Biography of Charles W. Baer
North Central Ohio Biographies

Charles W. Baer is outstanding among the successful merchants of Mansfield, where he is identified with the Kallmerten-Baer Company, dealers in coal and builders supplies, 77-81 East Fifth Street. He was born on a farm in Washington Township, Richland County, Sept. 3, 1879, the son of Philip and Minnie (Mennis) Baer.

Philip Baer was born in Hessedarmstadt, Germany, and his wife was also a native of that country. He came to this country when he was a very young man, making the trip with his brothers. He entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, but after a short time removed to Washington Township, Richland County, where he purchased a farm. Mr. Baer became one of the most successful farmers of the county and after his retirement lived at Mansfield. He died in 1913 and his wife died in 1914. Both are buried at Mansfield. Mr. Baer was a Democrat and served as township assessor. He was a devout member of St. Peter's Evangelical Church. Mr. and Mrs. Baer were the parents of eight children, as follows: Mary, married John Kochhier, lives at Lexington, Ohio; William F., married Ella Kochhier, lives at Mansfield; Margaret, married William Kochhier, deceased, and she lives at Mansfield; Emma, married Albert Touby, deceased, and she lives at Mansfield; Kathrine, the wife of Frank Kling, Lakeside, Ind.; Charles W., the subject of this sketch; Alice, married F. Schlosser; and Herman O., lives at Mansfield.

Charles W. Baer obtained his education in the district schools of Washington Township and spent his boyhood on his father's farm. He came to Mansfield in 1894 and at that time entered the employ of John Baer, meat dealer. Later, he purchased a market from a Mr. Reynolds, which he successfully operated for a time. He then became associated in business with Ernst B. Kallmerten and they established the Kallmerten-Baer Company. The business was incorporated in 1929 and Mr. Baer became vice president and treasurer.

In 1899 Mr. Baer was married to Miss Martha Goetz, the daughter of George and Christian Goetz, natives of Germany, both deceased. They have no children.

Mr. Baer has always been a Democrat. He is an active member of St. John's Evangelical Church, of which he is past treasurer, and he belongs to the Knights of Pythias, Chamber of Commerce, and Mansfield Gun Club.

Mr. and Mrs Baer have an attractive summer home at Lake George, Ind. Their city residence is located at 78 Home Avenue, Mansfield.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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