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Accession number A2003.018
Collection Louis Dade
Title The Louis Dade Collection
Catalog Number A2003.018
Object Name Papers, Personal
Credit line Collection of the AAMI - Courtesy of Louis Dade
Physical characteristics Boxed documents span two linear inches.
Dates of Creation 1908-2001
Access Conditions Open for research.
Copyrights no known restrictions
Scope & Content The Louis Dade papers date from 1908 to 2001 and measure 2 linear inches. The general papers include biographical information, personal correspondences, newspaper clippings, and a program on Lawrence Oliver Memorial. In addition, there are a variety of photographs of Louis, golfing, and family members.
Biographical History Louis Phillip Dade was born in Canton, Missouri on February 10, 1908. His parents names are Den and Etta, and siblings Robert, Hazel, Glades, and Elizabeth Dade. Louis went to school till about the age of 14 completing the seventh grade. Mr. Dade left school either at the end of 7th grade or during his 8th grade year. The segregated school in Canton only went to the 8th grade. If he had wanted to continue his schooling, he would have had to go to Hannibal, over 40 miles away, the closest town with a high school for African Americans.
He did odd jobs for various firms from age 14 to age 17 including working for Carrol Clay, a local lawyer's son on his farm, working on the railroad. However, they let him go because they felt that he was too young, and in addition he had his own shoe shine stand. He came to Fort Madison at age 17 in 1927 with a cousin, as they knew some people in the area. The cousin soon returned to Canton. For one year, Dade worked in the Anthes Hotel first in the barbershop brushing clothes and shining shoes and then as a bell hop.
Later that year, on August 31 1928, he married Francis Holder. Louis then quit working at the hotel and started working for Schaeffers. He performed a variety of task for the family, first as chauffeur then doing general butler work, finally performing direct care work for Mr. and Mrs. Schaeffer as they aged. The Schaeffers Pen Company was well known for their exquisite pens, as well as one of the first ball-point pens.
Dade had played on an integrated football team in Canton. He became interested in golf when the Mr. W.H. Shaffer installed a driving range in the basement. Mr. Shaffer played at the local country club in Fort Madison. Dade never played with or caddied for Shaffer. At first, Dade had great difficulty finding courses to play on. On one occasion in the late 1920's, he did talk to a local attorney about not being allowed to play on the Fort Madison course.
During WWII, Dade left the Shaffer's working first at Wisconsin Steel in Chicago and then going to Santa Monica, California where he was able to obtain a job at Douglass Aircraft through his brother-in-law. While in Santa Monica, Shaffer's son called and asked Dade to return as his father was ill. Dade did so and took care of first Mr. Shaffer and then Mrs. Shaffer until their deaths. Dade has remained in close contact with the Shaffer family attending a Shaffer family reunion in 2003 at the families request. After Mrs. Shaffer's death in 1961, Dade began to teach golf.
He would spend his winters in Arizona and his summers in Iowa teaching golf. He taught one day per week at a variety of courses. They are as follows: Spring Lake 1961-1997, Mt. Pleasant Count Club 1965-1985, Burlington Flint Hills - circa 1990, New London 1965-1985. Since 1985, there has been a tournament in Dade's honor at Spring Lake. At age 82, he shot an 80 while winning a senior's tournament at Wapello Indian Hills near Morning Sun. At age 89, he shot an 81. He has played golf with Tennessee Ernie Ford, Willie Mays, and Bobby Bonds.
Louis ended up remarrying because his first wife pasted away at an early age. He married Violet Horan on April 11, 1979. Louis retired from teaching golf in 1996. One year later his second wife passed away.
Finding Aids Box no.___Description__________
Box 1
Louis Dade, Collection
Biographical Information
Correspondence, 1997-2001, and undated
Newspaper Clippings, 1971-1989, and undated
W. Lawrence Oliver Memorial, 1997
Family and Friends, undated
Louis Dade, 1908-1969, and undated
Louis Dade with Wife, undated
Golf, 1965-1999, and undated
Tony Dade Family, 2000 and undated

OS Collection
Photographs (believed to be Dade's)
Oval portrait of young girl, undated
Oval portrait of young man, undated
Subjects Sports
Sports & recreation facilities
Search Terms Fort Madison
Tournaments - Golf
Golf instructors
Golf pros
Golf tournaments
People Dade, Den
Dade, Etta
Dade, Robert
Dade, Hazel
Dade, Gladys
Dade, Elizabeth
Clay, Carrol
Holder, Francis
Schaeffer, William A.
Ford, Tennessee Ernie
Mays, Willie
Bonds, Bobby
Horan, Violet
Dade, Frances
Oliver, Lawrence
Dade, Tony
Dade, Louis
Classification Sports
Domestic Life