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Bauer, Michael G.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 204


Michael G. Bauer, who is teacher in charge of the Pleasant Hill district school of Pike county, was born February 21, 1865, and is a son of George M. and Katharine (Reinhardt) Bauer, early settlers of this county. The father was engaged in general agricultural pursuits throughout his entire life, his labors being ended in death on the 18th of May, 1876, at which time he was making his home in Hardin township. His widow still survives and now resides in Pittsfield.

Michael G. Bauer spent the days of his boyhood and youth in the usual manner of farm lads of the period. During the summer months he aided in the work of the fields and his preliminary education was acquired in the district schools near his father's home, but, anxious for better educational privileges, he afterward attended the Illinois College at Jacksonville for one year. In 1882 he began teaching, following that profession for several years, after which he rested for one year and then pursued his work in Illinois College. After leaving that institution he resumed teaching in Pike county and so continued until 1898. In 1894 he became connected with his brothers, L. G., J. A. and W. H. Bauer, in a mercantile enterprise conducted under the firm style of Bauer Brothers, which relation was maintained for ten years. During the first four years of the firm's existence Mr. Bauer continued to teach school but afterward concentrated his energies upon the conduct of his commercial affairs. On the dissolution of the firm the mercantile stock was exchanged for a farm in New Salem township, Pike county, containing about two hundred acres of good land valued at about fifty dollars per acre. Mr. Bauer on retiring from commercial life resumed the work of teaching and is at present in charge of the Pleasant Hill district school.

In 1898 occurred the marriage of Michael G. Bauer and Miss Minnie V. Hoover, a daughter of David J. and Amanda Hoover. He belongs to Robin Hood lodge, No. 415, K. P., of Milton, and also the Modern Woodmen camp, No. 922. He justly deserves all the praise implied in the term, a self-made man. When the father died he left an indebtedness of two thousand dollars which the sons paid off and all that they now possess has been acquired through their own labors. Mr. Bauer has worked diligently and energetically and is known as one of the capable teachers of the county, having done much to raise the standard of public instruction in the localities where he has lived.

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