NEW OLD SETTLER OFFICER: Schrader tabbed as new Red Coat

Staff Writer

COLUMBIA CITY — Mike Schrader is the latest addition to an over 100-year tradition in Columbia City.
Schrader, who has had several prominent roles in Whitley County over the years, was selected as the latest Red Coat of the Old Settlers Association.
“It is truly an honor to be chosen as a Red Coat,” Schrader wrote in a thank-you note.
Schrader had a prior commitment and was unable to attend the annual Past Presidents’ Dinner Tuesday, but was honored nonetheless.

Old Settlers Association officers, past presidents and past honorary presidents and guests gathered for the group’s annual banquet at the Eagles Nest Event Center to begin the 113th Old Settlers Days & American Legion Festival. Red Coats on hand posed for a group photo.
Seated, from left, Laura Lefever, Gloria Smith, C. Taron “Terry” Smith, Dr. Clark Waterfall, Jacie Worrick, Michelle Patton, Jill Chapman, Toban Chapman.
Back from left, Richard Buchanan, Cliff Anderson, Greg Fahl, Jim Nelson, Bill Overdeer, Arthur “Dee” Trier, Glenn Snapp, Don Armstrong, Mike Christie, Ralph Bailey, Fritz Martin, Ira “Bill” Webber, John Meier, Gene Smith, Tim Bloom, Jim Brock, Mike Redman, Rick Kreps, Tom Drew, John Lefever and Eugene Heckman.

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