Once the railroad tracks were laid, the small village became full of life. A brck store, a grain elevator,
a sawmill, a blacksmith shop (which later became an implement business), a church, and a school were soon thriving. A passenger
train passed through the town six times per day.
The Bader School was a two room building which offered education for grades 1 - 8. Hot lunches were part
of the program and the kids were prepared for and enjoyed every holiday. At some point, probably in the early 1920s, the
Bader School began offering two-years of high school courses. Upon graduation kids would go Astoria High School to complete
their third and fourth years of education. Bader High School closed in the 1930s. At this time, all students who wished to
continue their education after eighth grade would attend school in Astoria.
The railroad ceased operation in the early 1950s, probably in 1953. When the railroad was uprooted,
it took with it any hope for Bader to become a larger city. The grade school was likely closed in the 1950s as well. Today
Bader has just a few homes along a country road signifying its existence.
Bader High School Quick Facts
Year opened 2-year HS: 1920s(?)
Astoria High School
Unknown if Athletics Offered