Chair Used by "Mush" Bauer who once weighed as much as 789 lbs.

Photographed June 27, 2015
Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
43.753811,-88.43613
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CHAIR USED BY "MUSH BAUER
who once weighed as much as 789 lbs.
Edward Martin ("MUSH") Bauer was born on a farm near Mauston, Wis. on November 7,1906, son of Joseph and Anna Bauer. When Ed was a young child, the Bauers moved to Campbellsport where Mr. Bauer, Sr. managed a large dairy farm. In 1910 they purchased the Northwestern Hotel in Campbellsport and renamed it Bauers Hotel.

About this time, it was noticed that Ed was gaining a lot of weight and it was determined that his pituitary gland had been damaged when he had contacted [sic] Scarlet Fever as a baby and he continued to gain weight.

He attended St. Matthews Catholic School and Campbellsport High School. During this time, he also picked up canned milk for his father who had a contract with the White House Milk Company of West Bend. Ed was so strong, that he could take a 5 gallon can of milk in either hand and boost them into the wagon or truck.

His next venture was the Bauer Hotel. The Hotel was well known throughout the state and midwest when Ed took over and it's [sic] fame grew under his management.

By this time, Ed's weight had grown [sic] to 799 lbs.

Prior to World War II, the Fond du Lac American Legion stated a Walk-A-Thon in a building which is now a part of Southtown Shopping Center. Ed entered, and walked for 13 days and nights and was the biggest drawing card in the history of the event.

Ed tried to reduce in many ways through diets and even resorted to surgery, and at one time got his weight down to 400 lbs.

On January 27, 1957, Ed passed away at St. Agnes Hospital at the age of 51.
The marker and chair are located at the Welcome Center at Historic Galloway House & Village at 336 Old Pioneer Road, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54935.

 

"Mush" Bauer

Sam J. Barba, Custom Tailor, made pants with
a 72" waist band for Mush Bauer - circa 1954

The Historic Galloway House & Village Welcome Center;
the marker and chair are inside.

The marker and chair are located at Galloway House and Village.

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