Charles Baetz was born in Germany in 1836. According to the 1900 U.S. Census, he came to the United States about 1854. According to the U.S. Civil War Soldiers database, Charles Baetz was the principal musician for Company A of the 128th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. The 128th Infantry served as guards at the Confederate Prison located at Johnson's Island during the Civil War.
In 1862, Charles married Mary Graul.After Mary's death in 1894, Mr. Baetz married Dorothy Matern. We learn from information available at Lake Erie's Yesterdays that Charles Baetz was an early manager of the Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Company, and that he formed the Great Western Band in 1867. The book THE HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich, states that Charles Baetz was also involved in the bottling business in Sandusky for many years.
Charles Baetz passed away on September 26, 1907 in Michigan. He was buried next to his first wife Mary at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.