A. F. Schad was born in Winneshiek County, Iowa, in 1855, and is the son of John and Christiana Schad, natives of Germany. They came to this country about forty years ago, settling in Illinois, near Chicago, and then moved to Iowa, where the father purchased 211 acres of land, and there remained until 1868, when he sold out, and moved with his family to Moniteau County, Mo. Here he purchased 410 acres of land, and bought forty acres additional, and has about 300 acres under cultivation. A. F. Schad is the sixth of nine children born to his parents. He was educated in the common schools, and remained with his parents until twenty years of age, when he went to Monroe City, Ill., and there learned the blacksmith and wheelwright's trade, serving an apprenticeship of three years. He then moved four miles west of Sparta, Ill., in Randolph County. and there engaged in business for himself, which he continued for eighteen months. While there he became acquainted with Miss Anna Harmon, of Randolph County, and the daughter of Joseph Harmon, of the same place. They were married, and afterward moved to Moniteau County, Mo., where they remained two years, and then bought a house, four acres of land, and a wagon-shop in Excelsior, Morgan County. Since then Mr. Sohad has added seven acres, sold one acre for town property, built an addition to the house, a fine barn, and has also built a large blacksmith shop. Mr. Schad is doing a good business, besides dealing a little in stock. Last year he, with his father and Richard Korner, his brother-in-law, took a trip to his father's native land, Saxony, Germany, where they remained about two months. To Mr. and Mrs, Schad have been born four children: Mary Luella, John Louis, Nora Christina, and Clara E.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.