Biography of Delbert M. Bader
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

DELBERT MARTIN BADER has been a member of the Cleveland bar for thirty years, is a resident of Lakewood, his law offices being in the Ulmer Building. His time and energies have been fully taken up with his professional business and his civic and home duties at Lakewood.

Mr. Bader was born at Bader farm in Delaware County, Ohio, March 4, 1870, son of Martin and Elizabeth (Howald) Bader. His parents were born in Switzerland. Martin Bader came to this country when a young man and in 1849 went out to the gold fields of California, sailing around the horn. Capt. John Sutter, the California pioneer on whose land gold was first discovered, was also of Swiss parentage, and Martin Bader found his first employment on the old Captain Sutter ranch. They were boys together in Switzerland. He spent three years in California, mining gold, and on his return East visited an uncle at Allentown, Pennsylvania, leaving with them some samples of virgin gold he had brought from California. This gold was made into various articles of jewelry, and only recently Delbert M. Bader came into possession of a large gold band ring, made from his father's gold. This ring was sent him by the grandson of his father's uncle, and the ring, now valued family heirloom, is worn by Mr. Bader's son.

From Pennsylvania Martin Bader came to Delaware County, Ohio, where another uncle lived. With the money acquired in his western experience he bought some fine farming lands, and in time developed a fine estate of two farms. He died on one of these farms in 1873, while comparatively young. In Delaware County he met and married Elizabeth Howald, daughter of Jacob Howald. She had come with her parents from Switzerland in 1849, the family landing in New York, and going thence to Cleveland and then to Delaware County, part of the journey being made on the old canal. Mrs. Elizabeth Bader died in 1879. They were the parents of seven children: William, a farmer in Hardin County, Ohio; Elizabeth, who married L. W. Sharp, a resident of Lakewood, Ohio; Celia, widow of Harry Jackson; Emma, who married J. L. Boomer, and lives in Lakewood; Rose, wife of J. L. Gahan, of Lakewood; Delbert M., and Alice, who married J. A. Ashford, and both are now deceased.

Delbert M. Bader was reared on his father's farm in Delaware County, Ohio, and was only three years old when his father died. Later, though his older brother was the head of the family, Delbert from the age of fifteen to twenty one had charge of and performed most of the actual work on the farm. At the same time he attended public schools, continued his education in Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, began his law course in the University of Michigan. Lack of funds prevented him from graduating, and in Cleveland he worked in a private law office and continued his studies until he passed a successful examination for the bar. He was admitted in 1894 and since that year has been successfully identified with a general practice.

Mr. Bader during the World war was a member of the legal advisory board of Lakewood District. He is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Masonic order. On September 12, 1895, he married Miss Josephine W. Davies. They have three children: Gladys, who married Warner Bishop, of Lakewood, and has a son, Warner Bader Bishop; Delbert Overend, a student in the University of Michigan, and June Rose.

Mrs. Bader was born in England, daughter of Richard O. and Mary (Godson) Davies, and was a young woman when her parents came from England and located in Detroit and later in Cleveland. Her father for fifteen years was associated with the Cleveland Press as advertising solicitor. He is a well known newspaper man, and now spends his winters in Florida and summers in New York, Lakewood and Kansas City, Missouri. In Florida he established the Palm Beach News, a daily paper, and also the Palm Beach Life, the weekly society paper. He owns and edits both of these newspapers. Besides Mrs. Bader the children of Mr. and Mrs. Davies are: Robert, of Niagara Falls, New York; Oscar G., of Kansas City, Missouri, and Gladys, wife of Zolton Tomm, of Lakewood.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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