View Full Version : Question about Plaque on Mt. Lafayette
08-08-2009, 11:45 AM
I recently hiked Mt. Lafayette. I noticed a plaque very close to the summit, but off of the trail on a large rock. I had used the Old Bridle trail to the Green Leaf hut, then went to the summit, which is where i noticed the plaque. I used my binoculars to read it and it said Everett Baker or Barker (I can't remember which now) and then below said 1901-1950. Does anyone have any information or know the story of who he was and why the plaque is there? Just Curious.. Thanks!
08-11-2009, 06:42 PM
Did a little googling and found this image (http://community.webshots.com/photo/fullsize/2725694810104144377srLSLg).
Everett Moore Baker was the Dean of student at MIT. Died in an airplane crash (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_903) in 1950 in Cairo, Egypt.
Similar question was asked on VFTT (http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29142), but never answered.
Interesting that I can find no connection of him to Greenleaf, Lafayette, White Mountains or even the region. Nothing that says he was an explorer, outdoorsman, or anything.
Could not see the image in the first link.
Added later - saw the plaque in the other link.
08-11-2009, 08:16 PM
Very strange. Now I'm on a quest. Hate things like this left hanging...
08-11-2009, 08:44 PM
He was a member of the American Unitarian Association. The president of the AUA at the time was Frederick May Eliot...
Below is an excerpt from the BOD of the AUA. Kinda interesting if it's more than coincidences.
Frederick's grandfather, William Greenleaf Eliot, went from New Bedford to St. Louis, Missouri in 1834, where he became minister of the Unitarian church and, among his many other civic activities, founded Washington University.
President Ada L. Comstock and Rev. Frederick Eliot (Radcliffe, 6/21/32)
General Sherman is said to have declared that he did more than any other ten men to save Missouri for the Union. His father, William Greenleaf Eliot, a Boston merchant, born during the Revolution, and a cousin of John Greenleaf Whittier, had married Margaret Dawes, the daughter of William Dawes and a cousin of the unsung rider and companion of Paul Revere. Incidentally, Frederick was a first cousin of the poet, T. S. Eliot, and a third cousin, twice removed, of Charles W. Eliot, President of Harvard College. The point of indulging in this genealogy is to emphasize the stock from which Frederick Eliot sprang, and his Unitarian background, which later influenced at least two important decisions he had to make.
The AMC says Greenleaf hut - "Named for Colonel Charles Greenleaf who ran the Profile House in Franconia Notch and gave money to the AMC to build a shelter for hikers".
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