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

John Baker



John Baker



John J. Baker was born August 7, 1854 in Kochville Township, Saginaw County, Michigan to Amos and Mary Staples Baker. He married Isabel R. Spurbeck. Isabel was born December 11, 1855 to Henry and Sophia Barber Spurbeck.


The 1880 Agricultural Michigan Census states that John owned 15 acres of tilled land, five (5) of which was meadow and permanent pasture or orchards with 25 acres of woodland or forest in Lakefield Township.






John and Isabel had the following children:

1. Laura Baker was born in 1875.

2. Joshua E. Baker was born May 9, 1877 in Lakefield Township, and died April 15, 1925 in Lakefield Township and is buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.

3. Mary J. Baker was born December 28, 1878 Lakefield Township

4. Bertha Baker born August 13, 1881 in Lakefield Township.

5. Male Baker died December 4, 1883 in Lakefield Township.


Isabel Spurbeck Baker died on December 11, 1883 due to complications during child birth and is buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.

The photo is of John and Rose Baker's children - L to R - Evelyn, Lottie and Bernard Baker

John married for the second time to Rose Schomers on October 23, 1884 in Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Rose was born May 18, 1870/71 in New York to Mathis and Catherine Wock Schomers.


John and Rose had the following children:


1. Bernard Hiram Baker was born May 8, 1887 in Lakefield Township and was married to Marguerette Hodges and then to Martha Bethke Neirsel.

2. Evelyn Elizabeth Baker was born July 1, 1891 in Lakefield Township, and married William Wilson on September 21, 1911.

3. Lottie M. Baker was born June 2, 1893

4. Doris T. Baker was born August 18, 1900.

John was elected to many Lakefield Township offices and they are as follows:

1.  Justice of the Peace on April 2, 1876 and in 1877

2.  Constable on April 1, 1878, April 1, 1889, April 3, 1893, April 2, 1894 and April 1, 1895; 3.  Committee of Canvas for Election in 1881

4.  Overseer of Highways Road District #2 on April 2, 1883; April 4, 1887; April 1, 1889;        April 7, 1890, August 4, 1892 and April 3, 1893

5.  Appointed as School Inspector on April 13, 1895.


In 1896, John and Rose owned a 40 acre farm in Section 16 on the corner of Fenmore and Roosevelt Roads.  Their neighbors were Charles Eggebrecht, Jacob Lauer, Peter Mayer, George Rigg, Louis Baker, George Trudgeon, Joseph Tolfree and Edward Miller. 


In 1916, John and Rose owned an 80 acre farm in Section 27 on Grabowski Road between Merrill and Fenmore Roads. John was known for driving a team of three horses and he customized his farm equipment for that purpose. He was also a very good carpenter and bear hunter.


John died on July 19, 1932 and Rose died on April 27, 1922. They are both buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.

SOURCES: 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Township plat map; Lakefield Township Cemetery; John and Rose Baker's marriage record; Myron Gulick's book "Lest We Forget”; John J. Baker's death certificate; Doris Baker's birth and marriage records; Isabel Baker's death record; male baby death record; Evelyn Baker's birth and marriage records; Hiram Baker's birth record; Mary J. Baker's birth record; Bertha Baker's birth record; 1880 census and agricultural record; Lakefield Township Records; Joshua Baker's birth record and death certificate; 1900, 1910 and 1920 census; B.H. (Bernard Hiram) Baker's obituary from Della Miller McKay's collection of obituaries. Photos from Della Miller McKay.

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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