F. F. Bauer, of the firm of Hatter & Bauer, dealers in clothing and men's furnishing goods, of North English,
was born in Pilot township, Iowa county, on the 9th of August, 1889, a son of Jacob and Harriet (Hilfiker) Bauer.
The father was born in Landau, Germany, but the mother was born in this state, her father, John Hilfiker, being
a pioneer settler of Iowa county. When Jacob Bauer was about sixteen years of age he accompanied his parents on
their emigration to the new world, the family home being established in Iowa county about 1861. His parents continued
to reside upon their farm until called to their reward. Following the marriage of Jacob Bauer he removed with his
wife's family to Pilot township and there engaged in farming, prospering as the years passed. He added to his land
from time to time and eventually owned between nine hundred and one thousand acres in English and Lincoln townships,
having disposed of his holdings in Pilot township. About 1900 he removed to Millersburg, where he resided for a
number of years, but for the last few years he has spent his summers in this county and his winters in San Antonio.
Texas, where he owns city property.
F. F. Bauer lost his mother when he was only three years of age but an older sister took her place and cared for
him tenderly. He was educated in the Millersburg high school, the Highland Park College of Des Moines and the State
Agricultural College at Ames. After completing his studies he returned home and for two years assisted his father
with the farm work. In January, 1912, he entered into partnership with M. K. Hatter, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere
in this work, establishing the firm of Hatter & Bauer. They are engaged in the clothing and men's furnishing
business in North English and carry a strictly up to date stock, their customers being among the representative
men of the city. Both partners are aggressive, wide awake young men, who display initiative in their business methods
and spare no effort in securing furnishings of the latest approved style and of high quality.
On the 3d of February, 1915, Mr. Bauer married Miss Gladys M. Hatter, a. sister of his partner. Mr. Bauer gives
his political allegiance to the republican party and takes a commendable interest in public affairs as he possesses
marked public spirit. His wife belongs to the Presbyterian church and aids in its work. Mr. Bauer has gained a
gratifying, success for one of his years and his power to successfully cope with the problems that confront the
retailer is increasing year by year as he understands how to profit by experience. Energy and progressiveness are
among his salient characteristics and are manifest not only in his business dealings but in all of his relations
with his fellowmen.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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