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RG3900.AM:  Charles W. Baker, 1838-1923

Diary (transcript):  1864-1868

Polo, Illinois; Virginia City, Montana:  Farmer; gold miner

Size:  One folder


Born in Winchester, Virginia, on May 14, 1838, Charles W. Baker moved with his parents to Ogle County, Illinois, in 1859.  Baker left Polo, Illinois, on April 21, 1864, and travelled to the gold fields in Montana.  He staked his first claim on July 27, 1864, at Washington Gulch, Montana.  Baker worked in the gold fields around Virginia City, Montana, for several years before returning to Ogle County, Illinois, on September 2, 1867.  He married Lydia Windle at Mount Morris, Illinois, on February 27, 1868.  The Bakers farmed in Ogle County, Illinois, until 1883, when they moved to Clinton County, Missouri.  Baker farmed near Cameron, Missouri, until 1907, when they moved to Kidder, Missouri.  Charles W. Baker died on January 25, 1923.  Baker’s wife and three children survived him.


This collection consists of one folder containing a photocopy of a diary transcript.  Charles W. Baker kept the original diary during an overland journey along the Platte River Road from Polo, Illinois, to Virginia City, Montana.  Entries in the diary date from 1864 to 1868.  The entries include brief information on the weather, activities and notations of income and expenses.  History Nebraska does not hold the original diary.  Della Mae Jacobs, Charles Baker’s granddaughter, transcribed the diary in 1974.


Overland diary (transcript) of Charles W. Baker, 1864-1868


Subject headings:

Baker, Charles W., 1838-1923


Frontier and pioneer life — West (U.S.)

Gold miners — Montana

Overland journeys

West (U.S.) — Description and travel


TMM     11-24-2020