From the "History of Steuben County, Indiana, 1885", page 811.


Nathaniel Baker, a son of Samuel and Sarah Baker, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, Sept 18, 1842, and was eight years of age when his parents moved to Steuben County. He remained with his parents till twenty-six years of age, working on the farm and attending in his youth the public schools, completing his education at the Orland Academy. When twenty years of age he decided to enter the ministry and from that time he studied to prepare himself for his work. When twenty-seven years of age he entered the Northern Indiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church and gave his time wholly to the work of the ministry till 1882. In this time he traveled over 24,000 miles, driving one horse over 18,000 miles. He averaged over three lectures and sermons a week, or about 2,000 in all. His health failing in 1882 he gave up the active work of the ministry and has since then devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits. Reared a farmer, he is conversant with all the details of country life and is making a success of the vocation. He resides on section 24, Otsego Township, where he owns eighty acres of choice land, mostly under cultivation. He is a good citizen, taking an active interest in all enterprises of public benefit. In politics he votes the Republican ticket at National elections and the Prohibition ticket at local elections. He was married Nov. 8, 1881, to Elma Armstrong, who was born in Wyandotte County, Ohio, May 28, 1858, daughter of W. K. and Martha C. Armstrong, now of Tipton County, Ind. To them has been born on child Ernest Clyde.


Submitted by: David D. Masterson