Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Hon. C. C. Baker, who has been successfully engaged in the practice of law at Salinas since 1917, has also figured prominently in the public life of the community and is now ably representing the seventeenth senatorial district in the state legislature. He was born in Dayton, Oregon, on the 29th of June, 1881, and supplemented his public school education by a course of study in the University of Oregon, which conferred upon him the degree of Bachelor of Arts. His professional training was acquired in Stanford University, in which institution he completed a law course by graduation with the class of 1916. Early in the following year he entered upon law practice in Salinas, California, where he has remained continuously to the present time and where he has built up a clientage of gratifying and profitable proportions. Aside from his professional activity he is a director in the Peoples Finance & Thrift Company of Salinas.

Whatever else may be said of the legal fraternity, it cannot be denied that members of the bar have been more prominent actors in public affairs than any other class of the community. This is but the natural result of causes which are manifest and require no explanation. The ability and training which qualify one to practice law, also qualify him in many respects for duties which lie outside the strict path of his profession and which touch the general interests of society. It was in 1922 that Mr. Baker was elected a member of the California assembly from the forty-eighth district, comprising Monterey and San Benito counties, while in 1924 he was elected to the state senate from the seventeenth senatorial district. He gives thoughtful and earnest consideration to the many vital questions which come up for settlement, and his record as a lawmaker has fully justified the confidence and support of his constituents.

In 1921 Mr. Baker was united in marriage to Miss Pearl E. Warth, a native of Monterey county, California, and a descendant of a worthy pioneer family of the community. The wedding ceremony was performed at the Leland Stanford Memorial church cf Stanford University, California.

Mr. Baker gives his political support to the republican party, while fraternally he is identified with the Woodmen of the World and with Salinas Lodge No. 614 of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He also has membership in the Salinas Golf Club and is well known and highly esteemed in both social and professional circles of his adopted city.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.