Biography of Ralph A. Schad
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Ralph A. Schad, who served throughout the World War with the rank of captain, is widely and favorably known in Richland County as the capable chief of police of the city of Mansfield. He was born at Louisville, Ky., Sept. 17, 1884, the son of Anthony and Lena (Byers) Schad.

Anthony Schad was born in Bremen, Germany. He was a tailor by trade and after his arrival in this country located at Louisville, Ky. He later lived at Nashville, Tenn., and in 1888 came to Mansfield, where he became popular as an expert tailor. He conducted a business in this city until his death, Feb. 9, 1924. He is buried in the Mansfield Cemetery. Mr. Schad held membership in the Presbyterian Church. His widow IS a native of Louisville, and lives at Mansfield. She is a member of the Lutheran Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Schad were born five children: Lillian, a teacher, lives at Mansfield; Anthony, who died at Los Angeles, Calif., in 1929; Ralph A., the subject of this sketch; Antoinette, married J. Bennett, lives at Jersey City, N. J.; and Albert, a farmer, lives at Mantua, Ohio.

Ralph A. Schad obtained his education in the public schools of Mansfield and is a graduate of Mansfield High School and Ohio Business College. For a time he was associated in business with his father. He had been a member of the Ohio National Guard and in 1916 went to the Mexican border as a second lieutenant, with Company G, Eighth Ohio Infantry. At the outbreak of the World War he became a first lieutenant and battalion adjutant of the First Battalion, 146th Infantry. He served in France with this outfit and took part in several important engagements. He was returned to the United States in July, 1918, to assist in the organization of a new division for overseas service, and was sent from Camp Dix, N. J., to American Lake, Wash., where he was put in command of Company D, 76th U. S. Infantry. He was discharged at the close of the war with the rank of captain.

After his return to civilian life, Mr. Schad became a traveling representative for the Central Fruit & Grocery Company. He was elected sheriff of Richland County in November, 1926, and reelected two years later. He resigned, however, March 1, 1930, and after successfully passing the civil service examination, was appointed chief of police in Mansfield, March 10th.

Mr. Schad married Miss Gladys Williams, the daughter of Hiram and Mary Williams, natives of Richland County, both deceased. They have a son, Ralph A., Jr., who lives at Mansfield. He is widely known as a dealer in thoroughbred horses, and is the proprietor of the Mansfield Riding Academy.

Mr. Schad is a Republican in politics. He holds membership in the Congregational Church, and belongs to Mansfield Lodge, No. 35, Free and Accepted Masons; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M.; Mansfield Council; Baku Grotto; B. P. O. Elks, No. 56; American Legion; Junior Order United American Mechanics; Pollee and Sheriffs Association.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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