Biography of George A. Baker
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

George A. Baker. - An experienced man in his particular profession, Dr. Baker, a veterinary surgeon, of Brasher Falls, is prominent throughout St. Lawrence County. He was born at Elgin, Quebec, Dec. 28, 1864, the son of Alexander W. and Eliza (March) Baker.

Alexander W. Baker, who died in 1929, was a native of Quebec, born at North Georgetown. His widow resides at Brasher Falls and is also a native of Canada. Mr. Baker studied veterinary medicine in Ottawa as a young man and later took correspondence work at the University of Michigan. He later settled in St. Lawrence County and for many years owned and operated an establishment at Brasher Falls, which he operated in connection with a blacksmith shop, at that time the two occupations being closely allied. He held the office of State Veterinarian for several years and was identified with the New York State and American Veterinarian Medical Associations. He was a Republican and held membership in the Methodist Church and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. There were five children in the Baker family: 1. George A., the subject of this sketch. 2. Agnes Eleanor, lives with her mother at Brasher Falls. 3. Anna, who died in 1911. 4. Frank J., Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, now St. Lawrence County Veterinarian, lives at Gouverneur. He is a graduate of Cornell University. 5. May B., married William Mason, lives at Norwood.

George A. Baker attended Brasher Falls High School and was graduated from the London Veterinarian Science Association in 1912. He immediately became associated with his father's business, being identified with him until his death in 1921. Dr. Baker has been connected with much state work and also has an extensive private practice. He is a member of the New York State Veterinarian Association.

Dr. Baker was married (first) to Miss Lilla May Church, of Brasher Falls, who died in 1912. She was the daughter of Elmore and Clara (Ingalls) Church, natives of Franklin County and Massachusetts, respectively. Mr. Church died in 1906 and his wife died in 1921. To George A. and Lilla May (Church) Baker were born five daughters: 1. Ruth Elizabeth, a graduate of Potsdam State Normal School, married Howard Ober, lives at Port Jackson, N. Y. 2. Rena Ann, married Correll Wagstaff, lives at Saranac Lake. 3. Rhoda Ann, married Harold Elliott, lives at Beachertown, N. Y. 4. Rachael Agnes, a graduate of Syracuse University, now identified with the department of education at Washington, D. C. 5. Rita May, married Elmer Briggs, lives at Brasher Falls. All are graduates of Brasher Falls High School.

On Oct. 18, 1926, Mr. Baker married (second) Miss Ada Strait, of West Stockholm, the daughter of Brooks and Carrie (Simmons) Strait, the former a native of St. Lawrence County and the latter of Vermont. Mr. Strait died in 1925 and his widow resides at Brasher Falls.

Dr. Baker has always been a Republican. He is a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932

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