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Walla Walla's dynastic Baker family began with Dorsey Syng Baker,
known commonly as D.S. He began creating a business empire in the mid-19th
century in the Oregon and Washington Territories. He began his journey to the
west, not as an entrepreneur, but as a young doctor. Dorsey followed the
pioneer trails across the prairie from Wabash County, Illinois, where he was
born on October 18, 1823, to Elizabeth Haupt and Dr. Ezra Baker, Jr. He was
their fourth son, following brothers Ezra Haupt, Edwin Sebastian, and Barton
Peisch Baker. There was also a younger sister, Sarah Elizabeth, who married
John F. Boyer, who was Dorsey's business partner in what became Baker-Boyer
Dorsey's energy and financeering dominated considerable business
interests in the early days of non-Native American settelment in the Idaho,
Oregon, and Washington territories. His progeny kept that pace. Their
substantial range of influence has affected many forms of commerce and civc
life, to include mercantiling, farming, banking, ranching, milling,
railroading, road-building, shipping, manufacturing, brick-making,
land-acquisition, politicking, mining, logging, building, water works,
utilities, and shaping the foundation and success of Whitman Seminary and Whitman College. In 1845,
Dorsey graduated from his father's alma mater, Jefferson Medical College, in
Philadelphia, and then practiced medicine near Des Moines, Iowa, from 1847-1848.
In 1848, he emigrated to the Pacific Coast and arrived in Portland in
September. It is noted that he crossed the plains with a horse and buggy rather
than travelling in the more conventional covered wagon. He soon capitalized on
the needs of the burgeoning pioneer population, as well as the needs of the
early California and Idaho gold miners, when he arrived in the American West.
In the early spring of 1849, Dorsey traveled from Portland to the gold fields
of California, returning in 1850 with $1,800 worth of general merchandise to be
offered for sale. Quickly becoming more financially established, he then
married Caroline Tibbetts, daughter of Gideon and Mary Fox Tibbetts, in
Portland, on June 16, 1850.
Gideon was born in Corinth, Maine, in 1809 and Mary in New York, in
1815. They married in Manchester Township, Dearborn County, Indiana, in 1833,
the place to which Gideon's father had moved his family in 1816. Gideon and
Mary moved to Iowa in 1840, then to Oregon in 1847. They bore nine children, of
which the oldest child was Caroline. Gideon was an early investor, land owner,
and politician in Portland, Oregon. After Gideon's death, Judge James K.
Kennedy, Gideon's son-in-law, husband of Gideon's daughter Harriet, advised the
Dorsey and his family resided for seven years in Oregon before moving
to Walla Walla. In various locations, he farmed, raised stock, milled flour,
and ran a mercantile. In 1858, the family returned to Portland where Dorsey was
in the hardware business, and he eventually established a branch store in Walla
Walla in 1860. That town was enjoying a considerable boom of prosperity due to
its proximity and convenience as a supply point for the Idaho gold mines, and
in 1861, attracted by the opportunities, the Baker family moved to Walla Walla
where Dorsey operated a mercantile and, soon, a bank.
Recognizing the importance of Columbia River transportation to the
economic future of the Pacific Northwest, in 1862 Dorsey associated himself with
Captain A. P. Ankeny, Henry W. Corbett, William Gates, and Captain E. F.
Baughman. This group aimed to run a line of boats on the Columbia and Snake
Rivers from the Deschutes River to Lewiston, Idaho, in competition with the
powerful Oregon Steam Navigation Company. These partners built the steamer
Spray and made fourteen trips before the boat was sold to the Oregon Steam
Navigation Company. A few years later, the same group constructed portage
railroads at two points on the Columbia where land transportation was
necessary. Only weeks before the new railroads were scheduled to start, the
U.S. Congress granted the Oregon Steam Navigation Company exclusive railroad
rights on the Columbia River, which forced the sale of the road at heavy
Through his lifetime, Dorsey was also the dominant figure in the
commercial development of southeastern Washington and, to an extent,
northeastern Oregon. Some of the highlights of his business life include the
establishment of a flour mill in Union, Oregon, in 1865; co-founding Baker-Boyer
Bank in Walla Walla, in 1869; and construction of the first railroad, the Walla
Walla and Columbia River Railroad, in the Washington Territory from 1872-1875.
All of these ventures are documented in this collection.
Though an extremely dedicated businessman, Dorsey had a full family
life as well, which was often struck by tragedy. Just a few years after
moving to Walla Walla, Caroline Tibbetts Baker died at the age of twenty-nine.
She was survived by four children: Edwin Franklin (E.F. or Frank), Mary
Elizabeth (Molly), Henry Clay Dorsey (H.C.), and William W. (Walla Walla Willie
or W.W.). Three other children died in infancy. In 1865, Dorsey married Mary
Legier of Tuscola, Illinois. Mary, however, became ill and died in Walla Walla
a few weeks later. In 1867, Dorsey married Elizabeth Millican Horton McCullough
(Lizzie). They had eight daughters, four of whom died during a
diphtheria epidemic. Ida Mabel, Anna Amelia, Rosalia Imogene, and Ada Louise
Dorsey died in 1888 at the age of sixty-five. His obituary in the
Walla Walla Union newspaper mentioned that his health had been impaired since
he had suffered a paralytic stroke. Even so, the tremendous energy evidenced in his
papers here suggests strength and vitality. Although sometimes described as
having a rather prickly personality, he is at times revealed to have a good
sense of humor as well as a deep sense of loyalty to family and associates. The
author of the obituary, Peasley B. Johnson, states that Dorsey was the
self-reliant architect of his own fortunes.
Dorsey's children who reached adulthood became powerful themselves or
married notable figures. Dorsey and Caroline's sons, Frank, Henry, and W.W.,
continued the expansion and development of the Baker family interests well into
the 20th century. Evidence of their efforts to shape the political as well as
physical landscape of Eastern Washington abounds. Daughter Mary married Miles
Conway (M.C.) Moore, a businessman and politician. The daughters of Dorsey and
Elizabeth also fared fairly well. Mabel's husband, Dr. Louis F. (L.F.)
Anderson, was a Whitman College professor. The Andersons helped
establish and nurture various cultural organizations in the Walla Walla area.
Anna married Thompson Coit (T.C.) Elliott, a prominent Walla Walla businessman.
Rosalia married the Reverend Edward Lincoln Smith, a Washington Yale Bank
minister, and Ada married Lieutenant LeRoy Danby Lewis, 4th U.S. Cavalry,
though they later divorced.
Frank attended Whitman Seminary along with his brothers and sister
Mary, and then attended Forest Grove Academy in Oregon for one year. He married
Sarah Ann Miller in 1875 in Walla Walla, and they bore seven children. Frank
was instrumental in the creation and management of several companies his father
started, most notably the Walla Walla and Columbia River Railroad and the Mill
Creek Flume and Manufacturing Company. He later moved most of his family to
Southern California, where he first lived in Ojai and then Pasadena.
Henry was an entrepreneur, who, along with his brothers Frank and W.W.,
brother-in-law M.C. Moore, and a host of employees loyal to the Bakers, not
only managed Dorsey's massive estate after his death, but capitalized on what
he had begun. Henry especially became known for his land acquisition throughout
Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. He invested in oil, rubber, and new inventions,
to include a type of coal briquet, an oil bearing, and what was a new form of
farm machinery--a mostly mule-free tractor. Henry was educated at the Whitman
Seminary and for two years at a high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After
school, he entered the banking business with his father, opened a bank in
Moscow, Idaho, and subsequently returned to Walla Walla, where he and his
brother Edwin founded Baker and Baker Company, Inc. Baker and Baker dealt in
farm loans and extensive land development in Walla Walla and elsewhere in the
state of Washington. Henry, along with John W. Langdon, also managed the
Baker-Landon Orchard in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, and developed the Klickitat
Mineral Springs in Klickitat, Washington.
W.W. was respected for his banking and business acumen as well as his
involvement with Whitman College, an association that began when he and his siblings were among the first Whitman Seminary students. Later, he became one of the original members of the Board of Overseers, after Whitman Seminary had become Whitman College. He also graduated from the University of Michigan Law School
in 1882. He and his family settled in Moscow, Idaho, where he oversaw his
banking and land development businesses. He returned to Walla Walla after his
father's death to take a position at Baker-Boyer National Bank where he
eventaully became president. He also became president of Baker Loan and
Invenstment Company. He was also a charter member of the Walla Walla Country
Club and a member of the Walla Walla Golf Association. Additionally, he was his
father's biographer and was the moving force behind the building of Walla
Walla's landmark Marcus Whitman Hotel as well as the construction of the
Baker-Boyer Bank Building. He married Mary Esther Jones in Moscow, Idaho, in
1885, and they bore five children, three of which reached adulthood: Howard
Dorsey, who married Geneva Sims Eagleson; Mildred Irene, who married William
Craig Ferguson, and Dorsey Syng, who married Atrimesa Cornwell. When William's
wife Mary died in 1903, he married her sister, Emma Jones, in 1905, also in
Moscow. They bore no children.
The specific generational scope of this collection was limited to the
figures of Dorsey Syng Baker, his subsequent wives, and his three sons. A small
portion contains correspondence and records for Dorsey's parents-in-law, the
Tibbetts. Throughout this collection are valuable records, correspondence,
legal douments, and diaries relating many aspects of pioneer and early
statehood life in the Pacific Northwest, especially for Portland, Oregon, and
Walla Walla, Washington. The records include those for transportation, banking
and commerce, agriculture, mining, and land acquisition and management, as
represented by the efforts of Dorsey and his sons. Thier activities and
influence extended to the mid-twentieth century. In addition, there is a small
collection of files kept by Baker family members on individual clients or
associates. Overall, though the personal letters and diaries provide a few
intimate insights, a substantial portion of the Baker Family Collection is a
record of family businesses and political and legal interests.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open to researchers.
Restrictions on Use :
Researchers are responsible for use in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Some
copyright owned by Whitman College.
Preferred Citation :
Baker Family Collection, Whitman College and Northwest
Arranged by series and predominantly by date.
Related Materials :
A portion of William W. Baker's papers included the records of the
creation of the Walla Walla Country Club and the Walla Walla Golf Association
records, which are arranged separately in the Whitman College and Northwest
Archives. For other Baker family member's papers in this Archives, see other
Baker listings, as well as the collections and papers of the Kirkman, Reynolds,
Kennedy, Anderson, Elliott, Moore, Smith, Davies, and Kimball families.
Acquisition Information :
Between 1981 and 1984, W. Baker Ferguson gifted many of these papers,
but the bulk of material was donated by Henrietta Baker Kennedy in the 1960s.
Other donations are from Ruth Baker Kimball, Donald Sherwood, Oregon's Douglas
County Museum, and Richard L. McFarland.
Processing Note :
The imposed order on this collection is chronological and logical. There is little distiction between personal and business
records for most family members, but four over-arching series were created
for this collection, with sub-groups for individual people or businesses. Series 1 includes letters, photographs, personal correspondence, and
diaries kept by the primary family members. Series 2 and 3, the largest group of records, contains
records of the vast businesses of the Bakers and includes legal documebnts
pertaining to business and land aquisitions. Series 4 and 5 comprises family
financial and legal documents. Series 6 is a collection
of the non-family members' papers and records created by Baker enterprises. Series 7 includes maps, plats, and plat books. Series 8 includes inventories of previous arrangements of this collection.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in
Series 1: Baker family papers
This contains the daily notes and records kept by extended and
immediate Baker family members, to include diaries, book manuscripts,
correspondence, photographs, and personal financial records.
Photographs and a photo album of images of Baker and Tibbetts
family members and homes.
Contains notes of family members and staff at Whitman College on
the extended Baker family and the family Bible.
Gideon, Mary, and Oscar Tibbetts
3 linear feet
This contains receipts, correspondence, maps, photographs, and
legal papers pertaining to the Tibbetts' everyday living expenses, their
estate, and their development of part of early Portland, Oregon, with the
Tibbetts Addition and the neighborhood of Brooklyn, formerly Brookland. Also
included here are the collected envelopes.
Dorsey Syng Baker
Account book of Young, Vail and Company.
Stock lists and financial memoranda.
Steamer trip from Portland to San Francisco and overland
trip on the Mullan Road from Walla Walla to Blackfoot, Montana. Transcript
Shipment of cattle up the Columbia River and the moving of
merchandise from Portland to Walla Walla. Transcript included.
1860 January-1860 July
Trip from The Dalles, Oregon, to Rock Creek, British
Columbia. Includes sketched maps and some financial records. Transcript
Fragmentary list of notes and accounts.
Petty cash and gold dust account.
1863 June-1863 December
Expense account book.
1863 April-1863 October
Petty cash book.
Cattle account records.
1864 August-1864 December
Acquisition of property for a mill in Union, Oregon; trip to
Atlantic coast with children Frank and Mary; marriage to Mary Legier in
Illinois and her death. Transcript included.
Rent accounts along with family expenses for Baker and
William Orville Green.
Sale of Union, Oregon, mill. Journey with Elizabeth Baker
and baby to Atlantic coast where Baker obtains contracts for railroad engines
and visits working railroads. Transcript included.
Shopping for railroad supplies on east coast. Builds mill at
Wallula to manufacture railroad ties. Sends expedition in search of wood for
ties. Builds residence in Portland. Transcript included.
Concerning construction of Walla Walla and Columbia River
Railroad. Memos on provisioning of construction crews. Daughter Mary marries
Miles C. Moore. Transcript included.
Details building railroad and lawsuit of Baker versus Paine
Brothers and Moore mercantile establishment. Written rules to govern employees
of railroad. Transcript included.
Running of railroad and first negotiations to sell it to
Oregon Steam Navigation Company. Children all get diphtheria. Account of deaths
of Laura and Henrietta. Transcript included.
Some entries on grain shipment from Astoria to England.
Shipment in partnership with son-in-law Miles C. Moore. Friend and partner
William Orville Green dies. Baby Rosalia is born. Transcript included.
Complete railroad sale negotiations. Deals with possible
extensions to Dry Creek and Weston. Oregon Steam Navigation Company names
steamboat D.S. Baker. Baker lobbies and succeeds
in having Washington descent of property law changed. More grain shipment from
Astoria. Transcript included.
Volume 24 [supplement]
Drafts of telegraphic messages. Account of a Bannock Indian
skirmish at Blalock Island. Miscellaneous financial records. Transcript
Winter vacation trip to California. Continues grain trade
and ship charters for foreign delivery of grain. Failure of N.G. Blalock Flume
Company Development of Mill Creek Flume and Manufacturing Company Activity in
obtaining rights to railroad land. Transcript included.
Trip to Seaside, Oregon. Trip to Gold Creek, Montana, for
Northern Pacific Railroad golden spike ceremony. Several mentions of Henry
Villard in regard to Northern Pacific financing. Transcript included.
D.S. Baker correspondence,
Notable correspondents, per original arranger of this
Alex P. Ankeny, 2 letters
George H. Atkinson, 1 letter
Edwin F. Baker, 1 letter
Charles Besserer, 15 letters
Eugene H. Boyer, 2 letters
Thomas H. Brents, 2 letters
Andersen Cox, 1 letter
Edward Eldridge, 7 letters
Henry Failing, 4 letters
E.S. Kearney, 1 letter
William S. Ladd, 53 letters
James H. Lasater, 1 letter
Miles C. Moore, 1 letter
P.D. Moore, 1 letter
William Pickering, 9 letters
Henry V. Poor, 2 letters
H.G. Struve, 1 letter
John P. Vollmer
Sylvester M. Wait
W. Park Winans
Mary Legier Baker
This collection consists of only two letters.
This sub-series includes her financial ledger, correspondence,
and estate records.
Note that her second husband's surname is alternatively spelled
Edwin Franklin and Sarah Baker
Henry Clay Baker
Will, estate records, and
Correpsondents include W.W. Baker, Wiliam Warren, Miles C.
Moore, Edwin F. Baker, and Dorsey F. Baker, with the latter two corresponders
relating Baker and Baker Company business matters. Edwin's letters include
information regarding the formation of Baker and Baker.
This contains Henry Baker's records for banking, insurance,
investments, and taxes, as well as legal documents.
John Warren Langdon
Umatilla County land investment
Washington Territory general
Land development records
Baker-Langdon Orchard and
Stanton Investment Company records
This contains the records of the farming enterprise managed by
Henry Baker and John Langdon. Here are contracts, shipping records, water
rights documents, and correspondence, to include that with the Fruit Growers'
These folders contain: fruit box labels; blueprints of
mechanical drawings (MC5,2); train pass; machinery operation directions;
advertisements; instructions for use of insecticides, herbicides, and
fertilizer; fruit grading rules; Northwestern Fruit Exchange bulletins; minutes
of Skookum Packers Association meetings; railway revuenue freight lists; fruit
wrapper, and clippings.
Photographs of business
Most images are taken by John W. Langdon of their joint
venture Klickitat Mineral Springs processing plant.
Record of investment in coal
Contains patent and investment records, correspondence, and
Mines and Mineral investment
Klickitat Mineral Springs
General business investment and
Personal correspondence and
Letter press books
Maps and drawings
Pamphlets, booklets, and
William W. Baker
This primarily contains material related to William Baker's
estate and his personal invesments. There are several accouting sheets here as
well, thus researchers of Baker Loan and Investment should consult these
Personal correspondence and
This includes personal letters, records kept by W.W. regarding
his illness, his correspondence with his sister Rosalia Baker Lewis, and his
investigative records into the processes for manufacturing gas. Of special note
are his correspondence with then Lieutenant William Baker Ferguson, when
Ferguson was a prisoner of war in Germany in World War II.
This contains his college notebooks and financial ledgers.
Receipts and billing
This sub-series contains W.W.'s receipts and correspendence
relating primarily to his business interests.
Loose correspondence and receipts are arranged together
chronologically, and where original order was evident, it was preserved.
Letter press book and trial
This contains research materials and original manuscript for
Forty Years A Pioneer and newspaper clippings.
World War II maps
W.W. Baker Dixie Farm house
Contained here is a handwritten song about the American Civil
War and materials without personal identification or association, including
three Columbia University notebooks, advertisements, and correspondence. The
notebooks may have been donated by Henrietta Baker Kennedy.
These are the business accounting ledgers kept by Dorsey S.
Baker. Most of the Dorsey Syng Baker ledgers dated before 1870 pertain to
the business of the mercantile firm of D.S. Baker and Company; most of those dated after 1870 pertain
to Baker and Boyer Bank. Where there are records on other subjects, it has been
Ledgers of Dorsey Syng Baker and
Volume 1: Ledger, indexed
Volume 2: Day Book
1858 June-1868; 1874-1882
Volume 3: Cash Book
1859 March -1878 January
Volume 4: Cash Book
1861 May 1-1861 June
Volume 5: Ledger, indexed
Volume 6: Day Book
1861 May 1-1861 August
Volume 7: Day Book
Volume 8: Ledger, indexed
Volume 9: Cash Book
1862 August; 1863
Volume 10: Cash Book
Volume 11: Ledger, indexed
Volume 12: Day Book
Volume 13: Net Worth Register
Volume 14: Day Book
Volume 15: Day Book
1865 January-1865 May
Volume 16: Day Book
1865 June-1865 October
Volume 17: Day Book
1865 October-1866 May
Volume 18: Day Book
Volume 19: Day Book
1866 May-1866 December
Volume 20: D.S. Baker and Company stock
Volume 21: Ledger, indexed
Volume 22: Ledger, indexed
Volume 23: Day Book
Volume 24: Day Book
Volume 25: Day Book
Volume 26: Ledger
Volume 27: D.S. Baker and Company
inventory of notes held
Volume 27: Baker and Boyer Bank inventory
of notes held
Volume 28: Baker and Boyer Bank, first
Volume 29: Ledger, indexed
Volume 30: Ledger, indexed
Volume 31: Dorsey S. Baker personal
This series contains the collected records of Baker family
Commercial Club of Walla Walla
This is record for the Beehive Building in Walla Walla. It
primarily features accounts with B.F. Simpson and H.B. Dwelley.
Chapman, Hastings, and
Bridge of the Gods management
Correspondence, clippings, stock records, coupons, and crossing
records for the bridge.
The Northwest Toll Bridge Company for a period owned the
outstanding bonds of the Wauna Toll Bridge Company, which constructed and
managed the Wauna Toll Bridge, or Bridge of the Gods, which spans the Columbia
River from near Stevenson, Washington to Cascade Locks, Oregon.
Wauna Toll Bridge
Northwest Toll Bridge
National Sugar Company
1 linear feet
Stock journal and capital stock certificate books 1-1251
This company was the parent corporation and owner of the Stewart
Walla Walla Water Company
5.75 linear feet
These records include the correspondence, financial and
administrative records, letter press books, and scrapbook for this
privately-held water supply company.
Merchants Transportation Line and
This sub-series contains the records of the enterprise that
included the association of Dorsey Syng Baker, Captain A.P. Ankeny, Henry W.
Corbett, William Gates, and Captain E.F. Baughman.
Transcriber's notes for
Merchant Transportation Line letter press book of Henry W. Corbett
Transcription of Merchant
Transportation Line letter press book of Henry W. Corbett
Merchant Transportation Line
letter press book of Henry W. Corbett
Mining and milling business
0.8 lineaer feet
Baker and Baker,
Garfield County, Washington
0.4 linear feet
Wheat rental, collateral, and
Coal briquets patent of William
W. Langdon and investment papers
1912 January 16
0.4 linear feet
This contains the ledgers, share certificates, and articles of
incorporation for this short-lived company. Researchers should note that the
stock certificate book was originally for Thunder Mountain and Lightening Peak
Gold Mines Company of Washington state, but was reused for Pacific Utilities
Baker and Clark
RecordsFirst National Bank of Moscow, Idaho Records
documents, and check records
0.8 linear feet
0.6 linear feet
A box of cancelled checks is also included in this box
Baker Loan and Investment Company
Incorporation and meeting
This comprises 14 volumes.
This comprises a stock ledger covering 1900-1970 and a wheat
reciept book covering 1915-1937.
Reports, contracts, and
William W. Baker's
This contains William Baker's loan and discount ledger and his
dividend and wheat receipt ledger.
Letter Press Books
This comprises 7 volumes.
Prior arrangement was alphabetical, although this sub-series
was divided into four approximate time-spans, with some overlap.
Of this sub-collection, one small document case only
contains records pertaining to Reverend Edward L. and Rosalia Baker Smith.
This contains the newletters What's Happening in
Taxation and Government Regulation and Accountant's Weekly News
Letter and some company notes regarding overtime orders.
This small sub-series provides information on the bank's early
20th century refurbishment of its building, an array of deeds pertaining to the
bank's land investments, some insurance policy records, and information on
bonds and security management, especially between 1890 and 1935. In additon,
there are a few documents relating to legal actions taken. This is the Walla
Walla bank formed by Dorsey Syng Baker and John F. Boyer, which was initially
named Baker-Boyer Bank.
Researchers should also see the Baker Loan and Investment
records, as well as the ledgers and the journals of Dorsey Syng Baker.
Baker-Boyer National Bank
Building reconstruction records
Renovation records, John Langdon's photographs of the
building, and documents of a dispute and arbitration with the construction
Real Estate Improvement
0.2 linear feet
These records are for the initial financing and opening of the
Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla. They contain the fund-raising ledger,
original sketch of proposed site, several legal papers, and an opening dinner
Baker and Cline
Pumping outfit cost information. See also the maps in series
Beehive Building accounting
15 May 1900-1 October 1914
See also D.S. Bake's journals for the same time frame.
Chapman, Hastings, and Baker
Cline Warehouse Company
M.C. Moore and
Moscow Real Estate and Commercial
Association Articles of Association
28 September 1883
Walla Walla Hotel and Investment
Articles of incorporation and correspondence.
These records were removed from an envelope inside the front
cover of the Walla Wallla Woolen Manufacturing Company ledger.
Walla Walla Valley Traction
Walla Walla Woolen Manufacturing
This ledger contains initial organizational letters for the
2 May 1887-7 May 1887
Walla Walla and Columbia River
These records include correspondence, maps, stock and tonnage
reports, and materials related to finances. Two letter press books and
transcriptions of them are here: Dorsey S. Baker's, along with the
transcriber's notes; and Edwin F. Baker's. Additionally, there is a small
Correspondence, maps, finacial records, tonnage statements,
treasury drafts, stock receitps, US Army correspondence, and printed
Abridged list of
Per a previous arranager, the notable correspondents
John C. Ainsworth, 15 letters
Edwin F. Baker, 7 letters
Henry W. Corbett, 6 letters
Henry Failing, 7 letters
E.S. Kearney, 1 letter
Willaim S. Ladd, 3 letters
Simeon G. Reed, 8 letters
General John W. Sprague, 5 letters
C.E. Tilton, 2 letters
Henry Villard, 10 letters
Charles B. Wright, 2 letters
This contains Dorsey S. Baker's letter press book and
This contains Edwin F. Baker's letter press book and
Mill Creek Flume and
This collection contains the records of Dorsey Syng Baker's
efforts to create a flume in the Walla Walla area. Here can be found the
records pertaining to the company's incorporation, right-of-way deeds, land-use
contracts and claims, finances, correspondence, and clippings.
Blue Mountain Flume
This company took over the operations of the Mill Creek Flume
and Manufacturing Company. This collection contains the records for financial
and incorporation records, meeting minutes, land deeds, and correspondence. In
a ledger is also a record of Mill Creek Camp Sites.
Walla Walla Street Railway and
This contains the incorpration records, correspondence, reports,
financial records, roadmaster and superintendent ledgers and notes, and stock
This contains meeting minutes, stocks, and correspondence;
insurance records; and some financial records for the insurance company.
Walla Walla Farmers' Agency
This contains records of the agency, which provided grain, bags,
twine, and fire insurance. Founding board members included Oliver T. Cornwell,
Harry A. Reynolds, and B. Frank Brewer. This agency was associted with
Northwestern Mutual Fire Association. The records include meeting minutes,
annual reports, policy account records, mortages, automobile registration
records, and tax records. A substantial record exists for a farm in Lewiston,
Series 4: Baker family legal and financial
Washinginton Territory petitions,
bills, and acts
Contains a draft of Dorsey's petition to change community
property laws for the Washington Territory as well as copies of the ensuing
act, territorial legislative bills and publications, a draft of the petition to
incorporate the town of Walla Walla, and a certificate of signatures for Walla
Walla board of commissioners.
Check registers, tax receipts, records of accounts and
collateral, and correspondence about finances.
Investment, contract, and
Primarily contains applications for farm loans, assignments of
contracts and mortgages, bills of sale for property, chattel, and crops,
collateral notes, foreclosure deeds, leases, satisfactions of mortgages, and
water rights negotiation records.
Abstracts of Title
Abstracts of title for Baker family land investments.
This sub-series includes land deeds of indentureship and
mortages, warranty, quit-claim, bond for deed, deeds for trust, and articles
for agreement. Leases, sheriffs deeds and foreclosures, as well as
satisfactions of mortgages, whether in full or partial, are also included, as
are many original land grant certificates.
Arranged chronologically by date of creation or closure of
deed. All but the leases, sherriffs' deed, foreclosure documents, and land
grant certificates are arranged togther.
Deeds to railroads
Deeds concerning land owned by Baker family member, the Dorsey
S. Baker Estate, the Oregon and Washington Territory Railroad Company, the
Oregon Railway Navigation Company, and the Northern Pacific Railroad
Detail lists of
Lists of land owned by Baker family members.
Receipts and cancelled
This sub-series constitutes receipts and records for taxes,
personal items, and property management.
Series 6: Papers of Baker family business
associates or clients
The papers in this series contain legal and records documents of
people not of the Baker family, but collected and kept by various family
members. Some pertain to buisiness or legal matters, others to the Dorsey S.
Henry E. and Cordelia L. Akeny
Correspondence and legal papers, with some relating to the Baker
William Henry Besley
Diary, correspondence, and expense records. His surname is
alternatively spelled Besly by other creators of this collection. Besley was a
business partner and employee of Dorsey S. Baker.
Tax records and correspondence pertaining to his property.
George A. Evans estate
Marshall Field papers
Legal papers and correspondence pertaining the the Baker
William H. Gilbert
William Orville and Mary F. Green
Belsey, Green and company account book, legal documents, and a
Herbert E. Johnson property
Legal documents pertaining to the Nahant property in Essex
county, Massachusetts and one piece of correspondence regarding property in
Port Townsend, Washington.
Two documents relating to Mrs. John H. Connell's share in the
elavator, part of Kennedy estate, but not for James K. Kennedy.
James D. Laman estate
Legal documents regarding claims, especially by the Dorsey S.
Baker estate, against Laman's estate.
Edward H. Morrison
Legal documents, deeds, and correspondence regarding real estate
Daniel F. Percival and
This folder contains documents and correspondence between the
Dorsey S. Baker Estate and Daniel, or D.F., Percival, pertaining to notes on
collateral for loans.
Edward Louis Powell account
These papers contain the depot records of accounts and the
correspondence of Edward, or E.L., the Pioneer Supply Depot proprietor, with
officers of Baker-Boyer National Bank.
Preston Brothers financial
This containt the receipts and business correspondence between
William and Platt Preston and Dorsey Syng Baker concernig the Prestons'
Washington Flour Mills and Preston, Powell and company.
Isham Tyree Reese
Records and bankruptcy papers for Washington Territory merchant,
early Walla Walla civic leader, and an early Jewish settler of the
Harvey Shaw papers
These records contain the property deeds and other documents
relating the negotiations between Baker-Boyer National Bank and Shaw for Joel
D. Woodworth's property.
David W. Small papers
The papers here records some of the negotiations between Small
and Baker-Boyer National Bank.
John C. Smith record of
A.W. Sweeney collateral wheat
Walla Walla Agriculture and
Industrial Exposition, Incorporated records
George and William T. Wright
Correspondence and records pertaining to their businesses Union
Mills, George Wright and Son, George Wright and Company, and Baker and Wright.
William T. (W.T.) Wright was the son of George.
Oliver T. Cornwell
1 linear feet
William Guest Shuham
1 linear feet
Correspondence and cashier records for Shuham, who was an
executive with Baker-Boyer National Bank. These records were arranged
geographically, chronologically, and alphabetically, per his work for banks in
Spokane and Walla Walla.
Obediah, Mary, and Dollie Osborn
This collection primarily contains the legal and business papers
of Obediah and Mary Clementine Osborn and their daughter Dollie Frances Maling.
John W. Langdon, an employee of Baker-Boyer Bank, managed the Osborn estate,
which included a Walla Walla area farm.