Biography of George J. Baum
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

GEORGE JOHN BAUM. Out of a life of fifty five years George John Baum has devoted forty three to business in Cleveland. In all that time he has served just two of the large mercantile houses of the city, and is now buyer for Halle Brothers & Company.

Mr. Baum, who is also prominent in the civic and public life of Lakewood, his home town, was born in Cleveland, March 17, 1868, son of John J. and Margaret (Foltz) Baum. His parents were born in Germany, married there, and with one child, then a year old, came to this country in 1863. They located at Cleveland, where John J. Baum for many years engaged in the meat business, and was active in that line until his death.

As a boy in Cleveland, George J. Baum attended public schools, reaching the eighth grade. At the age of twelve, leaving school in 1880, he began his career as a wage earner. His first service, and one that continued with increasing promotions and responsibilities, was with the old dry goods house of Hower & Higbee, which later became the Higbee Company. He was with that firm forty one years, beginning as cash boy, and for a number of years was buyer for the concern. He resigned August 1, 1921, and after a few weeks of rest and recuperation he became associated, on October 1, 1921, as buyer with Halle Brothers & Company, one of Cleveland's largest and most important department stores.

Mr. Baum became a pioneer of Lakewood. He took up his residence there when its population did not exceed 3,000. For twenty five years he has been active in its affairs, and whatever has been deemed for the community's best advantage has completely enlisted Mr. Baum's enthusiasm and cooperation. He served as a member for five years of Lakewood's first board of health, a member of the board of education for three and one half years, and was a member of the charter commission. He is a charter member of Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and twice a member of its board of directors, and is a charter member and director of the Lakewood Savings & Loan Company. He has served as an elder in the Lakewood Presbyterian Church, and is a member of the Lakewood lodge of Masons.

Mr. Baum married Miss Lena Brandt, daughter of Frederick Brandt, of Cleveland. They have two daughters, Margaret and Dorothy, both graduates of the Lakewood High School. Margaret was a teacher in the kindergarten department of the Lakewood public schools until her marriage to Mr. Arthur E. Meeker, of an old and prominent Cleveland family.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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