Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
Jacob Baumann, now deceased, was but three years of age when brought by his parents to Springfield. He was a native of Baden, Germany, born November 12, 1850, and a son of Valentine and Catherine Baumann, both of whom are natives of Baden, whence they started for America in 1853. The mother, however, died ere the voyage was completed. The father came with his children direct o Springfield and secured a position as porter in the Central depot, being thus employed for several years. He afterward served as sexton in the cemetery at Springfield and after acting in that capacity for a number of years lived retired until his death, which occurred in 1897. His second wife, Mrs. Catherine Baumann, still resides in Springfield, her home being at No. 912 East Reynolds street.
Jacob Baumann, the only child of the first marriage, was educated in the public schools of Springfield and entered upon his business career as a clerk in the hardware store. He continued to serve there until 1891, when he entered the employ of the John Bressmer Company, wholesale and retail dealers in dry goods in Springfield. He occupied the latter position until his death, which occurred September 30, 1896, and became well known to the business men of the city, all of whom respected him for his reliability and genuine worth.
Mr. Baumann was united in marriage to Miss Christine Feuerbacker, who was born in Germany, February 19, 1851, a daughter of Frederick and Dittis (Rickey) Baumann, both of whom were natives of the fatherland and came to America in 1854, settling in Kentucky, where they lived for five years. They then came to Springfield, where Mr. Feuerbafker made his home until his death, and here his widow still resides. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Baumann were born five children: Katie, who resides with her mother and is employed as a clerk in a store in Springfield; Frederick, who is living in Duluth, Minnesota; Charles Jacob, who is a clerk of Springfield; George and Caroline Marie, at home.
Mr. Baumann was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and in politics was independent, supporting the men whom he thought best qualified for office. He became well known during his residence in Springfield, for here almost his entire life was passed, and his record was that of an honorable gentleman, possessing many sterling traits of character. His wife is a member of the Trinity church and owns a nice home at No. 1226 South Sixth street, where she and her children reside.