Oliver F. Baughman, the able treasurer of Iowa county, was born in Licking county, Ohio, on the 2d of August,
1858, a son of Dr. John F. and Margaret A. (Hickman) Baughman, both likewise natives of that state. In 186o they
came to Iowa and located in Decatur county, where the father practiced medicine for about ten years. In 1870 the
family removed to Iowa county and took up their residence in Foote but subsequently removed to Kinross. Thence
a removal was made to North English, where the father passed away in 1901 at the age of sixty six years. The mother
died in 1910 when seventy six years of age.
Oliver F. Baughman was educated in the common schools and upon starting out in life for himself worked as a farm
hand. He later took up the study of pharmacy in a Kinross drug store and was subsequently employed in a similar
store in North English. In 1888 he passed the examination of the state board of pharmacy and was duly registered
as a pharmacist. For the greater part of the ensuing twenty years he devoted his time to the drug business and
for a number of years owned and operated a drug store in Kinross. In 1902 he came to Marengo and for about a year
was employed in the drug store owned by Fred Haas. In March, 1903, he was appointed deputy clerk of the district
court and held that position for about six years, following which he was appointed deputy county treasurer. He
served in that capacity until November, 1914, when he was elected treasurer. His experience as deputy fully qualifies
him to discharge his duties as treasurer and the work of the office is in excellent hands. He is systematic and
efficient and there has never been the slightest question as to his integrity and incorruptible honesty.
Mr. Baughman has been twice married, his first union being with Miss Vernie J. Birkenbine, of Keokuk county, who
became his wife in 1883. They were the parents of three children: Lathe B., the wife of C. L. Eckeman, of Kinross;
Roy Everett, who is with the Automatic Machine Company of Aurora, Illinois; and Harry C., who is a farmer of Pierre,
South Dakota. Mrs. Baughman died in 1890 and on the 4th of July, 1900, Mr. Baughman married Miss Eugenia Mason,
of North English, and they have three children, Waldo Emerson, Leah Astor and Paul Manley.
Mr. Baughman and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and he is a member of the board of
stewards and president of the Men's Bible Class. Fraternally he is identified with Triumph Lodge, No. i48, F. &
A. M., and is also a member of the North English Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and likewise has membership
relations with Marengo Lodge, No. 31, K. P. He is not only respected as a capable and conscientious official but
as a man and citizen whose life has always measured up to high ideals.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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