Noble Henry Baughman, of San Francisco, California, was born in Lancaster, Fairfield county, Ohio, in 1849, son of John F. and Susan E. (Swigert) Bauhman, both natives of Pennsylvania and descended from Revolutionary ancestors.

John F. Baughman was a shoe manufacturer in Lancaster, Ohio, and later in Nauvoo, Illinois, where he died in 1882, at the age of sixty-nine years. His widow is still living in Nauvoo and is now eighty-one years of age. Their family consists of four sons and one daughter.

Noble H. received his education in the Lancaster high school and the Springfield Business College, graduating in the last named in 1863. He serbed an apprenticeship of three years to the trade of shoemaker, and afterward was employed for some time as bookkeeper, up to 1869, when he went to Illinois. He spent four years in Illinois and came from there to California, locating in Sacramento, where he engaged in the manufacture of shoes. In 1882 he removed to Ione and turned his attention to a general mercantile business with B. Isaacs & Brothers, with whom he remained till 1900, the year he came to San Francisco. Here he engaged in a wholesale boot and shoe business at No. 10 Sutter street, under the firm name of McCune-Baughman Shoe Company, and continued in this business three years. He sold out in 1903 and, with H. H. Budd, became interested in the manufacture of a roof paint. Also he has an interest in the firm of Bates & Company, doing a wholesale commission and brokerage business at 205 Front street.

At Keokuk, Iowa, in 1873, Mr. Baughman married Miss Christina E. Huber, who was born at Nauvoo, Illinois, third in the family of twelve children of Martin and Phillipina Huber. Mr. Huber was for many years a prominent business man of Nauvoo, a manufacturer of wagons. He and his wife are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Baughman have had six children, only two of whom are living--Clarence O. and Ruth.

Mr. Baughman is identified with the Masonic order, having membership in the following: Union Lodge No. 58, F. and A. M.; Sutter Chapter No. 11, R. A. M.; Sacramento Council No. 1, R. & S. M.; Sacramento Commandery No. 2, K. T.; Yerba Buena Lodge of Perfection No. 1; Godfrey de St. Omar Council No. 1, K. K.; San Francisco Consistory No. 1, A. A. S. K.; and Islam Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. Politically he is a Republican.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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