Calvin O Baker (1925 - 2014)

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Calvin O Baker
1925 - 2014
March 6, 1925
Chillicothe, Hardeman County, Texas United States 79225
August 27, 2014
Sudan, Lamb County, Texas United States
Calvin O Baker was born on March 6, 1925 in Chillicothe, Texas United States. He is the child of Martha Mae (Walser) Baker and Osa Oree Baker, with siblings Infant, Mildred, Ira, and Clois. He died on August 27, 2014 in Sudan, Texas United States at age 89.
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Calvin died August 27, 2014 in Sudan. He was born March 6, 1925 in Chillicothe, Texas to Osa Oree and Martha Mae (Walser) Baker. He married Peggy Kent in Muleshoe, Texas on January 18, 1947. Calvin moved to Sudan from Chillicothe, Texas in 1934. He served in the United States Marine Air Corp. during World War II. He was a farmer. Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Dexter Baker, and two great-grandsons, Logan Provence and Cooper Chase. Survivors include his wife, Peggy; a son, Corley Baker and his wife, Susan of Sudan, Texas; three daughters, Sheila Nations and her husband, Tom of Levelland, Texas, Sharron Wood and her husband, Billy of Plainview, Texas and Jeanne Provence and her husband, Damon of Sudan, Texas; a sister, Mildred “PeeWee” Lance of Sudan, Texas; a brother, Billy Baker of Amarillo, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Danette, Doug, Heather, Damon, Becky, Bryan, Brooke, Breanne, Crystal and Marlea; and 14 great-grandchildren, Cal, Nick, Hailey, Haven, Josh, Abby, Tristan, Tyler, Ashton, Greyson, Jaden, Preston, Zachary and Matthew. Donations can be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Sudan, 411 Main Street, Sudan, Texas, 79371 and Gentiva Hospice, 1717A Norfolk Avenue, Suite A, Lubbock, Texas, 79416. Online condolences may be made at

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In 1925, in the year that Calvin O Baker was born, on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

In 1942, Calvin was 17 years old when on February 19th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This authorized the Secretary of War to "prescribe certain areas as military zones." On March 21st, he signed Public Law 503 which was approved after an hour discussion in the Senate and 30 minutes in the House. The Law provided for enforcement of his Executive Order. This cleared the way for approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry to be evicted from the West Coast and to be held in concentration camps and other confinement sites across the country. In Hawaii, a few thousand were detained. German and Italian Americans in the U.S. were also confined.

In 1950, at the age of 25 years old, Calvin was alive when on June 25th, the Korean War began when North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th parallel. The Soviet Union and China backed North Korea and the U.N., primarily the United States backed South Korea.

In 1987, Calvin was 62 years old when on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

In 1999, at the age of 74 years old, Calvin was alive when on January 1st, the Euro became the new official single currency of the eurozone. It was used by Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain and has since spread in use. Daily, over 337 million Europeans use the euro.

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