from History of West Virginia, Old and New and West Virginia Biography -- Chicago: American Historical Society, 1923. v.2, p. 206
LOUIS E. SCHRADER. Almost an entire generation of the bar of the West Virginia Panhandle have come to know and appreciate the services of Louis E. Schrader, the official court reporter at Wheeling. He is also widely known over the state, since for many years he has been the official reporter for the State Senate.
Mr. Schrader was born at Wheeling, April 5, 1869. His father, Charles F. W. Schrader, as born in Germany in 1838, and as a youth learned the carriage maker's trade. About the time he completed his apprenticeship he came to the United States, located at Wheeling, and was one of the skilled men of his trade and active in business in that city for many years. He died at Wheeling in 1886. He was a democrat and a member of the Lutheran Church. His wife, Christiana Stifel, was born in Wheeling in 1849 and died in that city in 1909.
Louis E. Schrader, only child of his parents, was educated in Wheeling's public schools to the age of fourteen. His early training both in the law and in stenography was acquired while in the law offices of Russell & Stifel, a prominent law firm with which he remained five years. He later continued his shorthand studies at the Cincinnati School of Phonography and the Phonographic Institute of Cincinnati. The proficiency he developed took him into the profession of court reporting, and has been in that line of work continuously for nearly thirty years and has been official court reporter of Ohio County since 1893. His offices are in the Court House at Wheeling. For twenty years he has been official reporter of the West Virginia Senate. Mr. Schrader is now serving a term as member of the City Board of Education. He is a republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, belongs to the Rotary Club and is affiliated with Wheeling Lodge No. 28, B.P.O.E.
In 1908, at Wheeling, he married Miss Alberta Prince, daughter of William and Isabelle (Close) Prince, now deceased. Her father was a steamboat captain on the Ohio River. Mr. and Mrs. Schrader have one son, Henry, born in 1909.
Picture of Mr. Schrader from same source.
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