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John Albert Baughman

Alaska's Oldest Physician Dies on Thanksgiving

Dr. John Albert Baughman Passes Away At Juneau Home

Alaska's oldest physician and one of it's most respected citizens, Dr. John Albert Baughman, died peacefully at his Juneau home on Main Street on Thanksgiving evening, yesterday, ending at 7 o'clock an eventful life of 81 years.

Mrs. Alex Russell of Juneau is his only surviving child and Mrs. Orrin Frase of Barberton, Ohio, his sister, is also living.

Dr. Baughman, who numbers his friends by the hundreds throughout the territory, has lived in Alaska since 1897 when he joined the stampede to Dawson. Expecting to practice medicine there, he found the profession barred from him because he was not a Canadian citizen, so he joined in the search for gold.

Later her returned to Chicago to claim his bride and took her to Skagway, where he practiced medicine until 1905. He then went to Seward where he was a doctor for many years and established the Pioneer Hospital, ministering to a large section of Alaska. While in Seward, he was for eight years Game Warden of the Third Division, and also during his stay in the Kenai Peninsula City, he operated a drug store.

Dr. Baughman made a trip outside in 1929 when Mrs. Baughman died and returned shortly after to make his home in Juneau. He practiced medicine here for three years when poor health overcame him and he was forced to retire. For the past fourteen months he has been bedridden.

Known throughout Alaska for his thoughtfulness and care as a physician, he was also beloved by sportsmen who remember him as a great hunter.

Dr. Baughman was born in Barberton, Ohio, 10 March 1856. He is a life member of the Masonic Order, affiliated with the organization for 45 years.

Funeral services will be conducted under auspices of the Masonic Order at 2 p.m. Sunday from the chapel of the Charles W. Carter Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Masonic plot of the Evergreen Cemetery.

Source: The Daily Alaska Empire, 26 November 1937-Pages 1 & 8




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