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CHARLES HENDERSON BAKER, son of Jesse and Tamer Walker Baker (deceased) was born near Sigel, Shelby County, Illinois, Oct. 28th, 1853, and died at his home near Beecher City, ILlinois, Oct. 25, 1914 at the age of 60 years 11 months and 27 days.  For a number of years he was a prominent citizen of this community, residing on a farm north of town, until about 11 years ago he moved to a farm near Beecher City where he resided until called to his eternal home.  About a year ago he began failing in health; and although everything that lovingin hands could do, was done for him, he gradually grew worse, until Sunday morning, Oct. 25th just as the sun was dawning in the East for another Sabbath, his soul departed from its earthly habitation and crossed that dark river from whence no one returns.  He was from a family of seven children, namely; Joseph Elias, Sarah Elizabeth, Wm. Francis, James Pleasant, Robert Marion and Johnie M. who died in infancy; all of whom have passed to the Great Beyond, except Robert Marion, who was with his brother in his last hour and witnessed the passing of his Spirit to the God who gave it.  He was married to Mary Elizabeth Steele, Jan. 28th, 1878.  To this union were born 5 children, namely:; George and Walter of near home; Lydia, now Mrs. Frank Pifer and Emma now Mrs. Ray Philips both of Beecher City and Miss Nellie Baker at home; all were with their mother at the bedside of the passing away of one who was very near and dear to them.  Besides his sorrowing wife and children, he leaves to mourn his death, ten grandchildren, one brother Robert Marion, step-mother Mrs. Martha I. Baker, one half-sister, Mrs. Alonzo Bigler; three half brothers, Levi L., Edward L. and Jesse I. all of whom were present to mingle their tears of sorrow at their brother's grave except Edward.  Also a host of relatives, friends and neighbors.  The funeral cortage was large showing the high esteem in which he was held.  The floral tributes were many and beautiful.  The last sad rites were held Monday, Oct. 26th, from his home near Beecher City, conducted by Rev. Wm. Boone of that place, and his remains were laid to rest in the Beecher City Cemetery, there to await the Resurrection Morn.  "Be ye therefore ready, for ye knoweth not when the Son of Man cometh."--- newspaper unknown...Submitted by Raylene Lamb   

ROBERT MARION BAKER- 1855 - 1920, son of Jesse Baker and his first wife, Tamer Walker Baker, both deceased was born October 19, 1855, on the old Jesse Baker homestead one mile north of Sigel, Illinois, where he grew to manhood.  At the age of two years he was bereft by the death of his mother.  His first marriage was to Miss Melissa Luger who lived less than a year. He was married to Sarah Ellen Julius on November 27th, 1879, who died August 17, 1904. To this union were born six children:  Oscar, Fred, Eva and Alice twins, May and Grace. Alice passed away in infancy. On June 6, 1906 Mr. Baker was married to Susan E. Seward, who with the following children survives: Oscar Baker, Buhl, Idaho; Fred Baker, Mrs. Clem Feardy, Mrs. Orville Peters, Mrs. Adolph Walk all living near their father's home.  There also survive twenty-seven grandchildren; a step mother, Mrs. Martha I. Baker of Sigel; three half brothers: Levi Baker, Edward Baker, Jesse I. Baker and one half-sister, Mrs. Alonzo Bigler. At the age of twenty years Mr. Baker moved on the farm sounth of Neoga where he died. It was then a tract of raw pairie land. By his diligence and good management he prospered and developed his farm into one of the most substantial attractive homes in this vicinity. Every improvement on the place was put there by Mr. Baker, every tree was planted by his hands. In his younger days he drove oxen, and often used them to break much of the prairie in this vicinity. With his oxen he helped to excavate the Four-Mile tank pond for the I. C. Railroad one mile west of his home. He was widely known throughout this section as he dealt extensively in livestock up to within a few years of his death. He was a liberal giver in all charitable work and helped many a poor man to get his start in life.  Above all he was a kind, loving and affectionate husband, father and neighbor. He had enjoyed good health untill five weeks previous to his death when he was taken ill with pleurisy. He seemed to be improving satisfactorily until a few minutes before his death when he was suddenly stricken and lived only a few moments aftwewards. Death came to him March 22, 1921 at the age of 64 years, 5 months and 3 days.  Funeral services were held at the home Saturday forenoon at 9:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. H. W. Cuppy of Kemp, Ill. Interment was made in the Coons cemetery. Those from a distance in attendance at the funeral were; Mrs. Mary Baker and daughters, Miss Nell Baker, Mrs. Ray Phillips; and Mrs. Frank Piper all of Beecher City; Mrs. Carl Carter, Sullivan; Mrs. Mattie Hanks, Arcola; Mrs. and Mrs. Jesse E. Baker, Champaign; Frank Seward and Mrs. Chal. Culver, Hammond; Miss Dollie I. Baker, Olney; Oscar Baker, Buhl, Idaho.--- newspaper unknown (note by Bonnie E. Baker: The married names of the daughters of Robert Marion Baker.  Eva married Clem Fearday, May married Orville Peters, Grace married Adolph Walk and marriage 2, Otto Springer).
....Submitted by Raylene Lamb 
 

Windsor Gazette, June 7, 1888
GEORGE P. BAKER,
son of Jesse and Martha T. Baker was born in Sigel Township, Shelby County, Illinois July 18, 1867 where he resided until his death May 28, 1888, aged 20 years, 10 months, and 20 days. Deceased came to his death accidently and unfortunately by drowning while attempting to cross the Wabash River. The river was lined for two days by friends and relatives who came for miles around with deep anxiety depicted on every face. The body was not found until the 30th about 7:00 a.m. The funeral services were held at Coonse Cemetery May 31, at 11:00 a.m....Submitted by Raylene Lamb

DAVID BAKER Died, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rachel Hobson, Mr. David Baker, Wednesday morning Feb. 6th. He leaves many relatives and friends, was well known and was loved by all who knew him. He was born in Galaton County, Ill., Sept. 18th, 1814, was 80 years, 4 months and 19 days old when he departed this life. He led to the alter in his 26th year Miss Mary Jane Bruce, then a maiden of 17 years, they were married by Rev. John Storm, and lived together for 50 happy years. There were born to them twelve children, seven sons and five daughters, of whom there are five sons and one daughter living to mourn his departure. He leaves two brothers, 38 grand children and 11 great grandchildren. He came from a long life race, his oldest living brother is now 85 and the other one is 71 years old. The deceased lived and died in Illinois. He had a nice farm three miles north-west Sigel where he lived for 44 years. He united with the Christian church in his 26th year and remained a constant Christian that told by his life that he knew his Savious and God. He was a living example of what every true Christian should be--- Emma Griffin.....Submitted by Raylene Lamb

HOPPER, JAMES M. 69, Monticello, died 9:30 p.m., Saturday in home; leaves wife, Rosa; son, James F., Monticello; daughter, Irene Sumner, Monticello; step-daughters, Mrs. Mary Welsh, Monticello; Mrs. Goldie Sarver, Ramsey; brother, Noel, Shelbyville; sister, Mrs. Mamie Godby, Oregon; services 2 p.m. Thursday in Monticello Christian Church; burial in Monticello Cemetery; Mackey Funeral Home, Monticello, in charge....Submitted by Raylene Lamb 

MRS. MARY BAKER  Died -- At the residence of T.N. Hobson, Esq., in Sigel township on the morning of the 7th. inst., Mrs. Mary Baker (nee Bruce) after a long illness, aged 75 2 month and 5 days. All that was mortal of aunt Mary Baker, was followed by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends to the Coons cemetery where a funeral discourse was delivered by Elder W.R. storm, of Windsor, previous to depositing the remains in the charnal house by the side of her husband who had passed on before. She had been a member of the Christian Church for over fifty years -- all of which time she had so deported herself as to be an ornament to society and a pillar to the church. Therefore the sorrowing relatives do not mourn as those who have no hope. She bore her affliction with a chdristian fortitude; her sun went down without a shadow upon its disk, and at the early morn of the seventh day of Oct. the swift wingndangles, as escorts conveyed the emancipated spirit of the good old Mother in Israel to the farther shore of thegreat beyond to await the trumpet sound which will call forth the sleeping millions of the dead to give an account for their deeds done in their body.....Submitted by Raylene Lamb   

 

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