The town of Texas
XI. Farms - past and present, pp. 76-86
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 HERE TO SERVE YOU WAUSAU HARDWARE & MACHINE CO. R# 3, (Highway "WW"), WAUSAU, WIS. 54401 KEN BORCHARDT - OWNER - PHONE 675-6254 Available To Serve Business Manufacturers Farmers, and Individual Customers Lathe work 0 Gas and Arc Welding Drills @ Punch Press 9 Milling, Etc.
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