Pauline Edna Reed Schadt was born in Decorah, Iowa. She was the daughter of Paul & Stella Reed.
In 1955 she married William Schadt. They moved to Lincoln and in 1956 purchased their home from Bill Glass. Bill Schadt operated a radio and t.v. repair shop and in 1960 moved his shop to Grundy Center.
Polly and Bill raised five children in Lincoln, Linda, Vern, Carl, Luan and Mary.
In the early years Polly would be busy helping with the Brownie Scouts and teaching baton twirling. They performed in different parades in the area. She was also a Cub Scout Leader.
Polly worked at Pioneer Seed Company in Reinbeck, filled in when needed at Hoeg and Ames Well Drilling and worked over the noon hour at the Lincoln Inn.
After finishing cosmetology school, Polly opened up the "Lincoln Beauty Shop" in 1965. Not only could you get your hair washed, set, or cut, but you could also enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation. Polly retired in 1998. She has been active in Amvet Auxiliary, Commercial Club, and in 1982 was the first woman elected to serve on the Town Council. There were 22 active businesses at that time.
She has also helped with Kinderfest and Watermelon Days. She was on the Centennial Committee and offered the building next to her home as the Centennial Building during the celebration. Polly was also an EMT and is a member of the Salem Church.
Polly and Bill started wintering in Texas in 1978 where she continued her volunteer work helping with the Food Bank, McAllen Heart Hospital and tutored grade school children. She also did blood pressure checks and other volunteer work in the park where they lived.
Polly continues to do volunteer work on committees in Texas and at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital.
She still enjoys wintering in Texas, but is always glad to return home.