Biography of Frank M. Baker
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





FRANK M. BAKER is the son of John D. Baker, and was born in Owego March 26, 1846. He was educated in the village schools, and afterward entered and graduated from Ames's business university in Syracuse. For a short time thereafter he worked as apprentice to the carpenter's trade with his father, but this work being distastefu1 he abandoned mechanical labor, and in February, 1864, entered the Erie railroad freight office as clerk under John C. Worthington. While chief clerk in this office he was appointed station agent of the Southern Central railroad, September 1, 1872. He resigned his position November 1, 1882, to become general superintendent of the Addison & Northern Pennsylvania railroad. He filled this position with ability until December 17, 1896, when he was appointed by Gov. Morton a railroad commissioner of the state of New York, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Michael Rickard. and was reappointed by Gov. Black. Mr. Baker has always been greatly interested in village affairs. He was a member of the, board of trustees in 1873, 1874, 1876, 1879 and 1880, and president of the village in 1877. He also served three years as one of the village school commissioners, to which office he was elected in 1881. He has also taken great interest in fire matters. He served three years as president of the board of trustees of the Owego fire department, and was chief engineer in 1881; and he was instrumental in organizing the New York state firemen's association, of which he was secretary from 1874 to 1884, inclusive, and president in 1884 and 1885 In 1893 he was the leading spirit m the organization of the Central New York volunteer fireman's association, of which he has been president since its organization: While superintendent of the Addison & Pennsylvania railroad, Mr. Baker was from 1887 to 1891 also in charge of the Bradford, Eldred & Cuba railroad, as agent and receiver. He also spent the winter of 1894 and 1895 in Georgia, where he constructed the Darien & Western railroad, of which he was general manager. In 1895, he was appointed by Gov. Morton a meni ber of the commission to represent the state of New York at the cotton states' exposition at Atlanta, Ga., and was subsequently chosen treasurer of the commission. In 1895, he established his son, George H. Baker, in the hardware business in Owego, in company with George S. Chatfield, and after Mr. Chatfield's death, in 1896, he purchased his interest in the business, and the firm is now knownas Frank M. Baker & Son.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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