The Baker Family in Dois Irmãos: History Carved in Wood

by Giordana Benkenstein Vallejos

Hugo in entrance of Sawmill Baker. Credits: Giordana Benkenstein Vallejos.

Among the various historic paperwork and priceless antiquities, Hugo Guilherme Baker and his spouse, Terezinha Baker, inform us about Dois Irmos in the previous. An vital historic reference in Hugo Municipality additionally talks concerning the Serraria Baker, which has handed by 4 generations of the household and continues to be getting used.

Old paperwork had been discovered on a false wall in the household residence and are a hyperlink to the previous. “It’s so lovely to have the ability to see and retell this story. Most of the issues in the paperwork are written in German and we have got quite a lot of recordsdata, photographs and objects,” Teresa mentioned.

Hugo Guilherme Baker’s great-grandfather, Georg Baker, is among the many first settlers to immigrate to the town of Dois Irmos from Germany. They say that their ancestors constructed the stone by stone, the Serraria Baker, in 1872. It was additionally he who acquired the white home in the Traveso neighborhood, in the half-timbered fashion, near the sawmill.

Hugo’s grandfather Cristiano Baker and his father Jorge Alfredo Baker additionally labored in the sawmill. There had been 4 generations that originated from the wooden in the identical place.

wheel of time

Hugo Baker exhibits the ornamental wagon wheels contained in the sawmill. Credits: Giordana Benkenstein Vallejos.

The sawmill was powered by the power generated by the water wheel. “It was the wheel of water that fueled all the things. In order to not burn issues, we needed to have three lights on on a regular basis.” Hugo mentioned. In the summer time, they needed to shut the dam to maintain sufficient water for work. Over the years, the wheel has worn out and there are nonetheless some elements of it. The household’s want is to revive the article, which symbolizes the passage of time in the municipality and attracts vacationers.

George’s legacy lives on

Terezinha was the one who discovered the outdated issues. It exhibits George’s 1876 pocket book. Credits: Giordanna Benkenstein Vallejos.

Hugo Baker nonetheless goes to the sawmill to make wagon wheels for adornment with the assistance of his spouse. Over the years, they skilled a excessive demand from settlers for carts with picket wheels, then with tire wheels and, lastly, modernization with the arrival of tractors, which considerably lowered manufacturing on the sawmill. Hugo and Terezinha managed to reinvent themselves and complement the retirement with ornamental cart wheels to make nostalgia a supply of revenue.

secret treasure

Terezinha discovered a number of historic objects in a false wall in the Baker household’s outdated residence. Some of them are the accounting notebooks of Serraria Baker, others on drawings, Portuguese and different research by the kids of George Baker. You can see how cautious he was to jot down in elegant and standardized handwriting.

This is George’s first accounting pocket book, from the 12 months 1876, written in impeccable handwriting in a fountain pen. In accounting books, seals, previously used for tax inspections of companies, are nonetheless affixed. If the variety of tickets didn’t match the motion, fines had been imposed on the enterprises.

Another spotlight is a deed of contract for the acquisition and sale and donation of land from 1863, when Brazil was nonetheless an empire, in an excellent state of safety. Items resembling mourning handkerchiefs, which got as presents for the lack of a liked one, had been additionally discovered for an individual to cry on for a 12 months.

She exhibits many aged photos and explains that earlier smiling was not allowed in the photographs. Terezinha was devoted to figuring out the pictures with the names, years and knowledge that they had entry to, in order that in the longer term, the subsequent generations might perceive the portraits. “It’s so lovely to have the ability to protect the reminiscence of outdated issues and in addition see how all the things has modified,” she mentioned.


Today Hugo is 75 years outdated and Terezinha is 76 years outdated. Both are retired, however Hugo nonetheless makes ornamental wagon wheels and Terezinha prefers to make handicrafts. The two accomplished their golden anniversary, confronted many adversities in life and lived collectively. They get pleasure from taking each day walks collectively in the vegetable backyard, which is on the facet of the home. The couple had two youngsters and three grandchildren, who would proceed the historical past and legacy of the Baker household.

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