Fremont County, Iowa


Donald Vern Baker

'Sentinel-Post' of Shenandoah, IA,
Tuesday, January 25, 1910
Little Donald Vern Baker Succombs to Measles

Farragut, Jan. 23, 1910
Donald Vern Baker, the little son of Wilbur F. Baker, living east of Farragut, succombed to the ravages of measles last Saturday and was buried in Farragut cemetery Sunday afternoon.

The little boy belonging to an ill fated family. Last spring his mother was killed by the accidental discharge of a shot gun, since then his grandmother and great-grandmother have passed away, and now little Donald has been called to his heavenly home. The unfortunate father has the sincere sympathy of his neighbors and friends in his bereavement. The funeral services were held in the Methodist church Sunday afternoon. Rev. Crissman of Shenandoah preached the sermon. The pall bearers were Claude Comfort, Jay Reed, Fred Nordstrom and Floyd Crane. Mrs. J. S. Stevens, Mrs. E. F. Clovis, Mr. W. E. Irwin and Mr. T. W. Keenan were the singers, accompanied by Miss Lena Sanman.

Source: Transcribed and submitted by Susan Glasgo

Source: Evening Sentinel' of Shenandoah, IA
Tuesday, January 25, 1910

Death Takes Fourth Representative Of Four Generations in Less Than One Year - Baby Baker Dead

The death of the infant son of Wilbur F. Baker is the fourth one in nine months of four deaths representing four generations. The first death in Mr. Baker's family came in tragic form on the 13th of last April when his young wife was accidentally shot dead by her small brother. When she was killed she left an infant son, besides her parents and her grandparents.

At the time of her untimely death her mother, Mrs. J. R. Carl, was in the city hospital for an operation for cancer, and did not know of the dreadful accident for two weeks after her daughter was buried. She withstood the operation and the shock of the news of the tragedy only about ten days after she was told and on the 18th of May she joined her daughter in the great unknown. In a few months after that, In August, Mrs. Higgins, mother of Mrs. Carl and grandmother of Mrs. Baker, died, making the third generation in that family to pass away.

After the young mother's death Mr. Baker's sister went to keep house for him and the baby has had the tenderest car from her and his father. The baby's name was Donald Vern and for the past two weeks he had been having the measles. He got along all right until Thursday, when the wind blew so hard, and in some way he took cold, and he died on Saturday morning from croup, making the fourth representative in four generations in the same family to pass away in nine months and seven days.

The body of the baby was taken to Farragut for burial on Sunday afternoon and the service was conducted by Rev. Dr. Crissman of this city. A choir consisting of Mrs. Clovis, Mrs. Dr. Stevens, A. P. Irwin and T. W. Keenan, sang and four young men, members of Mr. Baker's Sunday school class, Messrs. Fred Nordstrom, Jay Reed, Claude Comfort and Floyd Crane, acted as pall bearers.

Mr. Baker, Mr. Carl and Mr. Higgins have all felt the hand of death heavily and as a family have been called upon to suffer much in the loss of dear ones. They have the entire sympathy of all.

Source: Transcribed and submitted by Susan Glasgo

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