Prominently identified with the building interests of Horton, Mr. Bauer's labors have contributed to the improvement and substantial development of the city since 1887, and in this way he has added to his financial success, becoming one of the well-to-do residents of the community. A native of Germany, his birth occurred about forty-two years ago in the fatherland. In accordance with the laws of that country, he pursued his education until fourteen years of age, and when a youth of fifteen years he began learning the carpenter's trade. Serving for two years in the German army, he became familiar with the military discipline of his native land. At length he determined to try his fortune in America, and in 1883 sailed for the United States, locating in New York city, where he remained for more than a year, working at the carpenter's trade. On the expiration of that period he came to the west, establishing a home in Marshall county, Kansas. His exemplary workmanship and his thorough understanding of the builder's art has enabled him to command an excellent trade. He built the Catholic church at Myers Valley, Pottawatomie county, Kansas, and in 1887 he came to Horton, where he has designed and erected many of the homes and public buildings of the town. He furnished the plans for the construction of the high school, one of the best in the state, and erected at a cost of seventeen thousand dollars. He also built the Sante block and the Masonic Hall, together with many private residences which stand as monuments to his thrift and enterprise.
Mr. Bauer was married in Marshall county, Kansas, in 1884, to Mary Annie Lance, who was born on the Rhine but came to the United States during her childhood and was reared and educated in Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Bauer have had four children, namely: Anna, Otto, Mary and Leo. The parents and children are communicants of the Catholic church. They have a pleasant home in Horton, where Mr. Bauer owns three residences. His political support is given to the Democracy. He has never had occasion to regret his determination to seek a home in America, for here he has found opportunity to work his way upward, and by resolute purpose and determined energy he has gained a comfortable competence, while his fellow-townsmen have given him their warm regard.