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11907 HISTORY
John Baker

BAKER, John H., a thoroughly competent and successful druggist of Macomb, Ill., was born in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio, December 18, 1861. His father, Ephraim Baker, was born in Baltimore, Md., and his mother, Mary (Goar) Baker, was a native of Kentucky. Mr. Baker received his early mental training in the public schools of McDonough County, and also attended a business college at Dixon, Ill. He is the youngest of eleven children born to his parents, who came to this county when he was five years of age. He staid on the farm until the spring of 1885, and then spent a short time in Kansas. Returning to Illinois, he was engaged in the grocery business three and a half years in Plymouth, Hancock County, and was one and a half years in a general store. He then sold out and went into the drug business, in which he continued until 1896. This he disposed of and bought a drug store at Fandon, McDonough County, which he conducted four years and a half, when he sold this also and came to Macomb. Here he started a new drugstore March 8, 1901, which he sold in April, 1903, and then established another.

Mr. Baker was married June 25, 1891, to Maggie Hitchens, who was born and schooled at La Harpe, Ill. Their children are Eulalie and Onita Ruth. In politics, Mr. Baker acts with the Republican party, and fraternally is connected with the Masonic order, K. of P. and M. W. A.


Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907. Submitted by Joanne Scobee Morgan <[email protected]>