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Frederick W. Bauer

The admirable agricultural resources of Clayton county have constituted the secure basis of its progress and prosperity, and as exponents of the great fundamental industry of farming there are found at the present time a goodly number of alert and valued representatives of the second generation of families whose names have been prominently and worthily linked with the development and advancement of this section of the state. Frederick W. Bauer is one of the native sons of Clayton county, who holds prestige as one of the substantial agriculturists and representative citizens of Boardman township, where he owns and operates a well improved farm of one hundred and eighty acres.

Mr. Bauer was born in Garnavillo township, this county, on the 31st of August, 1869, and is a son of William and Emma (Hochhause) Bauer, both of whom were born in Germany. William Bauer was a child when he accompanied his parents on their immigration to America, and the family home was established in the State of Ohio, where he was reared to adult age and received a good common school education. As a young man he came to Iowa and numbered himself among the pioneers of Clayton county. He purchased a tract of land in Garnavillo township and reclaimed the same into a productive farm. In the late '80s he sold this property advantageously and soon afterward purchased the farm now occupied by his son, Frederick W., the immediate subject of this sketch. Here he continued his successful activities as a thrifty and progressive agriculturist and stock-grower until about 1906, since which time he and his wife have maintained their residence in the city of Dubuque, where he is living virtually retired, in the enjoyment of the tangible rewards of former years of earnest toil and endeavor. He contributed his quota to the development of Clayton county along both civic and industrial lines and both he and his wife have a wide circle of friends in this county. They are zealous communicants of the Catholic church and his political affiliation is with the Democratic party. Of the children the eldest is he whose name introduces this article; Elizabeth is the wife of Max Ovitz and they maintain their home at Elkader, the judicial center of this county; Otilla is the wife of Joseph Schiltz, of Dubuque; Agnes is the wife of Paul Schammel, of Waterloo, this state; Charles and Irma are with their parents in Dubuque; and Amelia died in childhood.

Frederick W. Bauer reverts to the excellent public schools of his native county as the medium through which he acquired his early education, and his initial experience in connection with the practical affairs of life was that gained in his early association with the work of the home farm. This discipline, continued through the period of his youth, well fitted him for the responsibilities which he assumed when he engaged in farming and stock-growing in an independent way and has contributed materially to his winning of precedence as one of the thorough-going, ambitious and successful farmers of his native county. He continued his association with his father in the work and management of the farm until his parents left the homestead to enjoy urban life, and thereafter he rented the place of his father until 1906, when he purchased the property, which now comprises a farm of one hundred and forty acres, equipped with a substantial and attractive modern house of two stories, and with excellent barns, fences and other accessories of a model farmstead. With much of discrimination and enterprise Mr. Bauer carries forward his operations along the line of properly diversified agriculture, and he likewise gives attention to the breeding and raising of high-grade live stock. As a publicspirited citizen of well reinforced political convictions, he is aligned as a staunch supporter of the Democratic party, both he and his wife being communicants of the Catholic church, in the faith of which they were reared.

On the 16th of November, 1900, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Bauer to Miss Eva Fryetich, who likewise was born in Clayton county, where her father has long been a prosperous farmer, and the five children of this union are: Florence, Evaline, Clarence, Helen and Marian.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 30-31

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