov. 1916

By Jan Jones Bony his decendant 2016

Nothing is known about my 4th great grandfather prior to his enlistment Oct. 12, 1863 for a term of 3 years. From census records, he emmigrated from Germany in 1849 at age 14. Some family member wrote in a letter, that his father was G. E. Stader, but I have not been able to prove this. His age on his enlistment paperwork says 24, height: 5 feet 2 inches, Complexion: Light, Eyes: Blue, Hair: Light. Where born: Baden Banden Germany, Occupation: cooper. He enlisted in New Oreleans, La. Infantry under the name of Ahard Starder.

Muster RecordsCompany F, 1 Reg't New Orleans Infantry show he was present for muster July & August 1864 under the name of Earhart Starder. In May of 1865, he was absent without leave. Records show that Arhard Stearder mustered out on June 1, 1866 at age 26, after being given his final payment of $75.00

On May 1, 1888 Charles E. Stader with an alias of Ahard Starder filed for a pension. The interesting thing is that if he was born in 1839, he would have been 10 at immigration, and only 20 when he enlisted. The record for his immigration came from the 1900 Census. Also, in the 1910 census his immigrations was listed as 1852.

Pension file
Pension Record

2 years after his discharge in 1866, he shows up in Chillicothe, Peoria County Illinois, getting married on Dec 24th 1868, to Rachel Ann Wilkinson, daughter of Phineas R. Wilkinson and Mary (Slaughter) Wilkinson; b. 3 May 1852 in Chillicothe, Peoria Co. Illinois d. 24 Oct. 1936.

In the 1870 census for Akron, Peoria Co., Illinois, Charles is listed as a farm laborer. The birth of his first child Mary Sabrina happened that year. Also born in Illinois are Sophia Ann, 1872, Julius (Jude), in 1874, and Alphonso in 1876. Mary died in 1873.

In 1878, William was born in Iowa, and the 1880 census for Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa, shows the family living at 511 Third St. His job is listed as a cooper. In the 1882 Bushnell's Directory the family is listed on 7th corner of Maury, and Carrie May (my great grandmother) is born.

The family continues to grow, with the birth in 1885 of Edna Grant, followed in 1887 by Margaret E. Sometime between 1887 and the 1890 Des Moines Directory, Charles and family move to Saylorville, owning their first home at the corner of 2nd & Englewood. Charles is listed in this directory as a laborer. 1890 also brings the birth of Rosella. She would die in 1893 of pneumonia. 1892 brings the death of Edna Grant, and 1894 is the birth of Bertha, the last of Charles and Rachel's children.

The death of son William in 1896 of peritonitis caused a bit of a stir. William was aged 19, and was working for the Des Moines Daily News.

                    August 11, 1896
   Brief Illness of n Daily News Employee
   Wm. Stader. aged 19, died at 12:10 last
   night at the home of his parents, Mr. and
   Mrs.. Charles E. Stader of Second
   and Saylorville avenue, of peritonitis.
   The illness of Mr. Stader was only of
   two days duration. He was employed at
   the Daily. News office,- being a helper in
   the stereotyping room. Saturday evening
   he left the building feeling all right.
   he went home and filled up a tub with
   water and took a brief nap then took a
   buggy ride. About midnight he was taken
   ill and no doubt the chill from the
   water affected his ailment. He grew
   worse and suffered greatly all day Sunday
   and up to within half an hour of
   his death last night, -when he became
   easier and then unconscious. He told
   his parents Monday afternoon that it
   was no use doctoring him that they
   might, as well open the door and let
   him go.
   Deceased leaves a sister and two brothers, 
   Alonso and Julian. He had worked
   three weeks for The News and was a
   genial boy of quiet disposition. He had
   previously set type at the Carter &
   Hussey job printing office.
   The funeral will be held at 10 a. m.
   tomorrow from the residence, Rev. C..
   H. Steams officiating.

I found it rather odd that the obituary only listed a sister and 2 brothers, when there was Sophia, who lived 100 years, Julius lived to 55, Alphonso to 69, Carrie to age 71 and Bertha who lived for 79 years. By the time of William's death, Jude and Alphonso had moved for a short time to Peoria Co. Illinois and started their own families.

1896 brought changes to the Stader family, Charles, while working as a cooper and laborer, he was also a member of the G.A.R. An article in the Des Moines Daily Newss, May 27, 1901 has a headline "GRAVES OF VETERANS LOST"

Charles E. Stader of G. A. R. Committee Seeks Information.
   The G. A. R. committees have been unable to find the 
   graves of the following old soldiers: Jas. Brineger, 
   J. O. Blaine, Albert Dodd, Geo. Estell, C. D. Folsom,
   S. H. Fulkerd, A. Monford, W. W. Reed, Rollin Bighand, 
   Geo. Wallace. 

   If any relative know the location of their graves they
   are requested to notify Chas. E. Stader, who will be at 
   the cemetery Tuesday from 1 p. m. until 5. m. at soldiers' 

This is also about the time that Charles began working the following jobs: a soliciting agent, in the police lab, park police officer, road supervisor, custodian of City Gun Club. He also began purchasing homes, among the addresses, Sailorville Ave & NE corner 2nd, 111 Sheridan Ave, corner of 2nd & Englewood, 205 Sheridan Ave. are the ones he bought for his family as they grew up and moved out of Charles & Rachel's home. In all he owned and rented nearly 20 homes.

Charles passed away Nov 16, 1916 at age 77 at his home, not from his heart disease, but due to a cerebral hemmorhage, or stroke he suffered Nov 8th. He is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Saylor Township, with his wife, Rachel who died Oct. 24, 1936.

Stader family prior to 1916
Stader Family picture taken prior to 1916
Back Row: Russell Smith, Ole Simpson, Jim Lindsay, Julius Stader (oldest son of Grandpa Stader)
Middle: Margret Stader Russell, Carrie Stader Simpson, Charles Stader, Rachel Stader, Sophie Stader Lindsay, Winnie Stader
Front: Glen Simpson, Vera Simpson, Geraldine Stader, Dorothy Stader, Bertha Stader (holding Rachel Simpson) young Charlie Stader.

Family Tree

Charles Stader alias Ahard Starder b. 2 June 1839 in Baden Baden Germany d. 16 Nov. 1916 Polk Co. Iowa
.... m. (unknown date) Rachel Ann Wilkinson b. May 3, 1852 Chillicothe, Peoria Co. Illinois d. Oct 24, 1936 Polk Co. Iowa
  Mary Sabrina Stader b. 23 Dec 1870 Illinois d. 20 Aug 1873 Illinois
  Sophia Ann Stader b. 11 Aug 1872 Illinois d. 17 Aug 1972 b. St. Smbrose Cemetery, Polk Co. Iowa
  .... m. William H. Crane b. abt. 1892 d. 4 Feb 1956
  .... m. James J. Lindsay b. 1861 d. 24 Aug, 1931
  Julius (Jude) Harrison Stader b. 26 Jan 1874 Illinois d. 19 Nov 1929 Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa
  .... m. 17 Nov 1898, Daisy Winona Render b. 11 Nov 1878 d. June 1970 Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa
    Geraldine A. Stader b. 17 Sep 1899 Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa, d. 22 Dec 1986 Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa
    Charles H. Stader b. 1901 Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa d. 1965 Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa
    Mildred W. Stader b. 1911 Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa d. 17 Feb, 2008 Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa
    Alma L. Stader b. 21 Jan 1917 Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa d. 12 Oct 2007 Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa
    Dorothy M. Stader b. 6 Apr 1908, Iowa, d. 30 Apr 1994, Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa
  William Stader b. 29 Dec 1878, Iowa, d. 11 Aug 1896 Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa
  Carrie M. Stader b. 2 Feb 1882, East Des Moines, 7th & Murry Sts. d. 28 Feb 1953, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa
  .... m. Ole C. Simpson b. 22 Oct 1880, North Branch, Jewell Co. Kansas d. 21 Mar 1946, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa
    Glenn Burt Simpson b. 22 Dec 1903, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA d. 11 Jan 1968, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA
    Vera Mae Simpson b. 2 Jul 1905, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA d. 3 Oct 1990, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA
    Rachel Elzora Simpson b. 1 Aug 1908, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA d. 16 Feb 2007, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA
    Lee Carl Simpson b. 8 Jul 1912, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA d. Feb 1971, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA
    Elizabeth (Betty) Carolline Simpson b. 28 Dec 1915, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA d. 23 Jan 1985, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA
    Willard Olin Simpson b. 3 Jun 1918, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA d. 21 May 1943, North Sea
    Margret Simpson b. Oct 1919, Iowa d. 1919
    Eleanor May Simpson b. 16 May 1922, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA d. 9 Nov 1992, Ellenton, Manatee, Florida
    Richard Earl Simpson b. 22 Jan 1926, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA d. 2 Jan 2016, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa

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