Christian Rine Baer

Christian Rine Baer

Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 5 Jan 1913 (aged 84)
Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section: J
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Information is from Burial/Deaths at LCHS. NOTE: Middle/Maiden Name: Rine.

NOTE: Middle name has been listed as Rine and Rein. DOB/DOD are from his Pennsylvania Death Record at

Published in the Lancaster (PA) New Era, Monday, 6 Jan 1913, pg. 2.

"Christian Rine Baer, for years a part owner in Lancaster's leading book store and an extensive publishing business, passed away at eleven o'clock on Sunday night at a sanitarium near Philadelphia from bronchitis. He retired from business some years ago, and since that time his health had declined. He was indentified with a family that for generations since was identified prominently with the life of this city, where he was born on May 12, 1828. He was a son of John and Frances R. Baer. His early education was supplemented by a course in the old Franklin College, and upon the close of his career in that institution he, with his brother, the late Reuben Baer, entered the business establishment of their father. The senior member of the firm died in 1858, after which the sons succeeded to the proprietorship. When the elder brother died, Mr. C. R. Baer became the sole owner of the entire book store and publishing business. The former he disposed of and discontinued the publication of the former well-known German newspaper, Der Volksfreund und Beobachter, which was founded by the Baer family. The publishing house established a national celebrity through its famous Baer's Almanac, an indispensable household friend in thousands of families in every section of the country. This unique almanac is now in its eighty-seventh annual edition, and Mr. Baer was its proprietor at the time of his death. The firm also published many other books, most of which related to agricultural pursuits.
Mr. Baer was married in Philadelphia, in 1875, to Miss Joanna Seiser, since deceased. His surviving children are Mrs. Frances R. Baer Atlee, wife of Dr. John L. Atlee, and John F. Baer, both of this city.
The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed."

Obituary published in the Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, Tuesday, 7 Jan 1913, pg. 3, column 1.

"Baer, Almanac Publisher, Dead - Special to the Inquirer.
LANCASTER, Pa., Jan. 6 - C. Rine Baer, owner and publisher of the famous Baer's almanac, one of the most unique publications of its kind in the country, died today aged 84. For generations his family conducted the largest book store in the city, in addition to publishing a German newspaper, many books and the almanac."

Parental links courtesy of contributor Stephanie Myers Landis (#48146070).


Photo attached about his father John Baer was from the book A biographical history of Lancaster County, published in 1872.


The following information is from -,103470
(Source: Biographical Annals of Lancaster County, Pa., Beers, 1903, pp. 153-4).

"CHRISTIAN REIN BAER. In reviewing the history of Lancaster the name of Baer is often found, and always in connection with enterprises tending toward the development of local resources and the welfare of the citizens. The entire life of Christian R. Baer has been associated with Lancaster, for there he was born May 2, 1828, and there the years of his youth and manhood have been usefully passed. As a Bookseller and Publisher he continues a business established many years ago, and which has never yet passed out of the hands of the family, but has descended in honorable succession from father to son.
In the home of his parents, John and Frances (Rein) Baer, the boyhood of Christian R. Baer was quietly passed, his time being occupied with the exercises of youth and study in public and private schools. The family being able to give the children fair educational advantages, he was sent to Franklin (now Franklin and Marshall) College, where the knowledge acquired in common schools was supplemented by the efforts of the excellent corps of educators which the Factilty of that institution comprised. On leaving college he entered his father's establishment, where he and his brother, Reuben A., continued during many years to relieve their father of business cares and responsibilities, and on
the death of the senior member of the firm, in 1858, the two sons succeeded to the ownership, continuing together until the elder brother died. On the settlement of the estate Christian R. Baer acquired the ownership of the business of John Baer's Sons.
Mr. Baer has continued the publication of Der Volksfreund und Beobachter, a German newspaper supporting the measures of the Republican party since its origin; also the publication of the Books and Almanacs of the firm, of which the Agricultural Almanac is now in its seventy-eighth edition. To carry on this business he has erected a four-story printing house, equipped with modern conveniences, machinery and material necessary for the Printing and Publishing business. He is loyal to his home city, to his county and to his country, and his sympathy and aid are always to be relied upon in movements for the benefit of the people.
In Philadelphia, Pa., May 27, 1875, occurred the marriage of Christian R. Baer and Joanna Seiser, a daughter of John Seiser, of that city. Mr. and Mrs. Baer are the parents of three children, all of whom remain in the family home, namely: Frances R., John F. and Charles S. The sons assist their father in his business, the details of which they are mastering, so that in all probability the interests which have remained in the family so many years will be carried forward through another generation."

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