|Birth: ||Mar. 11, 1873|
|Death: ||May, 1955|
Source: Hamilton County Obits
Alden H. Baker of Westfield, a leading political, civic and financial figure in central Indiana for half a century, died yesterday in Clermont, Fla., near Orlando, after a short illness. He was 82 years old.
His career as a Democratic Party official, postmaster, business man and banker was climaxed by appointment in 1944 as Collector of Customs for Indiana, a post he held until 1951.
He was born March 11,1873, in Hamilton County, son of Dr. John J. Baker whose father had settled in Indiana in the 1840's,
Mr. Baker attended Union High Academy in Westfield, where he became a Democratic precinct committeeman at the age of 18.
In 1894, just before his 21st birthday, he was appointed postmaster at Westfield. he served until 1897, when he joined a plumbing supply firm. He entered the retail hardware business in Westfield in 1911.
He was postmaster of Westfield again from 1916 to 1922, then became manager of the American Securities Company in Noblesville.
He was named receiver for six banks in 1933. They were Citizens State Bank of Noblesville, Farmers & First National Bank of New Castle, First National Bank of Montpelier, First National bank of Lewisville, First National Bank of Hartford City and Farmers Bank at Wilkinson.
He assisted in re-organizing the Wainwright Trust Company at Noblesville in 1937 and became its president. Since 1939 he had been president of the Union State Bank at Westfield and Carmel.
His service to the Democratic Party included the Hamilton County chairmanship and from 1932 to 1938, chairmanship of the Sixth District and membership on the Democratic State Committee.
He was a friend of the late Tomn Taggart, a powerful Hoosier Democratic leader in the first part of the 20th century.
Mr. Baker's retirement from the customs office did not mean inactivity. He continued his businees pursuits and in 1952 took a broker's examination and entered the real estate business.
He was associated in real estate with a former political opponent, Walter Sturtevant, a former Hamilton County Republican chairman.
Another activity was his Hamilton County farm, where he raised Guernsey cattle.
He was a member of Westfield Methodist Church, Lions Club, Knights of Pythias Lodge.
Mr. Baker's wife, Mrs. Mary Catterson Baker, died in 1944.
He is survived by two children, Mrs. Mary Esther Stalker of Westfield and Clermont, Fla., and John G. Baker, an attorney in Orlando who has served two terms as Orqange County (Fla.) Circuit Judge, five grand children and four great grand children.
Mary E. Baker (1874 - 1944)
Esther Baker Stalker (1896 - 1991)*
Summit Lawn Cemetery
Westfield (Hamilton County)
Plot: Sect 6
Created by: SKL
Record added: Oct 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42963919
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