John Albert Baughman
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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