BAKER, Charles P.
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BAKER, CHARLES P., was born in Dauphin county, September 18, 1843. He is a son of Samuel and Anna Maria (Haamann) Baker, the former a native of York county and the latter of Dauphin county. Mr. Samuel Baker had as his intellectual preparation for his life work little beyond his native intelligence, he having received no more than three months of school training and instruction. He was a farmer, and increased his revenues by speculations in land. His wife was the daughter of Philip and Maria Haamann. They had eight children, five of whom are now living: Samuel, Jr., John, George W., Charles P., and William. Their daughters all died; Mary on December 3, 1857; Sarah E., August 6, 1889, and Elizabeth, March 23, 1842. Both parents died in Mercer county; Mr. Baker on May 10,1866, at the age of fifty-eight, and Mrs. Baker on January 26, 1887, aged seventy-five. They were active members of the Reformed church.

Charles P. Baker was educated in the public schools in Dauphin county until he was eleven years old, then in Mercer county, completing his course by studying for two years at Mercersburg College, Franklin county, Pa., which he entered at the age of twenty-one. He afterwards taught school in Mercer county for five terms. Then exchanging literary for mercantile work he became a clerk in the store of Achre & Bright. He was afterwards employed in the same capacity by William Simmons, at Fredonia, Mercer county, entering this establishment in 1868, and remaining for seven years. After the third year of this time the firm name changed to that of Simmons & Swab. In 1876 Mr. Baker spent a few months as a visitor in Harrisburg, Pa., and in 1876 entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Steel Company as timekeeper. Having faithfully performed the duties devolving upon him for four years and six months, he was made time recorder and still continues to hold the same position. Charles P. Baker was married, January 17, 1871, to Miss Kate, daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Laudermilch) Fetterhoff, of Halifax, Dauphin county, Pa. He was in early life a member of the Reformed church, but since his twenty-eighth year he has been a Presbyterian. His political views are those of the Prohibition party.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Robert Demy for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 2 Sep 2001

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