George Porter Baker

16 October 1852–9 October 1889 (Age 36)
Clinton, Iowa, United States

The Life of George Porter

When George Porter Baker was born on 16 October 1852, in Clinton, Iowa, United States, his father, George Porter Baker, was 36 and his mother, Jane Anne Thomas, was 37. He married Minnie Eliza Scott on 31 August 1879, in Clinton, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Hampshire Township, Clinton, Iowa, United States in 1860. He died on 9 October 1889, in Clinton, Iowa, United States, at the age of 36, and was buried in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, United States.

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George Porter Baker
Minnie Eliza Scott
Marriage: 31 August 1879
George Benjamin Baker
Hazel Antonett Baker
Ralph Porter Baker

Spouse and Children

31 August 1879
Clinton, Iowa, United States


Parents and Siblings

    George Porter Baker


    Jane Anne Thomas





    Martin Philip Baker


    Leafie Lydia Baker



    Elizabeth Ann Baker


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World Events (7)

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 5

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Age 11

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 15

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.

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)

  • Geo P Baker in household of Geo P Baker, "United States Census, 1860"
  • George Baker in household of George P Baker, "United States Census, 1870"
  • George P Baker in household of David Scott, "United States Census, 1880"

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