Joseph Rader was born in Franklin county, Indiana, February 19, 1842, where he continued to reside till ten years of age. His parents then moved to Missouri and settled in this county, where Joseph grew to manhood and acquired his education. He was reared a farmer and continued in that calling till August,. 1861, when he enlisted in Company H, Twenty-third Missouri Volunteers as a soldier and served creditably until the time of his discharge in September, 1864. He took part in the battle of Pittsburgh Landing in April,. 1862, and was there captured by the enemy and held till June 24, when he was paroled at Macon, Georgia. He was also in the campaign of Sherman, from Chattanooga to Atlanta. After he left the army Mr. Rader returned to Daviess county and was here married, on the 15th of February, 1866, to Miss Martha Brown. Seven children have been born of this union, named as follows: Thomas H., Laura B., Floyd, Sarah J., Willard H., Francis M.,. and an infant. Mr. Rader moved to the place on which he now resides,. April 15, 1871. His farm contains 160 acres of good land, well improved on which he has a nice residence. The place also has a fine young orchard and is in many respects a desirable home.