New Photos of “Uncle Pete” (T.B. Baker)

I’m very excited to be able to post two recently discovered photos of T.B. Baker, the original builder and operator of The Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas. A family member who knew him confirmed that this is indeed “Uncle Pete” (as he was called among family).  I’m thrilled to see that our favorite 1920s hotel tycoon is looking dapper, even well into his seventies.

The first photograph shows a relaxed family scene from what appears to be the mid-thirties,  when Baker would have been about 60.  He fell on hard times during the Depression, and his clothing seems to reflect that.

T.B. Baker "Uncle Pete"

T.B. Baker (“Uncle Pete”) c. 1935?

This second photograph was dated 1952, when T.B. Baker would have been about 76.   Love that he is wearing a double breasted suit and standing in front of a Cadillac!  The same year in 1952, T.B. Baker turned over his final ownership of all remaining hotels (including the Gunter Hotel) to his nephew Earl M. Baker.

T.B. Baker ("Uncle Pete") in ~1952 (Age 76)

T.B. Baker (“Uncle Pete”) c.1952

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