Oil Sketch for Dr. Baker Mural
Quesnel's Hospital is called the G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital after a beloved community doctor. "Paddy" Baker came to Quesnel in 1912 to carry out emergency surgery.
An avid outdoorsman, he fell in love with the Cariboo lifestyle, married and remained in Quesnel until his death in 1953. The collection not only includes his medical bag and microscope, but his coat hook (a stuffed and mounted elk hoof), his 1907 Peterborough canoe, fishing creel and hand tied lures, his leather chaps and the brand from his Northstar ranch. Nellie Baker, his first wife, trained as a nurse and often drove him to house calls. She was an avid horsewoman and she is represented by her buggy, a saddle, and several trophies won by Irving Twan, racing on her horses. This oil sketch by Florence Lindsay was a runner up in a competition to design a mural for the lobby of the hospital, organized by the North Quesnel Women's Institute in 1956.