Name:
Thomas Callum Baker 
Location served:
Chatham  
Years in Practice:
1891 to 1922
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  

Biography:

Dr. Thomas Callum Baker was born on the 18th of April, 1857 on Wolfe Island, Ontario.  He was the second of 4 sons born to John Baker and the former Mary Dawson.  His siblings were Michael, Frances and Joseph.  His older brother Michael also became a physician and he practiced in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Baker received his medical training at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, graduating M.D.,C.M. in 1888.  According to the 1892 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Baker joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 30th of October, 1890.

He was known to be a practicing physician in Dover Twp. as early as January of 1900.  According to the 1891 census, Dr. Baker was residing in Chatham.  Also on the 1891 census it is recorded that his father was born in Ireland, and his mother was born in Ontario.  He is listed in the 1895 and 1897 and 1900 Farmers and Business Directory as practicing in Chatham.  He is also listed in the 1896 Chatham City Directory, with an office located on Fifth St., near Wellington Street.

Around 1901, Dr. Baker had moved to Arnprior, Ontario and by 1908, Dr. Baker was practicing medicine in Stayner, (Simcoe County) Ontario.  On the 16th of December, 1908, Dr. Baker married Harriett ‘Hattie’ Honsberger in Niagara Falls, New York.  Mrs. Baker was born on the 23rd of January, 1871 in Creemore (Simcoe County), Ontario, the daughter of Isaac Honsberger and the former Johanna Newman.  Her parents were farmers and she was the 3rd of 9 children.  Her siblings were Catherine, Mary, Allen,  William, Ellen, Flossy, Pearl and Edith.  Mrs. Baker was a widow when she married Dr. Baker.  She was married to Dr. John Honsberger (same last name as her maiden name) on the 10th of October, 1894 in the tiny community of Banda, Nottawasaga Twp., (Simcoe County) Ontario.  Dr. John Honsberger died on the 16th of June, 1906 in Staynor.  He was 39 years old at the time of his death and he was buried at Christ Church Cemetery in Banda, Ontario.  Mrs. Baker and her first husband Dr. John Honsberger had 4 children together.  Their first child was a daughter named Johanna Marie Honsberger that was born on the 16th of February, 1897 in Welland County, Ontario.  Johanna died on the 2nd of March, 1904 at the age of 7.   The second child, a baby girl that was stillborn on the 4th of November, 1899.   Their daughter Martha Daphne Honsberger was born on the 30th of April, 1901.   A son named John was born on the 16th of November, 1906….5 months after Dr. Honsberger died.  It is unknown if baby John survived infancy.

On the 22nd of October, 1909 Dr. and Mrs. Baker welcomed a son named Frederick Honsberger Baker (born in Staynor).  In 1912, Dr. Baker was practicing in Grimsby, (Lincoln County) Ontario when another son, named Herbert Thomas Baker arrived on the 4th of May.  A daughter Harriett Muriel was born in 1915.

According to the 1921 census Dr. Baker resided or was staying at a hotel located on Jasper Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta.  Mrs. Baker and the children were living near Vineland Station (Lincoln County).  Mrs. Baker listed her occupation as a fruit grower and she was living on her own farm.  Dr and Mrs. Baker both listed their status as married on the 1921 census.

Dr. Baker died in 1922 in Empress, Alberta.  Mrs. Baker died on the 15th of September, 1945.  She was buried at Victoria Lawn Cemetery in St. Catharines, Ontario.