Happy Birthday!

Dr Richard St. Barbe Baker, O.B.E., Hon. L.L.D. (Sask), F.A.I.L., For, Dip. Cantab. (St. Barbe) 9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982.

Today is St. Barbe’s birthday! It is the 129th anniversary of St. Barbe’s birthdate.  October 9 means he is a Libra.  What is known about persons who are born under this horoscope sign?

Photo of Richard St. Barbe Baker Courtesy: University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections,
Photo of Richard St. Barbe Baker Courtesy: University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections,

Song by
T. S. Eliot, born September 26, 1888 – 1965 [a fellow Libran]

When we came home across the hill
No leaves were fallen from the trees;
The gentle fingers of the breeze
Had torn no quivering cobweb down.

The hedgerow bloomed with flowers still,
No withered petals lay beneath;
But the wild roses in your wreath
Were faded, and the leaves were brown.

 

Photo of Richard St. Barbe Baker Courtesy: University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections,
Photo of Richard St. Barbe Baker Courtesy: University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections,

The Curious Events Day is celebrated annually on October 9.

Fire Prevention day is commemorated every year on October 9.

Fire Prevention Day October 9
Fire Prevention Day October 9

Please post your curious event in the comments section.

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Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
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Contact the Meewasin Valley Authority in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)”. Please and thank you!
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Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition or make a donation to SOS Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area  😉

 

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St Barbe

Additional information has been uncovered regarding, “St. Barbe” and whether it should be part of the surname, or used as a middle name.

Lt. Dr. Richard Edward St. Barbe Baker, OBE, ACF, MC, LL.D, F.A.I.L., For. Dip. Cantab.

Commonly he is known as Richard St Barbe Baker, earth healer and conservationist, or affectionately referred to as “St Barbe” by his friends.

Photo of Richard St. Barbe Baker Courtesy: University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections, Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71
Photo of Richard St. Barbe Baker Courtesy: University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections, Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71

 

The “e” in Barbe is silent as confirmed by the West End Local History Society, where Richard St. Barbe Baker grew up in the country house, “The Firs” on Beacon Road, West End, Hampshire, England.

“Many wonderful days filled Richard St. Barbe Baker’s long life. As an adult he was affectionately called by his middle[sic] name, St. Barbe ~ a French surname that had been in his family for generations. His admirers considered him a ‘saint’ because he whole-heartedly devoted himself to helping the planet. He called himself a conservationist and an “Earth Healer. (Malnor. 2009) ”

Richard St. Barbe Baker was the eldest living child born to Reverend John Thomas Wright Baker and Charlotte Purrott. Baker and Purrott were married in 1886, and it was around this time that John Baker added the St. Barbe family name to his surname. In total, John and Charlotte had six children all christened with the addition of St Barbe in the surname ‘St Barbe Baker’  in honour of a branch of the family connected with the St Barbe’s of Romsey [Westender May June 2017. Volume 10 Number 11].

Arms of St Barbe of Ashington, Somerset and Broadlands, Hampshire and St Barbe baronets: ''Chequy argent and sable'' Modified from commons File:Blason Palamède.svg by User:Chatsam Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Arms of St Barbe of Ashington, Somerset and Broadlands, Hampshire and St Barbe baronets: ”Chequy argent and sable” Wikimedia Commons  3.0

What is known of the St. Barbe family of Romsey and the English country house, Broadlands?

Broadlands English country house, Romsey,Test Valley district of Hampshire, England.
Broadlands English country house, Romsey, Test Valley district of Hampshire, England.

“After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Broadlands was sold to Sir Francis Fleming in 1547. His granddaughter married Edward St. Barbe, and the manor remained the property of the St. Barbe family for the next 117 years. Sir John St Barbe, 1st Baronet (c. 1655–1723) made many improvements to the manor but died without progeny having bequeathed it to his cousin Humphrey Sydenham of Combe, Dulverton. In the chancel of Ashington Church, Somerset, is a monument of grey and white marble, inscribed:

Here lies Sir John St. Barbe, Bart. possessed of those amiable qualities, which birth, education, travel, greatness of spirit, and goodness of heart, produce. Interred in the same vault lies his second wife Alice Fiennes, aunt to the present Lord Say and Sele. His first was Honour, daughter of Colonel Norton. He died at his seat of Broadlands in Hampshire Sept. 7, 1723, leaving for his only heir and executor Humphrey Sydenham, esq., of Combe in Somersetshire, who ordered this marble to his memory.{Source}”

Furthermore, “The St Barbe Family originated from Normandy. One of its chiefs was an officer in the Army of William the Conqueror. His name is on the Roll of Battle Abbey and he is supposed to have been the Founder of the Family in England.{Source}

BIBLIOGRAPHY
1066 and all that… Gregorie.org.

Broadlands, Romsey

Burke, John and Bernard. St. Barbe of Broadlands. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England
Publisher Scott, Webster & Geary, 1841

Cave, Edwards and John Nichols. Obituary. Charles St. Barbe, Esq. F.S.A. The Gentleman’s Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, for the Year …, Volume 186

Parker J.H. and J.   Descent of the St. Barbe Family.The Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Review, Volume 209  1860

Legal documents relating to property on the Broadlands estate.

Malnor, Bruce and Carol. Earth Heroes: Champions of the Wilderness. Volume 1 of Earth Heroes Series. Illustrated by Anisa Claire Hovemann. Publisher Dawn Publications. ISBN 158469467X, 9781584694670. 2009.

St. Barbe, Sir John, 1st Bt. [c1655-17230, of Broadlands, Hants. History of Parliament: the HOuse of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983

Westender July – August 2014 Volume 9 Number 6West End Local History Society

Westender January and February 2017 Volume 10, Number 9 West End Local History Society

Westender May June 2017. Volume 10 Number 11. West End Local History Society.

Westender September and October 2006 Volume 5 Number 7West End Local History Society.

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Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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Contact the Meewasin Valley Authority in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)”.  Post to MVA 402 Third Avenue South Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G5  Please and thank you!

Membership in the Saskatoon Nature Society  “supports nature conservation projects and [the society] is an active advocate for the preservation of plant and animal habitats”.

Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition ~ an active group interested in forest management~ or make a donation to “Save our Saskatchewan” [SOS] Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area  😉

1./ Learn.

2./ Experience

3./ Do Something: ***

“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger

A Fog so Thick

A bit of fog and hoar frost in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CanadaA bit of fog and hoar frost in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CanadaA bit of fog and hoar frost in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CanadaA bit of fog and hoar frost in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
A bit of fog and hoar frost in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
A bit of fog and hoar frost in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
As Richard St. Barbe Baker quoted Henry van Dyke, here is another forest poem excerpt by Henry van Dyke

“But the glory of trees is more than their gifts:
Tis a beautiful wonder of life that lifts,
From a wrinkled seed in an earth-bound clod,
A column, an arch in the temple of God,
A pillar of power, a dome of delight,
A shrine of song, and a joy of sight!
Their roots are the nurses of rivers in birth;
Their leaves are alive with the breath of the earth;
They shelter the dwellings of man; and they bend
O’er his grave with the look of a loving friend.” ~ Henry van Dyke

Just a bit of a variation on a theme regarding the fog and hoar frost at the afforestation area

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Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
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Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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Contact the Meewasin Valley Authority in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)”.  Post to MVA 402 Third Avenue South Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G5  Please and thank you!

Membership in the Saskatoon Nature Society  “supports nature conservation projects and [the society] is an active advocate for the preservation of plant and animal habitats”.

Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition ~ an active group interested in forest management~ or make a donation to “Save our Saskatchewan” [SOS] Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area  😉

1./ Learn.

2./ Experience

3./ Do Something: ***

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. Albert Camus

 

“Then a quietness falls over meadow and hill,  

 The wings of the wind in the forest are furled,

The river runs softly, the birds are all still ” ~ Henry van Dyke

Baba Wya Miti ~ loving Father of Trees

Bwana Wya Miti, ‘the Master of the Trees’

B is for Baker. Choosing to Build a Positive Planet how an epiphany for Richard St. Barbe Baker at the age of five had such a profound affect on St. Barbe, that his future destiny rested on that experience.

Richard St. Barbe Baker known as Baba Wya Miti, ‘the affectionate Father of the Trees’, also as Bwana Wya Miti, ‘the Master of the Trees’ from  The Ecologist Vol. 12 No. 4 July-August 1982.   by Edward Goldsmith, the late environmentalist, author and philosopher.

Richard St. Barbe Baker (pdf) Man of the Trees Centenary Tribute

Richard St. Barbe Baker Trees for Life Transcript of Interview

Richard St. Barbe Baker Honorary Degrees University of Saskatchewan

Man of the Trees – Richard St. Barbe Baker “Just think if we had listened to St. Barbe. If billions of trees, many of which would now be a half-a-century-old, had been planted in areas that are now deserts…
Thankfully, the Man of the Trees wasn’t the last of his kind. We still have many other great, environmental leaders who can help guide us towards the utopia St. Barbe envisioned.”

Men of the Trees by Richard St. Barbe Baker transcription on Archives.org

Richard St. Barbe Baker Environmental Fears Transcript of Interview between Barrie Oldfield and St. Barbe on the “Science Show.”

Why I am a vegetarian by Richars St. Barbe Baker ” Up in the north-west of Canada, where I enjoyed 3 1/2 years in the wide open spaces, I was told that an ounce of dates was equivalent in food value to a pound of beef so, when I was alone, home-made wholemeal bread and dates became my staple diet. I bought dates by the crate at about 2 cents a pound.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker

For more information:

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker

For more information:

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker

 

 

Tall Trees ~ Great Ones I have Known

Imperceptibly Nature builds those mighty pillars with aisle innumerable, arches multiplex, in the cathedral of the forest.

One of the best things to be said of the stories in this volume, Tall Trees written by Richard St. Barbe Baker is that, although they are not biographical but rather reminiscences, they are about real persons who actually lived and performed their parts in the great drama of the St. Barbe’s quest to plant forests internationally, and save trees everywhere.   Some of these persons were more famous than others, yet all have left enduring roots in earth’s organism  and their names will not cease to be remembered.  The fact that there are a few more than two hundred and fifty famous people mentioned in the volume may be credited to the author’s wish to give good measure.

  • Tall Trees or Tall Timber, 1980
  • Great Ones I have Known
  • Sir George Albu
  • Sir Percy Alden
  • Captain Alexander
  • Field Marshall Viscount Allenby
  • Hussein Amanat
  • Bill Anderson
  • Anderson
  • William Anderson
  • Rukmani Divi Arundel
  • Lady Avebury
  • Lord Baden-Powell
  • Lady Baden-Powell
  • Noel Baker
  • Lady Eve Balfour
  • Hassan Balyuze
  • Philip Barling
  • Sir Evelyn Barling
  • Vernon Barran
  • Cicily Barran
  • Sir Hugh Beevor Bart
  • Sir Hugh Beevor
  • Sir Francis Dillon Bell
  • Captain Bellamy
  • Annie Besant
  • Lord Bessborough
  • Dr Bestot
  • Alvar Biddell
  • Sir James Hunter Blair
  • Rt. Hon. Viscount Bledisloe
  • Lady Blomfield
  • General Booth
  • Sheriff Breen
  • Colonel Hugh F Brennan
  • Sir Arthur Bryant
  • Peter Burt
  • Peter Caddy
  • Aileen Caddy
  • Jean Campbell
  • Major Ronnie Carrington
  • Herbert Casson
  • Aileen Causton
  • Sir John Chancellor
  • Dr Pearl Chase
  • Revd. Kelville Churchill
  • Elizabeth Claire
  • Sir Hugh Clifford
  • Betsan Coats
  • Stanton A. Coblentz
  • Leonora Cohen
  • Richard Henry Comyns
  • Dr. Coomaraswamy
  • Sir Robert Coroyden
  • Howard Coster
  • Lord Courthope
  • Colonel R.E. Crompton
  • Hilda Russell Cruise
  • Dr. Mona Russell Cruise
  • Dulca Davril
  • William Dawson
  • General de Gaulle
  • Alfonso de Mont Agel
  • Professor Debenham
  • Delius
  • Rt. Hon J.G. Diefenbaker
  • Watts Ditchfield
  • Sir Patrick W Donner
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • Pierre du Pont
  • Ursula Grant Duff
  • Major Hadcliffe Dugmore
  • Daniel Dunlop
  • Major Eric Dutton
  • Henry Van Dyke
  • Sir John Eden
  • Mrs. T.A. Edison
  • Shoghi Effendi
  • J. Elroy
  • Gerald Fergusson
  • Hazel Ffennell
  • Dr. John A. Finlay
  • Dr. W.H. Flecker
  • Dr. Forsyth
  • Nellie French
  • Dr Hugo Gaarcnery
  • Sir Philip Gane
  • Lady Gane
  • Charles Garcie
  • Betty Garcie
  • Madame Clarence Gasque
  • Lloyd George
  • Jean Giono
  • Madison Grant
  • Sir Wilfred T Grenfell
  • Colonel Ewart Grogan
  • Dr. Lord Haydon Guest
  • Dr. Gwatkin
  • Martin R. Haase
  • Captain C.F. Harrison
  • Colonel A.J. Harvey
  • Captain A.J. Harvie
  • Rupert Hempstead
  • Augustine Henry
  • Major Bob Herman
  • Arthur William Hill
  • Bridget G.E.L. Hill
  • Major Gen. Walter P.H. Hill
  • Lt. Col. Frank C. Hitchcock
  • Dr. Dan Hoffman
  • Seddon Holmes
  • President Hoover
  • Sir Reginald Hoskins
  • Claude Hulbert
  • Major Richard Henry John Humphries
  • Jackman
  • Jomo Kenyatta
  • Ruhiyyih Khanum
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Kitchener of
  • Major Richard Knight
  • Pamela Knight
  • Sir Alan Lascelles
  • Bernard Leach
  • Principal Exton Lloyd
  • Sir Edwin Lutyens
  • Marichal Lyoti
  • Ramsay Macdonald
  • Wilson MacDonald
  • Rt. Hon. Malcolm MacDonald
  • Lord Mainhead
  • Professor B. Malinowski
  • Mrs Geoffrey Marks
  • Dr. Martisus
  • John Masefield
  • Sir Henry Monk Mason
  • Dr. McLaren
  • Arthur Mee
  • Lil Messer
  • Mountford Mills
  • Sir Arrol Moir
  • Kenneth Mom
  • Countess Mountbatten
  • Sir William Mulock
  • Walter C Murray
  • The Hon. Mrs. Graham Murray
  • Helen Neering
  • Scott Neering
  • Prime Minister Nehru
  • Derek Neville
  • Josiah Njonjo
  • Major Nornabel
  • Nussolini
  • Sir Mark Oliphant
  • Edmund Henry Oliver
  • Sir Francis Dillon Oppenheimer
  • Lady Oppenheimer
  • Lord Boyd Orr
  • Pope Paul
  • Gifford Pinchot
  • Pope Pius
  • Majog Gen. Sir. John Ponsonby
  • C.E. Lane Poole
  • Lt. Col. Sir David Prain
  • Nancy Price
  • Lord Radstock
  • A.H. Read
  • A.R. Reaver
  • Marsh Roberts
  • William Robinson
  • Colonel Theodor Roosevelt
  • Franklin D Roosevelt
  • Martha Root
  • Sir Dennison Ross
  • Henry Rothel
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Lao Russell
  • Walter Russell
  • Lao Russell
  • Dr Rutherford
  • Vita Sackville-West
  • Lord Salvesen
  • Edwin Samuel
  • William Sarum
  • Neville Sarum
  • Sir Eric Saveill
  • Dr. Knut Scharnhorst
  • Viktor Schauberger
  • Michael Scott
  • J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Lord Francis Scott
  • John Seabrook
  • Lord Sempill
  • Lady Seton
  • Bernard Shaw
  • Sir Ernest Shipley
  • Gwen Slazenger
  • General Smuts
  • Dr. Spinks
  • Howard Spring
  • John Richard St. Barbe Baker
  • Baily Stevens
  • Theo A. Stevens
  • Marion Stevens
  • Sir John Stirling Maxwell
  • Dr. Eugene Stock
  • Herbert Stone
  • Lady Stuckley
  • Dowager Lady Swaytaling
  • Patrick W Synge
  • Edmund Bordeaux Szekely
  • Rabindranath Tagore
  • Qunland Terry
  • Hugh Tevis
  • Dr E.S. Thodey
  • Lowell Thomas
  • Douglas Thompson
  • Tilliment Thompson
  • Sir W. Miles Thompson
  • Sir Eruera Tirikatene
  • George Townsend
  • Monseignuer Abbe Tregard
  • Madame Trieux
  • Professor R.S. Troup
  • Major Tubb
  • Gordon Vokes
  • Dr. Karl von Schenk
  • Eric Waleron
  • Thea Walker
  • Kingdom Ward
  • Major General Wardrop
  • Derick Waterfield
  • Barbara Waterfield
  • Colonel Wauchope
  • Lord Wedgewood
  • H.G. Wells
  • V. Sackville West
  • Sam Williams
  • Captain Philip Wills
  • Lady Haliburton Wilson
  • Chinese Wilson
  • Father Woodford
  • Esme Wynne-Tyson
  • W.B. Yeats
  • Sir Francis Younghusband
  • H.R.H. Duke of Windsor
  • Eweka II OBA of Benin
  • The Lady of the Manor
  • The King of Sweden
  • H.M. The King of Norway
  •   Elwes
  •   Henry
  • The Earl of Portsmouth
  • The Duchess of Westminster
  • Suzuki Zen Buddhist
  • Bishop of the Yukon
  • Bonaparte des Arbres
  • Marquess of Wittingdon
  • Prince Henry
  • H.M. King George VI
  • H.M. Queen Elizabeth
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch
  • Sister Pat
  • D.U.R.

Knowing intimately as he did many of the notable persons of his time, St. Barbe has indeed kindly left behind in letters, correspondences and this unpublished volume, a tribute and a valuable portrait or even sketch of the great people he had met. What priceless words of Yeats he gathered up, which all the world would have eagerly read; what characteristic anecdotes she could have told of Rabindranath Tagore,—what an insight she might have given into the man behind the Rt. Hon J.G. Diefenbaker; what noble things she must have known of Lord Bessborough; what inimitable facetiæ concerning the Baden-Powells; what spirited stories St. Barbe told of Mahatma Gandhi; what a light he cast over the life of Rudyard Kipling!

We cannot but be immensely grateful that these sketches were indeed written down and recorded. They have become immortal; for St. Barbe’s power in this line has been unequalled by any one who has written in these later days.

So to learn more about St. Barbe’s personal reminscences on these personages, slip down to the University of Saskatchewan Library – Archives and Special Collections Murray Building 4th Floor.  Learn more about St. Barbe University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections, Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71 and ask to see Box 19 Folder 6.

The study of life, like the study of a forest or a landscape, should begin with the most conspicuous features. Not until these have been fixed in memory will the lesser features fall into their appropriate places and assume their right proportions.

” In that vast evergreen forest Nature works in perfect rhythm; roots digging deep or exploring nearer the surface for food and moisture. Imperceptibly Nature builds those mighty pillars with aisle innumerable, arches multiplex, in the cathedral of the forest.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker

For more information:

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
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July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET

St. Barbe ~ the family name

Those who knew Richard St. Barbe Baker, said that he was known as “St. Barbe” to his friends.

In discussing the legacy of Richard, St. Barbe Baker, founder of the two international movements, “Men of the Trees”, and “Children of the Green Earth”, a question often arises; “Is St. Barbe part of the surname?”

Baker port001 copy
Photo of Richard St. Barbe Baker
Courtesy: University of Saskatchewan,
University Archives & Special Collections,
Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71

On delving into the family tree of Richard Edward St. Barbe Baker [St. Barbe], it has been discovered that St. Barbe (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) was born to John Richard St. Barbe Baker and Charlotte Purrott in West End, Hampshire, United Kingdom. According to a genealogical researcher St Barbe’s mother was born between July 1859 and September 1859, in Croydon RD, Surrey, England. John Richard St. Barbe Baker, St. Barbe’s father, had a birth date between 1829-1889 and died January 1, 1944. St. Barbe had three younger siblings, James Scott Baker (b. about 1892), Ethele M. (b. about 1894), Thomas Guillaume St. Barbe Baker (1895-1966),

The 1901 census at The Firs, West End lists the St. B. Baker family as;
John R. St. B. Baker Head, Married, 40,m Living on own means Evangelist and Tree Grower, West End.
Charlotte S. Do [Ditto] Wife, Married 40 Surrey Croydon.
Richard E Do. Son 11 Hants. West End.
James S Do. Son. 9 Do Do
Ethele M Do Dau. 7 Do.Do.
Thomas G. Do. Son 5 Do. Do

At the age of 57, Richard St. Barbe Baker married Doreen Whitworth Long of Strensham, Worcestershire, United Kingdom, on January 23, 1946. Doreen and St. Barbe had two children, Paul (b. 1949) and Angela (b. 1946). This marriage ended in divorce seven years later.

On October 7, 1959, now aged 70, Richard St. Barbe Baker, married Catriona Burnett, and took up residence in New Zealand. In 1969, St. Barbe sought to trace his wife’s Scottish ancestry during a Scotland lecture tour.

So this research uncovers the fact that Dr. Richard St. Barbe Baker L.L.D 1971, O.B.E.1977 – whom the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is named after – bore a surname of “St. Barbe Baker”, as his dad, John Richard St. Barbe Baker, also has been registered as having the St. Barbe Baker surname. To further delve into the query, a genealogist of the St. Barbe Baker family lineage has been contacted to see if there are any further clues as to how “St. Barbe” came to be part of the family surname, if known. The reply has come back, that this is unknown at this time.

Those who knew Richard St. Barbe Baker, said that he was known as “St. Barbe” to his friends. If anyone has any further information about this, please email StBarbeBaker AT yahoo.com Thank you kindly.

“And when I die may my body be laid to rest at the roots of a tall tree so that my spirit may arise in the branches and give thanks”

Bibliography:
Baker, Richard Edward St. Barbe
(1889–1982)
Bahai Encylopedia Project. 2012 National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States. Date accessed May 30, 2016.

Capt Thomas Guillaume St. Barbe Baker M.C.
Richard St. Barbe Baker wikipedia.Date accessed May 30, 2016.

Charlotte Sophie St. Barbe Baker (Purrott (Porret)) deceased – Genealogy Genie. Managed by Randy Schoenberg. Date Accessed May 30, 2016.

Forestry man tracing his family tree. The Glasgow Herald. September 3, 1969. Digitized online by Google Newspaper Archives. Date accessed May 30, 2016.

John Richard St. Barbe Baker (b-1944) – Genealolgy Genie.com. Date accessed May 30, 2016.
Miller, Ruth Wright. Saskatchewan Heroes and Rogues Digitized online by Google Books. Date accessed May 30, 2016.
Richard Baker My Heritage.

Richard St. Baker Twitter feed out of Sydney, Australia on twitter Date accessed May 30, 2016.

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