The Intriguing Timeline of Ferdinand Brader

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Brader is born

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Ferdinand Arnold Brader is born in Kaltbrunn, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Dec. 8, 1833
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Brader is married

Brader marries Maria Katherina Karolina Glaus of Benken, St. Gallen.

Aug. 28, 1860
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Brader's son is born

Brader’s only known child, Karl Ferdinand Brader, is born.

Dec. 20 1864
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Brader comes to America

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Brader emigrates to Pennsylvania, settling in the Berks County area.

Early 1870s
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Brader's first drawings

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First Brader drawings of properties in Berks County appear. He makes drawings of properties in Lancaster, Montgomery, Lebanon, Somerset, Beaver and Allegheny counties throughout the decade.

1879-1883
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Brader's first Ohio drawings

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First Ohio drawings, in Tuscarawas and Columbiana counties, appear.

1884
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Brader completes most of his drawings

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Brader completes the majority of his estimated 900-plus drawings of farms, towns, factories, and train stations throughout Columbiana, Tuscarawas, Portage, Medina, Wayne, Stark, Summit, Carroll, and Mahoning counties.

1884-1895
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Brader at county infirmaries

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Records of Brader spending winter at county infirmaries in Portage and Stark county appear.

1891-1895
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Brader inherits a fortune

Brader receives word that a “fortune” ($4,000) inherited from his brother is awaiting him in Switzerland, ending an eight-year search for Brader by those trying to inform him of his inheritance.

Nov. 4, 1895
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Brader disappears

Brader “disappears” from Canton after receiving part of his inheritance.

Jan. 20, 1896
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Brader returns home

The Canton Repository runs a story announcing “Brader turns up in his fatherland.”

Feb. 29, 1896
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Brader sends letter

Stark County officials receive a letter from Brader confirming that he had sailed from New York in January and arrived in his homeland on Feb. 6.

March 18, 1896
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Brader reportedly "lost"

Reports indicate that Brader may never have claimed his entire fortune; in 1901 the Swiss government declares him “lost and missing without a trace.”

1896-1901
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Brader's son inherits fortune

Brader’s fortune is presumed to have been passed on to his son and only heir, Karl. In 1911, Karl is also declared “lost and missing without a trace.”

1901-1911
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Inheritance given to orphanage

The remaining funds of the inheritance from Alois Brader to his brother Ferdinand are sent to the Orphanage Office in Kaltbrunn.

1911
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