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Edgar Crow Baker
GRAND MASTER, 1883-1884
[Edgar Crow Baker]
1845 - November 3, 1920
Born at Lambeth, England, in 1845, son of Edward William Baker of Liscard Park, Cheshire. He was educated at Royal Hospital School, Greenwich. He joined the Royal Navy as Master's assistant, now classed as navigating midshipman. After nautical training he was appointed to H.M.S. Victory and then transferred to 'Rolla", a ten gun sailing brig. In 1861 he was transferred to the "Cygnet" on North American and West Indies service, and later was paid off at Halifax, N. S. in October, 1864.
He later served on H.M.S. "Fox", H.M.S. "Sirius", H.M.S. "Cockatrice'', H.M.S. "Niobe". He retired from the service in 1872. In civil life in Halifax he became accountant in Stores Dept. of Intercolonial Ry. He came to British Columbia with his family in 1874.
He was accountant for Hastings Mill Co. for 3 yrs, and for about the same time in the Prov. Treasury. Organized Pilotage system of B.C. Was at one time Pres. of B.C. Bd. of Trade. In 1882 was a member of City Council of the City of Victoria. In same year elected as member of the House of Commons for Victoria, re-elected 1867, resigned 1889 for business reasons, in 1882 organized the Vict. & Esq. Telephone Co., now merged in B.C. Tel. Co., and other business enterprises in Victoria.
Married Francis Mary, daughter of Capt. Richard Jones of Halifax, N.S., Mar. 1, 1869. After her death, married Marion Henrietta, daughter of the late John Greaves Ciapham of Quebec, still living (1942) at family residence, "Lissinghurst" Gorge Road, Victoria.
Affiliated with Victoria Lodge, No. I in 1874 from Cumberland Kilwinning Lodge, No. 217 Port Glasgow, Scotland (S.C.) Was S.W. of his Lodge in 1879 and W.M. 1880. Grand Sec. G.L. of B,C. 1880 to 1883; Grand Master, 1883 and 1884. Died Nov. 3, 1920, buried Ross Bay cemetery.
Affiliated: 1874
Victoria Lodge, No. I
Worshipful Master: 1880,
Grand Secretary : 1880-1883

Robie L. Reid, Historical Notes and Biographical Sketches 1848 - 1935, p. 135

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