|Birth: ||May 7, 1865|
|Death: ||Jul. 11, 1929|
Last rites for David Baillie, 64, former well-known Grant township farmer who died in Des Moines Thursday evening of last week as a result of injuries received in a runaway three days before, were conducted Tuesday afternoon in the U.P. church in Traer by the pastor, the Rev. A. W. Martin. The body was laid to rest in Amity cemetery in Grant township,near the farm which was the decedent's home for nearly forty years.
The accident which led to Mr. Baillie's death was noted in last week's Star Clipper. It occurred about 12:30 P.M. Monday of last week. Mr. Baillie was making hay on the small acreage near the edge of Des Moines which had been his home since leaving Tama county for the second time in March of this year. His team was tied to a tree and it is believed that one of the horses worked the bit out of its mouth. As Mr. Baillie climbed into the wagon the team started down the road at breakneck speed. In front of the grounds of the Capital City Nursery company, after running for half a mile, the horses swerved and plunged over a steep embankment. The wagon box was thrown loose from the frame and overturned, but Mr. Baillie's feet were braced so firmly against the edge of the box that he did not leave the seat. The edge of the box came down across his body, crushing a shoulder and pinning him to the fround. Witnesses of the runaway rushed to his side; freed him from his position and carried him to his home. An ambulance was called and he was taken to a hospital, where his injuries were pronounced serious but not necessarily fatal. He suffered intensed pain and a puncture of one lung caused a bloating of the skin of the entire upper part of his body, but his condition rapidly improved and on Wednesday he was pronounced out of danger and plans were made for his leaving the hospital within three of four days. About 2a.m. Thursday, however, pneumonia, which had been feared from the first, developed, and although conscious until the end he lived less than twelve hours.
A funeral service was held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon in a Des Moines undertaking parlor, attended by about 100 relatives and friends. Among those present from a distance was a sister of the decedent---Mrs. Lizzie Hackt, of Marshalltown. The body was then brought to Traer for the service and buried on Tuesday. Those here from a distance included Lowell Baillie and two sons , of Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. Baillie and son Floyd; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dewey, Mrs Vivian Tarr and daughter Mrs. Edith Purcell, all of Des Moines; and John Baillie and son, David, of Oelwein, Ia.
Mr. Baillie was born May 7, 1865, in New Lyle, Favorshire, Scotland. He was the eldest of nine children of David and Jane Baillie. He first left home to work in Dundee, Scotland, then came to America and to Tama county at the age of 21. He worked first in this community for John B. McDowall, and after a few years was able to send back money to Scotland to pay for the passage of a brother, James. The latter joined him here and later the two brought over the remainder of the family, all settling in north Tama county.
The decedent was married May 6, 1909, to Mrs. Idella Hoard, of Des Moines, and adopted her two sons. The family lived on the homestead in Grant township until 1919, when they gave up farming because of Mr. Baillie's health and wounds received by the one son, Floyd, in the World war which incapacitated him for heavy labor. They moved to Des Moines but returned here in 1926. Four months ago they again left north Tama and went back to Des Moines to make their home at 1880 S.W. McKinley.
Mr. Baillie was brought up in the Presbyterian faith in Scotland and joined the church before leaving that country. After coming to Tama county he transferred his membership to Amity, later to the U.P. church in Traer, and finally to a Des Moines church after his removal from this community.
Mr. Baillie is survived by four brothers and three sisters. The former are John Baillie, of Oelwein, Ia; James, of Pennsylvania ; and William and Jack, whose present addresses are unknown. The living sisters are Lizzie, wife of Will Hacht, of Marshalltown; Grace, who is married and living in Florida; and Jean, who is married and living in St. Paul, Minn. One sister, Mary, died several years ago. Mr. Baillie also leaves his widow and two sons--Floyd who was one of Tama county's greatest World War Heroes and who has been employed in the office of the state treasurer at Des Moines for the past five years; and Lowell, who has a good position as mechanic in a Lincoln garage in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Baillie is undecided as to future plans but will continue her present residence in Des Moines for several months at least.
David Baillie (1841 - 1902)
Jane Ann Brown Baillie (1845 - 1909)
Grant Township Cemetery
Created by: Linda Allison Harlow
Record added: May 14, 2006
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