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November 7, 2014 at 01:40pm
Founder R.P. Baker's Three Sons Served Their Nation Proudly
Minnesota Chemical founder R.P. Baker was father to three sons, Daniel, John and Robert. Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, the “boys” attended St. Mark’s parish grade school and eventually St. Thomas Military Academy. Below you can read an article from a local St Paul publication from April, 1942 highlighting Dan, John and Bob’s military service during WWII. When the “boys” returned from military service, they took over the management of Minnesota Chemical as their father R.P. had died while they were away.
“Presented above are three sons of R.P. Baker, president of Minnesota Chemical Company, St. Paul. This photograph was taken while they are attending St. Thomas Military Academy and, of course, considerable time has elapsed. At the present time they are all in military service. Lt. Dan R. Baker is stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland; Lt. John M. Baker is stationed at Camp Joseph P. Robinson; and Robert K. Baker is a cadet in the air corps stationed at Lowery Field, Colorado. These three sons, prior to their entrance into military service were all engaged in business with their father. R.P. Baker is very proud of the fine response his family is making for the cause. No doubt there are similar instances where there is 100% family participation but nowhere can the loyalty and enthusiasm of this family be exceeded.”
Prior to their service, Dan was the treasurer and sales manager at Minnesota Chemical; John M. the secretary and factory superintendent at the company, and Robert K. vice president and specialty salesman at Minnesota Chemical.
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