Biography of Andy Bauer
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

ANDY BAUER, township clerk, and the owner of a well improved farm of 40 acres, situated in Liberty township, was born in Liberty township, Mercer County, Ohio, August 4, 1868, and is a son of John and Susan (Koch) Bauer.

John Bauer was born in Prussia, Germany, February 8, 1834. His parents were Michael and Mary (Distler) Bauer, both of Prussian birth. Prior to coming to America, John Bauer attended school in his native land, where he had better advantages than he could have obtained at that time in Liberty township. He reached Ohio in 1852, a well educated young German, and located first in Van Wert County. In 1854 he came to Liberty township, Mercer County, where he was one of the earliest teachers. The pioneers here were mostly Germans and, had he so desired, he could have continued to teach their children for years. His aim, however, was to become a farmer and to own a goodly number of the fertile acres which he saw being developed all around him, and to agricurtural pursuits he has devoted a large portion of his life. He has lived on his valuable farm of 16o acres, in section 15, Liberty township, for almost half a century.

On January 25, 1868, John Bauer was married to Susanna Koch, a daughter of John and Mary Koch, natives of Germany and old Liberty township settlers. Mrs. Bauer's brother, Anton Koch, is a prominent resident of Chattanooga, Mercer County. Mr. and Mrs. Bauer had eight children, and of this number the following six survive: John, residing in the State of Washington; Mary E., wife of Louis Bollenbacher, residing in Liberty township; Catherine, wife of Charles W. Baker, residing in Black Creek township; and Andy, Frederick, and. William, all of Liberty township. John Bauer and wife belong to the Evangelical Association and were among the early active members of the church in Liberty township. In politics he is a Democrat.

Andy Bauer was reared by his estimable parents in a home where thrift was taught and precepts of morality were instilled. He assisted on the home farm all through his youth and obtained his education in the schools of his. native township. His business has always been along agricultural lines. He has been active in politics and has consistently supported the Democratic party. Mr. Bauer is a well informed man and a pleasant, genial official.

On November 28, i868, Mr. Bauer was married to Mary Brehm, who was born at Dayton, Ohio, and is a daughter of John Brehm, of Liberty township. Mr. and Mrs. Bauer have had 11 children, as follows: John J., Elizabeth A., Bertha L., Carl, Lawrence P., Valentine, Lovina, Rudolph, Eda H. and two deceased. The family belong to the Evangelical Association.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
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