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Charles August Sauer (1866-1915) — also known as Charles A. Sauer — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Stratford, Ontario, December 18, 1866. Republican. Mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., 1915; died in office 1915. Member, Elks; Knights of Pythias. Died, of typhoid fever, in St. Joseph's Sanitarium, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich., December 6, 1915. Interment at Bethlehem Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Sauer brothers built Ann Arbor’s 1906–1907 city hall, kitty-corner from the present one, on the corner now occupied by the Dahlmann City Center Building. Eight years later, Charles Sauer himself moved into the mayor’s office. Sadly, he died just six months into his term, at age forty-nine. On the day of his burial, all business and governmental offices closed from 2 to 3:30 p.m. during the funeral.

  • Charles A Sauer, memorial at Bethlehem Cemetery, from Find A Grave.

In memoriam: Charles A. Sauer

The following was prepared in the minutes of the Ann Arbor City Council of December 13, 1915, as members of council mourned the death of their mayor.