History Vol. I
Compiled by Wayne Spiller 1976
Born in Burnet County, Texas on 28 October 1875, son of J. P. and Elizabeth
(Whisenhunt) Baze, he came to McCulloch with his parents when less than
a year old. He received his early schooling in Camp San Saba, and
after a variety of courses in bookkeeping, law, etc., he was licensed to
practice law in 1909. He preferred teaching, however, to practice
of the legal profession. He taught in Menard and Mason Counties and
at Camp San Saba, Pear Valley and Lohn, in McCulloch.
When the office of county school superintendent was separated from the county judge’s office, J. K. Baze was elected in November 1910 as the first to hold the office.
Mr. Baze was an organizer of the W.O.W. Lodge No. 2104 at Lohn, and was a Mason.
He was married in 1898 to Miss Bessie Sharp and to them were born three children, Miles, J. K., Jr., and Carmelita, who were at the time of his death on 18 October 1912, aged 13, 4 and 2 respectively.
His premature death left as additional survivors, his wife, his parents, seven brothers, and three sisters.
The brothers were Dr. Robert and Garrett of Blanchard, Oklahoma, and in Texas, Dr. Perry of Mason, Dr. Walter of Berry; A. C., Elmer and Martin of Brady; Mrs. Ollie Kidd of Camp San Saba, Mrs. Viola Lowrey, and Mrs. Rosa Evers of Brady.