Christoph Bauer, born in 1885 in South Russia, moved to the U.S. in 1894, eventually settling in North Dakota. In 1906, he married Margaret Goebel and started farming near Lehr. After various endeavors, including running a grain elevator and working as a grain buyer, Christ entered public service as a city councilman, then as County Sheriff. Post-retirement, he supervised German prisoners in California during WWII, later becoming a park policeman in Lodi. In 1956, Christ and Margaret celebrated their 50th anniversary in Ashley before returning to Lodi, where they resided as of 1963.