DANIEL O. BAKER
††††††††††† For the third time Daniel Oliver Baker has filled the office of county auditor, and no higher testimonial of his capable service can be given.† An incompetent man may be elected to office, but the good sense of the American people does not permit of his retention in such a place, and when twice re-elected by popular ballot it is an unmistakable indication that Mr. Bakerís service has been creditable to himself and satisfactory to his constituents.
††††††††††† Mr. Baker was born in Linn County, Missouri, March 28, 1855.† In 1864 the family went across the plains in wagons to Linn County, Oregon, where they remained for four years.† In 1868 they removed to Colusa County, California.† He spent the first eighteen years of his life on his fatherís farm, assisting in the work of the fields from the time that he was old enough to guide a plow.† He became a resident of Colusa County at the age of fourteen.† A few years later he accepted a clerkship in the town of Colusa, occupying that position for three and a half years.† At the age of twenty he accepted another position in which he remained for two and a half years, and later he returned to the farm upon which his brother and family were living.† In 1877 he served for five months as a bookkeeper for a miller, and in the latter part of 1878 he broke his leg, which prevented him from engaging in active business for a time.† In 1879 he went to Shasta County, where he was employed on a ranch, and for six years he was in the service of Mr. Peart, of Grand Island.† In January, 1890, he went to Maxwell, where he engaged in clerking for three years, and in the spring of 1892 he was made a candidate for county auditor of Colusa County on the Democratic ticket.† The elections returns showed that he was a popular choice for that office, for he received a majority of two hundred and fifty.† On the expiration of the term he was again nominated, and so acceptably had he served that at the second election he received a majority of thirteen hundred.† In 1898 he was once more chosen for the office, by a majority of four hundred, and is now filling the position.† He is quite prominent in political circles and is a recognized leader in the rank of the party in the community.
††††††††††† While on Grand Island, Mr. Baker was united in marriage on the 16th of November, 1881, to Miss Ada Winship, who was born on a ranch at Grand Island and was eighteen years of age at the time of her marriage.† They now have three children living, namely: †Agnes V., Percy W. and Bernie.† They also lost one child, who died at the age of three months.
††††††††††† Mr. Baker is an active member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is also a valued representative of the Foresters and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.† His wife holds membership in the Christian Church, and Deborah (Rebekah degree) Lodge, No. 7, and like her husband enjoys the high regard of many friends.† The family possesses considerable musical ability which is highly appreciated in the church choir.† During the greater part of his life Mr. Baker has resided in Colusa County and has always commanded the respect of those with whom he is associated.† In his business dealings he has been honorable and straightforward and in social life he possesses many qualities that render him popular and a favorite among his friends.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.