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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Bray Baker (1856-1902)

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Thomas Bray Baker
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Grain merchant.

Born at Brantford, Ontario on 20 July 1856, he came to Winnipeg in 1881 then moved to Moose Jaw, North West Territories (now Saskatchean) in 1884. He returned in Winnipeg in 1899 and partnered with Alexander Reid in the grain trading firm of Baker & Reid, forming the Western Elevator Company in 1901 and serving as its President until his death. On 9 July 1883, he married Ella Amanda Marshall (1862-?) at Winnipeg. They had several children, the first of whom was born in Manitoba and the remainder at Moose Jaw in the North West Territories: Isabel Dickson Baker (1884-1952, wife of George B. Voorheis), Grace M. Baker (1886-?), James M. Baker (1888-?), Thomas Leslie Baker (1890-1903), John B. Baker (1893-?), and Beatrice E. Baker (1895-?). He died at his Winnipeg home, 115 Hargrave Street, on 7 December 1902 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Called very suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 December 1902, page 10.

“Sudden calls to Winnipeggers,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 December 1902, page 6.

“Mrs. Ella Baker dies after long illness; lived here 40 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1936, page 22.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 November 2017

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