John Christian Bauer, who is turning his energies to cultivating the soil in Franklin township, Washington county,
is a native of Germany, and is possessed of all the admirable quality of industry together with all the characteristics
common to his race and these have enabled him throughout his career here to surround himself with prosperity and
establish himself on an excellent farm which, on account of the attention he has given to it, is one of the most
desirable tracts of land in the county.
His birth occurred April 19, 1867, and he is a son of John J. and Mary (Genkinger) Bauer, both of whom are natives
of Germany and came to the new world about the year 1888, locating in Franklin township, this county, where the
father still resides, enjoying a high measure of health and vigor. Here he has devoted his entire time and attention
to the pursuit of agriculture although, while he was still a resident of his native land, being a shoemaker by
trade, he followed that occupation. Upon coming to this country, he gave up shoemaking, engaging in it only to
the extent of supplying the needs of his immediate family. His wife departed this life here in 1899. To them were
born six children, namely: Carolina, the wife of George Hartman, residing in Jefferson county; John Christian;
Carl, deceased; Ernest Fred, a prosperous agriculturist of Franklin township; Lou, who operates a large farm in
Cedar township; and Mary, the wife of F. H. Ross, who is engaged in farming in Franklin township.
In his native land John Christian Bauer acquired his education and when eighteen years of age, upon learning of
the greater opportunities offered in the new world for ambitious young men, he came to the United States in 1885,
locating in Washington township, this county, where he remained for a brief period and then went to Franklin township,
where he was engaged in farming on monthly wages, in the meantime completing a commercial course in a business
college. Having finished his education, he commenced farming in Franklin township in 1892, and has since met with
success, now owning one hundred and sixty acres of land, upon which he has erected a fine dwelling house. His farm
is provided with all conveniences with which to carry on his occupation to the best advantage. Desiring to pursue
agricultural upon modern methods he pays much attention to his soil, making a study of crops and their rotation
and as a consequence his harvests are all that could be desired. Aside from engaging in general farming he makes
a specialty of stock feeding, which has become the most lucrative department of his business.
In 1892 the marriage of Mr. Bauer and Miss Ada Victorine Davis was celebrated. She is a native of Franklin township,
and has become the mother of five children: Bessie, whose birth occurred December 10, 1892; Ralph, born April 20,
1895; Margaret, born September 14, 1898; Roy, born July 25, 1900; and Carlton, whose birth occurred on January
While Mr. Bauer is not an aspirant for public office he takes a deep interest in political issues and is a loyal
supporter of the republican party. Interested in local affairs, he has served four years as township assessor and
for two years as township trustee and is a member of the school board. His fraternal affiliations are with the
Knights of Pythias meeting at West Chester, and in his lodge he is the keeper of the record and seal. He and his
family attend the Methodist Episcopal church. He is an estimable citizen, an industrious and enterprising farmer
and is accounted among the worthy men of his township.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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