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Reuben H Rader
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Birth: Oct. 27, 1856
Greene County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1932
Knox County
Tennessee, USA

Reuben worked for his brother Andrew running the mill at Dulaney. In 1893 Andrew Rader and wife gave a deed for land to build a church. Rhuben Rader with Jimmy and Cal Lister cut the wood, milled it there at Dulaney, and built the church. It was first called Rader's Chapel, then Salem. Reuben then worked at the mill in Mosheim. His home was there when his first child was born, Guy. He started purchasing land north of Knoxville March 8, 1900. He bought 76 acres and lot 463. December 9, 1910 they purchased another lot. Reuben then, about 1905, moved across the state of Tennessee to Franklin. This is about 10 miles south of Nashville. He had a sizeable complex which had been owned by the Boyd family. It was on the Little Harpeth river, which drove the water wheel for the mill when the river was up. He had a steam engine to operate the mill the rest of the year. It was the old Boyd mill. They had a Republic truck and they would take their sacks of flour and meal to town to Franklin and ship them or sell them to the stores. It was a pretty good sized milling operation, it just wasn't something that people had custom milling done. And they had a Maxwell car in their garage. They had a horse and buggy, the cars didn't get used much. They weren't running most of the time but they had a maxwell car. Mildred Rader Chapman remembers that it was about 6 miles out of Franklin, TN. I remember driving in the buggy with dad's youngest sister into franklin. It took about an hour to go that 6 miles. I think he lost the mill, but I'm not sure. I know that dad (Guy Hughes Rader) went down and worked with him at the mill for a while. I can remember living in this house, not too far from the family home. Mildred Rader Chapman was about 9 or 10 years old when they went down to the mill, from Knoxville, in a Ford touring car. As she related the story: We camped out or stayed different places at night. I guess there weren't any hotels or we didn't have any money, I don't know. I was little enough that I could sleep on the back seat. I remember staying in a couple of places on the way down. One night dad pulled into this, what I guess he thought was abandoned, anyway in the middle of the night it turned out to be a negro church. Scared my mother to death, but we didn't move, we stayed there the rest of the night. Another time we camped in an abandoned house which was scary, as I remember. Another time we camped out in the woods. Those are just fragments that I remember.

The mill was on the river. Part of the year it ran by water power, when the water was up, and the rest of the time it ran on wood powered steam. The mill at mosheim was on the same order as the mill in Franklin. Rozell Rader was an adult when they moved from halls crossroads to Franklin TN. They bought the Boyd's mill from an estate sale or bankruptcy sale about 1905. The mill was in worse shape than they thought it was when they bought it. His son James R Rader was born there at Rubin's house in 1919. Kenneth Metcalf says: But I think what happened , this is conjecture but, this was about the time World War I ended and I think he had this mill. He probably bought too much he may of speculated in corn and wheat or maybe he was just buying a supply ahead and he bought too much ahead and the bottom fell out of the wheat and corn market. When the war was over he lost the mill and came back up to Knoxville.

The mill was old then and they were the last people to run that mill. They ran it until about 1923. Rubins wife died several years before Rubin, I sort of remember them telling us she died of sugar diabetes or of a kidney disease, I think they called it Wright's disease. Written by unknown 
Family links: 
  Henry L Rader (1829 - 1864)
  Mary Ann Bowers Rader (1831 - 1895)
  Martha Frances Hughes Rader (1863 - 1923)*
  Guy Hughs Rader (1887 - 1959)*
  Lois Velma Rader Metcalf (1889 - 1979)*
  Andrew J Rader (1852 - 1937)*
  Joel Leander Rader (1854 - 1916)*
  Reuben H Rader (1856 - 1932)
  Lafayette M Rader (1859 - 1937)*
  Mary Elizabeth Rader Roberts (1862 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship
Lynnhurst Cemetery
Knox County
Tennessee, USA
Maintained by: Tom Rader
Originally Created by: Sue Reneau Damewood
Record added: Oct 02, 2008
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