Robert W. D. Baker (1835- ), Superintendent
Born in March, 1835, in Massachusetts, little is known about Robert W. D. Baker until the 1890s when, in his late fifties, he is identified as the superintendent of the Bee Building Company in Omaha. Robert W. D. Baker was occasionally listed as an architect, but appears to have primarily been working as a construction superintendent. He was the father of Arthur Dixon Baker, who had a prominent career in Omaha and Grand Island.
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Omaha, Nebraska, 1890-1915
Educational & Professional Associations
1890: superintendent, Omaha, Nebraska.
1890-1897: superintendent, Omaha, Nebraska.
1898: inspector, Omaha, Nebraska.
1900-1903: architect, Omaha, Nebraska
1903-1912: superintendent, Omaha, Nebraska.
1912-1915: no Omaha listings.[b]
Buildings & Projects
a. This year he was listed in the classified section of the Omaha directory as partnering with his son, Arthur Dixon Baker, Omaha, Nebraska.
b. Note that his son was working in California during these years, and perhaps R. W. followed him there to take advantage of the same opportunities; see Arthur Dixon Baker.
1. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Robert W. Baker,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through Ancestry.com.
2. “Arthur D. Baker Taken by Death Early Sunday,” Grand Island Daily Independent (December 11, 1933), 4.
D. Murphy, “Robert W. D. Baker (1835- ), Superintendent,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, July 23, 2013. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 20, 2019.
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