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Ida Frey Bauman

Ida Frey Bauman

Female 1900 - 1952  (51 years)

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  • Name Ida Frey Bauman 
    Born 21 Nov 1900  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Female 
    Interesting military, public service, charity, life story 
    Military As president of the Floradale sewing circle during WW2 
    Name Ida Frey Bauman 
    Name Ida Frey Martin 
    Religion 1911  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00002-152.701 
    Died 27 May 1952  Floradale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Buried Elmira Mennonite Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I23686  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Father Jacob S. Bauman,   b. 26 Dec 1865, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1920  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Christina Frey,   b. 22 Feb 1879, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1972, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 4 Mar 1900  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5790  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 John B. Martin,   b. 6 Jan 1896, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1926  (Age 30 years) 
    Married 1926  [4
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F21321  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Emanuel M. Bauman,   b. 26 Sep 1889, Floradale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1975, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 24 Aug 1929  [4
    Children 
     1. Gladys B. Bauman
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F5789  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Nov 1900 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1911 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 May 1952 - Floradale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Mennonite Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ida Frey Bauman
    Ida Frey Bauman
    from the book Willing Service

  • Notes 
    • Bauman, -- Ida, daughter of Mrs. Christian Hoffman and the late Jacob Bauman, was born Nov. 21, 1900; died at her home in Floradale, Ont., May 27, 1952; aged 51 y. 6 m. 6 d. On Dec. 14, 1921, she was married to John Martin who predeceased her in 1926. On Aug. 24, 1929, she was united in marriage to Emmanuel Bauman. Surviving are her husband, 3 daughters (Florence-Mrs. Walter Burkholder, Markham, Ont.; Gladys-Mrs. Clayton Cressman, Plattsville, Ont., and Carol , at home), 2 sons (Orvie, Waterloo, Ont.; and Howard, Floradale, Ont.), 8 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Ion, Jacob, Cleason, and Irvin), one sister (Minerva-Mrs. Henry Brubaker), and her mother. Two brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, active in Sunday school work, sewing circle, and relief work. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Elmira, Ont., Mennonite Church in charge of Oliver D. Snider and Rufus Jutzi. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

      Gospel Herald - Volume XLV , Number 37 - September 9, 1952 page 902, 903

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      Ida Frey Martin Bauman 1900 - 1952


      As president of the Floradale sewing circle during World War II, Ida watched for sales of suitable material to make clothing for relief. She also began buying in bulk, because that was cheaper. She then sold this material to other women in the area. Thus the idea of the "Cutting Room" was born, and Ida nurtured it through its early years.

      Change and Tragedy

      Ida was born on November 21, 1900, the first child of Jacob and Christian (Bauman) Frey. Since Jacob was not a robust man, the family moved to Elmira at a time when few Mennonites lived in town. Illness and death stalked the family at every turn. Ida was a sickly child and, as a result, attended school very little. Several children did not survive infancy. More difficult, however, were the deaths of 16-year-old Lydia, a boy by drowning, and another child and their father who both died of tuberculosis within a week of each other. The Frey family was Old Order Mennonite. In 1921 Ida married John Martin, also from the Old Order community. In 1924 the conference congregation built a new meetinghouse in Elmira, and regularly held revival meetings. In the spring of 1926 John and Ida attended the revival meetings held by C. F. Derstine, experienced conversion, and subsequently joined the Elmira Mennonite Church. In the fall of the same year, John was fatally electrocuted. Ida did not receive much consolation from their families who considered the accident as punishment for their apostacy. Ida suffered a great deal of insomnia after the death of her husband. She began writing poetry during the sleepless hours of the night. In later years, people frequently came to talk to her in times of grief. Having passed through the valley of the shadow of death herself, they knew she would understand their loneliness and grief. In 1929 Ida married Emanuel Bauman, a widower with three teenage children. They lived on the western outskirts of Floradale, and eventually transferred their membership from the Elmira Mennonite congregation to Floradale. After her marriage to Emanuel, Ida gave birth to two daughters.

      Service in the Church and Community

      The church and her activities were very special to Ida. Although she did not have much formal schooling, she read and wrote well. Her daughters remember that she spent much time preparing her lessons. In Sunday school she taught the older women, but she also taught children at summer Bible school. She was often asked to write obituaries and essays. The essays were the women's contribution to the Sunday evening services. The sewing circle was a very important avenue of service for Ida. During the war years she was president of the group at Floradale. Carol and Gladys remember that during the busiest time, their parents would put the sewing machine in the back of the car and take it to church - sometimes twice a week. Ida purchased suitable material at sales in Elmira, Waterloo and Kitchener. She would buy two or three thousand dollars worth and resell it to neighbouring circles. Buying in quantity was cheaper as well. Ida was also involved in large-scale relief canning. Ida was on the Ontario District executive at this time, and her efforts finally resulted in the opening of the cutting room. As a member of the cutting room committee, she placed orders through a store in Floradale and continued to do this until her illness no longer permitted her to leave the house. The Ontario Sewing Circles purchased a cutting machine in 1942 so they could supply the women with pre-cut garments. At that time Mrs. Amos Gingerich made a room available in her house to serve as a cutting room, and Barbara Eby operated the cutting machine. This gave the women more time to sew rather than spending it on cutting, and also helped to regulate the styles and types of garments. Ida's work on the sewing circle committee at Floradale was not only a means of getting a great deal of work done at the time of much need, but served as a model for the younger women. Leah Brubacher recalls Ida's encouragement when Leah was a young mother and not always able to attend sewing circle. Ida assured her that the day would come when the children were no longer at home and then there would be plenty of time to devote to sewing circle, and so it was! To Leah, Ida was a good example, and she followed in her footsteps. Carol described her mother as "not a well person but very strong." She had several major illnesses, but they seemed to leave her strengthened. Her last one was cancer, which caused her premature death on May 26, 1952. With the work of the cutting room so dear to her heart, she instructed her daughters to give a sizeable portion of her estate to that fledgling institution; She had also told her daughters not to mourn too long as she felt she had done after the death of her first husband. Life goes on, and Ida's life goes on in the lives of those she touched.

      Sources of information: W.M.S.A. Cutting Room Minutes 1942-1965; interviews with Carol (Bauman) Bauman, Gladys (Bauman) Cressman, Leah (Mrs. Tobias) Brubacher

      From Willing Service: Stores of Ontario Mennonite Women by Lorraine Roth. Published September 1992 by Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, Waterloo, Ontario in cooperation with Women's Missionary and Service Commission of Eastern Canada, pp.13-15. With permission from author and publisher. Pg 19-21

  • Sources 
    1. [S154] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Mennonite CC#4584 Internet Link.
      Ida Bauman/ wife of/ Emanuel M.Bauman/ born Nov.21,1900/ died May 27,1952/ aged 51 yrs 6 m./ & 6 days/

    2. [S132] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1901, Waterloo C-4 Page 12.

    3. [S177] Census - ON, Waterloo - 1901, ON WATERLOO (North/Nord) (#121) Subdistrict: Waterloo C-4 Page 12.

    4. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, September 9, 1952 - Obituary of Ida Bauman.

    5. [S176] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1911, Div. 48 Pg. 3.