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Baker Family Collection

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The specific generational scope of this collection is limited to the figures of Dorsey Syng Baker (known as D.S.), 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 documents, 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. Their 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. These diaries are a selection from the overall collection

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1883
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Diary of Dorsey S. Baker from 1883, including entries about a trip to Seaside, Oregon, a trip to Gold Creek, Montana for a Northern Pacific Railroad golden spike ceremony and, references to Henry Villard in regard to Northern Pacific Railroad financing.

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1880
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Diary of Dorsey S. Baker from 1880, including entries about a winter vacation trip to California, 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, and obtaining rights to railroad land.

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Date
1879
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Diary of Dorsey S. Baker from 1879, including entries about railroad sale negotiations, deals with possible railroad 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, and grain shipment from Astoria.

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Date
1878
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Diary of Dorsey S. Baker from 1878, including entries on the sale of railroad stock to Oregon Steam Navigation Company, grain shipment from Astoria to England, partnership with son-in-law Miles C. Moore, the death of friend and partner William Orville Green, and the birth of baby Rosalia.

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Date
1872
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Diary of Dorsey S. Baker from 1872, including entries on shopping for railroad supplies on the East Coast, building a mill at Wallula to manufacture railroad ties, an expedition in search of wood for ties, and building a residence in Portland, Oregon.

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Date
1871
Description

Diary of Dorsey S. Baker from 1871, including entries on building a fence around his Walla Walla property, the sale of Union, Oregon, mill, and a Journey with Elizabeth Baker and baby Henrietta to Atlantic coast where Baker obtains contracts for railroad engines and visits working railroads in Pittsburgh.