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Fredrick Bach, farmer, P.O. Town Line, was born in Germany, May 1, 1840, a son of George F. and Barbara (Sibley) Bach. In 1852 the father emigrated to this country, and coming to Luzerne county located in Wilkes-Barre. He died in 1873, aged sixty-five years. He reared a family of six children, five of whom are living, Fredrick being the second.

Our subject was reared and educated partly in Germany and partly in this country, and was twelve years of age when he emigrated with his parents to the United States.

In early life he learned the molders' trade, at which he worked about twelve years.

At the age of twenty, April 18, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Eighth P.V.I., for three months, but served four, and was honorably discharged.

He then enlisted in Company A, Twelfth United States Regulars, for the term of three years. He participated in the following battles: Fort Donelson, Shiloh (where he received a slight wound), Williamsburg, Fair Oaks (where he was again wounded), and the Seven Days' Fight (where he was again wounded, and also taken prisoner). After a few weeks he was exchanged, and finally discharged on account of disabilities. He held the rank of first sergeant, and was honorably mentioned as being a good soldier.

After his return to civil life he again took to his trade, but finding he could not do others justice in working for them in his disabled condition he abandoned journeyman work and opened a shop in his own name in Shickshinny, and here established a foundry, where he worked nine years. He then went to Kansas, remaining there sixteen years, engaged in farming and stock-raising. Returning to Luzerne county, on account of his health, he purchased a farm of 118 acres, in Union township, where he now resides.

During his residence in Shickshinny he was burgess of the borough, and a member of the council.

In 1864 he married Miss Anna E. Adleman, who was born in 1845 where she now resides, a daughter of Peter and Lydia Adleman, and to this union were born seven children: Lilly, Laura, Harvey, Charles, Eddy, Pearl and Harry, all yet living. Mr. Bach is a member of the G.A.R. and enjoys a pension. Politically he is a Democrat.

Source: History of Luzerne County, Pa.; H.C. Bradsby; 1893.