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Baker, Elliott
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 467-468


Elliott Baker owns a farm on sections 9 and 16, Martinsburg township, and is one of the prosperous agriculturists and successful business men of Pike county. It was upon this farm that he was born and as his entire life has been passed in this locality he is now well known in Pittsfield and throughout the county, where he has made a splendid reputation as a man of tried integrity and worth. Moreover he is one of the veterans of the Civil war, having fought valiantly for the old flag which was the symbol of the Union. The farm which he now owns and which is the old homestead property of the Baker family comprises one hundred and sixty acres of valuable and well improved land.

It was upon this place that Mr. Baker first opened his eyes to the light of day on the 20 of January, 1842. His father was James Baker, a native of Ohio, and his grandfather was Joseph Baker, who removed from the Buckeye state to Illinois about 1832. Here he purchased land and opened up a farm. James Baker, having arrived at years of maturity, was married to Miss Mary Betts in Ross county, Ohio, and later he and his wife rode across the country on horseback to join his father here. He continued a resident of Martinsburg township until his death, which occurred about 1846. His wife survived him and reared her family, doing a mother's full part toward her children, to whom she gave every advantage possible.

Elliott Baker remained upon the old homestead with his mother, attended the public schools through the winter months and in the summer seasons aided in the labors of the field. He was, thus engaged until about twenty years of age, when on the 14th of March, 1862, he responded to his country's call for aid and joined Company B of the Third Missouri Cavalry, which was attached to the Western Army. He served for three years and was in a number of small battles and several important ones. On one occasion he sustained a gunshot wound in the right arm but, he lost no time from active service and he was honorably discharged at Macon City, Missouri, March 14, 1865.

Upon his return home Mr. Baker took charge of his mother's property and business interests. The following year he was married in Pike county on the 13th of September, 1866, to Miss Susan C. Gooden, whom he brought to the farm and with whom he traveled life's journey happily until March 12, 1890, when she was called to her final home, her remains being interred in Prairie Mound cemetery. There were four children born of that union. On the 3d of March, 1904, Mr. Baker was again married, his second union being with Josephine Alcorn, a native of this county. His children are: Sherman, who is married and resides in Los Angeles, California; Mary F., the wife of David Rupert, a resident farmer of Martinsburg township; Lilly E., the wife of Ernest Ellis, of the state of Washington; and Logan, at home.

Mr. Baker has built a good neat residence upon his farm, also substantial barns and outbuildings, has fenced the place and by this means has divided it into fields of convenient size. He has made most of the present improvements upon the property, which indicates his careful supervision, his practical methods and his keen insight into agricultural affairs. In connection with general farming he raises and feeds stock for the market and feeds a carload or two of hogs each year. In this business he has won prosperity and is regarded as one of the successful agriculturists of the county. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, which he has supported since casting his first presidential ballot for General Grant in 1868, save on one occasion. He has taken an active and helpful part in political work and has been elected and served for three consecutive terms as supervisor, acting on a number of committees while a member of the board, including the finance and other important committees. He has been chairman of the township committee and as a friend of the public-school system he did effective service for the schools, acting as a member of the board of education. He belongs to Pittsfield lodge, A. F. & A. M., and has also taken the Royal Arch and commandery degrees but is now demitted. In matters of citizenship he has been as loyal to his country and her welfare in days of peace as when he wore the blue uniform of the nation upon southern battle-fields. His life has been characterized by untiring activity in business, by fidelity in citizenship, by loyalty in friendship and by trustworthiness in all life's relations.

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