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Perry Chilton, Eminence, Shannon county (Democrat).óBorn in Shannon county, December 6, 1844; educated in common schools; is a son of Joshua Chilton, who represented Shannon county in the House for twelve years and was a member of the Senate in 1860; farmer. Married.
[Source: Directory of Missouri, 1887-8, Mich'l K. McGrath, Editor,Jefferson City, MO, 1888, - C. Horton - 2009]
 

D. C. Baker is well known as proprietor of the Riverside Hotel of Eminence and also as the present incumbent in the office of county judge of Shannon county. He was born in that county in 1874 and is a son of George and Elizabeth Baker, both of whom were natives of Missouri. Their respective mothers came from Tennessee and their fathers from Texas, and they were pioneer people of Shannon and Reynolds counties. Following their marriage they took up their abode in the former county, where Mr. Baker secured a tract of government land. As time passed on he became an extensive stock dealer and raiser and as his financial resources increased he made further investment in property until his holdings embraced large tracts in Reynolds and Shannon counties, comprising twelve hundred and sixty acres. This land was divided into three farms, which the father continued to cultivate and operate until his death, which occurred in 1888. His widow survives and now makes her home in Carter county, Missouri. The father was married twice before and to the first union there were born two children: James, living in Texas; and Samuel, now deceased. To the father's second marriage there were born two children who survive: John, whose home is in Farmington, Missouri; and Emma, the wife of M. B. Smith, living in Carter county, this state. Unto the marriage of George and Elizabeth Baker there were born three children: D. C., of this review; Drudilda, the deceased wife of George Youngblood; and George, whose home is in Carter county, Missouri.

No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for D. C. Baker in the days of his boyhood and youth. After attaining years of maturity he wedded Miss Emma Rumburg. their wedding being celebrated in 1894. Mrs. Baker was born in Shannon county, Missouri, and is a daughter of William Syles and Emily (Brown) Rumburg, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Ohio. They came to Missouri about 1865, following their marriage, which was celebrated in Ohio. They settled in Shannon county, where Mr. Rumburg purchased land and carried on general agricultural pursuits until I893 when he was called to his final rest, being at that time the owner of one hundred and eighty acres of land in Shannon county. While engaged in farming he also taught school for a number of years. His widow survives and now makes her home with Mr. and Mrs. Baker. In the Rumburg. family were eleven children: Christ, now living in Idaho; Cynthia, the wife of William Phelps, of Shannon county, Missouri; Lavina, the wife of A. P. Dace, of Reynolds county, Missouri; Arnica, the wife of John Massie, of Iron county, Missouri; Ruhma, the wife of T. J. Newton, of Reynolds county; John, living in Idaho; Albert, whose home is in Reynolds county; Hettie, the wife of George Massie, also of Reynolds county; Sarah, the wife of Albert Dace, of the same county; Mrs. Baker; and Minnie, the wife of Other Alexander, of Arkansas. To Mr. and Mrs. Baker have been born three children: Gladys, now the wife of Leonard Yates, a farmer living five miles southeast of the county seat of Shannon county; Nora, who is attending school at the age of fifteen years; and Melvin, nine years of age.

Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Baker took up their abode upon a farm in the eastern part of Shannon county, there continuing until 1913, when he sold that property. He then took over the Riverside Hotel in Eminence and has since conducted it, making it the leading hotel of the town. It is now liberally patronized and is well conducted. Mr. Baker still owns eighty acres of land five miles east of Eminence and from that property he derives a good income. His political allegiance is always given the democratic party and upon its ticket he was elected to the office of county judge of Shannon county in 1910 and proved so capable and efficient that in 1912 he was reelected and is still serving in that capacity. He belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and both he and his wife are connected with the Rebekah degree. The family are Methodists in religious faith and are loyal to the teachings of the church, doing all in their power to advance its growth and extend its influence. As a business man and as an efficient official Mr. Baker has made a most creditable record and is numbered among those who are upholding the material and legal status of the community.  [Submitted by Janice- 2009]
 

 

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