Andrew Jackson Baker, general farmer and stock-raiser, resides on his well improved farm of eighty acres, lying about three miles northwest of Springfield, on the Valley Turnpike, was born on this farm March 3, 1833. He is a son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Flick) Baker.

Daniel Baker was born about 1800, in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, whence his father, Rudolph Baker removed to Clark County, settling about 1820 in German Township, where he died in 1823. Rudolph Baker had then scarcely begun to clear his farm from the forest, a task his sons subsequently completed. Daniel Baker succeeded to a part of the farm and there spent his life. He married Elizabeth Flick, who was born and reared near Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio.

Andrew J. Baker was thirteen years of age when his father died. He remained on the home farm until he was eighteen, when he went to Springfield, where he learned the carpenter's trade. For fifteen years he worked at his trade, but shortly after his marriage he returned to the home farm and resumed farming. He has the larger part of his land rented out. He made many improvements on the place after coming here and it ranks with, the best improved farms of the township.

In 1857 Mr. Baker was married to Margaret I. Jones, who is a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Weaver) Jones. She was reared in Mad River Township, Champaign County, near the Clark County line. Mr. and Mrs. Baker have had three children: Dora, Effie and Minnie, the latter of whom died aged four months. Mr. Baker and family belong to St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church. He takes an active interest in the educational advancement of his community and for eight years has been a member of the school board.



From "20th Century History of Springfield, and Clark County, Ohio," William M. Rockel, Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1908