Contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Description: Famous El Paso Athlete Killed in Train Wreck in IndianaDate: March 3 1921
Newspaper published in: Minonk
Joe Baker is Dead
Famous El Paso Athletic Killed in Big Wreck at Porter Ind
The J.W. Baker, who is listed among the dead taken from the train wreck at Porter, Ind., was none other than Joseph W. Baker, of El Paso, better known locally as "Joe" Evans, the famous athlete. The news of his death reached El Paso Monday afternoon. Mr Burtis, a brother-in-law, left immediately for Porter to bring back the body.
Joe had been at Albuquerque, N.M. for a brief visit and was enroute to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he had been attending school, when he met with the fatal accident. He had written a letter to his brother, Attorney Horace Baker, of El Paso, and mailed it at Trinidad, and this was received by the latter a few hours before he learned of Joe's death. Joseph W. Baker was born at El Paso June 21, 1897, and had resided there all his life with the exception of the time he had spent away to school. He graduated from El Paso high school in 1915 and attended the Morgan Park Academy in 1915-16. He then went to Ann Arbor, Mich., and had just completed his work in the engineering course and was ready to graduate in engineering with his class in June. During the war period he was assigned to the military school at Camp Taylor.
Joe won country-wide repute as an athlete. He was prominent in track athletics and football and was one of the star players on the Ann Arbor team. He was exceptionally good at weight throwing and qualified for the shot put event for the Olympian games at Antwerp, but was unable to make the trip at that time.
At Ann Arbor he was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity and also three honor clubs, "The Triangle," "The Vulcan" and "The Gargoyle." He was also a competing member of the Illinois Athletic Club of Chicago. He was a member of the El Paso Masonic lodge.
He is survived by his brother, Attorney Horace H. Baker, of El Paso, and a sister, Mrs Florence Baker Burtis, of Beaver Dam, Wis.