|Since the exact death date was not given, the date was figured from information in one of the newspaper articles.|
Two newspaper articles
# 1 - - Blair Democrat, April 22, 1915
FORMER BLAIR MERCHANT DEAD
The funeral of Joseph Bayer was held at Fremont last Monday from his late residence on East Military Avenue and the remains buried at Craig Tuesday. Mr. Bayer is a brother-in –law of Joe S. Cook of this city and was engaged in the mercantile business here a number of years ago, moving from here to Craig, and then to Leigh, and later to Fremont.
He was born in Pennsylvania and while in his teens, enlisted in a company of cavalry. He was married to Katherine Cook at Loysburg, Pa., in 1866, who died six years later.
Mr. Bayer was taken sick with grip (sp.) before Christmas and never fully recovered. He was forced to give up his work about two months ago and took to his bed.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe S. Cook were at Fremont Monday to attend the funeral.
# 2 - - Tribune, April 21, 1915
DEATH CALLS JOSEPH BAYER
Joseph Bayer, civil war veteran, and formerly a prominent merchat of Blair and Craig, died at his home, 349 East Military avenue, shortly after 11 o'clock last night. Mr. Bayer had passed his seventy-fourth milestone on life's highway March 31, last.
Mr. Bayer was born in Pennsylvania where he spent his boyhood. While yet in his teens he enlisted for service in the civil war as a private in Company G, Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry, where he served until the close of the war. Mr. Bayer was married twice. He was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Cook at Loysburg, Pa., in 1866. Mrs. Bayer died six years later, leaving three daughters, who with their father came west, Mr. Bayer locating in Alder Grove, in Burt county. In 1881 Mr. Bayer returned to Pennsylvania where he was married to Miss Sidney A. Gates. Returning to Alder Grove Mr. and Mrs. Bayer made their home there for two years, going from there to Blair, where he engaged in the mercantile business for four years. From there he removed to Craig and conducted a general merchandise store for nine years. Leaving Craig Mr. Bayer went to Leigh where for eleven years he was manager of the elevator and lumber yard for Walrath & Sherwood. In 1908 Mr. Bayer accepted the position as auditor for the lumber firm which he held for seven years. In 1908 he moved to Fremont with his family where they have since resided. Owing to the condition of Mrs. Bayer's health Mr. Bayer gave up road work and came to Fremont. Two years ago last fall he entered the employ of the city as bookkeeper at the municipal laight and water plant.
Mr. Bayer was taken sick with grip (sp) before Christmas and never fully recovered. He was forced to give up his work about two months ago and took to his bed.
He held memberships in the M.W.A. and A.O.U.W. lodges and was a devout member of the Presbyterian church where he was a regular attendant at worship. In his home he was a kind and loving husband and father and was held in high esteem by his friends.
His wife and four daughters, Mrs. R.A. Thomas, Misses Jennie and May of Pender, and Nannie of Fremont, and one son, Charles E., of Beatrice, are the close surviving relatives.
The funeral services were held at the residence in Fremont on Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The ritual of the G.A.R. was given at the residence and later the body was shipped to Craig for burial.