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THE TILLER AND TOILER, 5 September 1929
Obituary of A. J. BAUGHMAN
Death Comes to Oldest Resident
A. J. Baughman, Who Died
Monday, Was 96 Years Old
He Had Been a Resident of Larned
Since 1873, When He Came
From Illinois

A. J. Baughman, for a number of years the oldest resident of Larned, died on Monday after a summer’s illness at the age of 96 years. Mr. Baughman was a well known figure of Larned and was universally loved and respected. In spite of his advanced years, Mr. Baughman drove his own car about the city and took many long vacation drives. His health was excellent until this summer when he has been ill for many weeks. Before his last illness, he frequently attended meetings of various kinds and always talked cheerfully and interestingly of the early day in this country in which he and his wife were pioneer settlers. Only a few years ago, they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary and were congratulated by all their children who were present, as well as by the hundreds of friends who have cherished their affection through the years. Mrs. Baughman passed on in March 1926.
A. J. Baughman was born August 25, 1833, in Licking county, Ohio. On October 23, 1852, he was married to Miss Nancy Ellen Arnold of Newark, Ohio. To this union six children were born, all of whom are living. There are twenty-one grand children and thirty eight great grand children. Mr. and Mrs. Baughman moved from Ohio to Champaign county, Ill., in 1840, and settled in Kansas in Larned in 1873. They had become members of the Methodist church in Illinois in 1859, and were among the oldest members of the Methodist church in Larned.
Mr. Baughman was a Civil War veteran and was a conspicuous figure among the members of the G.A.R. of Larned. He was honorably discharged from the army service on June 10, 1865, after serving throughout the Civil War.
Mr. Baughman was in the finest sense a community builder and he assisted in laying the foundation of the fine type of citizenship conspicuous among the pioneers of the state of Kansas. In his personal relations he was patient, kind and appreciative of the friendliness of others. His war record abounds with brave acts, as does his whole life of endurance and constructive energy. In his last weeks of illness, Mr. Baughman continued his patient and kindly attitude toward life in spite of suffering and pain. His children were all here at the last and at the funeral services which took place yesterday morning, September 4th, at the Beckwith mortuary. Rev. G. H. Cosper was in charge of the services which were attended by hosts of friends and his comrades of the G. A. R. Members of the American Legion sounded “taps” at the grave side. Interment was in Larned cemetery.
The surviving son and daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Baughman are: Perry, of Larned; Mrs. Florence Peirson, of Coldwater; Mrs. Alice McVey, of Chicago; Mrs. Emma Malone, Chicago; Mrs. Nellie May, Larned, and Mrs. Eda Diehl, Jetmore.
Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

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