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BAUER, Jean 1914-2002


Posted By: Floyd Co. coordinator
Date: 9/14/2002 at 04:39:10

Jean Elisabeth (Davenport) Bauer was born Dec. 28, 1914, at Memphis, Tenn., the daughter of Edgar and Mary "Mae" (Schwab) Davenport. She attended schools in Kansas City, Mo., and in Indiana, graduating from Central High School in South Bend, Ind., on June 11, 1931. Jean also enrolled at Iowa State Teacher's College (UNI) in 1934, completing a one-year Rural Course Certificate program in 1935, and then taught for five years at the Schwab School near Oxford Junction, Iowa.

While teaching she enrolled in summer school and correspondence classes to obtain her Special Rural School Teacher's Certificate and a Standard Elementary Teacher's Certificate in 1940.

In 1940, Jean came to Floyd County to teach at the Cedar Township School No. 2 (Ballard). She taught at a one-room schoolhouse called St. Charles No. 2 on old Highway 14.

During World War II, she worked at Oliver Farm Equipment Company as the only female in the lathe department from 1943-1946. She also did seamstress and alteration work in the local area after the war.

On Nov. 18, 1949, she was united in marriage to Glen Bauer at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They farmed on the family farm west of Charles City now known as Plum Creek Farm.

Jean was a member of the First Christian Church and had taught Sunday school for many years. She was active in the Charles City Woman's Club, YMCA, West St. Charles Homemaker's Club, Heritage Club, Farm Bureau, Quilting Group, Genealogy Club, and the Hoe and Hope Garden Club where she won many awards for her creative floral arrangements. Jean had many hobbies and interests including traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

Living family members include four sons, Lawrence of Charles City, Carl and his wife, Donna, of Rochester, Minn., Lee of Mukilteo, Wash., and Bruce and his wife, Sue, of Ankeny, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Paula, Scott, Carrie, Matthew and Nicole of Rochester, and Amy and Daniel of Ankeny; and a sister, Joan Britten of Davenport.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2000; an infant daughter, Katherine; and two brothers, Aylmer and George Davenport.

The family suggests memorials be directed to the First Christian Church or Hospice of North Iowa, Charles City site.

Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323.

This story published online: February 01, 2002

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