Indiana counties mentioned in this biography: Hamilton
Indiana cities mentioned in this biography: Noblesville, Indiana
Other locations mentioned: Danville [IL]; Lima [OH]; Washington; Champaign, IL

Transcribed by Denise Wells


U. R. Eader is a prosperous resident of Danville, whose success has practically been won since 1894 although the previous years of his connection with business affairs proved an excellent training school for him, enabling him to carry forward to successful completion all that he has undertaken since he began business on his own account. He is now in control of one of the successful and important concerns of Danville, being engaged in the repair and manufacture of bicycles and dealing in guns and sporting goods and electrical and gas fixtures, also doing work along the lines of electrical construction.

Mr. Eader is one of the worthy citizens of Vermilion county that Ohio has furnished to this locality. His birth occurred in Lima, that state on the 14th of June, 1856, his parents being Thomas and Ellen (Coons) Eader, both of whom were natives of Ohio. In the year 1860 the family came to Illinois. The father purchased land in Vermilion county upon which he carried on general farming until 1871. In that year he came to Danville, purchased property and was here connected with the Danville Lumber Company for about ten years. He then sold his property and removed to Noblesville, Indiana, where he purchased property and where he is now engaged in dealing in real estate and merchandising. He is also connected with the furniture and general store at that place and is in partnership with his son, David F. Eader, in a similar enterprise at Noblesville, Indiana. The mother of our subject died at Noblesville, Indiana, in 1896, and in 1901 the father was again married. By the first union there were ten children of whom the subject of this review is the eldest. The others yet living are: D. F.; Samuel; Frederick; Mrs. Mary Shumaker; Mrs. Miranda Mead; Mrs. Rosa Hanners; and Sarah.

In the schools of Vermilion county Mr. Eader of this review pursued his education and from the age of eight years he has been dependent entirely upon his own resources for a living. He worked as a farm hand for his father and also for others in the neighborhood but not wishing to make agricultural pursuits his life work he eventually turned his attention to other lines of industry. In 1871 he became connected with the Danville Lumber Company and learned the machinist’s trade. For eighteen years his connection with that company was continued, during which time he was advanced from one position to another as he gave evidence of having mastered the duties that devolved upon him, and he long served as foreman and manager. When he entered the service of that company he received ninety dollars per year and during the eighteen years which he served as foreman he was paid four dollars and seventy-five cents per day, a fact which stands in incontrovertible evidence of his value to the company. In 1895, however, he severed his connection with the company and entered business on his own account. He at first handled bicycles only and later he added sporting goods and established a repair department. At the present time the wheels which he handles are manufactured in his establishment. These are called “Our Own Make” and there are four models. The output in 1903 will reach one thousand wheels. He is now employing nineteen men in the conduct of the business, which is divided into four departments; repairing and manufacturing, the sporting goods, the gun department and the electrical and gas department. He employs an experienced electrician and is engaged in electrical construction and deals in electrical supplies. This branch of his business has proved one contributing in no small degree to his income. In fact his enterprise in all its departments is now paying well and the business amounts to more than twenty-five thousand dollars annually. Mr. Eader is also interested in gold mining in Washington, being a stockholder in three mines, including the “Fortune,” in which several prominent Danville capitalists are interested.

On the 20th of September, 1883, in this city, Mr. Eader was united in marriage to Miss Lavinia Tanner, of Champaign, Illinois. Her parents are both deceased. Two children have been born of this union of Mr. and Mrs. Eader: Makel and Horace, aged respectively seventeen and nine years. The former will graduate in the high school of this city in 1903 and is now pursuing special work in music and elocution. The family home is at No. 1002 North Walnut street and is an attractive residence valued at six thousand dollars. Socially, Mr. Eader is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America, with the Tribe of Ben Hur and the Court of Honor, and in his political affiliations is a Republican. His splendid success in business has been achieved since 1894. When he first opened his bicycle business he had no capital, but he possessed an untarnished name and good credit. The growth of his business demanded larger quarters in the second year and has since annually increased in volume and importance. A man of much natural ability his success during the past nine years has been uniform and rapid. As has been truly remarked, after all that can be done for a man in the way of giving him early opportunities for obtaining the requirements which are sought in schools and in books, he must essentially formulate, determine and give shape to his own character and this is what Mr. Eader has done. He has persevered in the pursuit of a persistent purpose and has gained a most satisfactory reward.
The Past and Present of Vermilion County, Illinois, The S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1903, pages 203-204