Descendants of John George Bauer
of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
also known as John Todd
of Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Third Generation


ELMER FRANKLIN3 BAUER, Jr. (Elmer2, John1) was born at Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on 26 March 1900 a son of Elmer F. Bauer and his wife Mary Wilhelm .[1] He died at Lancaster on 15 July 1978.[2] He first married at Lancaster on 25 December 1922 HELEN ARMETA MARTIN.[3] She was born at Lancaster on 23 January 1904, a daughter of Henry Martin and his wife Cora Estelle Howett. She died at Lancaster on 4 April 1932.[4] He second married at Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania,on 18 February 1933 ALICE LYDIA KINSEY.[5] She was born at Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania, on 29 May 1908, a daughter of Jacob S. Kinsey and Jamie M. Anthony.[6] She died at Millersville, Lancaster County, on 2 May 1986.[7] Elmer was called "Hap" because of his happy disposition.


Helen and Elmer Bauer
children Mary Elizabeth and Elmer M.
photo provided by Betty Bauer Ranck Kibler

Elmer Bauer, Jr., grew up in Lancaster, where he completed eighth grade. When Elmer registered for the draft in 1918 he was living with his parents and working as a chauffer for A. Rhoads. He was short, medium build, with brown eyes and brown hair.[8] The 1919 City Directory described him as a machinist, still living with his parents.[9] The 1920 census reported him at home with his parents and four younger sisters; he was an apprentice machinist.[10]

Helen Martin was baptized with a sister at age 15 at Bethany Evangelical Church (The Evangelical Church later merged with the United Brethren in Christ to form the Evangelical United Brethren, which united with the Methodist Church to form the United Methodist Church), West Orange and Concord Streets, Lancaster. The date was 16 February 1919.[11]

Helen and Elmer met on 20 February 1920, and were engaged on 2 July 1921. They were married on 25 December 1922 by Rev. George F. Schaum at Bethel Evangelical Church. These details were recorded by the couple in their wedding book. They also listed the attendants: maid of honor Leora Martin (Helen's sister), best man Edward Dommel (Elmer's cousin), bridesmaids Ruth Tomlinson (Elmer's sister) and Pearl Edwards (Elmer's cousin), ushers Wilmer Fisher and Haines Crane (no known relationship).

They also chronicled their honeymoon in their wedding book. Christmas night and Monday night they spent at the Governor Hotel in Harrisburg. Tuesday and Wednesday nights they stayed at the Hotel Statler in Buffalo, and during the day visited Niagara Falls. The next three days they were in New York City, where they visited the Battery, the Hippodrome, Woolworth Building, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the National Museum, Riverside Drive and Grant's Tomb. They returned to Lancaster by way of Philadelphia on Sunday.[12]

Elmer and Helen lived at several locations in Lancaster, but in 1925 were boarding with his parents; the city directory reported he worked as a music teacher.[13]

This Bauer family had children born in 1923, 1925, and 1927. However, the youngest lived only six months and four days, dying from pneumonia.[14]

The 1930 Census reported this family at 325 East Chestnut Street, Lancaster. Elmer, 30, was a switch operator for the electric company; Helen was 26, Mary E., 6, attended school, Elmer M. was 4.[15]

Helen Martin Bauer died of pneumonia in 1932.[16] Her grief-stricken husband wrote in their wedding book:

A Good Wife and Mother passed away in my arms at 5:30 P.M. on Monday April 4, 1932. God bless her and keep her. [17]
Elmer Bauer had become a thirty-two year old widower with children ages eight and six. Ten months later he married Alice, and within a year their only child was born.

From 1931 to 1965, "Hap" Bauer worked for the electric company, as an operator, at Safe Harbor, Conestoga Township, Lancaster County. He lived in the Company Village at Safe Harbor from 1933 to 1965. After retirement in 1965, he worked for the same electric company as groundskeeper at Safe Harbor. He then lived in a trailer on Millersville Road, near Millersville, Lancaster County, until his death.[18]

The 1940 Census reported this family at Safe Harbor, where Elmer was a hydro operator for the power plant, earning $1500 a year. Alice was 32, Mary Elizabeth 16, Elmer M., 14, and Joan Marie 6. Betty (Mary Elizabeth) was a senior in High School, Elmer a sophemore, and Joan was in first grade.[19]


back row: Cora H. Martin, Helen M. Bauer, Elmer Bauer, Jr.
front row: Clara M. Howett, Mary Elizabeth Bauer (child), Mary B. Johnson,
John George Bauer, Elmer Bauer, Sr., Elmer M. Bauer (baby)
photo provided by Betty Bauer Ranck Kibler

Elmer Bauer and his first wife Helen Martin had the following children:

  1. MARY ELIZABETH4 BAUER b. at Lancaster on 19 October 1923.
  2. ELMER MARTIN4 BAUER b. at Lancaster on 13 November 1925; d. at New York on 17 April 1989;[20] m(1). on 29 January 1949 DOROTHEA ERISMAN,[21] b. at Lancaster on 18 March 1925,[22] d. on 25 October 1999.[23] div. 1963;[24] m(2). on 10 February 1968 JULIA ________.[25] Children of Elmer and Dorothea:[26]
    1. Ronald Keith Bauer b. at Glen Cove, Nassau County, New York, on 5 May 1951.
    2. Karen Diane Bauer b. at Glen Cove on 11 February 1953; m(1). on 15 August 1981 Geoffrey Carin b. at Huntington, Suffolk Clounty, on 27 August 1955; m(2). Robert Nebergall.[27] Children of Karen and Geoffrey:
      1. Kristen Carin b. about 1987.
      2. Stephsnie Carin b. about 1991.
    3. Cheryl Ann Bauer b. at Glen Cove on 25 September 1958; m. on 25 September 1983 Michael Anthony Quick b. at Manhattan, New York County, New York, on 30 December 1958. Children of Cheryl and Michael:
      1. Melissa Quick b. on 18 March 1988
      2. Emily Quick b. about 1990.
      3. Bryan Quick b. on January 1996.
  3. DORIS HELEN4 BAUER b. at Lancaster on 27 November 1927; d. at Lancaster on 1 June 1928.[28]

Elmer Bauer and his second wife Alice Kinsey had the following child:

  1. JOAN MARIE4 BAUER b. at Lancaster on 17 September 1933; m. at Lancaster on 25 October 1958 ALBERT R. MARSHALL, b. at Thomaston, Knox County, Maine, on 15 January 1935. Children of Joan and Albert:[29]
    1. Craig Alan Marshall b. at Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, on 11 July 1962.
    2. Scott Roger Marshall b. at Wilmington on 15 March 1964. Child of Scott:
      1. Hannah Joy Marshall b. at Roanoke, Virginia, on 17 February 2000.[30]


NOTES

1"World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital image, United States, Selective Service System, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 23 January 2019), Elmer Franklin Bauer, Jr., no. 2051; citing : National Archives and Records Administration. Washington, D.C., microfilm record group M1509: Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.
2Social Security Administration, "U.S. Social Security Death Index", database, Ancestry, Elmer Bauer, 162-09-7626. Mary Elizabeth Bauer Ranck Kibler, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, interview by Charles A. Maxfield, about 1998; notes, privately held by Charles A. Maxfield, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, .
3Helen Martin Bauer, Wedding Book, 1922-1932. In possession of Mary Bauer Ranck Kibler in 1986. Transcribed by Charles A. Maxfield
4Pennsylvania Department of Health, Death Certificates, 19061966, certificate 40132, Helen A Martin Bauer, 1932; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 14 June 2018); Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11, Series 11.90. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum
5Mary Elizabeth Bauer Ranck Kibler, interview, about 1998.
6Pennsylvania Department of Health, Birth certificates, 19061910. Series 11.89, box 162, no. 83937, Alice Lydia Kinsey, 1908; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 6 June 2018); Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
7"U.S. Social Security Death Index", Alice Bauer, 211-18-7496. Mary Elizabeth Bauer Ranck Kibler, interview, about 1998.
8"World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," Elmer Franklin Bauer, Jr., no. 2051.
9R. L. Polk & Co.'s Lancaster City Directory, 1919-1920 (New York, New York: R. L. Polk & Co., 1919), 304, Elmer F. Bauer, Jr.; digital image, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 16 January 2019).
10Fourteenth Census of the United States: 1920, population, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, enumeration district (ED) 76, roll 1584, p. 16A, household 319, Elmer F. Bauer family; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 12 December 2015); NARA microfilm record group T625, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
11Personal Record, in Leora Martin Duke "Little Red Book", privately held by Jere Duke. typed transcription.
12Helen Martin Bauer, Wedding Book.
13Polk's Lancaster Directory, 1925-1926 (New York, New York: R. L. Polk & Co., 1925), 151, Elmer F. Bauer, Jr.; digital image, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 16 January 2019).
14Pennsylvania Department of Health, Death Certificates, 19061966, certificate 63621, Doris H. Bauer, 1928.
15Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930, population, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, enumeration district (ED) 57, roll 2057, p. 7B, household 173, Elmer Bauer family; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 13 May 2015); NARA microfilm record group T626; Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.
16Pennsylvania Department of Health, Death Certificates, 19061966, certificate 40132, Helen A Martin Bauer, 1932.
17Helen Martin Bauer, Wedding Book.
18Mary Elizabeth Bauer Ranck Kibler, interview, about 1998.
19Sixteenth Census of the United States: 1940, population, Conestoga, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, enumeration district (ED) 36-18, roll 3528, p. 19B, household 381, Elmer Bauer family; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 16 May 2015); NARA microfilm group T627.
20"U.S. Social Security Death Index", E. M. Bauer, 211-18-5598. Letter from Dorothea Eresman Bauer, to Betty Bauer Ranck Kibler, 3 July 1986; held in by Charles A. Maxfield, Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
21Letter, Dorothea Eresman Bauer to Betty Bauer Ranck Kibler, 3 July 1986.
22Ibid.
23Mary Elizabeth Bauer Ranck Kibler, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, interview by Charles A. Maxfield, about 2000; notes, privately held by Charles A. Maxfield, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, .
24Letter, Dorothea Eresman Bauer to Betty Bauer Ranck Kibler, 3 July 1986.
25Mary Elizabeth Bauer Ranck Kibler, interview, about 1998.
26Letter, Dorothea Eresman Bauer to Betty Bauer Ranck Kibler, 3 July 1986. Letter from Dorothea Erisman Bauer, to Betty Bauer Ranck Kibler, 10 February 1997; held in by Charles A. Maxfield, Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
27Personal knowledge of the author, Charles A. Maxfield. Robert introduced himself to me at a family gathering on 10 August 2017, as Karen's husband.
28Pennsylvania Department of Health, Death Certificates, 19061966, certificate 63621, Doris H. Bauer, 1928.
29Mary Elizabeth Bauer Ranck Kibler, interview, about 1998.
30Mary Elizabeth Bauer Ranck Kibler, interview, about 2000.


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