L. H. Baldwin, who has for many years been engaged in the bee culture in Hingham, was born in Sherman township, this county, on the 19th of July, 1851. His father, F. E. Baldwin, was a native of the state of New York. He was married in the Empire state to Miss Susan Day Hubbard, who was also a native of New York. She was descended from one of the old Colonial families, and was a daughter of Levi Hubbard, a native and for many years a resident of Herkimer county, New York. Her maternal grandfather, whose name was Day, was the first man killed in the War of 1812.
The early years in the domestic life of Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin were passed in their native state, but subsequently they came to Sheboygan county, locating on a farm in Sherman township. Here the father engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1868, when he disposed of his farm and removed to Hingham, where he purchased a mill, which he operated during the remainder of his active life. He passed away in Hingham in 1888, at the age of seventy-six years. After his death the mother made her home with our subject. She long survived the father and had attained the venerable age of eighty-nine at the time of her demise in 1906. She belonged to a long-lived family, her grandmother Day having been one hundred and one years of age when she passed away.
The family of Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin numbered five, as follows: Mary, the wife of Henry Robinson, of Lyndon township, both now deceased; Helen, who married M. Birdsey of New York state; Clarissa, who died when she was thirteen; L. H., our subject; and Della, who became the wife of James Slyfield, of Sheboygan.
The boyhood of L. H. Baldwin was passed on the farm where he was born. In the acquirement of his education he attended the district school until he had mastered the common branches, terminating his student days at the age of about eighteen years, when he began operating the mill for his father. He was continuously identified with this enterprise until 1887, when the building was struck by lightning and totally destroyed. Some time prior to the burning of the mill he had started an apiary, and thereafter his attention was largely devoted to the further development of this industry. His efforts in this direction have been well rewarded and he is one of the best known and most successful apiarists in this part of the state. He keeps a hundred hives, and ships his honey to all parts of the country, dealing directly with the consumer. In addition to his place of residence Mr. Baldwin owns a farm in Lyndon township, which he has rented.
At Sheboygan Falls on the 27th of November, 1876, Mr. Baldwin was united in marriage to Miss Flora Gifford, a daughter of Hubbard Gifford, a well known resident of Lima township. One daughter was born of this marriage, Jessie, who married Verne Mcintyre of Waldo, Wisconsin, and with her husband now resides in Milwaukee. Mr. Baldwin gives his support to the republican party, but does not actively participate in local politics, although he is a public-spirited man and- takes an interest in all things pertaining to the community welfare.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL