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:
FUNERAL IS SET FOR MISS MADER
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.”