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Franz Bauer

b. August 11, 1825 Haidelfing, Bavaria
m. November 23, 1853 LeRoy, Wisconsin U.S.A.
d. May 09, 1898 LeRoy, Wisconsin U.S.A.

Spouse:

Katharina (Brunner) Bauer

Children:

1. Katharina (Bauer) Wittman (b. 1854; m. Joseph Wittman)
2. Frank Seraph Bauer (b. July 09, 1856 LeRoy, Wisconsin; m. January 04, 1879 LeRoy, Wisconsin to Anna (Schmid) Bauer; d. 1936)
3. Joseph Bauer (b. 1858; m. Mary () Bauer; d. 1930 LeRoy, Wisconsin U.S.A.)
4. Mary (Bauer) Wittman (b. May 03, 1867 LeRoy, Wisconsin U.S.A.; m. Martin Wittman)
Amelia & John (both died as infants)

Biography:

According to family records and the History of Dodge County, Frank came from a family of farmers and on on July 02, 1851 Frank Bauer left for the United States with nothing but $2.50. His ship departed from LeHavre, France and most likely landed in New York, as he needed to stay here to earn enough money to move further west. On this same ship was his future wife, Katherine Brunner, but it is unknown whether or not they knew each other prior to the journey.

Frank Bauer first stopped in New York state, where he got a job for $5.00 a month farming, making cord wood, and mixing mortar as a mason, for which he received $0.75 a day. According to one relative, he spent much time sitting on a stump with tears in his eyes due to loneliness.

Unlike Katherine, Frank was the first person in his family and his community to move to the United States. Later his brothers Joseph and Lawrence/Lorenz immigrated to the U.S. Apparently, Frank and Lawrence walked from New York to Pennsylvania searching for their brother, who they eventually found near Harrisburg. They pulled their belonging with them on a cart they made themselves and regularly had to replace the axle.

The three of them then made their way to LeRoy, Wisconsin as did their four brother, John and their sister, Mrs. Baumgartner. They left three additional sisters behind in Bavaria, although two of the sisters' children later immigrated.

In 1853 Frank and his siblings found their way to LeRoy, Wisconsin, where he got 40 acres of government land, but he had to clear much of the land of its trees. He later purchased another 108 acres of land and farmed there until 1884 when he retired. His farm was worth, what appears to be $4,000 in the 1870 US Census and he held another $700 worth of personal possessions at the time.

Franz was active with St. Andrews and was the church's treasurer.

In 1967 Frank moved to Milwaukee to make more money as his family stayed behind; this was done to afford a better school for his children. After Mary was born in May of that year, Mary and Frank's wife, Katherine moved to Milwaukee with him. However after only a couple weeks Mary got sick and with a small pox scare, Mary and Katherine returned to LeRoy.

Frank's son, Frank S. Bauer later became a Wisconsin state politician and his daughter, Mary's son, Steve Wittman, later became a pioneer in aviation. A couple of Steve Wittman's planes are on display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, U.S.A.

Frank & Katherine Bauer and family
In the front is Frank & Katherine Bauer; in back their children

Frank Bauer

Simon Hofbauer's Barn in LeRoy, Wisconsin
The barn Franz Bauer built for his wife's, grandfather, Simon Hofbauer. St. Andrews is in the background.

LeRoy, Wisconsin with St. Andrews Church in the Background
LeRoy, Wisconsin with St. Andrews Church in the Background

Tomb of Franz Bauer
Franz's tomb in St. Andrew's Cemetery in LeRoy, Wisconsin

Bavaria

Wisconsin

Ethnicity:

Ethnicity

References:

-1870 United States Federal Census Record (view document)
-Wisconsin Deaths, 1820-1907 Record.
-Bauer, Albin M. History of the Bauer Family 1978. Unpublished.
-H.B. Hubbell, History of Dodge County, Wisconsin, Volume 2, (1913), 293-295.
-St. Andrews Cemetery. LeRoy, Wisconsin U.S.A.
-Bauer family records (view document)
-Frank S. Bauer's Baptismal Record. July 26, 1856. Archdiocese of Milwaukee.