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Claytonville was laid out as a city in November, 1856, and had a town site of 320 acres. It had at that time fifteen families and one store established by G. E. Clayton, in August, 1857. No city or other officers were ever elected, and the would-be city lapsed into nothingness. The land where it stood is now a farm, or rather part of three farms, the property of s. P. Meredith, H. L. Bradley and I. N. Seymour.
The United Presbyterian Church, at this place is a part of the church at Hiawatha, both being in all essential points one church, and having as pastor, Rev. J. P. Black, who resides at the latter village. Services were held here for nearly a year before their establishment at Hiawatha.
The Sabbath school of this church was organized in 1875, under the superintendence of J. D. Smith, and continued in same hands until 1882, when B. F. Pinkerton took charge. The number of scholars enrolled in 1875, was twenty, that now on the books of the school a trifle over fifty.
In June, 1882, the new and prosperous town of Baker was located by the Missouri Pacific Railroad on the lands belonging to the heirs of the Baker estate (see biography of C. D. Baker). The town now contains six business houses, fifteen private residences and two elevators, and is a thriving commercial center. Mr. C. D. Baker is the leading dealer in general merchandise in this go-ahead new town, and does, and deserves a large trade.
Christian Church of Baker. - This handsome structure was erected in September, 1882. It is 34x50 feet, crowned with a belfry and cost, complete with furniture, etc., about $2,000. Its seating capacity is over 400.
The Church Society was organized January 20, 1882, by Elder F. M. Rains, as Evangelist, and is composed of forty members, among whom are some of the most prominent residents of Baker and vicinity.
The first officers of the society were: John C. Stapleton, E. Harrington and Henry Smith, elders; Dr. W. B. Sittreal, R. E. Bowman and Daniel Mallory, deacons. There is a Sabbath School connected with the church, which has a membership of seventy-five. Daniel Rork is the superintendent.
Elevator No. I, Baker. - This elevator was erected in August, 1882, at a cost of about $1,500 by Messrs. Speer & Hulburd, of Hiawatha. It has a capacity of 3,500 bushels. There has been shipped from this elevator since its erection 8,000 bushels of wheat, 4,500 bushels of corn, 3,000 bushels of oats, 1,500 bushels of rye, 1,600 bushels of barley and 500 bushels flax seed. Mr. George E. Selleg is the superintendent and has been in charge ever since the erection of the elevator.