August Baumer, who passed away in Marengo on the 1st of March, 1904, had been a resident of the city for more
than four decades and was long numbered among its most esteemed citizens as well as its substantial and representative
business men. His birth occurred in Prussia, Germany, on the 27th of August, 1838, his father being Herman Baumer,
who came to America with his family in 1848 and joined the Pennsylvania Dutch at Johnstown. There the parents reared
their six children and spent the remainder of their lives.
August Baumer, a lad of ten years when he accompanied his parents on their emigration to the United States, was
married after attaining his majority and came with his bride to Marengo, Iowa, in 1860. He was a carpenter by trade
and devoted his attention to that occupation throughout the greater part of his life but also engaged in other
lines of business activity, at different times conducting the old Park House and being likewise engaged in the
grocery trade. His various undertakings were attended with success and he became widely recognized as one of the
prosperous and representative citizens of the community. He bought and disposed of a number of small farms.
On the 19th of April, 1860, Mr. Baumer was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary J. Ford, a daughter of John and Mary
(Ross) Ford, natives of Ireland, who emigrated to the United States when their daughter Mary was ten years old.
The family home was established in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and it was there that Miss Ford met' and married Mr.
Baumer. Her mother passed away in Dubuque county, Iowa, near Cascade, but the demise of her father occurred in
this county. To Mr. and Mrs. Baumer were born the following children: Menia, who is the wife of Charles Wheeler;
John, who died in infancy; Herman, a resident of Ohio; Lottie, who gave her hand in marriage to Jake Haggerty;
Jennie, the wife of Clarence Eells; Ida, who is the wife of James Buffum; and Louis Charles, living in Texas.
In politics Mr. Baumer was a democrat of independent tendencies but the honors and emoluments of office had no
attraction for him. He had a host of friends and no enemies, for his life was upright and honorable in all things.
He never indulged in the use of tobacco or profanity and remained clean in both body and mind. His record is a
credit to Marengo and his demise was sincerely mourned. Mrs. Banmer also enjoys an extensive and favorable acquaintance
throughout the community, having resided in Marengo continuously during the past fifty four years.
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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