Baker Stevens, born in Canada in 1827, came to Moira as a young man, and engaged in famiing work in summer and
teaching school in winter. From 1849 to 1852 or a little later the California fever raged here very much as Colorado
attracted so many people twenty odd years afterward, and Mr. Stevens was one of a party of eighteen young men from
the western part of the county who was stricken by it, and adventured the trip in 1852, making the voyage "around
the Horn," and being 152 days from New York to San Francisco. While Mr. Stevens's search for gold was moderately
successful, more than once he missed "striking it rich" by the merest chance, as, for illustration, he
dug one day at the foot of a tree, choosing a spot that was in the shade, and found hut little gold. Had he worked
where the sun was beating down, on the opposite side of the tree, he would have realized a rich fortune, which
worker there a day or so later unearthed. Mr. Stevens returned from California in 1855, and engaged in merchandising
at Moira, and afterward at North Bangor and Malone, but for the final forty odd years of his life was without confining
or active occupation. He was always greatly interested in educational affairs, and for many years was a valued
member of the board of education of the village school district of Malone, Though never particularly active in
politics, he was many times (usually unwillingly) the Democratic nominee for important local offices, and was invariably
deeply interested for good government and in public policies generally. Of broad intelligence, spotless (tharacter,
and delighting in discussion of abstract questions, Mr. Stevens was highly regarded, and enjoyed a marked degree
of public confidence. He died January 2, 1917.
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.
Franklin County, NY
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