BAKER, W.C., M.D., was born in Chester county, Pa., January 10, 1850; son of Samuel and Mary (Rakestraw) Baker. He was reared in his native county and received his literary education in the public schools and in Millersville Normal School. Dr. Henry Carpenter was his private preceptor in the study of medicine. He took a course of lectures in the University of Maryland and later attended the University of Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in 1874. He began the practice of medicine at Marietta, Lancaster county, and in the fall of 1874 came to Hummelstown, where he has since been in practice and enjoys the leading patronage of the place. Dr. Baker was formerly a member of the Lancaster County Medical Society. In fraternity relations he is associated with Perseverance Lodge, No. 21, F. & A. M., at Harrisburg, and the Knights of the Golden Eagle at Hummelstown. He is a director of the Farmersí Bank and a charter member and director of the Hummelstown Brown Stone Company and of the railroad attached to the same. In politics he is Republican and has served as school director and also as member of the council. Dr. Baker was married in 1875, to Miss E. A. Bare, daughter of Diller Bare, of Lancaster county, and granddaughter of Adam Bare, of the early sheriffs of that county. They have three children: Mary Maud, Gertrude Clair, and Zelma May. In church matters the Doctor was reared in the Society of the Friends and his wife in the Lutheran Church.