One of the most extraordinary inhabitants of Lake Geneva during the 20th century was Herman A. Quade (pronounced âKwadieâ). Herman Quade was a house painter, a very active member of the American Legion’s Frank Kresen Post # 24, and a civic and community leader. Herman Quade was born in Sassenhagen in the Pomeranian region of Germany (now Poland) on August 26, 1900.
During World War I, as a teenager, he was drafted into the German Army and, as a member of the Dragoner Cavalry Division, fought on the Russian front. The years following World War I had been very difficult economic times in Germany. As a house painter, Quade was often unemployed.
He therefore decided in 1923 to settle in the United States. In the late 1920s Quade, who was a skilled artist as well as a house painter, returned to Germany where he studied painting and painting color mixing for a year. In 1931 he moved to Lake Geneva where he lived with his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Farber, who had previously emigrated from Germany to the United States.
On August 4, 1942, after the United States entered World War II, Quade, at the age of 41, voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army. He served until May 1943, when he was discharged due to his age.
He returned to Lake Geneva where he lived in a house at 919 George Street owned by William and Johanna Heling. William Heling died in November 1944 and Johanna Heling died in September 1947. So Herman Quade bought their house and lived there for the rest of his life. He worked for the highly regarded house painter Frank Augusky before starting his own house painting business.