Nez Perce County
Flora's birthplace, Ostrander, Deleware Co., OH., was named for Ens. Philip Ostrander, 1st Officer to Capt. Nathan Heald, Commander at Fort Wayne. Her father was a farmer for his whole life, and the son of a farmer, first in Pennsylvania, then in Ohio.
When her parents, George and Albina Runnels Pitts first moved to the Western edge of Delaware Co., Ohio, it was in the Virginia Militia District, which had opened in 1789. By 1852, VA. Mil. District had become part of the Chillcothe, Ohio, Land Office area.
When Flora was about 3 or 4 years old, she moved with her parents, Albina Jane Runnels and George W. Pitts, from Delaware County, Ohio to Dutch Creek TWP., Washington Co., Iowa in 1871, and lived there until 1880. The northern border of Washington Co., is about 10 miles south of Iowa City, and about 30 miles west of Davenport, Iowa. Her father, George was a farmer, not a rancher, with cattle, although they probably raised cows and pigs for butchering. (The Great Fire of Chicago was started on Sunday evening, 8 Oct 1871 and lasted until Tuesday 10 Oct 1871.) Coming down from Ohio to Iowa, by wagon, they were south of Chicago, and saw the great plume of smoke from the fire. Later they traveled by covered wagon from Washington Co., Iowa, to settle near Diller, Jefferson Co., Nebraska, arriving there 22 Feb. 1880.
Flora's first husband was William Frank Knoedler, who had come from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to work in the Diller, Jefferson Co., Nebraska, area and he worked for George W. Pitts, Flora's father. Frank and Flora were married, Thu. 10 Dec 1885, when she was 18years old. He was 23 years old at the time. After they were married, he took her back to Sheboygan, Wisc. to live with his parents. It was not a good marriage.
Thier first child, Lewis Alfred, aka Fred, was born 9m2d after they were married. Flora was 19 1/2 years old.
Flora was 21years old when their daughter, Eva Meta was born, in Jun of 1888. Frank died 31 Dec 1888, and Flora became a widow at age almost 22 years old. They had been married 3years.
Eva died when she was 6 months 7days old, a couple of weeks after her father had died. Flora said that Frank, who died of pulmonary T. B. and alcoholism, being 26 1/2years, was a stubborn, hard man to live with. She told, her son, Jesse and his siblings, this. Father and daughter are both buried in Wildwood Cemetery, Sheyboygan, Wisconsin. Flora told her daughter, Dolly Baker Harris, that Frank was a heavy drinker. His parents, who did not speak much English, if any, wanted Flora to stay with them after Frank died, but she chose to go back to her own parents in Nebraska. It must have been late winter that she made that trip from Wisconsin, to Nebraska, with her son, Fred, maybe by train.
Flora was married to Daniel Baker. He was 26amd she was 25 They were married for 26years.
Daniel Baker had a farm, in Jefferson Co., Nebraska, which he had inherited when his father, Samuel, died. It was not far from the George W. Pitts farm, which straddled the Jefferson and Gage County's border. He had proposed marriage to her, before she met and married Frank. She turned Daniel down and married Frank instead.
She returned to Diller with her 4 year-old son, Louis Alfred, or Fred, to live with her parents, George and Albina Pitts. She was granted a teaching credential by the Nebraska Board of Education, for Jefferson and Gage counties, and taught school there until she married Daniel Baker, 3 Nov 1892. Flora's brother, Dr. Sollis Pitts, I discovered that he also was teaching school in Jefferson and Gage Counties.
She was pregnant for more than half the time that she and Daniel were married, and was married to Daniel a few days more than half of her lifetime. her children were:
Alma Dolly was born 14 Jul 1893. Died: 11 May 1983
Ethel was born 27 Dec 1894. Died: 25 Jan 1895
Elsie Marie was born 6 May 1896. Death: unknown
Clara Mabel was born 29 Nov 1898.Death: 11 Nov 1979
Scott Ellis was born 14 Jan 1901. Death: 14 Jan 1906
Edith Virginia was b. 16 Oct 1902. Death: 4 June 1990
Jesse Wayne was b. 23 July 1904. Died: 26 May 1992
Charles Rufus was b. 2 Nov 1906. Died: 19 Mar 1985
Lydia Evelyn was b.24 Sep. 1908. Died 24 Feb 1984
Life was hard in those days on a homestead on an Indian Reservation....washing clothes in a big boiling pot, on an open fire outside, using a washboard, and strong, homemade lye soap. There was no indoor plumbing of any kind; cooking on a wood stove whether the weather was hot or cold; helping with butchering and cutting up meat to be smoked, or cured in brine, or maybe canned; probably planting and taking care of the vegetable garden, that a family of this size needed. She had to have had a great deal of tenacity, patience, and determination to be able to raise her children in that harsh environment.
The Daniel Baker family up and moved to Strathmore,Tulare, CA for three years. The Family did then move back to Nez Perce county.
Jesse Wayne remembered seeing his father helping his mother onto the train and both of them going from Reubens, Idaho, to Spokane, Washington, to see the Doctor, in the spring of 1919. That was the last time he saw her alive. He was 14 years old.
Daniel left her in the hospital and came back to the farm. Since the farm had no telephone, the hospital had no fast way of notifying the family of her death. Flora died at 12:50 a.m, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane, on 19 Apr 1919, after having cancer surgery 1 month earlier. She was under Dr. Condon's care beginning 7 Mar 1919, for 10 days before the surgery on 17 Mar. 1919, according to her Death Certificate.
Daniel went back to Spokane on the train after her death, and brought her body home by train and helped a carpenter in their neighborhood make a coffin for her burial. Daniel and Flora are buried side by side in the Lookout Cemetery in Lookout, Idaho, (no longer a town)about 7 miles north of their homestead.
Their son, Scott Ellis, who died at age 5 of Scarlet Fever, is also buried beside them.
Daniel Baker (1866 - 1937)
William Frank Knoedler (1862 - 1888)*
Eva Meta Knoedler (1888 - 1889)*
Alma Dolly Joslin Baker Harris (1893 - 1983)*
Ethel Baker (1894 - 1895)*
Scott Ellis Baker (1901 - 1906)*
Nez Perce County
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Record added: Feb 07, 2010
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