BAUDER, Frank M.
Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago County, IL, C. A. Church. Chicago: Clarke Publishing Company, 1905, p 392
Frank M. BAUDER, residing in New Milford [Winnebago County, IL], where he is engaged in farming and in the raising of early garden products, came to this country in Oct 1854 from Fort Plains, Montgomery County, NY. He was there born and was only a year and a half old when brought to IL by his parents, Peter G. and Julia A. (ALLEN) BAUDER, who on emigrating to the west brought with them a number of fine sheep. They spent their remaining days in Winnebago County, and for a number of years resided at Rockford, but afterward returned to New Milford, where they passed away, the father dying 01 Jul 1903 at the advanced age of 85 years, while his wife died on 07 Dec 1900 at the age of 82. He was a farmer and stockman, raising and handling sheep and wool. He bought wool for a number of years, finding this a profitable department of his business interests. He owned the farm on section 23 and 26, New Milford Township, that is now the property of his son, Frank M. BAUDER, having about 120 acres of rich land. He became well known as an extensive stock dealer, and for years he attended the dairy state fairs in IA and IL, exhibiting his high grade and thoroughbred sheep. He did much to improve the standard of sheep raised in this section of the country, and thereby greatly promoted the prosperity of the agricultural class. In his family were four sons: (1) J. J., who is now living retired in New Milford; (2) George M., who is engaged in the livery business in Chicago; (3) Charles, who was killed by being thrown from a horse in his boyhood days in NY; and (4) Frank M.
Frank M. BAUDER was reared in this county, living on the home farm in New Milford Township for over 50 years. Having acquired a common school education, he started out in life on his own account and whatever success he has achieved is due entirely to his own efforts. He was married here to Miss Mary J. GRAHAM, who was born in northern Ireland, and is a daughter of William and Agnes (BEGGS) GRAHAM, who came to Kishwaukee, Winnebago County [IL], about 1858, and have since resided here. Her father was a farmer and shoemaker by trade, and his death occurred about 1885, when he was 60 years of age. His widow, now more than 80 years of age, still resides in this county. Mrs. BAUDER was one of a family of six daughters and four sons, of whom eight are living: (1) Hugh, a resident farmer of Cherry Valley Township; (2) William John, of the same township; (3) Mrs. Sarah CASSIDY, of that township; (4) Mary J.; Thomas, of New Milford; (5) Mrs. Maggie LACY, of Davis Junction, Ogle County; (7) Mrs. Asa KINSON; (8) George, a farmer of New Milford; Jennie, who died at the age of three years; and (9) Jeannette, who died in infancy.
Politically Mr. BAUDER is a republican, who has served as school director and in other local offices. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and both are well known in the locality where they have long resided. In his business affairs, Mr. BAUDER has proposed and in connection with general farming has been engaged in the poultry business for a number of years, handling several breeds of fine chickens, including Cochins, Brahamas and Leghorns, which he has exhibited at the St. Louis and Chicago fairs and also in IA, winning various premiums. He formerly devoted considerable attention to the raising of Poland China hogs and he is now engaged also in the raising of vegetables for the market. His business interests are well conducted and he is now a prosperous resident of his locality.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.