Charles Baum (b. 1905)

Charles “Ted” Baum (1905-1979) was born to a family of Austrian and Bavarian descent. His maternal Grandfather, Charles Lauer, came west from New York with the wagon train of Eugene Skinner (for whom the city of Eugene is named) in the 1850s.. He became an important citizen in Eugene and a banker. Baum’s paternal grandfather, Charles Lauer, arrived in Albany in the 1880s.

Charles’ father sold lumber and was involved in the movie business, owning theaters; he died at 47, when Charles was about fifteen. He attended Couch School and Lincoln High and he was Bar Mitzvahed at Beth Israel by Rabbi Jonah Wise; later he taught drama at Beth Israel Sunday School. He was interested in the theater all his life and was active in the early days of the Portland Civic Theater.

Charles attended New York University, studying journalism, and worked for William Randolph Hearst’s New York papers in advertising while in school. He worked in advertising for White Stag, where he eventually became the Vice President of Public Relations and Sales Promotion for 20 years. 

Charles married twice: first to Idella Gamdall, with whom he had one daughter, and then to Barbara Rothschild, who had two daughters when they married. Barbara and Charles retired to Maui, Hawaii, where he died in 1979.