Mary Meek Baker

30 October 1896–3 August 1970 (Age 73)
Mississippi, United States

The Life of Mary Meek

When Mary Meek Baker was born on 30 October 1896, in Mississippi, United States, her father, W. Rushton Baker, was 40 and her mother, Frances Elizabeth Calhoun, was 38. She had at least 1 son with Elva Otis Greer. She lived in Amarillo, Potter, Texas, United States in 1930 and Justice Precinct 1, Potter, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 3 August 1970, in Groves, Jefferson, Texas, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Groves, Jefferson, Texas, United States.

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Elva Otis Greer
Mary Meek Baker
Rushton Calhoun Greer

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    W. Rushton Baker


    Frances Elizabeth Calhoun




World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1907 · Boll Weevil Destroys Most the Cotton Crop

Age 11

When the boll weevil threatened most the Mississippi Delta, it put the state’s cotton crop in peril. By the time the boll weevil reached Mississippi it had already destroyed four million bales of cotton. This added up to $238 million at the time or about 6 billion in present day. The boll weevil depends on cotton for every stage of its life.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 20

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name, from Middle English bakere, Old English bæcere, a derivative of bacan ‘to bake’. It may have been used for someone whose special task in the kitchen of a great house or castle was the baking of bread, but since most humbler households did their own baking in the Middle Ages, it may also have referred to the owner of a communal oven used by the whole village. The right to be in charge of this and exact money or loaves in return for its use was in many parts of the country a hereditary feudal privilege. Compare Miller . Less often the surname may have been acquired by someone noted for baking particularly fine bread or by a baker of pottery or bricks.2 Americanized form of cognates or equivalents in many other languages, for example German Bäcker, Becker; Dutch Bakker, Bakmann; French Boulanger. For other forms see Hanks and Hodges ( 1988 ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Marymaks Baker in household of W R Baker, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mary M Greer in household of Elva O Greer, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mary Meek Greer in household of Elva Greer, "United States Census, 1930"

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