Silas Baker, a well known resident of the pleasant village of Lawrenceville, and the owner of 103 acres of valuable farming land in German Township, was born in Clark County, Ohio, on land he still owns, February 16, 1824. His parents were Samuel and Mary (Nawman) Baker.


Samuel Baker was born in Virginia and in young manhood, in 1811, came to Springfield, Ohio, and participated in the War of 1812. He was a blacksmith by trade and after he returned to civil life he built a shop in the woods, in German Township, Clark County, where he had acquired a small farm. He married Mary Nawman, who had accompanied her parents to German Township from Virginia, and they lived out their quiet, useful lives on their farm in this township. Samuel Baker died at the age of seventy-one years, and his wife at that of seventy-nine.


Silas Baker grew to manhood on the home farm, attending the district schools for three months during the winter seasons in his boyhood, but from youth assisting in the duties pertaining to the raising of stock and cultivating the land. For manv vears he gave his whole attention to his farming interests and has owned his present property since the death of his parents. In the spring of 1906 he bought his comfortable cottage in Lawrenceville, where he and wife are passing their declining years.


In 1849 Mr. Baker was married to Elizabeth Friermood, who was born in German Township, a daughter of Reuben Friermood, who came to Clark County from Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Baker have four children living, four others being deceased. The former are: Alice, who is the widow of Harry Ryman; William Wesley, who is in the optical business at Troy, Ohio; Emory, who resides at Springfield; and Martha Ellen, who married Thomas B. Ream, a leading grocery merchant at Springfield. Politically Mr. Baker is a Democrat. During his residence in the county he served fourteen successive years as clerk of German Township and frequently as township trustee.

 

 

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