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Dr. Moses Baker - Biography

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Dr. Moses Baker - Biography

Posted: 24 May 2003 1:34AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 30 Aug 2003 4:44PM GMT
Surnames: Baker, Bartholomew, Caldwell, Miller, Millis, Skinner, Whidden, Wilson
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, pp. 424-425
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1888

DR. MOSES BAKER, one of the pioneer physicians of Tippecanoe County, and an honored and respected citizen, was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, the date of his birth being January 29, 1823. His father, REUBEN BAKER, was a native of Maine, who in early life settled near Wheeling, West Virginia, and subsequently removed to Hamilton County, Ohio, thence to Montgomery County, Ohio. He came to Tippecanoe County, Indiana, as early as 1837, settling in that year in Lauramie Township, where he died January 12, 1849. The mother of our subject, HANNAH (WHIDDEN) BAKER, survived the death of her husband until October 15, 1863. Ten children were born to the parents of our subject, of whom only three are living at the present time--MRS. PHOEBE WILSON, MOSES, the subject of this sketch, and MRS. HANNAH BARTHOLOMEW. EDMUND, REUBEN and NELSON died after reaching maturity, the other children dying in childhood. The father was a ship carpenter in early life, but after settling in this county he followed agricultural pursuits.

The subject of this sketch was reared to manhood on the home farm, and in early life attended the common and subscription schools of his neighborhood. He graduated from the LaPorte School of Medicine at LaPorte, Indiana, in March, 1849, and from Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1852. He began his medical practice in Lauramie Township, this county, in the spring of 1849,where he has since followed his profession, and is now caring for the fourth generation.

There was no village at the time of his settlement, but not long after, his brother, DR. REUBEN BAKER, laid out the village of Baker's Corners, now Stockwell. In the early days of the county his practice too him many miles from Stockwell in every direction, although he does but little general practice now, his son, DR. JOSEPH H. BAKER, taking the most of his practice. He has been eminently successful in his profession, and by his genial disposition and fair and honorable dealings he has gained the confidence and esteem of all.

DR. BAKER was married June 6, 1850, to MISS ELIZA SKINNER, a daughter of WILLIAM and MARY SKINNER, and to them have been born seven children--HARRIET J., wife of JEWELL S. MILLIS, of Stockwell; JOSEPH H. married MISS BELLE MILLER; MARY C., deceased; KATE, wife of J. L. CALDWELL, of Lafayette; FLORENCE, BESSIE and ANNA E.

In 1867-'68 the doctor erected a fine substantial residence, at a cost of $15,000. The house was two stories in height, 50x60 feet in size, and a part of it being 50x70 feet, and a the time of its erection was the largest brick house in the southern part of Tippecanoe County. Besides his Stockwell property the doctor owns 400 acres of land in Tippecanoe County, and 200 acres in Pulaski County. He is a member of the Masonic lodge at Clark's Hill. In his political views he affiliates with the Republican party.
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