FRED W. BAUER. Possessing excellent business ability and judgment, Fred Bauer, of Sandusky, is eminently qualified
for the position he holds in the municipal department of finance, and well deserves the commendation and approbation
of the general public for the prompt and efficient manner in which hem is discharging his duties as city auditor.
A son of the late Adam Bauer, he was born in Sandusky, December 6, 1868, of German descent.
His paternal grandfather, John Philip Bauer, was born in the Village of Messbach, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, a son
of Johann Conrad Bauer, who married Anna Barbara Stohr. Leaving school at the age of fourteen years, he served
an apprenticeship at the carpenter's trade in Niedermodan. Then, taking the place of an elder brother in the army,
he fought the Prussians under Napoleon I, and took an active part in the Polish invasion as a brave soldier enduring
great hardships. Being discharged from the service, he followed his trade in both France and Switzerland, and when
the Germans again took up arms against the French he fought in the German army until honorably discharged. He subsequently
lived at Billings, near Steinau, Germany, until 1836.
On August 10 of that year he set sail for America, accompanied by his family, and after an unusually rough voyage
landed in Baltimore. Coming from there westward to Pittsburgh by rail, and thence by team to Ohio, he took up a
tract of timbered land in Crawford County, and, having erected a log cabin to shelter his family, began the pioneer
task of clearing the farm on which he spent his remaining days. He married, May 24, 1818, a comely young widow,
whose maiden name was Anna Catherine Feick. Although he attained the age of four score and four years, she outlived
him, dying at a venerable age. They reared five sons and three daughters, and at the time of his death they had
forty six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Adam Bauer was born October 21, 1821, in the Grand-Duchy of Hesse, formerly Hesse-Darmstadt, and as a youth came
with his parents to Ohio, having a long and stormy trip across the Atlantic. He assisted his father in hewing a
farm from the forest. When ready to start in life for lumself he spent a year in Toledo, being employed on the
canal. Returning home, he again assisted his father in the management of the farm for a time. In 1844 he made his
way on foot to Sandusky, arriving in the city with but $5 in his pocket, his sole capital. He soon found work as
a carpenter, and ere many years had passed was well established as a contractor and builder, with a shop at the
corner of Water and Jackson streets, that having been at a time when all door and window sashes were made by hand.
Purchasing property at the corner of Market and Decatur streets in 1849, he erected a building, and was there engaged
in the grocery business until 1876, when he removed to a building which he had previously put up at the corner
of Monroe and Decatur streets. After conducting a thriving business at that location a few years, he sold out,
and thereafter lived retired in Sandusky until his death, December 14, 1901.
The maiden name of the wife of Adam Bauer was Caroline Hemberle. She was born in Germany, and in 1834 came with
her parents to America, taking passage on a sailing vessel, and landing in New York. From there the family proceeded
by way of the Hudson River to Albany, thence by the Erie Canal to Buffalo, and by lake to Sandusky, where the family
took teams to Crawford County, Ohio. A few years later Mr. Hemberle moved with his wife and children to Erie County,
settling on a farm in Perkins Township, but remaining only a short time there. He and his wife then moved to Sandusky,
and there spent the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Caroline Bauer is still living, a bright and active woman of
eighty seven years. To her and her husband seven children were born, as follows: John, who died at the age of forty
years; Caroline; Harriet; Albert; Fred W., the subject of this brief personal narrative; Theodore, who lived but
fourteen years; and Adam, who also died when but fourteen years old.
Having finished the course of study in the public schools of Sandusky, Fred W. Bauer worked for awhile at the plumber's
trade, after which he entered the employ of Thomas T. Dill as timekeeper and assistant superintendent of the work
of grading and building roads, and setting out trees on the grounds of the Ohio Soldiers' Home, retaining the position
a year. The ensuing fifteen years Mr. Bauer was connected with the waterworks department of the City of Sandusky,
five years of that time serving as superintendent. He then accepted a position with the Sandusky Gas and Electric
Company as manager, and at the end of three years resigned to become secretary of the A. Schmidt, Jr., & Brothers
Wine Company, with which he was associated in that capacity for four years. In 1911 Mr. Bauer gave up the secretaryship
to become assistant city auditor, assuming the office in August of that year. Three months later, in November,
1911, he was elected to the position, and served so acceptably to all concerned that at the expiration of his term
of service, in November, 1913, he had the honor of being reelected to the same office by a large majority of the
Mr. Bauer married, in 1891, Sabina Denhart, who was born in Sandusky, a daughter of Justus and Anna Denhart, natives
of Germany. Four children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Bauer, namely: Harriet, Esther, Mary and Fred
D. Mrs. Bauer 's parents belonged to the German Evangelical Church, and reared their family in the same faith.
The Misses Harriet and Esther Bauer are members of Grace Episcopal Church.
Fraternally Mr. Bauer is a member of Sandusky Lodge, No. 128, Knights of Pythias; of Sandusky Herd, No. 471, Loyal
Order of Moose; and of Sandusky Aerie, No. 444, Fraternal Order of Eagles. Gifted with a natural taste and talent
for music, Mr. Bauer began playing the violin in his youthful days, and the greater part of the time during the
past sixteen years has been leader of the orchestra at the Sandusky Theatre.
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago and New York 1916
Erie County, Ohio
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