Fonds wet-1205 - David Baker family fonds

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David Baker family fonds

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WET wet-1205

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  • 1906 - 1991 (Creation)
    Baker, David

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8 cm of textual records. -- 31 photographs. -- 1 audio cassette

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David Baker, 1892 - 1976, was born in Ontario and came to Wetaskiwin in 1911 where he married and had three children, Earl, Ross, and Oriole. He worked as a blacksmith until 1951 when he and his son Earl, who had worked for Campbell's Funeral Home for several years, bought that business and changed the name to Baker's Funeral Chapel. David Baker was a member of the Wetaskiwin Volunteer Fire Department from 1912 until 1956, serving as Fire Chief from 1936 until 1956 and was an Alderman from 1954 - 1958. He also was a member of the Elks Lodge. After Dave Baker retired in 1966, Earl (Sonny) Baker took over the business. The business was sold to Mr. Marlyn Kause, a long time employee, in 1981 but retained the name of Baker Funeral Chapel Ltd.

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Sydney Baker, 1880-1948, was an outfitter and photographer at Banff, Alberta and Glacier, British Columbia, Canada. Baker married Elizabeth "Bessie" Simpson Walker in Banff, ca.1902. Syd Baker operated the Canadian Pacific Railway concession at Glacier House from 1905 until 1915, while Bessie had a curio tent there. Children, Muriel (1907-1976), Jack (1911-ca.1992) and Hiram (b.1914) accompanied the Bakers on a 1926 trip through Syd Baker's 1902 trapping / guiding territory. After 1915, Baker lived in Vancouver, where he operated a photography business and bookstore.

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Fonds consists of family photographs (ca. 1910 - ca. 1940); photographs of the Funeral Chapel and various vehicles used (ca. 1935 - ca. 1955); photographs of farm and city scenes (ca. 1906 - 1945); a letter of recommendation for Dave Baker (1911); postcards sent to David Baker (1906- ca.1912); a scrapbook created by David Baker (1940- 1976); copies of needlecraft magazines (1917- 1928); and an oral history of David Baker (1991).

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Gifts of Mrs. Oriole Wilson, Dave Baker and Baker Funeral Chapel, 1981 - 1997.


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  • The material is in English.

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Other records related to the Dave Baker family can be found in the family biography series of the Daisy Lucas fonds (82.1); other photographs relating to the Funeral Chapel may be found in the Daisy Lucas fonds (84.37) and in Accession 82.3.<br><br>Record No. 81.54; 82.26; 84.40; 89.31; 91.36; 97.1<br><br>

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