Sunday, August 30, 2020

Lee Samuel Baker


Lee Samuel Baker (1894-1962) Photo from the Salisbury Times 1959 at time of his retirement

Lee Baker was born in Snow Hill, Maryland to Seth and Angie Baker in 1894.  In 1915 he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad in Delmar.  He was a Fireman for the Delaware division and ran between Wilmington and Delmar.  In 1917 he married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hester Phillips (1895-1971).  She was the daughter of Emory and Leah Katherine Ellis Phillips.  Shortly after marriage he went off to serve his country in World War One.  In December 1917 he sailed for France on board the "President Grant" with the 21st Engineer .  He left his wife pregnant.  Lizzie would give birth to Lee Phillips baker in june of 1918.  Private Lee Baker would see action in France and after the armistice he was assigned to help operate a railroad that ran from Le Harve to Metz Germany.  When he came back to the USA he got his old job back with the railroad in Delmar.  In 1942 he became a Traveling engineer.  He retired in 1959 with 44 years of service.  The Bakers lived at 800 State street.  His son Lee P Baker would die of a heartattack in January of 1962, two months later Lee S Baker would die.  His wife, Lizzie, would die in 1971.

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