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Albert & Susan (Kretz) Baur, Sr.



 Albert Baur, Sr., was born in Reading, PA, on April 24, 1845, the son of Joseph Baur, of that city.  He was not yet 16 years of age when Fort Sumter fell. When President Lincoln made the first call for troops, Albert enlisted in Co. A, 102 New York Volunteers.  He was one of the youngest soldiers and was in the famous "March Through Georgia to the Sea". He served continuously until the battle of Kenesaw Mountain.  There he was wounded four times, mangling his left leg, which had to be amputated at the hip.  One Confederate bullet was never removed from his body. 

After his discharge from the army, he came to Brookville in 1865 and was a clerk in the American Hotel for his uncle, Charles N. Kretz, manager of the hotel.  In 1876, he married Susan M. Kretz, daughter of his employer.  Susan was born March 17, 1847, in Reading, PA, one of four daughters of the Kretz, family.  Her sisters were Mrs. Bradley and Mrs. Robert Daily, both of Pittsburgh, and Mrs. A. C. Steele of Brookville.  

Mr. Baur became an expert telegrapher, and was in charge of the Western Union Telegraph Company here for 16 years. From 1883 to 1885, he was in the real estate business in New York City.  While in New York, he was studying music, especially playing the banjo.  He became nationally known as a composer of banjo music and arranged and composed over 3000 pieces of music. 

He served as Justice of the Peace for twenty years, retiring in 1910.  In 1911, he suffered a slight stroke, which resulted to some speech impairment.  On February 23, 1920, he had another stroke and died at the age of 74 years.  He was buried in the new Brookville Cemetery on February 25, 1920, beside his wife.  Susan (Kretz) Baur died on August 7, 1891.  They had one son, Albert Baur, Jr. 

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