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Bader. His father, who was born at Hugsweier, June 4, 1829, and died there November 15, 1912, was tax collector for 47 years and city clerk for 8 years; all his family except him came to America and settled in Nebraska in 1864. His mother was born at Flehingen, Bretten, Baden, Germany, in 1835, and died at Freiburg, Baden, Germany, November 7, 1896. Her mother died when she was still an infant, and she was reared by an uncle.
Mr. Bader attended school in Germany. Starting in the furniture and undertaking business in 1890 with the firm Elsner& Bader, since then he has been a member of the following firms: Bader & Anderson; Bader Brothers Company; Fred Bader Company, and the Fred Bader Funeral Home, Incorporated, of which he is president. He is a director in the Equitable Building & Loan Association, the Union National Bank, the Fremont Hotel Company, and the Chamber of Commerce.
He is a member of the Odd Fellows Temple, the Nebraskana Society, the Red Cross, and the Rotary Club, all of Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska. He holds membership in the Masons, Odd Fellows (deputy grand master), Knights of Pythias, Rebeccas, and the Eastern Star. He is affiliated with the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Fremont, and is a member of the Young Men's Christian Association. He is a Republican.
On November 20, 1895, he was united in marriage with Laura Cochran at Fremont. Mrs. Bader was born at Ottumwa, Iowa, August 31, 1873. They have two children: Ruth, born November 15, 1896, who attended Northwestern University and was graduated from Van Sant Business College, and who married Mernitz Dewey Jastram; and Marian, born February 17, 1902, who was graduated from Midland College with the A. B. degree, and now teaches in junior high school. Ruth has two children, Rupert Mitchell, six years of age, and Edith Marian who is three.
Mr. Bader attended the Rotary Internationale at Vienna as a delegate in 1931. While in Europe he visited in Germany and traced the Bader family history back to 1660. The church records were destroyed in the ravages of the Thirty Years' War. Residence: Fremont. (Photograph on Page 59).
Lewis Henry Badger
Lewis Henry Badger has resided continuously on the same farm in Fillmore County for the past 63 years, and has taken an important part in the building up of the state and his community. He was born at Piqua, Ohio, October 5, 1856, the son of Henry Lewis and Mary Azubah (Phelps) Badger, both of whom were pioneer settlers in Nebraska. His father, who was born at East Granby, Connecticut, May 26, 1829, and died at Fairmont, Nebraska, July 21, 1905, was a farmer and civil engineer; he was the eighth settler in Fillmore County, helped to organize the county, and was the first county clerk and surveyor. His English ancestors came to America prior to 1640 and were noted as statemen and Revolutionary War soldiers.
His mother was born at Blendon, Ohio, February 1, 1828, and died at Fairmont, January 11, 1894. She completed a college course at Westerville, Ohio, and later taught school in Ohio and Indiana. The Phelps family, which was of English and Scotch descent, settled Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630, and in 1635 founded the town of Windsor, Connecticut. They helped to make the Blue Laws, and members of the family fought in Colonial and Revolutionary wars.
Mr. Badger attended school in Illinois and in Nebraska in pioneer days. His higher education was gleaned from experience and private study. He has been a farmer and stockraiser for many years and has in recent years modernized and improved the farm he settled in 1868. He is still active in farm work. During the World War he contributed to loan funds and was active in Red Cross affairs; he is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and holds membership in the Masons, Scottish Rite at Lincoln, Mt. Moriah Chapter Number 38 of the Eastern Star, and Hesperian Lodge Number 42 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Badger is a Republican. His hobbies are relics and guns.
His marriage to Minnie Estell Wies occurred at York, Nebraska, February 27, 1885. Mrs. Badger, who was born at Chillicothe, Ohio, May 26, 1862, was a teacher in the elementary schools in Nebraska and Illinois before her marriage. Of English, Scotch, and German ancestry, she is descended from the Scott family of Virginia; members of the family were active in the Revolution. They have one daughter, Mary Belle, born June 19, 1889, who received the A. B. degree and a teacher's certificate from the University of Nebraska in 1911. Residence: Fairmont.
Byron Howard Baer
Byron Howard Baer, physician at Ashland, Saunders County, Nebraska, has lived in this state all his life. He was born at Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, January 18, 1895, the son of Edward Byron and Augusta Louise (Antles) Baer. His father, who was born at Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa, August 10, 1863, is a retired man; he is Past Master of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. His mother, whose ancestry is Scotch and Irish, was born at Mount Union, Henry County, Iowa, September 1, 1872; she is Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, and is a member of the P.E.O.
Dr. Baer was graduated from the high school at Stanton, Nebraska, 1914, and in 1919 received his B.S. degree at the University of Nebraska. He was awarded the M.D. degree at the university in 1921; he was active in football in high school, serving as captain of the team for three years and held membership in Phi Delta Theta and Nu Sigma No. At this time he is engaged in research work on hay fever and is engaged in general medical practice at Ashland.
He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Nebraska State Medical Association, the Saunders County Medical Society, and the Nebraskana Society. He is chairman of the road committee of the Chamber of Commerce at Ashland, and is affiliated with the Congregational Church there. He is a member of the Masons (Scottish Rite and Shrine), the Boy Scouts, Court of Honor, and the American Legion. He served as a private in the Medical Reserves during the late war.
Dr. Baer is a Republican.
He is interested in reading and art, while his sports are angling and hunting.
On January 8, 1923, he was married to Mary Augusta Ziegenbein at Omaha, Douglas
County, Nebraska. Mrs. Baer was born of German ancestry, at Memphis, Saunders
County, Nebraska, June 29, I896. Their two children are: Mary Jean, born December
15, 1924; and Charles, born August 20, 1928. Residence: Ashland.
Elisha Tarlton Baer
One of Nebraska's distinguished writers and social welfare workers is Elisha Tarlton Baer, who was born at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, May 29, 1872. His father, Philip Snyder Baer, was born at Greensburg, September 13, 1829, and died there November 8, 1906; he was a farmer and served throughout the duration of the Civil War. The first member of the Baer family in this country settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1700, and one ancestor, Philip Steinmetz, served in the Revolution.
His mother, Leah (Steiner) Baer, was born at Greensburg, May 18, 1832, and died there December 12, 1905.
She received her education in private German schools, and was descended from ancestors who came to this country in the 18th century.
Mr. Baer attended seminary preparatory school, and was a student at the Iron City Commercial College at Pittsburgh. He entered business with Keystone Coal and Coke Company in 1900, and four years later resigned
his position to enter the work of Young Men's Christian Association. He has continued in field work for that organization as general secretary and later secretary of the National Council of New York, until his retirement in recent years. He is the author of a series of verses on various subjects which are being published in serial form at this time.
He is a member of the Rotary Club of Dubuque, Iowa, and a Mason. His affiliation with the Young en Christian Association has taken him to Canada, the Philippines, Japan, and the Hawaiian Islands, as well as all over the United States. Mr. Baer's hobby is wood art work, and his outstanding talent is amateur sculpture.
During the World War he was in charge of welfare work among recruits at Camp Funston and helped to organize several finance campaigns. He served with the Tenth Pennsylvania Volunteer infantry during the Spanish American War. He likes golfing and bowling.
His marriage to Daisy
Dale Flesher was solemnized in. Greensburg, November 8, 1900. Mrs. Baer, who
was born at Weston, Virginia, August 22, 1876, is a member of an old southern
family which is descended from Christopher Martin who came to America on the
Mayflower. They have four children: Arthur MacArthur, born September 12, 1902,
who married Henrietta Bartenbach; Elizabeth Leah, born September 14, 1904,
who married Loren M. Green; Ida Belle, born June 11, 1907, who married Olie
C. Everett; and Kathryn Ann, born August 4, 1916. Arthur owns a cleaning establishment
at Grand Island. The three older children received college training. Residence:
Walter Charles Baer
Born at Monroe, Wisconsin, February 11, 1879, Walter Charles Baer is the son of Charles and Anna (Hottinger) Baer His father was born in Switzerland, coming to America at the age of 19, engaging in the furniture business at York. His death occurred there on July 24, 1923. Anna Hottinger was also born in Switzerland, came to America at the age of three and is still living at York.
Walter C. Baer was a student at York High School; he attended Doane College, where he was a member of the football team; and Western Dental College. On June 25, 1908, he was united in marriage to Bertha Hope Lee at Bellevue, Nebraska.
Mrs. Baer, who was born at Silver Creek, Nebraska, October 4, 1888, is a graduate of Doane College and taught five years it Hastings. She is a direct descendant of Captain Thomas Lee, of Lynn, Connecticut. Her father, Hon. C. H. Lee was a member of the state legislature about 1886. She has resided in Nebraska her entire life, with the exception of five years in Colorado. Mr. and Mrs Baer have one son, Charles Homer, born September 16, 1914. He is a senior in high school st the present time, is president of the Booster Club, a member of De Molay, the Hi Y and the Congregational Church.
Mr. Baer has lived in Nebraska since he was an infant. During his school days he sold papers, worked in stores, and since he was old enough has been in the furniture business. He is the owner of Baer's Furniture Company at York at the present time. He is a Republican, and for the past eight years has been a member of the York city council.
During the World War he assisted in all relief work, wartime drives, etc. He is a charter member of the Rotary Club, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, (president 1928-29), and the Young Men's Christian Association.
Mr. Beer's religious affiliation is with the First Congregational Church. A Mason, he is a member of the Shrine and Knights Templar bodies. He is also a member of the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. Mrs. Race is a member of the Daughters of American Revolution and the Native Sons and Daughters of Nebraska, and is state secretary of the Daughters of American Colonists. Mr. Baer is fond of golf, hunting and fishing, and is a member of the York Country Club. His hobby is reading. Residence: York.
John E. Baggstrom
A resident of Nebraska since September, 1885, John K. Baggstrom, architect, map maker and accountant, was born at Stratford, Iowa, January 10, 1870. His father, Eric Baggstrom, was born at Ljusdahl, Helsingland, Sweden, May 24, 1844. Coming to America in 1866 or 1867, he was the owner of his own homestead and much timberland. He was also a building contractor. His death occurred at Wausa on February 23, 1921.
Ella Olson, wife of Eric Baggstrom, was born in Ofvanaker, Sweden, January 15, 1842, and died at Wausa, on July 14, 1924. She came from a family of Swedish farmers.
John E. Baggstrom attended pioneer country school in Knox County until 1886, and was graduated from Luther College, then Luther Academy in 1898. From 1892 to 1899 he was a school teacher intermittently. From 1898 to 1901 he was in the newspaper business, and was a building contractor from 1901-06. He has practiced architecture as an avocation from 1903 to the present time. From 1908-11 he was bookkeeper for a lumber company, and from 1911-30 was general manager, secretary and treasurer of the Union Telephone Company. He is auditor for the Independent Telephone Company, local treasurer of the Nebraska Central Building and Loan Association and since 1929 has been justice of the peace.
An independent Republican, he has served as township clerk, treasurer and assessor alternately from 1892-1920, was a member of the redistricting committee of the county school 1919-20, and was unsuccessful candidate for county superintendent of schools in 1901.
He was associate editor and founder of the Wausa Gazette 1898-1901, and is the author of The Estimator, a contractors and carpenters handbook (1902), besides various newspaper and trade paper articles.
On May 6, 1903, he was married to Nelly Anderson at Wausa. She was born in Horja, Skane, Sweden, December 23, 1881. Her family were farmers until the death of her father, when hex mother operated a coffee shop.
There are five children, Carl O., born February 13, 1904, who operates an electrical shop; Lilly Althea, born July 19, 1905, who married Carl J. Swanson; Mildred Geneva, born May 12, 1907, who married Rudolph Peterson; Vivian Lucile, born July 31, 1909, who married Emil Shalander; and Dorice Evangeline, born April 7, 1916. She is a junior in high school and the first girl in Wausa to receive a state award in athletics.
Mr. Baggstrom is a member of Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Wausa Improvement Club (president 1929-30), treasurer of the board of education, 1927- ; and a member of the board of directors of Luther College, 1929-31. Since 1925 he has been secretary of his church, since 1931 a trustee, and from 1924-28 was Sunday School superintendent. He was a member of the board of directors of the Nebraska Telephone Association 1926-29. He is a life member of The Nebraskana Society.
His favorite sports are hiking, hunting and fishing, while his hobbies are drawing maps, plats, and plots, reading, landscaping, and planting. Residence: Wausa.
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