Bauer, Paul (1855–1934)

By: Grace Bauer

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: October 26, 2018

Paul Bauer, saddlemaker, son of Friederick and Matilda (Ehrenberg) Bauer, was born on October 30, 1855, at Yorktown, Texas, where his father, a German immigrant and master saddler, taught him the saddle and harness business. He moved successively to Helena, San Diego, Pearsall, Oakville, and, in 1895, to Beeville. In 1878 he married Carrie Reagan, and of their six children, two sons continued in the saddle business. For nearly 100 years the Bauers made saddles for cattlemen, Texas Rangers, sheriffs, and law enforcement officers throughout Texas, other states, Mexico, and South America. J. Frank Dobie was particularly fond of the Bauer saddle. In 1890 Bauer was justice of the peace in Live Oak County. He was in partnership with a son until his death. He died on October 28, 1934, and was buried in Beeville.

Grace Bauer (Lillian Grace Schoppe), The History of Bee County, Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1939). Beeville Bee-Picayune, November 1, 1934. Live Oak County Centennial Association, Live Oak County Centennial (George West, Texas, 1956). Live Oak County Historical Commission, The History of the People of Live Oak County (George West, Texas, 1982). San Antonio Express, December 22, 1960.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Grace Bauer, “Bauer, Paul,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

October 26, 2018