Biography - Thomas Baker

THOMAS T. BAKER, D. D. S., is a popular young dentist, who is located at the corner of State and Kirkham Streets, in Litchfield. He has been in business here since 1889, and has a constantly increasing practice. The State of Kentucky was the home of his parents, William T. and Mary (Hough) Baker, who came to Illinois a number of years ago, but the father died when Thomas T. was an infant. Our subject was born in this city, July 26, 1866, and this has since been his home, where he has been known as a manly boy, an ambitious student, and now a successful professional man. He has shown energy and perseverance, and his home people have shown by their patronage that they have every confidence in his skill and ability.
Mr. Baker was educated in the schools of this place, and was graduated from the High School in 1885. He lost no time in the choice of a profession, but immediately entered the office of Dr. Barefoot, and remained with him for three years. He took his first course of lectures in Indianapolis, and later attended the Missouri Dental College, at St. Louis, from which he was graduated in the Class of '90. Upon his return, he immediately began to practice his profession. He entered into partnership with Dr. W. A. Alexander, and the firm continued until 1890, when Dr. Baker bought out his partner's interest, and now continues the business with -a student assistant. He has built up a large and lucrative practice, and has all of the appliances which render the labor of a dentist one of relief instead of one of pain. His work compares favorably with that of older practitioners, and what he has not yet learned by experience, he overbalances by his new methods and late discoveries of science.
Our subject has always been interested in music, and is now a member of the band. He is also identified with the order of the Knights of Pythias. He is considered one of the desirable members of the social circles of Litchfield, and one who will make his mark in his profession.

Extracted 10 Jan 2017 by Norma Hass from 1892 Portrait and Biographical Record of Montgomery and Bond Counties, Illinois, pages 350-351.

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