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For many years the Schadens, father and son, have been identified with the grocery business in Sacramento, where the former built up an extensive trade as early as the '70s and upon his retirement was succeeded by his son, one of the present partners in the prosperous establishment. The genealogical records of the family indicate the lifelong residence of Henry and Anna (Winters) Schaden in the province of Hanover, Germany, whence the former went forth to the duties of a seafaring existence, serving for a long period as a cook on great ocean vessels of his day. In the family of Henry Schaden there was a son, Arend, who was born in Hanover October 9, 1845, and who in childhood listened with the keenest interest to his father's tales of voyage to distant ports. Thus was roused within him an ambition to see something of the world and scarcely had he left school at the age of fourteen years before he shipped from Bremerhaven to New Orleans. The Civil war had just opened and the ship experienced the delays incident to such a condition of affairs. After having been detained on a bar for ninety-five days, the vessel was the last to leave New Orleans after the blockade had been established by the Union fleet.

After having returned to Bremerhaven on the same ship the young seaman accompanied the vessel to Guttenberg, thence to Cape Town, Africa, and from there to Rangoon, India, thence returning to Germany by way of St. Helena's Island. Meanwhile having been made steward on the ship, he made a voyage to Akyab, East Indies. Upon his return to Bremen he was appointed light sailor, with little less than the wages of first-class seamen, on a vessel commanded by Captain Thierman and shortly afterward accompanied the vessel to the United States, where, liking the country and having wearied of the sea, he determined to settle. Looking about him for employment in the city of New York, he was successful in securing a clerkship in the grocery store of J. Brummerhop, on the corner of East Broadway and Rutgers. That position he retained until he decided to come to California. On November 28, 1868, he sailed from New York for Panama. Having crossed the Isthmus, he continued the voyage to San Francisco and there lauded on Christmas day. The next day he came to Sacramento and on the 1st of January he entered the employ of his uncle, Herman Winters. During October of 1870 he formed a partnership with S. D. Fuller under the firm name of Schaden & Fuller. At the expiration of five years he purchased the interest of his partner in the grocery business. Five years later he moved across the street to the location with which his name is especially linked. From 1880 until his retirement in 1910 he continued at the same place and meanwhile established an enviable reputation for sagacious judgment, discrimination as a buyer, and the most honorable dealings with all customers. Not only among the earlier settlers of Sacramento, but also with the present generation, he has a high standing as a business man and citizen. For years he was very active in the Knights of Honor, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Improved Tribe of Red Men.

The marriage of Arend Schaden occurred in Sacramento March 8, 1874, and united him with Miss Ameta Sanders, a native of Bremen, Germany. They became the parents of four children, namely : Alfred, who was born in Sacramento April 21, 1878, attended the public schools until sixteen years of age, then engaged for two years as bookkeeper with Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson, of Sacramento, and since that time has been associated with the retail grocery business founded by his father ; Anna Gesine, Arend Otto and John Henry, of whom the two last-named sons died in early life. The surviving son has been prominently identified with Sunset Parlor, N. S. G. W., in which he now holds the rank of past president. Reared in the faith of the German Lutheran Church, he adheres to its doctrines and supports its missionary movements. In politics he maintains an independent attitude and considers the merits of candidates rather than their claims. During May of 1900 he was united in marriage with Miss Grace Uren, of Sacramento, and two children bless their union, Harold Alfred and Clara Helen. 

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