Bauer's Studio, 225 Johnson Street, Winona, Minnesota (Razed)
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|Address:||225 Johnson Street|
|Winona County, Minnesota|
|Historic Function:||Photography Studio|
Born in 1866, Frederick John Bauer immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1882. Due to storms at sea, Bauer landed in New York with only the clothes he was wearing and a fifty-cent piece.
Frederick John Bauer was apprenticed as a carpenter in Germany. When he arrived in the U.S. he stayed with and worked for family members in Buffalo, NY. Bauer joined the New York National guard in 1883, and he later joined the U.S. Army. While in the Army Bauer was stricken with a persistent fever, and he was sent to Fort Snelling to recover.
Bauer must have met his future wife while he was stationed at Fort Snelling, because he married Jessie Anzina Otis in Winona just months after his release from military service. This marriage ended in divorce in 1915. Bauer soon married another woman named Jessie who had been working for Bauer in his studio since 1907.
Jessie Ann (Gaebele) Bauer would become an important part of Frederick John Bauer’s career as a photographer: She took over his work during his bouts of chemical poisoning (apparently a career hazard for photographers at that time). In 1926 the Bauers moved from this house on Lake Street to a smaller one on Garfield Avenue, and Jessie Ann started the Bauer Retouching Studio.Frederick John Bauer died in 1939 of heart trouble that may have been caused by the long illness he suffered serving in the Army.