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Katharina (Brunner) Bauer

b. October 30, 1830 Kleegarten, Bavaria
m. November 23, 1853 LeRoy, Wisconsin U.S.A.
d. October 02, 1903 LeRoy, Wisconsin U.S.A.


Franz Bauer


1. Katharina (Bauer) Wittman (b. 1854; m. Joseph Wittman)
2. Frank Seraph Bauer (b. July 09, 1856 LeRoy, Wisconsin; m. January 04, 1879 LeRoy, Wisconsin to Anna (Schmid) Bauer; d. 1936)
3. Joseph Bauer (b. 1858; m. Mary () Bauer; d. 1930 LeRoy, Wisconsin U.S.A.)
4. Mary (Bauer) Wittman (b. May 03, 1867 LeRoy, Wisconsin U.S.A.; m. Martin Wittman)
Amelia & John (both died as infants)


Katharina was born in Kleegarten and lived their growing up, but went to school in Zeholfing, crossing the Isar River to go to school or church.

According to family records, Katherine Bruner was raised by her grandparents, Simon and Marie Hofbauer since her mother had died when Katherine was only nine. On July 02, 1851 Katherine, her grandparents on her mom's side, her father, her step-mother, her grandfather on her father's side, and her sister, Maria all left for the United States. They stayed in LeHavre, France for a week before their ship departed from that city and they arrived to LeRoy, Wisconsin on October 21, 1851. On this same ship was Katherine's future husband, Frank Bauer, but it is unknown if they knew each other prior to the journey. Katherine and her family arrived to Milwaukee, where Frank Sterr picked them up and bought them to LeRoy, where they had friends from Germany already living.

According to the History of Dodge County, Wisconsin, Volume 2, Katherine Bruner was raised by her father, Michael Bruner and immigrated to the United States with him. The book claims that Katherine came from a family of farmers in Bavaria and her father, Michael, both farmed and taught school after arriving in Wisconsin. However Joseph was her father's name; Michael was her grandfather's name. According to family records, it was her father than taught and farmed, but his name is Joseph, not Michael.

In 1853 Frank Bauer found his way to LeRoy, Wisconsin, where he and Katherine married then got 40 acres of government land. Frank later purchased another 108 acres of land and farmed there until 1884 when he retired. His farm was worth, what appears to be $4,000 in the 1870 US Census and he held another $700 worth of personal possessions at the time.

In 1967 Frank moved to Milwaukee to make more money as his family stayed behind; this was done to afford a better school for his children. After Mary was born in May of that year, Mary and Frank's wife, Katherine moved to Milwaukee with him. However after only a couple weeks Mary got sick and with a small pox scare, Mary and Katherine returned to LeRoy.

Katherine's son, Frank S. Bauer became a Wisconsin state politician and her daughter, Mary's son, Steve Wittman, later became a pioneer in aviation. A couple of Steve Wittman's planes are on display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, U.S.A.

Frank & Katherine Bauer and family
In the front is Frank & Katherine Bauer; in back their children

Katherine (Bruner) Bauer

LeRoy, Wisconsin with St. Andrews Church in the Background
LeRoy, Wisconsin with St. Andrews Church in the Background

Tomb of Katharina (Brunner) Bauer
Katharina's tomb in St. Andrew's Cemetery in LeRoy, Wisconsin






-1870 United States Federal Census Record (view document)
-H.B. Hubbell, History of Dodge County, Wisconsin, Volume 2, (1913), 293-295.
-Bauer, Albin M. History of the Bauer Family 1978. Unpublished.
-St. Andrews Cemetery. LeRoy, Wisconsin U.S.A.
-Bauer family records (view document)
-Frank S. Bauer's Baptismal Record. July 26, 1856. Archdiocese of Milwaukee.