GEORGE RADER. The first man to settle in Carthage after the ravages of war had compelled all the old residents
to leave the place was George Rader. Mr. Rader was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, in 5829. His father, Henry Rader,
was a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother, Nancy (Black) Rader, a native of Virginia. George Rader was reared
and educated in Indiana, where afterwards he engaged in farming. In the year 1860 he went to the state of Kansas
and at the breaking out of the war enlisted and served as a soldier eighteen months, when he was transferred to
the commissary department and served to the end of the wan
In August, 1865, he came from Fort Scott, Kansas, to Carthage, Missouri, hauling a small stock of goods in a wagon,
which he opened out in one of the small buildings still sanding in the town, near the southeast corner of the public
square. The following May he was appointed postmaster, which office he held thirteen years. He served a short time
in 1866 as county treasurer, by appointment of the county court, and in the fall of 1866 was elected to that office,
but being then postmaster he failed to qualify under his election. In 1879 Mr. Rader was elected mayor of the city
of Carthage and served a term in that office. For some years previous to his death, being in poor health, he did
not engage in active business. He died at his home in Carthage, September 8, 1886.
Mr. Rader was twice married, his second wife, whom he married at Carthage in 1868, being Emily A. (Belt) Rader,
who still makes her home in Carthage. The two sons of his former marriage are Martin and John, both residing in
St. Louis. His other children are Malcolm M., also living in St. Louis, Mrs. Georgia Osborn, in Carthage, and Mrs.
Lydia Billings, at Kingman, Kansas.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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