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Family found of ND man whose headstone was spotted in Normandy

Anton Bauman is buried in a French cemetery in Normandy. Special to The Forum1 / 2
Bob Lind, Neighbors columnist2 / 2

Recently Neighbors carried the story of how a woman and her husband found the gravesite of Anton Bauman, of North Dakota, in the American cemetery in Normandy, France.

That woman, Janet Gerlach, formerly of Fargo-Moorhead and now of Venice, Florida, sent the story in, hoping Anton's family could be identified and that someone from his family would see the picture she took of the headstone and take a measure of comfort in seeing Anton's burial site after all these years.

Well, Anton's family has been identified.

Mike "Dino" Peterson, formerly of Fargo and now of Las Vegas, writes that Anton was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Bauman.

Anton was born in 1921, Dino writes. He lived in Strasburg, N.D. His siblings were Peter, Margaret, Bernard, Loretta and Janet.

Confirming some of this, Amanda Ehresmann (no address given) said she did ancestry research on Anton and found records showing his father indeed was Jacob Bauman and that Anton was a private first class in the 47th Infantry's 9th Division when he was killed July 17, 1944.

Allyn Wald, Fargo, adds that Anton married Martha Baumgartner just before he was sent overseas.

After Anton died, Martha married Albert Wagner of Strasburg. That couple owned a grocery store in Strasburg for many years.

Allyn also says Anton's nephew, Ronald Bauman, of Strasburg, is the father of Mary Sue (Lenny) Ohlhauser, Fargo. Lenny is the athletic director of Davies High School, Fargo.

"The reason for my VAST knowledge of this is that I lived in Strasburg for 25 years, from 1968 to 1993," Allyn says, adding "In a small town you get to know, hear and see just about everything plus there is no greater place than a small town to raise a family."

Music found

Now for some good news.

This being Columbus Day, it's good to report that something else has been found besides North America.

Wes Anderson, of Valley City, N.D., who is with the Barnes County Historical Society, was trying to locate sheet music for "The North Dakota National Guard March" written by the late Valley City resident D.W. Clark.

Unfortunately, it seemed, the music "has been lost to the sands of time," Wes said in a note to Neighbors.

What he knew about this song came from a 1912 article in the Valley City Times-Record. It concerns the Round's Ladies Orchestra, out of Detroit, led by a man named Round, which had given a concert in Valley City.

The story reads, in part, "Round's Orchestra left this morning for Storm Lake, Iowa, to participate in the entertainments given at the Chautauqua.

"During their stay in this city, they have endeared themselves to the music-loving people and will be greatly missed as an attraction at our Chautauqua.

"Last night's program was especially attractive, the music and the songs being among the very best in their repertoire. In concluding, Mr. Round paid a glowing tribute to D.W. Clark, author of a march he has pleased to call 'The North Dakota National Guard March.'

"In his remarks, he stated that it was one of the prettiest marches he had ever played and was anxious to make it a part of each and every program that the orchestra played during the coming season.

"The Times-Record joins in congratulating Mr. Clark upon his success as a composer and predicts for him a brilliant future if he concluded to carry on the work along this line."

But Wes at first couldn't find anyone who had a copy of this march's sheet music.

He checked with the National Guard. No soap. But the Guard told him it would very much like to find it and start playing it again.

Well, here is the good news. Wes recently found the song in the Library of Congress.

And Wes is a happy guy who says he hopes to hear the march played someday.

Apparently he will.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107, fax it to 241-5487 or email blind@forumcomm.com.

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