Biography of Orville W. Baker


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Baker, Orville W., was born at Stowell's Corners. March 27, 1827. He was educated in the public schools and was graduated from the State Normal School at Albany, N. Y., in April, 1849. He taught several terms in winter, also taught select schools and is now an independent farmer. March 2, 1852, he married Olive Read of Sackets Harbor. Mr. Baker in his political choice is a thorough Republican. He was a justice of the peace in his native town sixteen years, and was also secretary of the "Patrons Fire Relief Association" of Jefferson and Lewis counties over twelve years, having been annually elected. His father, John Baker, was born in this locality in 1803; he was educated in the schools of his day and was a farmer by occupation. He married Roccena Weld of the town of Sodus, Wayne county, N. Y., and they had seven children: Orville W., Edwin R., Chloe A., Zilpha A., Sarah D., Lucy D. and Maria A. Mr. Baker died in November, 1880, and his widow in 1891. Mrs. Orville W. Baker's father, Garrett Read, was born in the town of Hounsfield, June 29, 1798. He was educated in the schools of that day and was a farmer by occupation. He married Huldah Westcott of his native town and they had ten children: Willard, Susan, William, Stephen, Olive, Marcellus, Eunice, Sarah, Whitley and George. Mr. Read died May 13, 1867, and his widow December 9, 1867.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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