"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.


Bayer, George proprietor of Water Home Farm in the town of Arbor Vitae, Vilas County, in which county he was an early settler, was born in Germany, April 8, 1875, son of George and Theresa (SNYDER) BAYER. The parents came to America in 1891, locating at Harrison, Wis., where the father worked for the railroad company. In 1894 they moved to Arbor Vitae, where George BAYER, Sr., was employed in the planing-mill for many years; he died in March, 1911. The wife and mother passed away in 1898. George BAYER attended school in Germany and came to the United States in 1892, first settling in Harrison, Wis., and entering the employ of the Brooks & Ross Lumber Co. there. When they moved their mill to Arbor Vitae in 1894 he came here with them, and he was brakeman on their log trains until 1901, when he bought 80 acres of wild land in Section 22, town of Arbor Vitae, and began the development of his present farm. A long, hard task lay ahead of him, but he was a hard worker and a man not to be daunted by obstacles, and in the succeeding years he built up an excellent agricultural property, where he is now successfully carrying on mixed farming. He has about 55 acres of the farm under cultivation, and has equipped it with a good residence and a fine barn and set of outbuildings. His cattle are grade Jersey and Guernsey stock. His place is very prettily located, the land encircling Lake Wassaheim, which lies just back of the buildings. Mr. BAYER is constable of his town, and has served two terms as clerk of the local school district. He was married Feb. 6, 1897, to Maude SCHAFER, who was born in Oceana County, Michigan, Oct. 5, 1882, daughter of Stephen and Sarah (BLACK) SCHAFER. Mrs. BAYER'S father was a native of Pennsylvania, and her mother was born in Maine; the parents were married at Shelby, Oceana County, Mich., and they came to Oneida County in 1891, locating at Woodruff; they are now living retired with Mr. and Mrs. BAYER; the father was a carpenter during all of his active career. Twelve children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. BAYER, namely; Irene, Stephen F., Margaret, George, Helen, Truman, Evelyn, Andrew, Elton, Rosella, Dewey, and Maude. Irene is now Mrs. George ANDERSON of Vilas County, her husband being engaged in agriculture here; they have three children, Vivian, Lillian, and Delbert. Margaret is the wife of Harold JONES, who is also a farmer in Vilas County; they have two children, Genevieve N. and Loretta M. George met his death in a mine car accident in Michigan, Jan. 8, 1919. Helen is now Mrs. David CRONK of Chicago, and she and her husband have one child, Betty Jane. Truman also resides at Chicago. The other children are living at home. Mr. BAYER is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and he and his family take an active part in the social life of the community.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 438-439; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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