Category Archives: Martin and Louisa Mader Family

Willard Mader – d1941

Willard Mader
– 1941

Willard D. was the son of Martin and Louisa Mader born ca. 1891. He was the husband of Emma M. and they had no (known) children. (1)

During World War I, Willard served in the armed forces. Later in Spokane he was the golf pro at the Downriver Golf Course. His home was at 3312 Columbus Cr..

Willard passed away on September 18, 1941. A rosary was recited at the funeral home and services were held from the Elks Temple. He was survived by his wife Emma.


(1)Willard’s obituary stated he was a resident of Spokane all of his life and it did not list any children.

Edward Mader – d1966

Edward Mader
– 1966

Edward was the son of Martin and Louisa Mader. He fought for his country in World War I.

Edward was married and the father of two (known) daughters; Naome who married George F. Taylor, and Mrs. Dunning. In 1928 Edward was residing in Centralia, Washington, later moving to Portland, Oregon sometime before 1941. He lived there until he died on March 9, 1966. His wife preceded him in death.

The American Legion conducted a private funeral. Surviving him was one daughter Naome and two grandchildren; Commander Fred F. Dunning and Lee/Leigh G. Dunning.

Anna Mader

Anna Mader

Anna was the child of Martin and Louisa Mader.

Sometime before 1904 she became the wife of N. Gehr and they lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. Anna probably went to Minneapolis to visit her older sister Angeline and stayed in the area. She was still living in St. Paul when her brother Willard died in 1941.

In 1929 Anna was a glazier for a company in St. Paul and lived at 163 State St. Her husband apparently had died before that time. (1929 was the only year Anna was found in the City Directory. She was the only one listed with the name Gehr.)

Clara Mader – d1948

Clara Mader
– 1948

Clara was the daughter of Martin and Louisa Mader. She graduated from the old high school in Spokane, Washington. Clara never married. She began a teaching career in Spokane in 1896 until her retirement in 1946. After her death, the Spokane Spokesman Review Dec. 17, 1948 paid her the following tribute:

Rites for Teaching Veteran to Be Held Tomorrow

Funeral services for Miss Clara E. Mader, E1110 Fifth, will take place tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in the Alwin chapel at Hazen and Jaeger funeral home. Dr. Joel Harper will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood cemetery. Pallbearers will be male members of the elementary principals’ group.
Miss Mader, a graduate of the old Spokane high school, began her teaching careers in Spokane in 1896. In 1914, she was appointed principal of the Washington, where she served until 1921, when she became principal at Logan. Emerson school claimed her for principal from 1924 to 1940 and from 1940 until her retirement in 1946, she was principal at Willard.

Compliments Paid Her:

High compliments were paid Miss Mader yesterday by school authorities.

Said Superintendent of Schools John Shaw, “As principal of Havermale junior high school, I worked closely with Miss Mader during her principalship at Emerson and knew her as a very close personal friend. I considered her one of the most efficient and most completely human principals it has been my pleasure to know. I remember her very active interest in athletics. She followed her teams everywhere and helped develop several championship baseball teams.”

Dr. Orville C. Pratt, former superintendent of school, remarked: “I knew Miss Mader from the time I first came to Spokane. She was a very conscientious, faithful person who could always be relied on to carry out the things that had to be done. She was a favorite with her teachers, who liked her for her fairness, patience and tolerance.”

Angeline (Mader) Meghen

Angeline (Mader) Meghen

Angeline was born to Martin and Louisa Mader. (1)

She married G.H. Meghen and they were residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1904 when her mother Louisa died in Spokane, Washington.

Angeline was remembered by Isabelle:

“Angeline visited us every time she came to town. My dad (Henry Mader) and Angeline were first cousins. Dad always asked how Clara was. We had a picnic in Myrick Park one time and Angeline was there with some of her children.”

Angeline’s husband must have died before 1913. She was listed in the Minneapolis City Directory as a stenographer working for different concerns from 1913-23. During these ten years, Angeline boarded at various places. After that there is no further record of Angeline, except that she probably died sometime before 1941.

(1)Records show that after the death of Martin and Louisa’s first child in 1871, two daughters were born before 1875. I believe they were Angeline and Clara because they were remembered by the family in La Crosse and they came back to visit them.