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April Joan Baker
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Birth: Oct. 3, 1944
Greater London, England
Death: Mar. 11, 1946
Spirit Lake
Dickinson County
Iowa, USA

Grandparents are:
Ira Baker & Mary Edna Matthews

Parents are Perry S. Baker & Joan (Marks) Baker
(Married: 1943, England)



The unkind hand of death struck an unusually sever blow Monday, when it took the life of April Baker, the 17-month-old daughter of Perry and Joan Baker.

Capt. Perry S. Baker, the father, is a member of the Canadian army and he is stationed in London. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Baker, live on a farm two miles north of Spirit Lake on route one. Joan Baker, the mother of the child, is an English girl who just arrived in the United States to await her husband's return with his Canadian unit.

Sunday morning, Mrs. Baker and her daughter arrived in Spirit Lake after a strenuous trip from London. They were met by the Baker family and a member of Home Services Division of the county Red Cross, Mrs. H. P. Smithers. The trip from England had been aboard the Mauritania to Halifax, Nova Scotia with a load of 950 Canadian brides and their children. From Canada the trip by train took them through Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago to Spirit Lake. Mrs. Baker says it was a difficult trip with three pieces of luggage and the baby, but April Baker made the trip with little complaint. The child had developed a cold during the voyage.

During the night the baby grew ill and by morning she was in a serious condition. Two different doctors were called by going to a nearby farm home to use the telephone, but by the time arrangement were made to get the child to a hospital, she was beyond help. Pneumonia and a circulatory complication were contributing factors in the death.

Capt. Baker had been informed some 30 hours before that his family had arrived safely, now he had to be told of the tragedy which shattered the plans he had begun many months before while lying in an army hospital in Italy.

Perry Baker came to this community in 1930 at the age of 13 with his family. He joined the Canadian army in 1940 and went overseas very soon after. He met his wife in London before entering the Italian campaign. She was a resident of Millesden Green, London. She has talked to him by radio telephone and plans to await his arrival by ship and plane. The funeral will be held at the Donovan Funeral Home Friday at 2:00 p.m. Rev. J. E. Feller, the Red Cross and the American Legions Auxiliary are doing all they can to assist.

At an interview with Mrs. Baker on Sunday, she told her father-in-law of an experience during the London blitz. She decided to visit her mother one night and took the baby with her. When they returned, they found the baby's bed shattered by a bomb that had fallen during the air raid. Three times their home was destroyed during the war but fate arranged to turn against the young couple just when the most difficult days were thought to be well behind them.

*The Spirit Lake Beacon, March 14, 1946


Lakeview Cemetery
Spirit Lake
Dickinson County
Iowa, USA
Plot: 2-051-7
Created by: Just~Us Relatives
Record added: Feb 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47988795
April Joan Baker
Added by: Dorothy@OKOBOJI
April Joan Baker
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