I. G. Baker Company
The I. G. Baker Company was a mercantile and grocery company based in Fort Benton, Montana, started by Isaac Gilbert Baker and his brother, George Amos Baker, as I. G. Baker & Brother in 1866. After the Conrad brothers (Charles E. & Wm. G.) were admitted as partners in 1873, the company name was changed to I. G. Baker & Co., which name was retained after the Conrads purchased George Baker’s interest in 1874. In 1891, the Canadian assets of the company were purchased by its chief rival there, the Hudson's Bay Company.
The company was prominent in early Western Canadian history. It operated the first store established in Calgary, Alberta in 1875. There were also stores in Fort Macleod and Lethbridge, Alberta and in Fort Walsh, Saskatchewan.
The I. G. Baker Company brought a herd of cattle from Montana to southern Alberta, the first livestock imported for what is now a significant industry in Alberta.
- Klassen, Henry Cornelius. Eye on the future: business people in Calgary and the Bow Valley, 1870-1900. Calgary: Univ. Alberta Press, 2002." Ch 2 is about the Conrads & I. G. Baker & Co., but ch. 1 & 3 are also pertinent.
- "HBC Heritage - Our History - Places: Calgary". Hudson's Bay Company. Retrieved 2009-05-17. "In 1891 the Company bought out the Canadian assets of I.G. Baker"
- Foran, Max (1982). Calgary, Canada's frontier metropolis : an illustrated history. Windsor Publications. p. 40. ISBN 0-89781-055-4.