In a major push to learn more about my 3rd great grandfather Joseph Baker, a story that is currently in draft form and will probably end up in several parts on my blog in the future, I found a newspaper article about one of his sons who evidently changed his last name from Baker to Chicken and back to Baker again. Why he assumed the last name of Chicken is a story that I would love to know. Did he raise fighting cocks like Chicken George in "Roots" by Alex Haley? Add another thing to check out someday when time travel becomes affordable for the average Joe genealogist.
Notice of Change of Name
Notice is hereby given that on the 19th day of September, A.D. 1900, an order was made by the district court of Black Hawk county, Iowa, by which the name of a person described as being twenty-four (24) years of age and who would be twenty-five (25) years of age on October 29, 1900; height five feet and eight inches, having light hair and brown eyes; born in Fayette county, Iowa, and whose father's name was Joseph Baker and whose mother's name was Francis Baker, and said mother's name now being Francis Heppenstall, that said applicant herein assumed the name of Charles Webster Chicken when young; that said applicant Charles Webster Chicken's name was changed from Charles Webster Chicken to Charles Webster Baker and that said change will by order of said court take effect on and after the 1rst day of November, 1900. - H.D. Williams, Clerk District Court. (Waterloo Courier, Oct 9, 1900 & Oct 23, 1900)