|Birth: ||Dec. 1, 1829, Ireland|
|Death: ||Oct. 15, 1902|
Death date on headstion is incorrect
CARSON CITY MORNING APPEAL
OCTOBER 15, 1902
DEATH OF SAM BAKER
ANOTHER PIONEER CASHES IN HIS CHECKS
BIOGRAPHY DICTATED BY HIMSELF YEARS AGO
Samuel Baker whose death is elsewhere recorded in this paper, was born in Belfast, Ireland, December 1, 1829. He came to America, a sailor boy, at the age of fifteen, landing in New York and soon among the most ardent lovers and faithful citizens of the great republic. As a mariner he sailed in American ships across the Atlantic ocean visiting the principal seaports of Europ and America and was in the war with Mexico. He was on the U. S. transport ship Monterey, off Vera Cruz at the time of the siege, this was in 1846.
November 8, 1848, he sailed from New York for California on the U. S. transport ship Iowa, in company with eight other transport ships, having 350 U. S. troops on board under command of General Bennet F. Riley, the first provisional Governor of California, under the acquisition of that territory by the United States, his flag ship and head quarters being the Iowa, with himself and the regimental band on board. The fleet made the voyage propitiously by way of Cape Horn, touching at Rio De Janeiro and Valpariso and arriving at San Francisco, March 14, 1849.
Subsequently Baker sailed in coasting service for a short time between San Francisco and Santa Cruz, then struck out for the gold diggings up the Sacramento river, reaching Sutters Fort in June of that memorable year. He traveled up to Smiths' Bar on the American river, just below Doten's Bar, where he met with merely average success and for about twenty years he was backward and forward between the mining region and salt water. He visited Oregon in 1851 and for about a year after he got back was employed as overseer at the California State prison at San Quentin.
In July of 1860, he came to Nevada from Benecia as wagon master with a train of thirty-five U. S. government wagons, loaded with supplies for Fort Churchill. Subsequently he went with the California column, 3500 solders to Arizona, where he was post wagon master at Tuscon, for several months. For about four years he rode pony express between Fort Yuma and San Diego, across desert wastes and among hostile Indians and on his return to California took a wagon train out to Star City, Humboldt county in this state for Col., C. F. Snowden and Major Kyle.
In August 1863, Baker came to the Comstock load and soon got into regular employment as brakeman at the hoisting works of the Gould & Curry, Savage, Yellow Jacket and other leading mines, following this occupation for about ten years. Then by way of variety, he turned his attention to the police department and became city jailer at Virginia.
At an early hour in the morning of August 14, 1872, he with others of the police, detected a burglar on the roof of the C street saloon and in trying to climb up an awning after the fellow, Baker accidentally fell, striking heavily on his shoulders and back. Partial paralysis was the result, seriously affecting his limbs and lower part of the body, and so continuing to the time of his death.
He recovered sufficiently in about a year after his accident to serve as watchman in the U. S. Mint, Carson, for two or three years and subsequently kept a small cigar and variety store.
He married at Benecia in 1858 and leaves a son, formerly yard master on the S. P. R. R. at Wadsworth and a daughter, married at Butte, Mont, also five grand children, all born in Carson City.
His last desire was that he should be buried under the auspices of the old Pacific Coast Pioneers and Native Sons of the Golden West.
The forgoing biographical obituary sketch was written from his own dictation, heading and all, about eight years ago, at earnest request of old Sam himself, who evidently felt that his day of dissolution was not far away and wished to leave himself satisfactorily recorded. He died with that continued happy assurance and his surviving relatives may also be happily assured that his last days ended amid homelike surroundings, peacefully and well.
Sarah Elizabeth Baker Heritage (1859 - 1888)*
Sam died in 1902 the date on his head stone is incorect
Lone Mountain Cemetery
Plot: Section 1C-06-33
Maintained by: Mike Auran
Originally Created by: Herbert Rickards
Record added: Jan 19, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13068258