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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mary Cochran Baker of Keokuk, is the daughter of Isaac K. and Elizabeth Stark Cochran, the father a native of Tennessee, and the mother of Kentucky.  Mrs. Cochran was a great great grand daughter of Col. Wm. Stark, brother of Gen. John Stark of Revolutionary fame.  The family moved to Keokuk in Mrs. Baker's infancy.  She received her education in Williams Seminary and in private schools before the public schools gained their present efficiency.  She was married June 17, 1874, to Eugene S. Baker, the son of Dr. and Mrs. S. F. Baker.  Three sons have been born to them, Eugene Ross,  Jesse Edgar, and Myrle Fitch, all of whom are splendid young men, a joy and pride to their mother.  Mr. Baker has large business interests; he is president of the Keokuk National Bank, the senior member of the firm of S. F. Baker & Co., a business established by his father, and has many other business interests.  Mrs. Baker, since her childhood, has been a member of the First Baptist church of which she is a regular attendant and a constant worker.  She has many charity interests; she was a charter member of the Benevolent Union and has held every office in the association.  She is vice president of the Visiting Nurse Association, a director in the Civic League and a member of  a number of prominent literary and social clubs.  She has traveled all over America from Alaska to Cuba and Mexico and has visited almost every country in Europe.  Her greatest pleasure is in her beautiful home, Cor. of 4th street and Orleans Ave., overlooking the Mississippi, one of the most beautiful scenic spots in Iowa.


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