"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Baker M.D., George Rowe for more than 20 years a resident of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, and prominent in his profession, was born at Thompsonville, Racine County, Wis., Dec. 27, 1873, son of George and Mary Anne (SMITH) BAKER. The parents were natives of that county and farmers by occupation, owning a farm of 260 acres. The father died in 1913, but the mother is still living and has now attained the age of 78 years. They had three children, Abram H., George R., and Mary E. George Rowe BAKER was reared on the home farm, which he helped to operate, and, when young attended district school. His education was carried farther at the Beloit Academy, where he was graduated in 1895. He then entered the medical department of Marquette University, Milwaukee, where he was graduated and received his degree of M.D. in 1900. After that he took a course in the Post-graduate School in Chicago and spent five months in Columbus Memorial Laboratory. During his last year at Marquette he taught pathology under Dr. EVANS. He spent one year at Trinity Hospital, Milwaukee, and was there closely connected with Drs. NOBLES and MALONE, for four months taking charge of Dr. MALONE'S practice in Milwaukee. In 1900 he came to Tomahawk and engaged in general practice, specializing, however, in surgery. He has since been intimately connected with the growth and development of Sacred Heart Hospital; all his surgical activities have been carried on there. This institution has attained a very enviable reputation in northern Wisconsin and stands high among those of its kind in the state. It is also recognized by the National College of Surgeons. In 1916 Dr. BAKER became associated with Dr. William C. MCCORMICK and they have since practiced together under the firm name of Baker & McCormick, winning a fine reputation and enjoying an ample measure of success. Dr. BAKER is a member of the county and state medical societies, the American Medical Association and the Wisconsin Surgical Association. He enlisted for World War service, being commissioned in June, 1917, and called for service in the medical corps Aug. 7, 1917. After training at Ft. Riley, Kans., two and a half months, he was assigned to the 355th infantry, 89th Division, and in June, 1918, crossed over to France, after his arrival there being stationed in the Lucy Sector, Grande France, as regimental surgeon, and was with the troops in all engagements participated in by the 89th Division. While attending a wounded soldier in the Argonne he was wounded in the ankle by a piece from a high explosive shell, which broke his leg, destroyed a large section of bone and severed the main nerve, after which he was confined to the hospital for ten months. He then returned to the United States and was discharged in August, 1919, at Ft. Sheridan, Ill. He is a member of the American Legion and is also a 32d degree Mason, Scottish Rite. Dr. BAKER was married in Milwaukee, April 25, 1900, to Martha C. NEARY, daughter of John and Ellen NEARY, the father being a native of Ireland and the mother of Milwaukee; both parents are now deceased. Dr. and Mrs. BAKER have one son, Rowe Geroge, who is also a student of medicine. He has finished a four-year course at Wisconsin State University and is now finishing his course at Rush Medical College.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 525-526 (with picture), History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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