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Biography of William H. Baugh, M.D.
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Dr. Baugh is the well known physician and druggist of Shoshone, and has a wide acquaintance throughout southern Idaho. A native of Missouri, he was born in Boonville, July 28, 1864, and is of German lineage. His paternal grandfather removed from one of the eastern states to Indiana, and there the Doctor’s father, Henry Clay Baugh, was born and reared. In 1860 he removed to Missouri and married Elizabeth Steger, of that state. He had previously crossed the plains to California, where he had engaged in mining with fair success. After his return to Missouri he engaged in stock raising until 1874, when his life’s labors were ended in death. He died of pneumonia when forty-eight years of age, and his wife passed away in 1880. They were both members of the Methodist church and people of much worth. They left six children.
Dr. Baugh, the eldest of the family, spent his youth in the state of his nativity, and acquired his medical education in the Missouri Medical College, at St. Louis, where he was graduated in the class of 1891. For two years he practiced in that state and then came to Idaho, forming a partnership with Dr. Smith, at Mountain Home. On leaving that place he took up his abode at Shoshone, and from the beginning has enjoyed a large and lucrative practice, extending over a radius of forty miles. After two years he established the only drug store in the town, having a good store, twenty by ninety feet, which is supplied with a well selected stock of drugs, paints, oils, jewelry, stationery, cigars and tobacco. He is also the local physician and surgeon for the Short Line Railroad Company, and is a member of the State Medical Association. In addition to his other business interests he is engaged in sheep raising, which is now a very important industry in Idaho, and like the other branches of his business it is yielding to him a good income. On the 31st of July, 1896, was celebrated the marriage of Dr. Baugh and Miss Rose Burke, a native of Watertown, New York, and a daughter of Morris Burke, now of Shoshone. The Doctor is a very prominent Mason, belonging to the blue lodge, chapter, commandery and the mystic shrine. He is an energetic business man of marked ability, a progressive citizen and justly popular in his wide circle of acquaintances.
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