|Edith and Zeppy|
In 1951, independently, Edith & Manny leave gray Germany for wacky and lurid North America on the Anna Salen. They wed in early 1953. Seeking opportunity, the two move west to British Columbia; Annie is born in 1954; Roy is born in 1955 (note the pattern of progress!).
Seeking still greener pastures, in 1960, the family moves to Orange County, California. Manny & Edith have two more children—Ray and Ron—and become U.S. citizens. Noses to the grindstone, the family pursues material advancement, humanistic and artistic development, and any (i.e., many) artistic impulses. By the seventies, Bauer Construction survives and the family is able to move to a fine property in isolated and rural Trabuco Canyon (actually, Live Oak Canyon).
|Ronnie, Annie, Ray|
Bauer’s Canyon develops into a special family compound, with two kilns, ten guitars, intricate hand-made jewelry—and, at long last, visitations by four noisy, energetic, and lovable grandchildren, for Ron and Susan, denizens of Irvine, bring Sarah, then Adam, then Natalie and Catherine (a twofer!) into the world. (We think they’re done now.)
Starting in the late sixties, Manny and Edith painted. In the last ten or fifteen years, they've pursued pottery. They're pretty good at this stuff.
Many a beast has led a good life with the Bauers: Prince, Attila, Ildy, Sepl, Paco, Max, Felix, Greyball, Moon Unit, et al. They were loved; they flourished. They were part of the family.
Life is good.
Or at least it ain’t bad. Not completely.
Some family history:
• British Columbia to California (1958-1960) ~ It sure is hot in California; so buy me a hat!
Young Natalie• Manny’s grandparents; life during the war; war's end ~ Teutonic tales of growing up; dodging bombs and bullets• Canada: a sketch of Manny & Edith’s early years ~ Immigrants' tales• Two Schultz tales: the “fatal lie” and the “ambassador” story ~ 20s Germany and wacky Schultzes• “With you, Lili Marleen”: Schultzean sagas ~ Typically amazing Schultz stories• Bauer family backpacking in the Sierra Nevada ~ Nuts about those mountains!• The luckless “Anna Salen” ~ The rust bucket had lots of history• Edith’s half-brother ~ Dad sowed a wild oat; said oat played a mean accordian• The sad story of Baby Peter ~ French POW steals across Germany to see his German baby
• Manny, Edith, & Roy visit Poland and Germany ~ May 2011: from Gdansk to Berlin; lots of photos; many adventures; lotsa food