Charles E. Bauerle was born in 1912 into a growing brood of Bauerle children. Eventually they would number at least nine. The Bauerle family made its home on the south side of Indianapolis. I don't know much about the artist, but in 1938-1939, at age twenty-six, he completed a series of murals on nautical subjects at the new Indianapolis Naval Armory (now Heslar Naval Armory). The armory was constructed under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a federal agency that also employed Charles Bauerle. His murals showed the Bonne Homme Richard in action during the Revolutionary War, the victory of the Lawrence and the Niagara over the British fleet in the War of 1812 (currently commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp), the Battle of Manila Bay from the Spanish-American War, and the arrival of American destroyers at Queenstown, Ireland, in May 1917. Each of the murals was twelve by fifteen feet. I'm not sure that they're still in existence. The artist, Charles E. Bauerle (whose name has been misspelled as "Bauerley") died in 1952 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Indiana.
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