|Birth: ||Sep. 18, 1842|
|Death: ||Feb. 4, 1918|
On the top of the stone is a carved lily. In the first box it has 'E. A. BALDWIN and year of birth and death. In the second box it says, 'ALUMNUS MIAMI UNIVERSITY 1964'
On February 8th, 2009, I recieved the following obituary from a fellow gravefinder,Freda Willingham. As she mentioned in her email, Edgar did indeed have an interesting life... and now we know the rest of the story...
A Special Thank You to Freda for sending this obit to me to add to Edgar's bio. Below is the obit she sent me in its entirety.
February 7, 1918
BALDWIN, Edgar Allen – E.A. Baldwin died Monday morning at his home five and one half miles southwest of Rogers. His death was very sudden and came as a great shock to his many friends for he was in town only Friday and there had been no intimation of illness. Altho Mr. Baldwin was 76 years old last fall he was a powerful man physically and retained the vigor and spirit of a man many years his junior. So far as we know he had never been ill in his life and the collapse was all the more swift when it did come. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Pleasant Grove church and were conducted by Rev. M.A. Johnson. Mr. Baldwin was born in October 1841 at Canton, Ohio. He was a graduate of the Miami University of Ohio and in 1874 went to Iowa to become principal of the high school at Little Sioux. In 1876 he was married to Miss Emma Smith and to them were born four children. The first born, a son, died when four years old and he is survived by his wife and three children; Francis Baldwin of Rogers; Harry Baldwin of Mondamin, Ia.; and Miss Theresa, who at present is at home. The family came to Benton county from Bird City, Kan. in 1894. The Democrat editors have enjoyed the acquaintance and friendship of Mr. Baldwin during their entire residence here and have always held him in the highest esteem as a man of integrity and real worth. The senior editor dates his first knowledge of Mr. Baldwin back to the days in the early 80's when checkers was a state issue in Iowa and the deceased was the champion player of the state. That was back in the days of long winters, big snow drifts and no mails and the only amusement of the people was burning cobs, feeding the stock and playing checkers.
February 14, 1918
Edgar Allen Baldwin was born at Atwater, Ohio September 18, 1842 and died February 4, 1918, having lived in this world 76 years, 4 months and 16 days. He was of French descent and of a family of seven children, five boys and two girls. Only one sister survives him, Mrs. Fannie Haines of Washington, D.C. At an early age he taught school and as a young man was a regular attendant at the Presbyterian church. Later he graduated at Miami University and was a classmate of President Garfield. From here he attended the law school at Ann Arbor, Michigan. After this he returned home and his father set him up in business by giving him a maple sugar farm. A few years later he went to Chicago where he became interested in chess and checkers, winning the chess championship of that city. About this time he joined the order of Free and Accepted Masons and was master of the lodge. Leaving Chicago, he and his brother, Anson, drifted westward in the early pioneer days and homesteaded a tract of land upon which Lincoln, Neb. Now stands. From Nebraska he went to Little Sioux, Iowa where he was principal of the Little Sioux high school and Justice of the Peace. During these years he continued his checker activities and at Council Bluffs, Iowa won the checker championship of the state. On July 29, 1880 he was married to Miss Emma D. Smith of Little Sioux. To this union four children were born, Chas. A., Francis A., Harry M. and Theresa R. Baldwin. Chas. Baldwin died at the age of three years. From here the family moved to Bird City, Kansas where they lived through 9 years of terrible drought and fortitude. The last year father planted by himself 300 acres of wheat and strange to say, not one kernel sprouted – it just wouldn't rain. This year we departed for Benton county, Arkansas to seek a happier clime. We drove through in a covered wagon, mother following behind in an open buggy. We reached the old Mays farm on one bright morning 24 years ago. The old house of war times stood and its sides were full of bullet holes. One fire-place stood at each end. Strange to say we were greatly discouraged and mother said we would not buy any furniture, only two or three chairs and would cook by the fireplace and then in the fall we would go back. However it did not rain from April to July and we had to stay and thus it was a good omen in disguise. The rest of father's life we all too well know. We buried him among those he knew and loved most – his neighbors and friends at old Pleasant Grove."
One of my hobbies is roaming cemeteries and taking pictures of the gravestones that for whatever reason might touch me... this one did.
At the time that I took this picture I never imagined there would one day be a place to record the information and photo in a place that the whole world would have access to it.
I hope someone out there will find a place for this record as I have found for other records on 'find a grave'
Emma Dale Smith Baldwin (1860 - 1933)*
Charles A Baldwin (1882 - 1885)*
Francis Anson Baldwin (1884 - 1956)*
Harrison Morton Baldwin (1888 - 1957)*
Theresa M Baldwin McPike (1895 - 1959)*
Pleasant Grove Cemetery
Created by: Beverly Joe Vaughn ϑ...
Record added: Jul 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20609482
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Beverly Joe Vaughn ☮
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