john c. bauer
Born in LaPorte, Indiana in 1858, John Bauer's family moved to Aurora, Illinois when he was a small child. He began working in a printing office in his early teens and by the time he was sixteen was an expert compositor. In 1888 Bauer joined a partnership with advertising man Palmer L. Clark and the following year the two founded The Horse Review. In 1894 Bauer bought out his partner and became the sole owner and publisher of this foremost of harness journals. He held this position until The Review suspended publication in 1932, a victim of the depression. Bauer was instrumental in establishing the Hambletonian Stake and gave the race its name! John Bauer died in 1937 in Aurora, Illinois.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals