Biography of Rufus H. Baker
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Rufus H. Baker attended the public schools of Toledo and next became a student member of the firm of Smith, Baker, Effler, Allen & Eastman, has been prominently identified with various worthy business and public enterprises that have connected his name inseparably with the history of Toledo. At the present writing he not only figures in professional circles but is also vice president of the Home Savings Bank, one of the strong banking institutions of this city. Born in Toledo, on the 25th of September, 1858, he is a son of William and Frances C. (Latimer) Bakery the former a native of Ohio, while the latter was born in the state of New York, whence she removed to Ohio, becoming a resident of Norwalk. It was in the year 1844 that William Baker established his home in Toledo and to this city he brought his bride following their marriage in 1849, after which they continued to reside here for many years, the father becoming a successful and well known lawyer.

Rufus H. Baker attended the public schools of Toledo and next became a student in the Williston Seminary at Easthamptori, Massachusetts, from which he was graduated. He then matriculated in the Law school of Columbia University in New York and is numbered among its alumni of 1879. Following his graduation he returned to Toledo, where he entered upon the active practice of his profession, which he has continued with marked success. Mr. Baker has become associated with other important business interests of the city as a director' of the Milburn Wagon Company and as the vice president of the Home Savings Bank. His fellow members at the bar entertain for him high respect and confidence and his position among the local representatives of the profession is indicated in the fact that he has been president of the Toledo Law Association since 1915. He is likewise a member of the Lucas County and Ohio State Bar associations.

On the 16th of January, 1883, Mr. Baker was united in marriage to Miss Mary W. Howard of Toledo, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. M. Howard, of a well known and prominent family. Mr. and Mrs. Baker have become parents of four children: Bessie, who was educated in the Toledo schools and at Dobbs Ferry, New York, and. is now, the wife of Frank N. Spencer of Bronxville, Westchester county, New York, and they have six children, Ridgway, Frank N., Pauline, Joseph M., Harold B. and Jane Spencer; Pauline, the second child in Mr. Baker's family, was educated in Toledo; Herbert H., the only son, continued his education after leaving the city schools, in the Hotchkiss school at Lakeville, Connecticut, and then entered Yale, from which classic old institution he was graduated in 1910. He is now treasurer of the Owen Bottle Company. He, married Miss Katherine. M. Kinsey of this city and they have three children, Herbert H, Katherine M. and Richard Baker; Marjorie, the fourth of the family, was educated at Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Through social connections, as well as in the profession, Mr. Baker has become widely known, having membership in the Toledo, Country, Commerce and Automobile clubs. The major part of his time and attention, however, is given to his activities as a representative of the Toledo bar. He was first associated in law practice with his father, the firm being known as W. & R. H. Baker from 1880 until 1881. On the 1st of July of the latter year a third partner, Barton Smith, was admitted, and the firm style became Baker; Smith & Baker and so continued until 1895, after the death of the senior member, William Baker. The firm was then Smith & Baker for a time, while other, partners coming into it led to the adoption of the present style of Smith, Baker, Effier, Allen & Eastman. This is one of the strongest law combination of Toledo, and extensive and important is the practice that has been accorded Rufus H. Baker from the beginning of his professional career.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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