Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob A. & Emma E. (Heffner) Bauer

Jacob A. & Emma E. (Heffner) Bauer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Jacob A. & Emma E. (Heffner) Bauer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Jacob A. and Emma E. (Heffner) Bauer, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Jacob A.
Emma E.

Jacob Adam Bauer was born 30 November 1886 in Wendelin, Mercer County, Ohio, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Hoenie) Bauer. [1] According to Zion Chatt’s records he was baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic.

Emma Elizabeth Heffner was born at the family home in Chattanooga on 4 March 1890 to Fredrick and Anna (Merkle) Heffner. She was baptized at Zion Chatt by Rev. C. Reichert on 23 March 1890, with Johann Merkel and Elisabeth Deitsch as sponsors. She was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 5 April 1903.

Emma Heffner and Jacob Bauer were married by Rev. George Haas at Zion Chatt on 2 February 1908. At the time of their marriage Jacob was employed as a tool clerk and was living in Chatt. Emma was a housekeeper, also living in Chatt. Emma’s father Fred gave his consent for the marriage because she was not yet 18 years of age. [1]

In 1910, 2 years after their marriage, the Bauers lived in Chatt, next to Emma’s parents Fred and Anna Heffner. Mildred was their only child at that time, aged one year and seven months, born in Indiana. Jacob was employed as a jeweler at a jewelry store. [2] Their second daughter Gwendolyn would be born about 10 days later.

Sometime later the Bauer family moved to Fort Recovery, where they rented a home on Butler Street. Jacob was a jeweler and piano dealer with Edward Hoke at their store in Fort Recovery. [3]

By 1917 the Bauers moved to Celina where Jacob and his brother-in-law Albert Heffner owned and operated Bauer & Heffner Music Store, located on East Market where Domino’s Pizza is located today. They sold pianos and Starr phonographs. [4]

Jacob applied for the WWI draft on 5 June 1917. He was living at 553 East Livingston Street in Celina at that time and was self-employed as a piano dealer. He stated that he had a wife and three children, was of medium build, and had blue eyes and black hair. [5] It appears that Jacob did not serve in the war.

In 1920 Jacob “Jake” and Emma still resided on East Livingston Street in Celina, where Jacob was employed as a salesman in a music store. In the household were their daughters Mildred, Gwendolyn, and Fern, as well as Jacob’s brother-in-law Albert Heffner, who was also a music store salesman. [6]

By 1930 Jacob and Emma moved to Haynesville, Claiborne, Louisiana. In the 1930 census Jacob, age 43, was the head of the household and also in the household were Emma, 40, and daughters Gwendolyn, 19, and Fern, 18. All were born in Ohio. Jacob was employed as a fireman working in the oil fields. [7] Their daughter Mildred had remained in Mercer County.

Emma Bauer died 8 September 1938 in Haynesville, Louisiana, at the age of 48 years. [8] Her body was brought back to Chattanooga, Ohio, for burial in Zion’s cemetery but there is no record of Emma’s funeral in Zion’s records.

Jacob Bauer applied for the World War II draft, the “old man’s registration,” in April 1942. He was living and working in Haynesville, Louisiana, working for the Ohio Oil Company, Shreveport. According to this record he was married and was born in Burkettesville, Ohio. [9]

According to Zion Chatt’s records, Jacob died 21 November 1961 at Oil City, Louisiana, at the age of 74 years. He died of a sudden heart attack while working in the field and was buried on the 24th. The only survivor that was mentioned in this record was his daughter, Mrs. John J. Fisher (Mildred), who lived in Mercer County.

Jacob A. Bauer
Rockford—Jacob A. Bauer, 74, formerly of Celina, died in Oil City, La., at 9 a.m. Tuesday following a heart attack.

Born Nov. 30, 1886 at Wendelin, he was a son of Jacob and Elizabeth Bauer.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. John Fisher of Chattanooga, Ohio; Mrs. W.C. Row of Shreveport, La.; and Mrs. Haskell Moore of Magnolia, Ark.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Floyd of Spencerville; and Harold of Findlay; and one sister, Mrs. J.N. Bish of Shreveport, La.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Ketcham Funeral Home, Rockford, with Rev. Arnold Green officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Chattanooga.

Friends may call after 8 p.m. Thursday. [10]

Jacob and Emma Bauer had the following children:
Ruth “Mildred” (1908-2001), married John J. Fisher; married Donald E. Whitmore
Gwendolyn Lucille “Gwen”(1910-2004), married [?] Row; married [?] Henry
“Fern” Marie (1912-1962), married Haskell Moore

[1] “Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 January 2015), Jacob A. Bauer and Emma E. Heffner, 2 February 1908; citing Mercer County, Ohio, marriages, Vol. 9, p.405, from FHL microfilm 914958.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, ED 119, p.17A, dwelling 375, household 826, Jacob Baner; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 17 January 2015), from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[3] The Farm Journal Illustrated Directory of Mercer county Ohio (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Wilmer Atkinson Company, 1916), 46, 176; copy owned by Karen Miller Bennett.

[4] Doug Roebuck, “Heffner Family History,” given to author March 2014.

[5] “U.S. WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 January 2015), card for Jacob A. Bauer, no. 46, Mercer County, Ohio; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA microfilm publication M1509, imaged from FHL microfilm 1832519.

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Celina, Mercer, Ohio, ED 137, p.8A, dwelling 187, family 188, Jake Baner; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 4 January 2015); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[7] 1930 U.S. Census, Haynesville, Claiborne, Louisiana, ED 5, p.24B, dwelling 199, family 204, Jacob Bauer; FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 January 2015), from FHL microfilm 2340524, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 789.

[8] “Louisiana, Deaths Index, 1855-1875, 1894-1956,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 January 2015), Emma E. Bauer, 8 September 1938; citing Haynesville, Claiborne, Louisiana, certificate no. 11210, State Archives, Baton Rouge; from FHL microfilm 2266860.

[9]United States WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” (Fourth Registration), for the state of Louisiana, index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 January 2015), Jacob Adam Bauer, serial no. 1492, 1942; NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, M2097, NARA; from FHL microfilm 4434794.

[10] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio 22 November 1961, p.2; digital images by subscription, ( : accessed 17 January 2015).



  1. Mildred was a teacher in Celina City Schools for years and taught elementary grades.

    1. She also taught first grade at Willshire in the late 1950s, maybe longer. There were two first grades when I started school there and she and Mrs. Clouse were the teachers. I had Mrs. Clouse, but I remember Mrs. Fisher.

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