Biography of Dr. C. T. Baker



Van Buren County

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DR. C. T. BAKER was born in Howard village. Steuben Co., N. Y., Jan. 2, 1829, and was the youngest of a family of twelve children, two having died previous to his birth. When but four years old his father, Andrew Baker, with his family, then consisting of a wife and six children (the rest having married and left home), moved to Allegany Co., N. Y. There he lived with his father, attending school and working on the farm, until after the death of his mother, which occurred March 25, 1844, aged fifty-nine years. After his mother’s death he made his home with a brother-in-law, William H. Gordon, a merchant and lumberman living in Wellsville, in the same county. There he attended school and assisted as clerk and book-keeper until a short time before he commenced the study of medicine with his oldest brother, Dr. Andrew Baker, Jr., of Norwich, N. Y., where he also attended the academy for about two years.

In 1852—53 and 1853—54 he attended the medical department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, from which he graduated March 30, 1854. December 4th of the same year he located in Decatur, Mich., and commenced the practice of medicine. He has since resided at that place, with the exception of the time spent in the army during the war of the Rebellion, when he served as contract surgeon, and was assigned to duty at post hospital, City Point, Va., General Grant’s headquarters. He was on duty at that place when Petersburg and Richmond were evacuated by the rebels, and also when General Lee surrendered his army to General Grant, and returned to Washington on the memorable 14th of April, 1865,—the day of President Lincoln’s assassination.

He has been president, vice-president, and censor of the Van Buren County Medical Society, and has served as health-officer of the village and township of Decatur ever since the law establishing that office has been enforced. He is now surgeon to the Michigan Central Railroad at that place. In politics he is a Republican.

His father and two brothers, Hiram and John, with their families, came to Michigan in 1855, locating in Keeler township, where the father died July 10, 1856, aged seventy-seven years. The brothers are farmers in the latter township at this time. Three sisters are still living, viz., Mrs. Nancy Naramor, in Macomb Co., Mich.; Mrs. Fanny Dolbee, and Mrs. Elizabeth Gordon, both in Pennsylvania.

Dee. 31, 1857, Dr. Baker was married to Adelia M. Nutting, daughter of Lucius and Eliza B. Nutting.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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