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. Pages April 25-May 9 blank and omitted from scans.
Details building railroad and lawsuit of Baker versus Paine Brothers and Moore mercantile establishment. Written rules to govern employees of railroad. 10 blank pages in middle of journal omitted from scans.
Mainly concerned with sale of railroad stock to Oregon Steam Navigation Co. 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.
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. Missing back cover. Following page ranges blank and omitted from scans: January 14-March 22; June 29-July 14; September 7-October 16; Cash Account March-December.
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. Activite in obtaining rights to railroad land. Pages Cash Account June-December blank and omitted from scans.
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. Missing front and back cover. Following page ranges blank and omitted from scans: January 12-March 6; April 26-May 19; May 24-June 16; July 9-July 20; November 8-November 19.
Steamer trip from Portland to San Francisco and overland trip on the Mullan Road from Walla Walla to Blackfoot, Montana. Following page ranges blank and omitted from scans: January 4-19; March 14-June 30; August 26-December 30; Cash Account March-July; Summary of Cash Account; January-November Bills Payable. Cash Account pages for August-November missing and omitted from scans.
Drafts of telegraphic messages. Account of a Bannock Indian skirmish at Blalock Island. Miscellaneous financial records. Writing initiated in front of journal extends to scanned page 46, while writing initiated in back of journal extends backward to scanned page 48. Blank pages between these ranges omitted from scans.
Trip from The Dalles, Oregon, to Rock Creek, British Columbia. Includes sketched maps and some financial records. Writing initiated in front of journal extends to scanned page 37, while writing initiated in back of journal extends backward to scanned page 40. Blank pages between these ranges omitted from scans.
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. Missing back cover. Pages May 22-June 6 blank and omitted from scans.
Building of fence around Walla Walla property. Sale of Union, Oregon, mill. Journey with Elizabeth Baker and baby Henrietta to Atlantic coast where Baker obtains contracts for railroad engines and visits working railroads in Pittsburgh. The following page ranges blank and omitted from scans: March 29-April 23; May 30-July 20; July 23-August 3; September 7-October 16; November 4-November 23.
Concerning construction of Walla Walla and Columbia River Railroad. Memos on provisioning of construction crews. Daughter Mary marries Miles C. Moore. Pages September 7-24 blank and omitted from scans.