BAKER, Charles H., proprietor of the Keystone bakery, Middletown, Pa., was born in Lancaster county, Pa., December 28, 1855; son of Christian and Catherine (Houghendoubler) Baker. His father was a native of Germany; married in Lancaster county and was in the shoe business at Columbia, Pa. Charles H. was reared in Lancaster county and pursued the regular course of study in the public schools of Marietta, Pa. He was active and ambitious and anxious to get started in this world. He could not think of any better way for a boy to get into business than the old-fashioned way of learning a trade. He was on the lookout for an opportunity of getting a knowledge of some useful occupation. He found a place in a cigar-shop and learned cigarmaking. In possession of a trade he started out to find a place of employment, and in 1876 alighted upon Middletown. The firm of H. Stagman & Co. were not only willing to give him work but to admit him as a partner; and it soon became the firm of Stagman & Baker, our young cigarmaker being the junior partner. Business prospered, and the capital must needs be further increased; hence the firm was merged into Keystone Cigar Company, of which Mr. Baker became foreman. Still ambitious for larger things, in 1883 he sold his interest in the Keystone Cigar Company, and while looking for a place of business he took charge of a factory in Lancaster county, which employed one hundred hands, the business of which he managed for two years with credit to himself and satisfaction to his employers.
Meanwhile business prospects brightened at his old residence, Middletown. While the field here in his own line of business was occupied, other branches of trade offered opportunities which Mr. Baker was quick to discern and prompt to avail himself of. He at once engaged in his present business, which he is pushing with his characteristic energy and skill. He is a director in the Middletown Building and Loan Association. He is a member of the Junior Order of American Mechanics and of the Knights of Malta. He is a Democrat, and was the nominee of his party for the Legislature from the Second district, and while he was not elected he was flattered by a vote largely in excess of the strength of his party. He was married, June 20, 1878, to Miss Susan, daughter of Michael Connelly, of Middletown. They have four children: Bertha, John, Charles, and Raymond. The family are members of the Lutheran church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 10 Feb 2001
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