Pages 647-648, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




A highly improved farm of two hundred and forty acres in Belmont township, Woodson county, is now the property of Mr. Bauersfeld and has been acquired entirely through his own well directed efforts since coming to America. He was born in North Housen, Prussia, Germany, February 1, 1857, and is a son of a shepherd, Frederick Bauersfeld, who came with his son to the United States and died in 1881, at the age of sixty-two years. He was twice married, his first union being with Hennah Rumpf, by whom he had four children: Wilhelmina, wife of Hermann Kemmerer, of Missouri; Johanna, wife of Frederick Becker, of Germany; Ludowina, wife of Charles Lioberman, of Cass county, Missouri. For his


second wife the father chose Mina Mollenhour, a resident of Woodson county. Their children are: Wilhelmina, wife of Charles Weide; Charles H., of this review; Gunther, of Woodson county; Theresa wife of William Weide, and August, who is living in Yates Center.

Charles H. Bauersfeld was reared and educated in his native land and there remained until twenty-four years of age. He also learned the weaver's trade there but did not follow it after his arrival in this country. In 1831 he arrived in Woodson county and located in North township, where he resided for six years after which he spent nine years on another farm. On the expiration of that period he went to Yates Center, where he engaged in the milling business for a year and a half. In 1897 he took up his abode upon his present farm on section thirty-five, township twenty-five, range fourteen, and is now devoting his energies to the operation of his farm of two hundred and forty acres, which is now well improved, being supplied with modern accesories, good buildings and the best equipments for making of farm work a success.

Mr. Bauersfeld was united in marriage to Miss Eva Switzer, who was born in 1864, and is a daughter of Henry Switzer, of Coffey county, Kansas, but formerly a resident of Pennsylvania. Four children grace the union of Mr. and Mrs. Bauersfeld; Minnie Harry, Leonard and Ollie. The parents enjoy the warm regard of many friends in this part of the county and are widely known. In the early days of his residence in this country Mr. Bauersfeld was a Republican but afterward became a Populist during the reform movement in Kansas. In this country where opportunity is not hampered by caste or class and where ability is recognized and labor brings reward, he has steadily advanced until he is now numbered among the prosperous and progressive agriculturists of his adopted county.

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