Biography of William M. Baker
Madison County, NY Biographies





Baker, William M., son of William H. and Catherine (Simmons) Baker, was born in the village of Hamilton, this county. January 31, 1863. His father was a newspaper man of large acquaintance in this county, and for many years editor of the Democratic Union, which he moved from Hamilton to Oneida. He died in Oneida in June. 1872. William M. Baker was educated in the public schools of this village and at the age of seventeen entered the banking house of E. C. Stark & Co., where he remained for a period of six years. In 1885 he formed a partnership with W. E. Hazeltine for the conduct of a general dry goods business under the firm name of Hazeltine & Baker. Mr. Hazeltine retired from active interest in 1896. and was succeeded by Thomas F. Reidy. forming the present firm of Hazeltine, Baker & Reidy. Mr Baker has served one term as village trustee and three terms as village president, and during his incumbency did much to forward the recent far reaching improvements in this village, being a prominent member of the so cafled reform administration. With his associates in the village government he was instrumental in placing the Warner water works under control of the village, and personally attended to floating the bonds, securing exceedingly advantageous terms; took steps towards discharging the Ontario & Western debt; built the trunk sewers; organized the board in charge of the lateral sewers; put in ornamental drinking fountains; began the paving of the village streets; agitated the question of all night electric lights, and was chairman of the committee which secured the new village charter, providing for the paid fire department, police force, etc. It is not the intention or purpose of this work to give individual praise, but it is a safe and conservative statement to affirm that through the efforts of Mr. Baker and his associates the village of Oneida has taken a leading position among the foremost of the larger cities of the State in point of modern public improvements. In politics Mr. Baker has been a Democrat, though not a politician in the usually accepted sense of the term. He married, in August, 1884, Fannie E. Wallace, daughter of Dr. Jason T. Wallace of Oneida. Six children have been born of this union, five of whom survive.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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