|Birth: ||Oct. 12, 1850|
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 1917|
From The Genesee News
April 13, 1917
DEATH OF CHRISTIAN BALDUS
Christian Baldus, a highly respected citizen and retired rancher, died at his home Monday morning at 4:30, death being due to sudden heart failure. Although well advanced in years, he had seemingly enjoyed good health until Wednesday night of last week when the Grand Central hotel burned, when the over-exertion caused by his endeavor to reach the fire hurriedly, and the excitement incident thereto, affected his heart and lungs, bringing on the fatal attack five days later.
Christian Baldus was born in Eisern, Germany, October 12, 1850, making him past 66 years of age at the time of his death. He was married April 17, 1877, to Agnes Sneider, in Eisern, Germany. He came to America the first time alone in 1884, returning a year later for his family, which consisted at this time of his wife and three daughters--Anna, Bertha and Martha. They settled at Watertown, Minn., but removed to the mining districts at Wardner and Wallace, Idaho, in 1888, where he was engaged in the business of mining. He came with his family to Genesee March 11, 1892, and settled on the ranch which was still owned by him at the time of his death.
To this union 11 children were born, of whom the following survive: Mrs. Anna Kretchmer and Mrs. Bertha Roth of Genesee; Martha, now Sister Emmelia of the Order of Providence, at Columbus hospital in Great Falls, Mont.; Minnie, now Sister Remigia of the Benedictine Order at St. Scholastica's adademy, Colton, Wash.; Mrs. Nellie Slead of near Potlatch, and Mrs. Mary Southwick of Moscow.
His first wife died March 4, 1894, and he was wed the second time to Clara Georg, October 11, 1898, at Genesee, who survives him.
The deceased made a trip to Germany previous to his second marriage and a few years later, accompanied by Mrs. Baldus, he made another trip to this native land. He retired from active farm life in 1903 and came to Genesee to reside. He had always been prominent in the affairs of his church.
Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Mary's Catholic church, Rev. Fr. F. Bonora officiating, assisted by Deacon Fr. Loffler of Uniontown, Sub-Deacon Fr. Shiel of Pullman, Master of Ceremonies F.M. Baldus, S.J., of Spokane.
The pallbearers were John and Herman Broemmeling, Nick Kries, Joe Hasfurther, John Friederichs and Fred K. Bressler.
Burial was made in the Catholic cemetery.
Those who arrived to attend the funeral were: Sister Emmelia of Great Falls, Mont.; Sister Remigia of Colton, Wash.; F.M. Baldus of Spokane, a nephew of the deceased; Carl Baldus of Nezperce, a brother; Otto Baldus of Mace, Idaho, a nephew; and Jacob Reifenberger of Fairfield, Wash.; Henry Baker of Nezperce, Idaho, and Robert Kuhn of Mace, Idaho, old friends.
Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Larry Linehan
Record added: Dec 30, 2007
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