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James B. Baker
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
James B. Baker, attorney, Bird Island, born in Brownton, McLeod county, Minnesota, September 15, 1882, the son of Augustus C. and Mary J. (Todd) Baker, graduated from the Brownton school in 1902, from the Montevideo (Minn.) high school in 1905, and from the College of Law, University of Minnesota, June 11, 1908. He was admitted to the bar June 15, of the same year and formed a partnership with Frank Murray, of Bird Island, under the firm name of Murray & Baker. For four years he was village attorney. In 1910 he came before the primaries as an aspirant to the office of judge of probate, and in 1914 he was before the primaries as a candidate for the office of county attorney. He is a stockholder in the Citizens State Bank of Mahnomen and in the Mahnomen Land Co. Mr. Baker was married March 16, 1910, to Mathilda B. Putzier, born September 2, 1888, the daughter of Fred and Mathilda Putzier. They have two children: Dorothy L., born October 29, 1911; Bradford J., born March 27, 1913. Augustus C. Baker, born December 20, 1837, in Ravenna, Ohio, married Mary J. Todd, born July 29, 1842. Mr. Baker located in Sibley county, in 1858, operated a general store at New Auburn until 1878 when he removed to Brownton, McLeod county where he pursued a business in grain and general merchandise until 1890 when he retired. He now lives in Brownton. Fred Putzier married Mathilda Martin. Both are now 50 years of age. Mr. Putzier has been with the C. M. & St. P. R. R. in Bird Island for twenty years. He has served on the village council.
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