"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Bauer, J. August engineer of the Tomahawk city waterworks, and a well known and popular citizen, was born in Germany, Jan. 25, 1857, son of Carl and Elizabeth BAUER, the father being a shoemaker by trade. The children of Carl BAUER were William, J. August, Libby and Christian, of whom the two latter are deceased. Christian having been killed by a fall from a tree which he was trimming. Both parents spent their lives in Germany. J. August BAUER was reared and education in his native land, and subsequently worked for the government as stage driver until he was 21. On June 25, 1880 he came to the United States, settling at Montego, Mich., where he found employment in a sawmill for a while. After that he loaded steamboats one summer, and afterwards until 1889 he worked during the summers in mills and during the winters in the woods at logging. Then coming to Tomahawk, he opened the hotel known then as the Muskegan House, which he conducted for ten years, at the end of that time selling out. During the next five years he was street commissioner, subsequently being appointed to his present position, which he has held for 18 years up to May 1, 1923, having rendered the city skilful and satisfactory service. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and, fraternally, of the Independent order of Odd Fellows. In 1884, at Montego, Mich., Mr. BAUER was married to Johanna AILEY, daughter of William and Caroline AILEY, both parents being now deceased. Of this marriage four children were born, of whom three are now living, Ralph, Carrie, and Ernest. Ralph, who is employed as foreman of the chain-gang in the paper-mill, enlisted during the war in the Tomahawk Machine Gun Company, trained at Waco, Texas; then went to France as sergeant and saw service in the 32d Division at Chateau Thierry and in the Argonne, where he was gassed. He was also with the army of occupation, and after two years' service returned to the United States and was discharged in 1919. Carrie is the wife of Albert BISHOP and is keeping house for her father; she has two children, Bauer A. and Elizabeth. Ernest is now living on his father's farm of 160 acres.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 542-543, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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