Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HENRY BAUER is a native of Lincoln,
Nebraska, born April 28, 1879. He is now a prosperous farmer residing
three and one-half miles west from Ritzville. Mr. Bauer's parents
were Jacob and Elizabeth (Koch) Bauer, natives of Russia and descendants
from families who came from Germany to Russia two hundred years ago.
In 1876 the parents of Mr. Bauer came to America and located in Nebraska.
From that state they came to Ogden, Utah, and from Ogden to Walla Walla,
Washington, having resided in Nebraska only three years. They lived
two years at Walla Walla, then came to Adams county, where on April 20,
1884, they settled on a homestead near Ritzville. They are now living
in Ritzville, having accumulated sufficient property to enable them to
live off their rents and interest. They have been parents of nine
children, only five of whom are now living, Peter, Henry, Mrs. Mary M.
Johnson, Lydia and Minnie all residents of Adams county.
The subject of our sketch received his education
in Adams county, since he was a lad of four years at the time of his parents'
coming here. After finishing a common school course, he, at the age
of twenty-three years, purchased two hundred and forty acres of land and
commenced farming on his own responsibility. Later on he added three
hundred and twenty acres to his farm, and now has all of his land under
cultivation and in a high state of improvement. He has excellent
farm buildings, and so forth, and raises some cattle and keeps about twenty
head of horses continually on his farm. As an illustration of the
manner in which the family has prospered since coming to Adams county,
it may be stated that the father, upon coming here, was worth two hundred
and fifty dollars and is now rated as being worth between thirty and fifty
thousand dollars. Mr. Bauer is a Democrat in politics, but is not
an active partisan. He is looked upon as being one of the sound young
farmers and rising young business men of the Big Bend.