Henry Buck Auchincloss was born in 1836 in New York City. Due to early deafness caused by scarlet fever he was not able to attend college. However, he was privately educated with the same curriculum of Yale University. He became involved in the family company, J. & P. Coats Spool Thread Co., becoming the head of the company after the deaths of his father and uncle.
Just prior to the Civil War he became engaged to and eventually married Mary Cabel (1837-1903) of Virginia. His deafness did not qualify him to serve in the Civil War, but he was contracted by Harper’s Monthly to write a series of war articles. After the war he contracted tuberculosis and spent a year sailing around the world. After regaining his health he came out to California with his eldest son prior to the turn of the century. He built a home on 1403 North Cajon Street at Hilton Street and became an orange grower.
Auchicloss died September 9, 1926 in Santa Barbara, California. He is buried in the Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, New Jersery.
(Source: Redlands Daily Facts, September 23, 1926, p. 10)