John Baujan

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 496-497, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  John Baujan, deceased, who died at his home at Beardstown, July 4, 1889, at the age of sixty-nine years, was born in Siegberg, Germany, April 6, 1820. He came of pure German stock and had grown up to the trade of stone and brick mason. He left Antwerp with two of his fellow townsmen, William and Philip Frisbaugh, in the spring of 1849. They landed in New Orleans and came up the river in one of the old river boats to St. Louis. The cholera was raging there at this time and he came on to Arenzville, Cass County, Illinois, and was engaged there for some years at his trade of making brick, building several houses at that place. He then lived one year on a farm three miles from Arenzville, and in 1856 came to Beardstown and made this place his home until his death. He followed his trade and later he, with Philip Frisbaugh, put up a sawmill and ran it two years. After that, with John Schultz, he purchased the gristmill at this place under the firm name of Baujan & Schultz. They did a very large and successful business here. At his death the mill interest went to his two sons, Louis and Edward. Mr. Baujan was a good, upright man and one of the city's best and most successful citizens. He was a Democrat in politics and a roman Catholic in religion. He was an Alderman of Beardstown city and served in that capacity in a faithful manner.
  He was married in 1852, to Catharine Yock of Wurtemburg, Germany, born September 10, 1828. She was the daughter of Jacob and Christina (Trouth) Yock, who lived and died at Wurtemburg. They were members of the Lutheran Church and were worthy, hard working people. Mrs. Baujan came of a large family, who now reside here. She has been a true, good wife and mother, and is a much respected lady of this county and a most consistent member of the Lutheran Church. Mr. and Mrs. Baujan had eight children, one, Philipena, died young. Those living are: John of the grocery firm of Baujan Brothers, on Fourth street, this city; Rosa, wife of John Schultz, a miller of this city; Henry, who is a liveryman and blacksmith; Kate, wife of Charles Rupple, with his father, henry Rupple, in the shoe business; Louis and Edward, of the firm of Baujan Brothers, millers; and Otto, of the firm of Baujan Brothers, grocery merchants.

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