Arthur Baker is a successful representative of the farming interests of the great state of California. In a country noted especially for mining industries agriculture always has a later development, but the great "basic industry" of all mankind must sooner or later attract the energies and attention of citizens, for from the fruits of the soil it is destiny that man should draw his sustenance. Thus we find that the Golden state now has untold agricultural and stock-raising resources, and Mr. Baker by his industry and thrift has identified himself in a prominent way with this phase of California enterprise. He is owner of a good farming estate several miles southeast of the city of Stockton, in San Joaquin county, and has a property that is a model in appearance and evidences of prosperity and a high degree of successful cultivation everywhere abound. He is, furthermore, situated so as to enjoy one of the greatest of modenr conveniences introduced to country life, receiving his mail from the outside world each day by means of rural free delivery route No. 4, by means of which he keeps in touch with the world's affairs and has advantages such as did not come to the agriculturist of fifty years ago more than once a week at the most.

Mr. Baker is a native of London, England, where he was born on May 31, 1859, being a son of John A. and Helen (Taber) Baker, both natives of England. His father brought the family to America in 1868, and came directly to Stockton, California, where for a time he was employed at his trade of ship carpenter. Early in the seventies he engaged in farming, being located for a short time near Linden, then on the Calaveras river, and lastly took up his abode on a ranch near Stockton, where he was engaged in useful and pleasant occupation until his time came to die, in August, 1899. He was a representative citizen and a true man in every respect. In politics he was a Republican, having embraced that political allegiance soon after becoming an American citizen. His widow still survives him, being now in her sixty-eighth year, and resides on San Joaquin street in the city of Stockton.

Mr. Arthur Baker was nine years old when he accompanied his parents to the new world, so that he was reared to man's estate in San Joaquin county. Most of his education was secured at the Stockton public schools, and he has the reputation among his neighbors of being a very well informed and intelligent man, fully equal to all the responsibilities laid upon the public-spirited American citizen. He is a Republican in politics, and has served for several years as a trustee of the Weber school district. He has met with success in his work, and enjoys the confidence and good will of all his fellow citizens.

He was married in February, 1884, to Miss Annie Springler, of San Joaquin county, California, and they hve two sturdy sons who will soon be able to take up the duties of life and who seem destined to acquit themselves as honorably as their father. The names of these youths are Charles A. and Stanly H.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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