Emory E. Baker
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
EMORY E. BAKER, whose successful operating of the home farm, consisting of 235 acres, which is situated in Perry township, Shelby county, O., places him among the competent young agriculturists of this section, was born in Perry township, October 24, 1880. He is a son of Lewis W. and Julia (Booze) Baker.
Lewis W. Baker is a son of William Baker, one of the early settlers in Shelby county. From early manhood until 1893 he engaged in general farming, but in that year he went into the elevator business at Maplewood, Shelby county, O., with M. D. Burke of Pemberton, 0., under the firm name of Burke & Baker. In 1904 he bought out Mr. Burke and continued in business by himself until 1909, when he sold to Simmons, Faulkner & Cook. In 1911, he and Mr. A. F. Rust bought two elevators at Haviland, Paulding county, O., and are operating them under the name of the Haviland Grain Company. He married Julia Booze, a daughter of Hezekiah Booze, and they have two children: Emory E. and Edna, who is the wife of John J. Drewery, of Jackson township, and they have one daughter, Beulah.
Emory E. Baker obtained his education in the public schools and afterward was employed for five years by the firm of Burke & Baker, elevator operators. Mr. Baker then took charge of his father's large farm and has managed its various industries in a very satisfactory manner ever since. He has progressive ideas and follows the most modern methods with the assistance of improved machinery, devoting the land mainly to crop raising, growing only stock for his own use.
Mr. Baker was married November 15, 1900, to Miss Lavina J. Young, who was born in Shelby county and is a daughter of Adam P. and Mary J. (Allen) Young, Mr. Young being a substantial farmer in this county. Mrs. Baker is the third in a family of five children: Elza, Earl, Lavina J., Minnie and Grover, Minnie being the wife of William Cox.
Mr. and Mrs. Baker have four children: Wilda L., Harold L., Carl E. and Ralph E. The family attends the Disciples church. In politics Mr. Baker is a democrat but has always been too busy attending to his own affairs to feel at liberty to accept public office, although well qualified for the same. He takes an interest in several fraternal organizations and belongs to the Knights of Pythias at Maplewood and to the D.O. K. K., at Sidney.