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THEODORE F. SCHRADER, OPT. D In professional and business circles of Riverside a citizen who has impressed himself favorably upon his fellow townsmen and whose name has been identified with professional ability, business achievements and participation in civic movements is Theodore F. Schrader, Opt. D. His career has been a singularly full and successful one, and while he is still a young man he has had much experience along several avenues of endeavor.

Doctor Schrader was born in Viola County, Minnesota, February 18, 1887, and as a lad was taken by his parents to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was primarily educated in the public schools. Later he pursued a course at Bradley Polytechnic Institute, Peoria, Illinois, being graduated therefrom in 1904, and subsequently spent two years at the Young Men's Christian Association Training School, Chicago. When he left the latter institution he faced the West, the next one and one-half years being devoted to the venturesome if not always remunerative vocation of prospecting for precious metals in the State of Wyoming. Locating at Los Angeles, California, in 1911 he enrolled as a student of the Los Angeles Medical School, and was graduated there-from with the class of 1913, receiving the degree of Doctor of Optometry. At that time he accepted a position as head of the optical department in the establishment of Otto Wuerker, with whom he remained two years, following which he embarked in business on his own account and continued therein until 1916. Doctor Schrader then came to Riverside, where he established an office at 820 Main Street^ and has since been engaged in his professional calling with constantly growing success. He has become widely known not only along the lines of his specialty, but in business circles, as well, having been one of the founders of the Mahala Oil and Gas Company, in which he is a heavy stockholder, and being president of the Riverside Copper and Development Company, a growing corporation.

In his fraternal affiliation Doctor Schrader belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and has reached the Knight Templar degree in the Masonic order. He also holds membership in the Lions Club and the Young Men's Christian Association. He has supported beneficial civic movements with his means and energies and has stood for progress along material lines. On July 21, 1911, Doctor Schrader was united in marriage with Miss Juanita Ransberger, of El Paso, Texas, who died at Riverside January 26, 1921.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011