Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 954 transcribed on July 19, 2001.

Alfred Bauer

ALFRED BAUER. - The prosperous town of Rosedale, Kansas, has as superintendent of its water works Alfred Bauer, who has efficiently served in this capacity for the past three years, and who has proved himself to be the right man in the right place.

As his name indicates, Mr. Bauer comes of German parentage. He was born in Kansas, City, Missouri, June 9, 1875, a son of Otto and Theresa Bauer, both natives of Vienna, Germany, Otto Bauer on coming to America located at Kansas City, where he engaged in the butchering business. Afterward he was in the employ of the old Kumps brewery, and finally settled on a farm in Johnston county, Kansas, where he spent the rest of his life and died, his death occurring in 1899. Four years after his emigration to this country he was joined in Kansas City by his wife and two children, Charles and Andrew, and here two other children were born to them, Theresa and Alfred, the former being now the wife of Louis Sohn, a farmer of Jackson county, Missouri. The parents were Catholics, in which faith they reared their family, and, politically, the father was a Democrat.

Alfred Bauer has been a resident of Rosedale since he was five years old. He attended school until he was twelve, when he left the school room to become messenger boy in a telegraph office and learn telegraphy. Afterward he also learned the trade of iron moulder, at which latter trade he worked for a period of fifteen years. In 1893 he was appointed by the county commissioners to the position of custodian of the court house, and for four years filled this office. Since the spring of 1908 he has been superintendent of the water works, having been appointed to this position by the mayor and council of Rosedale, and under his supervision many improvements have been made in the plant. In 1910 he was urged by his friends to make the race for nomination on the Democratic ticket for clerk of the district court, and he allowed his name to be used. He did not, however, push the canvass, as his time was spent in looking after the interests of Rosedale, and consequently he was defeated.

In 1895 Mr. Bauer married Miss Myrtle Kesner, of Rosedale, and they have one child, Irene, a high school student.

Biographical Index