FREDERICK H. BAKER
††††††††††† Prominent business interests in and at Carterís, Tuolumne County, California, are in the hands of a class of men many of whom are young and some are natives of the state.† Frederick H. Baker, of the firm of Baker Brothers, proprietors of the Baker Hotel at Carterís, and part owners of the town-site of that fast-growing place, was born at Carterís December 4, 1875, a son of Rock Baker, who was born and reared in Canada and came in 1865 to California, where he was happily married to Miss Lizzie Ingalls, a native of Ireland.
††††††††††† In 1873 Mr. and Mrs. Baker located at Carterís, on a farm which Mr. Baker purchased and which is now a part of the town-site and on which he farmed until his retirement from active business.† He now lives with his son, Mrs. Baker having died in 1885, at the age of thirty-five years, leaving memories to husband and children of a faithful wife and indulgent mother.† Mr. and Mrs. Baker had seven children, four of whom died in infancy.† The three surviving children are Laura Belle, born April 1, 1882; Joseph Franklin, born September 23, 1873, and Frederick H., all of whom are well known and highly respected at Carterís.† In July, 1888, Mr. Baker again married, his choice being Miss Mary E. Murphy, and to them was born one child, named Roy.† In the spring of 1894 Mr. Baker was legally separated from his wife, and the courts gave Mrs. Baker the custody of the child, which she later had christened under the name of Roy Connolly, taking the name of her present husband.
††††††††††† Frederick H. Baker has passed all his life thus far at Carterís, where he was educated in the public schools.† April 20, 1897, he and his brother, Joseph F. Baker, bought the hotel since known as the Baker House, which is the oldest hotel at Carterís.† It is a large, conveniently arranged building, with a frontage of one hundred and twenty-six feet, extending back sixty feet from the street and containing forty-eight well furnished rooms, and its location is central and convenient.† Under the management of the Baker Brothers this hotel has been very successful and has gained an enviable reputation among the traveling public.† The real-estate interests of the brothers are considerable and they have bought one hundred and seventy-four business and residence lots in the old and new town (for Carterís is growing from its original site toward the railroad), and are doing much toward the general development of the town, and also own several good undeveloped mining claims.† Joseph F. Baker married Miss Kate Kennedy and the two brothers and their father all live at the hotel and with Mrs. Joseph Baker give personal attention to the management of the house.† The family is a most respectable one, well and widely known throughout the state, and the Bakers, father and sons, are influential Republicans but are not office-seekers for themselves.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.