Jacob Clock (my great grandfather) was the Financial Agent (Treasurer) at Baker University, KS. One of his main duties was to raise money for the young, struggling college. He successfully raised a large amount of money for Baker. A framed portrait of Jacob hung in one of the buildings at Baker for many years afterwards. I inquired about where the portrait is now (2011). The University searched, but had no luck locating it ….if it still even exists. But the college administrator I spoke with several times this year, indicated that there was a large number of historical items that were still not cataloged. However, there is a project underway, primarily using student volunteers, to finish the cataloging. So the painting may well surface in the future.
*Good project for someone a few years from now ….check back with Baker to see if they found it. I’d love to see it someday. And it would be a great addition to Clock Family Heritage.
TEXT OF UPPER PAYMENT SLIP:
“$500. Baldwin City, KS. May 16 1870
Received of J W Clock, as Agent of Baker University, Five Hundred Dollars to apply on contract for mason work on said building. -George Miller”.
The photo below is of Parmeter Hall, the oldest building on the Baker campus. Was this the same building that the JWC payment slips, refer to?
FROM THE “AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JACOB WILKIE CLOCK”:
“Appointed Financial Agent – Baker University. I found Baker University nearly dead as any such thing ever was and survived out of gas and brass and prairie grass, by means of loan and sales of lots. I raised, within two years a larger sum – $12,000 – than any other man had ever done in the same length of time for that Institution. Kind reader please excuse this seeming vanity for it is intended as a plain unvarnished statement of fact, besides I have done so little good in the world that I need all the credit I can get to make me average with ordinary men. After all, I can appreciate what Old Billy Brown used to say in Ohio, ‘I set myself down at nothing and if anybody thinks anything of me, it is clear gain.’ This agency work was the hardest two years work I ever did in my life, for which I received the poorest pay, and the most unfriendly criticism.”
**NOTE: JOHN BALDWIN played a major role in the formation of Baker U, as well as founded Baldwin City, Kansas, where it is located. In his younger days he was a teacher, but later on in life, Baldwin made a fortune in Ohio, producing grindstones for grist mills. He went on in life to set up schools and colleges in Ohio, Kansas and India. Baldwin moved to Kansas after the Civil War and intended to carefully shepherd Baker U to great success, but his son died soon after he moved west and he returned to Ohio. Baldwin turned the university over to the Methodist Church’s control and funded it to a much lesser degree than he had originally intended. Baker University struggled mightily for many years to just survive. So that is what JWC was up against when he became Baker’s financial agent in 1870.
TEXT OF 2nd PAYMENT SLIP:
“$350. Received, Baldwin City (KS), May 27 1870, of JW Clock, Agent Baker University. Three hundred and fifty dollars part payment on mason work on said building. -George Miller”
5 THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT BAKER UNIVERSITY:
1.) BU was founded in 1858, in Baldwin City, Kansas. It is a private college, still affiliated with the Methodist Church.
2.) It is consistently ranked at the top of all small college in a number of categories by various magazines, including: “US News & World Report”, “The Princeton Review”, “Money” and “Barron’s”.
3.) The Wildcat athletic teams have only one uniform color …orange.
4.) Baker University beat the Kansas University Jayhawks, 22-9, in the first college football game played in the state of Kansas.
5.) My Uncle Quentin Clock (my dad’s, Charles, youngest brother) attended Baker, where his grandfather had worked so hard raising money, and played football for the Wildcats, in the 1930’s. Under legendary Coach Liston.
NOTABLE BAKER UNIVERSITY ALUMNI & TEACHERS:
Emil S. Liston, former Baker basketball, football and baseball coach, (1930-1945) helped create the NAIA and the first national basketball tournament. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Baker’s stadium is now named in his honor. Charlie Richard, the late former football coach, is honored in the College Football Hall of Fame for his success at Baker.
QUENTIN CLOCK at Baker University in the 1930’s. He was my dad, Charles’, brother and the youngest of Margaret & Wilkie Clock’s 6 children.
(These photos are from Karon Clock Lemming’s booklet, “Our Ancestors”, 2012)