Otis Baker, livery, Morris, was born in Orleans County, New York, June 11, 1834, and educated in the common schools of New York. He was married, June 2, 1855, to Miss Sarah D. Gregory, who was born in New York January 20, 1835. In the fall of 1856, they came to Grundy County, Illinois, and settled in Morris, but soon after bought an eighty-acre farm, four miles north of Morris, where they lived until 1866, when they sold their farm and bought another in the same township (Saratoga), where they remained ten years. In 1876, our subject moved to the town of Morris and engaged for two or three years in the dairy business, since which time he has kept a farmers’ feed yard. The family consists of two daughters – Minnie G., born February 26, 1857; married, December 1, 1881, to Charles W. Potter, of New York; and Hattie M., born March 24, 1868. Mr. and Mrs. Baker and their oldest daughter are members of the Congregational Church. Mr. Baker is a Republican, and has been repeatedly elected to offices of trust in the community, in which he has lived. His mother, Laura Baker, is a native of Bristol, Vermont, born March 16, 1799, and is now living with her daughter, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; his father, Otis Baker, was born in Massachusetts, November 10, 1795, and died in Orleans County, N. Y., September 23, 1879.
History of Grundy County, Illinois. Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers, 1882, part 2, p. 12.