Gauer was born in Milwaukee on November 30, 1892. He graduated from the Milwaukee public schools and worked as a printing press operator. When elected to the Assembly in 1922, he had been a member of the Pressmen's Union and of the Socialist Party for more than twelve years.
Service in the Assembly
He was elected in November, 1922 from the 14th Assembly district (17th Ward of the City of Milwaukee), receiving 2,046 votes to 1,493 for Republican incumbent Edward Vollmer and 137 for Democrat Edward J. Watson. He was assigned to the standing committee on the public welfare. When he ran for re-election in 1924, he lost to Republican Herbert H. Smith, who received 2,840 votes to Gauer's 2,549. Gauer became a public works inspector was assigned to the bureau of street construction and repair.
In 1926, Smith was not a candidate, and Gauer again faced Volmer for their old seat. Gauer won with 1984 votes to 1952 for Volmer and 384 for independent socialist Edward C. Werner. Gauer was assigned to the standing committees on excise and fees; and on highways. Gauer was not a candidate for re-election in 1928, and was succeeded by Republican Alfred Buntin.
As of 1946, Gauer was still an inspector for the City of Milwaukee.
- The Wisconsin blue book, 1923 Madison, 1923; pp. 590, 631
- Holmes, Fred L., Editor, ed. The Wisconsin blue book, 1925 Madison: Democrat Printing Company, State Printer, 1925; p. 576
- Supreme Court of Wisconsin State ex rel Salvesen v. City of Milwaukee et al. October 22, 1946
- Holmes, Fred L., ed. The Wisconsin blue book, 1927 Madison: Democrat Printing Company, State Printer, 1927; pp. 587, 654, 712
- ["A Day's Glance at Milwaukee" Milwaukee Journal November 22, 1946; p. 3, col. 7]
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