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The town of Texas
(1856-1976)

XI. Farms - past and present,   pp. 76-86


Page 76

EARLY FARMS
THE DONALD AND BARBARA BAUMANN FARM
Joseph Henry Wulf left Germany in 1893 and
came to Wisconsin. He bought the farm
which is now owned by Donald and Barbara
Baumann.
After clearing some land, and building a
log house, he returned to Germany for his
wife and children. One of the children
died on the ship before reaching America.
Another daughter was born while they were
living in this country.
They had a team of oxen to help clear the
land. They also raised sheep and cows.
Herb Baumann remembers that bees were a
particular interest of his grandfather.
At one time he had over 100 hives. Each
fall the hives were carried into the bee
cellar so they wouldn't freeze. He had a
machine for extracting honey from the comb.
They cut the wax from the ends of the comb.
He then put the comb in the drum of the
machine. The drum was then rotated to
extract the honey.
In 1909 he built the present house, with
the help of his son-in-laws. All of the
granite stones for the foundation were
quarried from the field south of the house.
(Mr. Wulf said the men had to do this
before they could marry his daughters.)
He died in 1916 leaving the farm to his
wife.
She and her son, Joseph Henry Wulf, Jr.,
operated the farm until she died in 1927.
He then took over the ownership of the
farm. He operated the farm with the help
of his nephew, Herbert Baumann, until 1954
when he retired.
At this time the farm was sold to his
nephew, Herbert, on a support agreement.
Henry Wulf also served as Town of Texas
Supervisor for 18 years before his death
in 1961. Mr. Wulf lived with his nephew
until his death.
Henry Wutf 9 Herbert Baumann
Herb worked for the Town of Texas as well
as ran the farm. He was Town Supervisor
for 6 years. He was Treasurer for the
Granite School for over 20 years. After
this he operated the grader and snowplow,
until his retirement in 1974. He then
sold the farm to his son Donald.
Sharon Baumann
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