Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Frank Baker


Frank Baker

Frank Thomas Baker was born December 29, 1859 in Kochville Township, Saginaw County, Michigan to Moses and Phoebe A. Staples Baker.   Frank is a brother of Charles C. Baker, who was another Lakefield Township resident.

Nora Kissane Baker

Frank  married Nora Kissane in 1887. Nora was born in July of 1862 in Ireland and came to the United States in 1872 with her parents John and Mary Mahoney Kissane. Her brothers were John, Edward, James and Michael Kissane of Lakefield Township. 


Frank and Nora's children were:

  1. Thomas Frank Baker was born July 29, 1884 in Kochville Township, Saginaw County, Michigan and was married to Katherine Otto on August 26, 1910 in Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan. He died December 23, 1965 in Saginaw, Michigan and is buried in Roselawn Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan.

  2. James W. Baker was born November 1, 1885 in Kochville Township, Saginaw County, Michigan and was married to Francis Winter on August 14, 1907. He died October 17, 1962 in Saginaw, Michigan and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, St. Charles, Michigan.

  3. Cordelia Baker was born in 1886 and died April 7, 1888 in Kochville Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. She was two years and four months old when she died.

  4. Charles/Carl Baker was born in 1887 and died April 21, 1888 in Kochville Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. He was seven months old when he died.

  5. Bert Baker was born 1889 and died August 25, 1889 in Lakefield Township.

  6. Earl Baker was born October 30, 1892 in Lakefield Township and died on September 22, 1951 in Lakefield Township. He was never married.

  7. Ray Baker was born in 1891 and died May 25, 1892 in Lakefield Township.

  8. Male Baker was born in 1893 and died September 26, 1893 in Lakefield Township.

  9. Edward Joseph Baker was born November 29, 1895 in Lakefield Township and married Josephine Pelc on September 12, 1930. He died on December 2, 1979 and is buried in the Oakwood Mausoleum, Saginaw, Michigan.

  10. Twin - Laurence Baker was born September 8, 1900 and died October 6, 1900 in Lakefield Township.

  11. Twin – Florence M. Baker was born September 8, 1900 and married Percy Poyer. She died February 11, 1989 in Midland, Michigan and is buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lakefield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.


In 1896, Frank and Nora owned 80 acres of land on the NW corner of Section 22 at the intersection of Lakefield and Fenmore Roads. Their neighbors were Edward Miller; Frank Krupka; William, George and Charles Tester; George Robinson; father and father-in-law John Kissane, brother-in-law and brother, Mike Kissane; brother-in-law and brother Edward Kissane; Jeanette Parker and Alex Ogilvie.


In 1916, Frank and Nora's neighbors were: brother-in-law and brother, John Kissane; brother-in-law and brother, Edward Kisssane; O.B. Parker; Alex Ogilivie; Edward Miller, George Wenzel, brother-in-law and sister, James and Maggie Street; William Simmons; David Badgero and the Tester brothers.


Frank was elected to many offices of Lakefield Township; they are as follows:

1.   Justice of the Peace on April 1, 1895

2.  School Inspector April 6, 1896, April 5, 1897 and April 4, 1898

3.  Supervisor on April 5, 1926; Elected

4.  Clerk on April 7, 1890

5.  Overseer of Highways Road District #3 on April 7, 1890

6.  Appointed to mark ballots with initials according to the law for election April 5, 1899; 7.  Appointed to Building Committee December 2, 1897.


Nora registered to vote in Lakefield Township on August 31, 1920, making her one of the first ladies to vote after the women's suffrage movement. Nora belonged to the Lakefield Ladies Society in 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. She also belonged to the Lakefield Ancient Order of Gleaners and Sacred Heart Church.


Frank died January 29, 1943 in Lakefield Township and Nora died September 20, 1945. They are both buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.

SOURCES: 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Maps; United States Census; Lakefield Township Records; Della Miller McKay's obituary collection; Earl Baker's death record; James W. Baker's WWII draft registration and obituary; Edward J. Baker's birth record and obituary; Ray Baker death record; Cordelia Baker's death record, Carl/Charles Baker death record; Laurence Baker's death record, Bert Baker's death record;Thomas Baker's WWI draft registration, marriage record and obituary.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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