Bio: Baker, Jacob (History - 1850)

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----Source: 1891 Bio. Hist. Of Clark Jackson Co., Wisconsin, pg. 239

JACOB BAKER. Among the successful farmers and worthy citizens of Garden Valley Township, Jackson county, the subject of our sketch, who resides in section 23, is deserving of more than a passing notice.

He was born in Germany, December 21, 1850, and came to America with his father the following year. He received his early education in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, and remained with his parents until he was twenty years old. At that time he went to Chicago, after the fire, and was employed on building work, assisting stone masons, for which he received $2.25 per day, and then he found employment in machine shops. Some time later he made a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, being engaged in steamboating, working on a boat that ran between Memphis and Louisville, Kentucky. His next employment was in the coal mines of Gallatin County, Illinois, where he worked three months, after which he returned to Chicago. A year later he again located in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, where he farmed by the day for some time. In 1873 he came to Jackson County.

Mr. Baker was married, December 4, 1877, in this county, to Elizabeth Sichler. They have two children, who are now attending the district schools. Mr. Buker has served as Town Clerk of Garden Valley Township two years. Politically he is a Democrat. He is strictly a temperate man, has not tasted Whisky for years, and is in favor of prohibition. He has been an industrious man all his life, and is held in high esteem in the community where he resides.



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