Leon Serving Teague Residents Since 1951
8/28/2013 by BY MIMI BROWN
Leon?s Garage is the oldest business in Teague that was started and is still run by the same person.
Leon?s has been serving the people of Teague, and the surrounding area, since 1951 with the kind of honesty and integrity that can keep a business operating for 62 years.
Leon Hugo Schrader was born in Bellville, Texas, on October 20, 1922. His parents, Henry and Annie Holt Schrader were farmers.
?After I graduated from high school I decided there had to be a better way to make a living than picking cotton,? said Leon. He went to work in West Columbia for Wright Chevrolet Company, as an auto mechanic, from 1940 to 41. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Mr. Schrader went to work for Dow Chemical and made magnesium for the war effort. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Army Air Force. ?I fought the battle of Texas,? laughed Mr. Schrader, as he never left the United States in the three years he was in the military. He spent most of his time at Randolph Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas and was honorably discharged, as a Corporal, in 1945.
In 1943 he married Katharine Fredenrich of Teague, Texas. In 1945 they moved to Teague. He had problems finding a job in Teague. ?No one wanted to hire a green horn mechanic, in Teague, so I packed the car and was ready to move back to Freeport. That night about 10 p.m. there was a knock on the door and a man stood there wanting to give me a job. He owned Hawkins Garage on the Dew Hwy,? said Leon. He later worked for Boyd-Wood Motor Company.
The couple had one daughter, Katharine Schrader, who passed away in 1956. Their daughter Kathryn Jean Schrader grew up in Teague and graduated from Teague High School in 1963. She has one son, Robbie Smith, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She helps her father in the office at Leon?s Garage.
Mr. Schrader then married Margretta Stark Schrader who passed away in 1995 after 35 years of marriage. He has a stepdaughter Glenda Diane Buck and grandchildren, Mitchell and Leah Buck.
Mr. Schrader has been married to Rosemary Taylor Schrader for 18 years.
Mr. Schrader has been a mechanic since 1940 and has a staff of competent mechanics working for him. In fact he has employed over 70 mechanics over the past 62 years. His customers must think they do a good job, as there is a continuous flood of thank you cards and letters that come daily in the mail.
This is an example of some of the wonderful commends people have sent Leon.
Pam Oakes Hancock He is the kindest man I know. He was so good to my sisters and I growing up. He helped us out anytime we needed him to. I made him some chocolate chip cookies when I was in high school to let him know how much we appreciated his care. They were a little ?crispy? but he never said a word and acted like they were the best cookies he ever had.
Bill Posey Honestly, I do believe that the Chronicle would have to do an article every week for at least 25 years to count all of the blessings Leon has given others over the years! That is no kidding, Leon was an example of what real men of faith are! Caring, Compassionate, Forgiving, Understanding, Persistent, Fair, Consistent, should I go on?? There is so much more that all of us could add. He kept every kid?s car/truck in the town running whether we could afford to pay him or not. He always had ways we could work off the rest! He is just a Godly Man and in my opinion, that is as good as it gets!!
Leah Buck What about those people who broke down on way to Galveston to get on a cruise n he drove them down there then got their car fixed and took it back to Galveston to be there for them when cruise was over!! At 90 yrs old!!!! AWESOME!!!!
Many more comments from customers and friends may be read on The Teague Chronicle facebook page by going to Teague Chronicle/Freestone Co.
Mr. Schrader has always been a major contributor to the Teague community in many ways. He has always been a supporter of the Teague Volunteer Fire Department (he helped to make our fine fire station possible by donating the land), the Teague Public Library, the BRI Railroad Museum, the Teague Airport, and the Over 55 Center. Mr. Schrader is a Deacon and member of the First Baptist Church of Teague. He is past director of Citizen?s National Bank of Teague as well as past director of the Freestone Credit Union in Teague.
He has always supported the Teague Schools and the children of Teague by sponsoring baseball teams and much more. In fact, he has contributed so much of his time that he was awarded the Boyd Cup, in 1992, which is given for outstanding community service.
Leon Schrader is a loving husband, father, grandfather, neighbor and friend. When you bring your vehicle to his garage you can count on the fact that the information given to you will be knowledgeable and honest. You can also count on quality workmanship, as he will stand for nothing less.