JOHN C. PAUGH,
M. D., is a well-known I physician and surgeon of Mason, and President of the Village Board. In the years of his
residence here he has not only won a prominent place among the medical fraternity of the county, but is recognized
as one of the leading and influential citizens. He is a man of genial and kindly disposition, has a wide acquaintance,
and is very popular.
Dr. Paugh is a native of Indiana, Springville, Lawrence County, being the place of his birth, and the date August
10, 1841. He is a son of Dr. P. G. Paugh, also a native of Indiana, and of German descent, who lost his father
during his infancy. Having attained to mature years, Dr. Paugh wedded Miss Sarah Scoggins, and unto them were born
three children. Sarah, the eldest, married Newton Young, now a retired merchant of Altamont, Ill.
Mary is the widow of Joseph Cook, who died in Paris, Ill.; they had three children, two of whom, Lincoln and Eva,
are living in Terre Haute, Ind. William was twice married. He wedded Miss Lou Edwards, and they had two daughters
and a son: Gertrude, wife of William Morton, of St. Louis; Grundy; and Lola, deceased, wife of Russell Clark, a
lawyer of Chicago. For his second wife, William Paugh wedded Miss Emma McAckren, of Mattoon, Ill. His death occurred
in June, 1890.
Dr. Paugh, Sr., after the death of his first wife was married to Miss Eliza A. Cook. She too was a native of Indiana,
and was of German and Scotch descent. They became the parents of seven children, two sons and five daughters, of
whom four are yet living: John C., Amelia, Isabel and Laura. Martha, Nancy and Joseph, who were the third, fourth
and fifth children in order of birth, are now deceased. Amelia is the wife of Andrew T. Douglas, of Mason, by whom
she has a son, William. Isabel is the wife of Oscar Davis, a farmer near Mason, and they have three children: Laura,
Paul and Garrison E. Laura, the youngest daughter of Dr. Paugh, Sr., resides with her parents.
The Doctor removed with his family to Illinois in 1865, locating in the village of Mason, where he has since resided.
He opened an office and successfully engaged in the practice of his profession until about five years ago, since
which time he has lived a retired life. He is now eighty-seven years of age, and his wife is in her seventy-fifth
year. They have traveled life's journey together as man and wife for fifty-three years.
Dr. John C. Paugh spent his boyhood days in Springville, Ind., and acquired his literary education in the public
schools of that locality. After arriving at man's estate, he decided to enter the profession which his father followed,
and became a student in Rush Medical College of Chicago, from which institution he was graduated in 1869. He had
come to Mason with the family in 1865, and after his medical studies were completed, he returned to this place.
In the practice of medicine he has won an enviable reputation for his skill and ability, and has secured a large
and lucrative practice.
The lady who bears the name of Mrs. Paugh was in her maidenhood Miss Marian Woods, daughter of John and Vienna
(Herrick) Woods, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Indiana. The marriage of the Doctor and his
wife was celebrated January 27, 1870, and their union has been blessed with five children: Anna V., Alice M., Garrison
B., Wilbur J. and Albert.
In his social relations, the Doctor belongs to Mason Lodge No. 217, A. F. & A. M.; Cedar Lodge No. 211, I.
O. O. F.; and Little Wabash Lodge No. 1202, M. W. A. In politics, he is a stanch supporter of Republican principles,
and is now serving as President of the Village Board of Mason. He owns a good home property, besides ten acres
of land on the edge of town, a forty acre tract a mile east of Mason, and seventy -six acres in Union Township.
His possessions have all been acquired through his own efforts. The Doctor is quiet and unostentatious in manner,
yet his many excellencies of character and qualities of sterling worth have made him one of the most highly respected
citizens of this community.
and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago:
Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 247. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.