Obituary: Lawrence Lincoln Bausman

This past summer, I traveled to Steamboat Rock, Iowa, to meet Janice, the granddaughter of Lawrence Lincoln Bausman. Lawrence was born 31 January 1862 in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess county, Illinois, to Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman. He died 26 October 1937 in Pleasant Valley, Grundy county, Iowa.

I had a lot of fun discussing Bausman history and seeing her genealogy treasures.  Lawrence was a brother of Nicholas Bausman Jr, my maternal grandfather’s grandfather. Janice put together these wonderful scrapbooks and gave me permission to take pictures of her work.

Here is Lawrence’s obituary (unfortunately, I do not have a citation), along with a pictures of him and his family.  I’m happy to share these gems with you.  Enjoy!

Obituary: Lawrence Lincoln Bausman
Obituary: Lawrence Lincoln Bausman

Transcription of Obituary:

Lawrence Lincoln Bausman
Lawrence Lincoln Bausman


Was Born In Illinois And Came To The State Of Iowa When About Twenty Years Of Age

Funeral Held On Friday

Services Which Were Largely Attended Were Held In The Evangelical Church Northeast Of Town

The funeral ceremonies for L . L. Bausman were held last Friday at the Evangelical church in Pleasant Valley township and the attendance was very large. There were three times as many people as could be seated in the church, and the basement and the lawn on the east of the church were used to accommodate the large number present.

With the two loud-speaker attachments of the public address equipment of H.W. Ross of Wellsburg in place, one in the basement and one on the east side of the church every word of the ceremonies was heard by those present. There was no high line service to the church but Mr. Ross equipped the outfit with a very large number of batteries and a converter which gave perfect results to the listeners.

The services were in charge of Rev. Mr. Buerman, of Ackley, assisted by Rev. Mr. Raecker, of Dumont. The sermon was impressive, and was heard with close attention by the audience.

During the ceremonies two songs, “Saved by Grace,” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere,” were given very beautifully by the choir of the Aplington Baptist church.

The pall bearers were the six sons of the departed, Charley, Irl, Bryan, Floyd, Lynn and Wayne.

Interment was made in the family lot in the cemetery of the Evangelical Church.

Lawrence Lincoln Bausman son of Nickolas and Mary Bausman was born January 31, 1862 in Scales mound, Illinois. He is the last survivor of a family of six sons. At the age of twenty he attended the Theological Seminary of Dubuque, Iowa. When twenty-one he came to Grundy county were for twenty-two years he taught in Pleasant Valley school districts 8 and 9, during which time his influence as an instructor touched many of the people who reside in this community.

He was united in marriage to Wilhemenia Benz on July 1, 1887 [marriage year was 1886]. On their wedding day they moved upon the farm, where he resided at the time of his death, living for fifty-one years upon the same quarter section. This happy union was graved with twelve children, one died in infancy. Lee passed away 18 years ago as a result of an accident, his devoted companion preceeded him six years ago. Six sons and four daughters remain mourning the loss of a loving father.

Mr. Bausman was a man who was deeply concerned about civic affairs. For a number of years, he held township offices, he was elected supervisor of Grundy county and served seven years, he was the representative of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company in the community. These various interests gave to him a large acquaintances, through which he found many friends.

Mr. Bausman was a member of the Evangelical Church in Pleasant Valley. He was faithful, for the past few years it was not possible for him to attend as he would like, but his interest in the religious life of the community manifested. He is the last survivor of the pioneers of the church.

Last Monday he was in Wellsburg. After coming home he selected some seed corn, he enjoyed the evening with the family and retired never to see the beauty of day again. He left this house of clay Tuesday morning at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 26 days.

Lawrence Lincoln Bausman Family
Lawrence Lincoln Bausman Family

The bereaved are Charles Douglas Bausman, of Ackley; Irl Hicks Bausman, of Wellsburg; Bryan Bland Bausman, of Wellsburg; Floyd Louis Bausman, of Parkersburg; Lynn Nickolas Bausman, of Ackley; Lawrence Wayne Bausman, of Wellsburg. Four daughters, Mrs. Rosebell Fritzel, of Klemme; Miss Mary Esther Bausman, of Wellsburg; Mrs. Gladys Irene Harms, of Steamboat Rock; Mrs. Beulah Lenora Perry, of Aplington; grandchildren besides other relatives and many friends.

Among those present from abroad were: Mr. and Mrs. John Hesselbacher, Mrs. Percy Davis of Scales Mound, Illinois; Mrs. Lizzie ? metz, of Chicago; Mrs. Lester Shoenhard, of Presho, South Dakota; George Bausman, Jack Bausman, Mrs. C. Leverton, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Pansing, of Warren, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Parks, Lyman, and Melvin Bausman, of Byron, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Don Williams, of Joyce, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Gust Benz and son Melvin, Mrs. Carrie VanNingen, of White, South Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Eberline of Luverne, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bodecker and daughter, of Rockwell; Mrs. Al Alebracht and daughters, Mrs. C. DeBoer, of Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Rasmussen of Waveryly; and Mrs. Sadie Benz, of Grundy Center.


We wish to thank all those who helped us at any time during the death and burial of our beloved father, we would also thank those who helped make his last days of life more pleasant. We appreciate the words of hope extended by the pastors and especially we thank the choir of Aplington Baptist church for their songs and those who sent the beautiful flowers.

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