From History of Huntington county, 1887, pages 615-616
Joseph Baker, carpenter and contractor at Andrews, is a native of Dauphin County, Pa., where he was born September 4th, 1834, being the next eldest in a family of seven children born to John and Elizabeth (Reesor) Baker, who were also natives of Pennsylvania. They emigrated to Ohio in 1835, and about 1846 they came to Indiana, settling in Wabash County, where they continued to live until 1880, where the father died. They then removed to, and have since resided in Andrews. Our immediate subject was reared at the various places which his parents resided receiving a limited education in consequence of the poor facilities of those days. He remained at home and assisted his parents on the farm until he attained the age of seventeen years, when he was apprenticed to learn the carpenter and joiner's trade. After serving his apprenticeship he engaged in the business for himself, and has with the exception of four years, when he was engaged in the mercantile business at Andrews, since followed it. And he has been very successful, having accumulated sufficient of this world's goods to live at his ease, owning a farm of 106 acres, one mile east of the town. November 20th, 1858, his marriage with Louisa Rennicker was solemnized. This union was of comparative short duration, he suffering the bereavement of losing his beloved wife about two years later. November 27, 1864, his and Mary E. Johnson's nuptials were celebrated, and to their union these two children have been born: Cora and J. Roy. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. In politics he is a Republican, and he has been honored with an election to the position of one of the Town Council. He has always manifested a good live interest in the political affairs of the county and community in which he lives, and has enjoyed the distinction of being one of the county central committee for his party almost continuously since 1856.