August J. Bauer was born to prominent Jefferson City businessman, John N. Bauer, and Anna Barbara Bauer on August 8, 1966. Both of his parents were German immigrants. A.J. attended Jefferson City public schools, and after graduation was hired as a messenger for First National Bank. After two years, he was promoted to bookkeeper, but retired after seven years due to health problems. That did not stop him from establishing a fire insurance agency, or from being elected City Collector in 1891. Bauer was continuously re-elected to that position on the Republican ticket. He served as chairman of the Republican City Central Committee, secretary and treasurer of the Wyaconda Lead and Zinc Mining Co., and secretary of the Home Building and Loan Association. Additionally, Bauer was an active member of the Evangelical Central Lutheran Church.
Bauer married Laura E. Straub, daughter of cigar manufacturer Wendell Straub, on October 10, 1893. They had a son, Harold, on August 20, 1984.← Leedy Jr., Caleb Abnew Blair Jr, James T →