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Leo Claude Vader
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Leo Claude Vader, a well-known Civil Engineer of Olivia, was born Dec. 13, 1881, in Scranton, Iowa, the son of John Wesley and Cynthia (Clopton) Vader. He received his early education in the schools of his locality and later graduated from the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, having taken a course in civil engineering. He had seven years' experience in drainage work in Iowa, both as contractor and engineer. In the fall of 1913, he was appointed as assistant drainage engineer by the United States Department of Agriculture, but did not report for duty, after considering the unsanitary conditions of drainage engineering work in the South Atlantic States, where they expected to send him. In February, 1915, he located in Olivia, having been engaged in county drainage engineering work in Renville county since that time. Mr. Vader was married August 16, 1911, to Lizzie Harmon, born Sept. 9, 1882, in Tama, Iowa, daughter of Alpheus B. and Lillie (Jacobs) Harmon.
John Wesley Vader was born in [Illinois] in 1859 and is now living in Iowa. He is a Republican in politics and took active interest in the affairs of that party, being county recorder of Greene county Iowa, for two terms. In 1879 he was married to Cynthia Clopton, born Jan. 29, 1856, in Jefferson, Iowa, the wedding taking place at that place. Five children were born to this union: Leo Claude; John, a farmer in Iowa; Clara B., now Mrs. M. A. Cox, of Iowa; Asenath and Adelbert, who are at home.
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