|Birth: ||Nov. 24, 1841|
|Death: ||Feb., 1921|
Hiram T. Baker was born in Warwick County, IN on 24 Nov 1841, and moved with his parents to Ottumwa, Wapello County, IA, in 1844. He inherited his family's farm in Center township, section 31, township 72, range 13. It consisted of 50 acres and had been in the family since 1862. He initially attended Ottumwa public schools, as the family moved into town in 1856 because of educational advantages for the children. His bio notes he later attended "a select school for 5 years." He worked with his father in the hotel business, Ottumwa House, and in 1862 moved to the farm to manage it.
The farm in Center township had only a log cabin, but in 1869, Hiram build a frame house, 24 x 34 feet. His bio notes he also erected a good barn and granary, and that it was "one of the best improved farms in its section of the county." He later built another house on the farm for his son, and by 1901 Hiram was living in that house. He engaged in general farming and stock raising, with a preference for Shorthorn cattle.
He married Harriet A. Hull and they four children: J.G. (b 1869, died at age 18 of quick consumption); Jesse B. (b abt 1871); Rhoda (b. abt 1875); and Hiram L. who went by H. Lew Baker (b 12 May 1878 in OH, d. 26 Oct 1963). Daughter Rhoda's wedding announcement refers to him as Reverend Baker. Located marriage record for Hiram T. and Harriet Hull. Date was 19 July 1866.
Hiram T. Baker was a member of the M.E. church for 28 years, then changed to the U.B. church and became an active local preacher. He was credited with increasing that church's members. Baker was a democrat, but was not active in politics.
Amanda Harriet Hull Baker (1842 - 1934)*
Rhoda Adeline Baker Schoeneborn (____ - 1935)*
John G. Baker (1869 - 1888)*
Jesse Boone Baker (1871 - 1939)*
Hiram Lewis Baker (1878 - 1963)*
Created by: Elaine Orr
Record added: Apr 24, 2009
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