Word was received here last night of the death of a well-known former Mt. Pleasant man. Mr. Henry Baker passed away at the home of his daughter in Aurora, Ill, with whom he had been staying for the last few months [March 23, 1909]. Mr. Baker had not been in good health for some time prior to his death, and but a short time ago he suffered a severe paralytic stroke form which he partially recovered but which was the ultimate cause of his death.
He will be brought here from Aurora tomorrow and the funeral services will be held Friday from the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Rath, on East Madison Street. He leaves three children, Mr. John Baker and Mrs. George Rath of this city and Mrs. Wilson of Aurora.
Mt. Pleasant Daily News, March 24, 1909
Friday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rath, on East Madison Street occurred the funeral of Mr. Henry Baker who died last Wednesday at the home of another daughter, Mrs. Wilson in Aurora. Rev. Nicholas was in charge of the services and spoke in a helpful way from scriptural passages also giving an outline of Mr. Baker’s life, a great part of which has been spent in Mt. Pleasant. He was for years in the employ of Dr. Pitcher, and was familiarly known to many as “Daddy” Baker.
He leaves a son and two daughters, Mr. John Baker of this city, Mrs. George Rath, also of Mt. Pleasant, and Mrs. Wilson of Aurora, Ill. Interment took place at Forest Home Cemetery.
Mt. Pleasant Daily News, March 27, 1909
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman