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JOHN E. BAKER. Papers; 1910-1925. .25 cu. ft.

John E. Baker was a lawyer who came to Alaska in 1897. In that year he became an employee of the Alaska Commercial Company (later the Northern Commercial Company) and served the company for many years in several towns throughout Alaska including Forty-Mile Station, Eagle, Fairbanks, Tanana, the Hotsprings Post, McGrath (where he built the station), and finally Takotna, where he homesteaded. In 1922, he tried unsuccessfully to get his name on the ballot as Takotna's independent candidate for Territorial Legislature.

The collection consists of six series--letters to John E. Baker from various relations, friends, and business associates; legal papers; certificates; clippings; and photographs of family members, friends, buildings, and other subjects.

The collection was given to Olga Doheny in 1947. It was part of the original deposit of the Strandberg, Erickson, and Doheny Family materials in 1981, and was established as a separate collection in 1983.

Inventory:

A. Correspondence
1.
Jennie H. Ballin (Fairbanks, AK) to J. E. Baker (n.p.); n.d. Post card with picture of George H. Thomas Memorial Library, Fairbanks, AK; wishes merry Christmas and says she hopes to see him before another year goes by.

2. Alyce Drive(?), c/o A. C. Company (n.p.) to J. E. Baker (Kuskokwim, AK); September 15, 1910. Post card with photograph of people in auto.

3. Detroit Boat Company (Detroit, MI) to J. E. Baker (Washburn, AK); February 11, 1911. Letter concerning their line of canoes.

4. Mrs. J. S. Churchill (Marcola, OR) to J. E. Baker (Ophir, AK); June 21, 1913. Envelope only.

5. Mabe [Hughes] (n.p.) to J. E. Baker (Ophir, AK); August 8, 1914. Post card with photograph of Nye Beach, Newport, Oregon.

6. Local Enrolling Agent, Public Service Reserve (Fairbanks, AK) to J. E. Baker (Ophir, AK); January 22, 1919. Letter concerning enrollment in the Public Service Reserve.

7. H. S. Reis, the Searchlight (Washington, DC) to J. E. Baker (Ophir, AK); June 18, 1920. Letter acknowledging receipt of funds for membership in the National Voters' League and subscription to The Searchlight.

8. Sue S. White, Tennessee Chairman (n.p.) to Miss Paul (n.p.); June 30, 1920. Letter regarding women's suffrage situation in Tennessee.

9. Genevieve Koepp (Eugene, OR) to J. E. Baker (Ophir, AK); July 1, 1920. Letter from niece describing life at home. With envelope.

10. Alice Paul, National Chairman, National Women's Party (Washington, DC) to "Dear Suffragist" (n.p.); July 3, 1920. Letter asking for support of women's suffrage campaign.

11. Mabe [Maebelle Hughes] (n.p.) to J. E. Baker (McGrath, AK); September 6, 1920. Post card with photograph of Salmon River at Tauney's Mountain Home.

12. Secretary, National Geographic Society (Washington, DC) to J. E. Baker (McGrath, AK); April 13, 1921. Letter acknowledging receipt of funds for membership and subscription.

13. Basil Manly, Director, Peoples' Legislative Service (Washington, DC) to J. E. Baker (Ophir, AK); May 25, 1921. Letter inviting membership in Peoples' Legislative Service Organization.

14. Mabe [Maebelle Hughes] (Salem, OR) to J. E. Baker (Takotna, AK); December 9, 1921. Christmas card with envelope.

15. Dan Sutherland, Delegate from Alaska, U.S. House of Representatives (Washington, DC) to J. E. Baker (Takotna, AK); May 25, 1922. Letter regarding the construction of wagon roads by Alaskan Engineering Commission with attached letter to Albert B. Hall, Secretary of the Interior, on the same subject.

16. A. V. Thorn (n.p.) to J. E. Baker (Takotna, AK); June 15, 1922. Note attached to biographical sketch of J. E. Baker to be submitted for Baker's candidacy for Territorial Legislature.

17. Robert W. Taylor, Clerk of the District Court (Fairbanks, AK) to A. V. Thorn (McGrath, AK); August 29, 1922. Letter concerning a petition to place J. E. Baker on the ballot for the Territorial Legislature.

18. W. F. Green (McGrath, AK) to R. W. Taylor, Clerk of the District Court (Fairbanks, AK); October 1, 1922. Telegram regarding independent candidate fees for John E. Baker.

19. Dan Sr. [Marsters] (n.p.) to Mrs. Mabel Hughes (Salem, OR); October 10, 1922. Post card announcing the birth of a son - Dan Jr. - including a clipping from the newspaper. Post card is a photograph of General Hospital, Eugene, OR.

20. Robert W. Taylor, Clerk of the District Court (Fairbanks, AK) to J. E. Baker (McGrath, AK); October 26, 1922. Letter regarding Baker's candidacy for Territorial Legislature.

21. R. W. Taylor (Fairbanks, AK) to W. F. Green (McGrath, AK); November 1, 1922. Letter stating he did not receive J. E. Baker's independent candidate fees.

22. W. F. Green (McGrath, AK) to J. E. Baker (n.p.); November 12, 1922. Letter transmitting refund for independent candidate fees and explaining situation.

23. Dan Sutherland, Delegate from Alaska, U. S. House of Representatives (Washington, DC) to J. E. Baker (Takotna, AK); March 13, 1923. Letter stating that he is sending seeds left over from Alaska's allotment; discussing experimental stations in Alaska, and farming.

24. Mabe [Maebelle Hughes] (Oregon) to J. E. Baker (McGrath, AK); July 6, 1923. Post card with photograph of Jump Off Joe, Summer, 1913, Newport, Oregon.

25. [Sister] Nan (Frederic, Wisconsin) to J. E. Baker (McGrath, AK); December 18, 1923. Christmas card with wishes for happy birthday.

26. Mrs. Leila B. Marsters (Eugene, OR) and Mrs. Maebelle B. Hughes (Salem, OR) to Takotna Igloo No. 14, Pioneers of Alaska (n.p.); February 16, 1925. Letter thanking them for their friendship to their father, J. E. Baker, and explains about their relationship with Baker.

27. Mrs. Leila B. Marsters (Eugene, OR) and Mrs. Maebelle B. Hughes (Salem, OR) to G. Murdock (Seattle, WA); February 16, 1925. Thanks him for his friendship to their father, J. E. Baker, and encloses a letter of authority for disposition of his ashes (not included).

28. Ben Twitchell (Takotna, AK) to Olga Doheny (n.p.); April 15, 1957. Letter explaining the discovery of J. E. Baker's papers and why he is sending them to her.

B. Legal Papers
1.
Handwritten agreement for boarding and care of dogs, signed by Lee W. Atwater and J. E. Baker; May 26, 1910.

2. Power of Attorney - J. E. Baker for A. H. Fischer (Fairbanks, AK); August 30, 1910.

3. Power of Attorney - J. E. Baker for C. F. Rhind (Fairbanks, AK); August 30, 1910.

4. Power of Attorney - J. E. Baker for M. M. Smith, E. C. Clausen, A. R. Utberg, A. Landaas - to stake, locate, and record lode claims, placer mining ground, town lots, water rights, etc.; September 15, 1910.

C. Certificates
1.
Certificate of Membership - National Geographic Society; September 30, 1920.

D. Financial Papers
1.
Check #632, Office Clerk District Court, 4th Division, Fairbanks, Alaska, in the amount of $1 payable to J. E. Baker; March 27, 1912.

2. Receipt for fees for petition for election; April 22, 1922.

3. Check for $1 and letter of explanation from Spiegel, Mayo Stern Company (Chicago, IL) to Mrs. E. Baker (Takotna, AK); April 22, 1923.

4. J. H. McLean General Merchandise (Takotna, AK) receipts for merchandise - groceries, clothing, and personal items; February 28 to June 22, 1924.

E. Clippings
1. Article on "John Baker's" death in boating accident (Note: it is believed that this John Baker is not J. E. Baker according to his daughters' letter, J. E. Baker died of some illness in Alaska. Other information indicates that J. E. Baker died at the Pioneer Home in Sitka, AK); n.d.

F. Photographs
1.
Alaska
a. Two men in front of mountain with embossed seal of Pioneers of Alaska., Takotna Igloo No. 14.
b. River with embossed seal of Pioneers of Alaska, Takotna Igloo No. 14.
c. J. E. Baker Homestead, Takotna, AK (copy 1).
d. J. E. Baker Homestead, Takotna, AK (copy 2).
e. J. E. Baker Homestead, Takotna, AK (copy 3).
f. J. E. Baker Homestead, Takotna, AK (copy 4).

2. Hughes Family (Maebelle Baker Hughes, daughter)
a. Portrait of Maebelle (in tan folder).
b. Maebelle and son, John, with friends on asylum grounds, July, 1921.
c. Maebelle, John, and friend in river.
d. Frank [Hughes] at Niagra.
e. John Hughes, 2 years and 4 months (ca. April, 1916).
f. Frank and Maebelle - outing on the Mohawk.
g. John E. Jr. on his bike.
h. John E. Jr. fishing.
i. Maebelle, John, and friend in stream.
j. John E. Jr. and friend on asylum grounds, July 1921.
k. John Hughes, 9 months old (ca. September, 1914).
l. Maebelle and John.
m. Maebelle and John.
n. Portrait of Maebelle (in brown folder).

3. Sister, Annie
a. Portrait of Annie in chair.
b. Annie and three women in front of fallen tree.
c. Annie and "Char Boy" in front of cook house,
d. Annie, Will, Lola, the dishwasher, and the Char Boy by the wood pile behind the cook house.
e. Annie and the cook house crew.
f. Annie's niece, Lola, and friend.
g. Annie's niece, Lola, and friends.
h. Lola and friends with horse and dog.
i. Camp where Annie works.
j. Derailed train.

4. Niece, Belle
a. Belle and Lottie.
b. Belle and Lottie.
c. Belle's house in Marcola.

5. Other Family
a. Portrait of 4 generations: Mother; Sister, Nan; Niece, Mary Kinsey; Niece's daughters, Alice and Elinor Kinsey.
b. Cleo and Ellsworth (addressed to Grandma Baker) - two very young children.
c. Niece, Edith Miller,
d. Sister, Dora, with two other women and baby.

6. Unidentified People
a. "Jessie's daughter and husband" in horse-drawn carriage.
b. Young boy and woman on a bridge.
c. Four women and two men in auto (Alyce in front seat).

7. Unidentified Buildings
a. House in winter.
b. House in fall.