Select Bader Miscellany

Here are some Bader stories and accounts over the years:

Bader in the Middle East

In Arabic Bader means 'the full moon.'  A Bader family originated in Hebron city in present-day Palestine.  Mohammad Kashkol Bader ruled Palestine for several years and became the prince of Palestine.  Baders later moved to the Hijaz region of Saudi Arabia near to Mecca.  There is some evidence that they were descendants of the Prophet Mohammad.

Baders are found today in Saudi Arabia and also in Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Egypt

Douglas Bader and His Father Major Frederick Bader

In the British Waterloo monument in Belgium there is the grave of Frederick Bader, a major with the Royal Engineers during World War One.  He was badly injured by shrapnel in 1917 and went on to die of these wounds many years later in 1922 at a hospital at Saint Omer near Lille in northern France.  Young Douglas was just twelve years of age at the time.

Douglas joined the RAF in 1928 and was commissioned in 1930.  In December 1931, while attempting some aerobatics, he crashed and lost both his legs.  Having been on the brink of death, he recovered, retook flight training, passed his check flights and then requested reactivation as a pilot.  He became a flying ace during World War Two.

Douglas Bader was shot down and captured by the Germans in 1941, ironically in the same area of northern France where his father had died of his war wounds.

William Bader of Bader, Illinois

William Bader was born in Preble county, Ohio in 1826, the son of German immigrant parents.  He went into the lumber business and moved to Schuyler county, Illinois where he started a lumber mill and became quite rich.  This allowed him to expand into grain and run a grain elevator.

He and his wife Mercy had no children of their own.  But the railroad spur township of Bader, named after William Bader in 1870, could boast of two later prominent Baders:

  • the evangelist Jesse Moren Bader (the son of William Pearson Bader) who was born there in 1886
  • and the baseball pitcher Lore Bader (William Baderís nephew) who was born there in 1888.

Edward Bader, Mayor of Atlantic City

Edward Bader was a popular mayor of Atlantic City in the 1920ís. 

He had moved to the town in 1902 to manage his fatherís garbage disposal company.  Two years later he entered the contracting business and soon started gathering important contracts in the resort.  Roads were an important part of that endeavor, including the paving of Albany Avenue.  Bader turned to politics in 1920, was elected to the commission, and from there was designated mayor. 

As mayor he was an avid sports booster.  He fielded basketball teams, organized Atlantic City's first professional football team - the Blue Tornadoes - and owned a boxing gym on North New Hampshire Avenue.  He would regularly bring world-class boxers to Atlantic City to fight.  He formed Atlantic City High School's band and encouraged high school athletics. 

He had a reputation as well for standing up for the people.  In 1923 he spoke out against a Ku Klux Klan meeting in Atlantic City.  He also pushed forward the idea of city residents helping to organize and run a beauty pageant that came to be known as the Miss America pageant. 

In 1927 Mayor Bader died at the relatively young age of fifty two years.  Bader Field, the cityís airport established by people looking for a port for their seaplanes, was named after him

Alfred Bader Fleeing Nazi Germany

Alfred's grandfather, Moritz Ritter von Bader, had been a Jewish civil engineer who worked with Ferdinand de Lesseps building the Suez Canal.  His mother, Elizabeth Countess Serenyi, was the daughter of a Catholic Hungarian count.  When she fell in love with his father, a middle-class Jew, her parents tried to have her committed to an asylum. Despite this roadblock, they married in London, settled in Vienna, and had two children there.

When his father died just two weeks after Alfred's birth in 1924, his mother was left with no income in a time of runaway inflation.  Her sister-in-law adopted Alfred and raised him as a Jew. In 1938, after the infamous Kristallnacht, Alfred was one of 10,000 mainly Jewish youngsters allowed to enter Britain.

In 1940 Winston Churchill, alarmed by the possibility of 'fifth columnists' among the many German-speaking refugees, decided to "collar the lot" and sent many between the ages of 16 and 65 as "enemy aliens" to internment camps in Canada and Australia.  Alfred, just sixteen, was held in Quebec's Fort Lennox until the fall of 1941 when he was released into the care of a Montreal sponsor, Martin Wolff.

Alfred was to prosper in Canada which he made his home.  His chemical business made him rich and he became known in Toronto as a philanthropist and collector of fine art.

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