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The name of Schad is one that is very popular and well known in the city of Sacramento, members of that family having been associated with its business life for a quarter of a century or more, and always exhibiting characteristics that have been trustworthy, honor- able and persevering. Thomas Schad and his brother Isidor have united their interests in this city to such an extent that they are generally known as the Schad Brothers, and as such are proprietors of the well-known St. Francis hotel here, which is one of the largest hotel buildings in the city.

Like his brother, Thomas Schad is a native of Solothurn, Switzerland, having been born there June 4, 1866. He was quite young when, in 1871, he was brought by his parents, Jacob and Ida Schad, to Eldorado county, Cal., where he grew to manhood, attending the local public schools and afterwards helping his father on the homestead in that county. It was after his parents' death that he came to Sacramento and became interested with his brother in business and real estate operations. He has become most successful, owning a large amount of real estate and being partner with his brother in the ownership of the large ranch on Sherman island. After nineteen years of determined effort in the conduct of the Palace restaurant, in which they were successful, the brothers purchased a half interest in the St. Francis hotel, which is also proving a successful venture. The latter interest does not consume all of Mr. Schad's time, for he is also actively interested in the improvement of the real estate which he owns with his brother, including the reclamation of a ranch in District No. 1002 south of Sacramento.

For his wife Thomas Schad chose Daisy Hunger, formerly of Placerville, and they have one child, Thomas Schad, Jr., who is a student at the Christian Brothers college in Sacramento. Mr. Schad is a stanch Republican in his political views, taking a deep interest in the cause and welfare of his community and country, and giving of his time and means whenever needed. He is an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

It is fitting to add that the St. Francis hotel, which the Schad Brothers own and of which Thomas Schad is the manager, is modern and up-to-date in every particular, equipped with all convenience for the comfort of their guests, and situated in a very central and beautiful part of the city. 

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