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Among those many able sons of Switzerland who came to this fertile land to build up their own business and live free, independent lives is Isidor Schad, a member of an old and much respected family in that country. From an early age he showed himself to be a capable, industrious lad, always eager to do better, larger things, with an exceptional trait of adapting himself to any kind of work which presented itself.

 Born September 13, 1857, in the canton of Solothurn, which is in the northwestern part of Switzerland, he there attended school. When he was fourteen years of age he was brought to the United States by his parents, who located in Eldorado county, Cal., and here he attended school until he reached the age of sixteen, learning the English language. Ambitious to do for himself, he soon found work on the Pierce ranch in Solano county, a property comprising thousands of acres, where he labored for about seven years, meanwhile acquainting himself with the different phases of the work and learning the country and its customs. He left this employment to join his brother Thomas on the old homestead in Eldorado county, as his father at that time needed them on the farm, and he remained there until after his father's demise. It was in 1888 that he located in Sacramento and bought out a restaurant; in the following year his brother Thomas purchased an interest in the business, and their interests have since been conducted under the name of Schad Brothers. Their place became popular and dependable and was continued at No. 309 K street with increasing success for twelve years. Subsequently they maintained a -similar place at No. 424 K street, on the present site of the large department store of Weinstock & Lubin. The latter place was conducted for eight years, and in the meantime Isidor Schad purchased and operated the Fashion stables. He has always been a lover of the horse, and although the stable has been sold he still keeps a few fine specimens. During his years of business activity Mr. Schad has worked steadily to bring his varied interests to the point of prosperity and in 1908, with the satisfaction of having won a hard-fought battle, the brothers retired from the restaurant business in order to devote their time to the development and reclamation of their land on Sherman island and to looking after their large real estate holdings in Sacramento. Besides the interests above mentioned, Mr. Schad and his brother purchased a half interest in the St. Francis hotel, which they still own and which is proving a profitable investment.

 Mr. Schad is serving his eighth year as a trustee and secretary of Reclamation District No. 341, on Sherman island, having been a landowner on the island since the project was started to reclaim the ten thousand acres. He also owns land in and is trustee of District No. 1002, where the owners are reclaiming seven thousand acres of land twenty miles south of Sacramento. A Republican in politics, Mr. Schad is one of the most public-spirited and zealous citizens in the city. In fraternal circles he unites with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, in which he is most popular.

 Mr. Schad was married to Augusta Grossherr, a native daughter of Sacramento, where they make their home, among many sincere friends, who ever find a most hospitable welcome at their home. His only child is named Eleanor.

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011