Obituary: Carl Bausman

When I was going through newspaper clippings that once belonged to Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard (sister of my maternal grandfather’s mother Viola), I found an obituary for Carl Bausman.  Intriguing since this was not a relative I was familiar with.  I knew he must be related since his obituary was with other notable events in the Bausman family.

And yes, I know his last name was Bausman, but since I’d never heard of him I wasn’t going to immediately jump to a familial connection.  His obituary’s inclusion in Gertrude’s clippings of the death of her sister Helena and the marriage of her sister Viola showed its importance.

After much research, I’ve determined that Carl was a brother to Nicholas Bausman Sr., Gertrude’s paternal grandfather.

The citation for Carl’s obituary is unknown.

Obituary: Carl Bausman
Obituary: Carl Bausman


Carl Bausman was born in Werstadt, Germany, May 7, 1832, and died at Hammond, Ind., Jan. 31, 1906, aged 74 years, 8 months and 24 days.

He was married in Germany February 6, 1856, to Miss Barbara Kramer, coming soon afterward to America locating at Galena, Ill., afterward removing to Mendota, Ill., where he lived for many years. Later he moved to Wayne Co., Iowa, locating on a farm. In 1901 he moved to Seymour where he planned to spend the closing years of his life, but his wife died in January 1903, and soon after he went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Frank Klucker, at Hammond, Ind. It was at her home that he passed peacefully away.

Mr. and Mrs. Bausman were blest with eleven children, only four of whom survive: Mrs. Frank Klucker of Hammond, Ind., Mrs. Dr. Hall, Plano, Iowa, Mrs. John Jamison and Mr. John Bausman of Seymour, Iowa.

Mr. Bausman was a member of the I.O.O.F. holding his membership at Mendota, Ill. He loved the order and was a loyal true brother. Many years ago he accepted Jesus as his Savior and became a member of the Presbyterian church. He loved his Savior and found true joy in worshiping in God’s house. The last time he visited Seymour he attended the church of his choice and expressed to the pastor his delight that he could once more worship where in other years he had found peace and blessing.

He was lonesome for his wife and often expressed a desire to go where he could meet her again. Death did not appear to him as an enemy but rather the portal through which he could pass to truer joy beyond. Like one who wraps the mantle of his couch about him he sleeps the sleep which here knows no waking, but those who sleep in Jesus will the Lord bring with Him and they will here [sic, hear] Him say – Come ye blessed of my Father inherit the things prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Mrs. Klucker accompanied his remains to Seymour where funeral services were held Friday afternoon in the Presbyterian church conducted by the pastor.

Lone Tree lodge I.O.O.F. were present in a body and concluded the service with the funeral ceremonies of that order. Interment was beside the remains of his wife in Southlawn.

The large attendance at the funeral showed the high esteem in which Mr. Bausman was held in the city.

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