The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


September 11, 2013

Agnes "Aggie" Schrader, Queen of the Mississippi



Aggie was so busy that her granddaughters often helped out with cleaning and cooking. “B.C. Hass’ Store was the only place she’d go to shop for groceries,” they recall, and, “She was very Irish and had to have potatoes, sprinkled with pepper, at every meal.”


Another granddaughter’s memory is of the time she was dating a fellow whose pride and joy, was a boat with a brand new motor, which happened to be docked at Aggie’s. After a particularly heavy rain, Aggie walked to the end of the ‘finger’ to pump out his boat for him. But, things didn’t work out as planned. Distraught at what she did, Aggie made her granddaughter call the man to give him the news that,… in the process of trying to do a good deed… “Grandma just, (inadvertently), SANK YOUR BOAT!” It must not have hurt though, because the granddaughter later married the man.


Yes, Aggie’s Boat Dock is permanently etched in memories of boaters and non-boaters alike. Aggie ruled the riverfront for 27 years. Everyone knew her and would give a hearty wave as they passed along riverfront. One can still, in their mind’s eye, vividly see… the dock, her home, and the Quonset hut next to it … as they existed here for so many years.


When she started on the Mississippi, there were only 18 boats at the marina. It would grow to more than 150 during her years there. Clinton became a port not to be missed, a place all must stop at, and Aggie was a big part of the reputation. She was also a very accomplished fisherman -- or was she a “fisherwoman?” She held the record for catching the biggest, and the second-biggest, walleye near the dam, and there’s a picture of her landing an enormous catfish, too.

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