William Thomas Baker [RG3884.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID

RG3884.AM:  William Thomas Baker, 1861-1939

Papers:  1912-1938
Gothenburg, Dawson County, Nebraska:  Veterinarian
Size:  One folder

BACKGROUND NOTE

Born in Cheltenham, England, in 1861, William Thomas Baker came to the United States in 1883.  He traveled to Mechanicsville, Iowa, and then by wagon to North Platte, Nebraska.  Baker served as a foreman on William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s ranch at North Platte.  He eventually moved to Gothenburg, Nebraska, where he served for a time as city marshal, night watchman and street commissioner.  He then became a veterinarian.  Dr. William Thomas Baker died in 1939 at Gothenburg, Nebraska.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of one folder containing mostly correspondence of William Thomas Baker.  The letters date from 1912 to 1938.  Correspondents include A.E. Sheldon of the Nebraska State Historical Society, and Harry P. Swanson, Nebraska Secretary of State.  Also included are several newspaper clippings.  The materials in the collection relate to the history of the Gothenburg area and deal substantially with William F. Cody.

INVENTORY

Correspondence, etc., 1912-1938

 

Subject headings:

Baker, William Thomas, 1861-1939
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917
Dawson County (Neb.) -- History
Frontier and pioneer life
Gothenburg (Neb.) -- History
Lincoln County (Neb.) -- History
North Platte (Neb.) -- History
Veterinarians -- Nebraska

 

WFS/DB/js            08-16-1965
Revised TMM      11-17-2020

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