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Hulda Henriette Knuth Baker
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Birth: Jun. 17, 1862, Germany
Death: Jun. 26, 1941
Custer County
Colorado, USA

Hulda emigrated on August 07, 1865 from Klein Klonia, Prussia to the USA arriving in Chicago with her parents.

One story is of Hulda, which demonstrates her spirit, ingenuity and resourcefulness Hulda was turned into the Water Commissioner, Graves Benson, for illegally using water from Greaser Creek. For the first complaint, Hulda was issued a warning and told not to use any water. The second time the Commissioner shut her head gate down and tagged it; thus preventing her from opening her head gate legally to use the creek water for irrigating her fields. He told her that any water she could use would be from a whisky barrel, like she used to catch rainwater from the eaves. Taking him at his word, Hulda dug a trench alongside her head gate and laid a wooden barrel with the end knocked out for the water to run through. When the Commissioner was called back on the next complaint, Benson had no recourse. He said that she had done just what he'd told her. So he left her alone and she continued with her irrigation. While living in the Valley, George always had problems with sleeping and being able to breathe well. With their children grown, George and Hulda hitched up their team and wagon to tour different areas, camping out in different locations trying to find a place where he was able to get some rest. They spent time near the Huerfano Butte, then on to the Greaser Creek area near Gardner. The first night there George was able to breathe and sleep better. This was the deciding factor in their decision to homestead in the Greaser Creek area. Both George and Hulda received Homestead patents, with Hulda purchasing the Howser place in 1921. So along with Daniel's place deeded to them in 1897, they had scattered places in two counties in which to manage. They had a matched trotting team, stocking legged, bald-faced sorrels that were hooked to a buggy used for their transportation to go back and forth among the three places to take care of crops on the many acres. Bob McClain had acreage close to Badito where Hulda and George would camp out for a few days while they picked wild plums to make into their winter supply of jams and butters. Hulda always had coffee along with fresh baked bread and thick, spicy apple butter to offer anyone who stopped by. She used Ben Davis apples in making her well-known apple butter in a big black iron kettle. The butter then was stored in big stone crocks.
WET MOUNTAIN TRIBUNE [WESTCLIFFE, CO], JULY 4, 1941
PIONEER RESIDENT SUCCUMBS
Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Community Church for Mrs. Hulda Baker who died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Claud Stephens, after a prolonged illness. Mrs. Baker was born in Germany on June 17, 1862 and came to this country at the age of four. In 1877 she married George W. Baker and to that union six children were born, four boys and two girls, of which three boys and her husband preceded her in death. She passed away at the age of 79 years and 8 days. She is survived by one son, Albert Baker of Gardner, two daughters, Mrs. Claud Stephens of Westcliffe and Mrs. Charles Schmidt of Gardner, four sisters, Mrs. Mollie Eikelman of Westcliffe, Mrs. Lena Koch of Hillside, Mrs. Amanda George [Georges], and Mrs. Hyrm [Hyram] Perkins of California, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Obsequies were held by Rev. G. W. Ellis with the Menzel Funeral Home in charge, and interment was held at the Rosita cemetery with John Reis, Harvey Belisle, Chas. Jones, Gottlieb Hallauer, Carl Kiesler [Kiesler] and Ray Vickerman acting as pallbearers.


June 26, 1941 Walsenburg World Independent
Pioneer Resident of Westcliffe Dies Thursday
Mrs. Hulda Baker, a long time resident of Gardner and Westcliffe communities, dies at Westcliffe Thursday, it was learned here today. She is survived by four sisters, two in Westcliffe and two now residing in California; one son, Albert Baker of Gardner, two daughters, Mrs. Claud Stevens and Mrs. Charles Schmidt both of Gardner, by ten granchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be help Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Westcliffe Community Church, the Menzel Mortuary in charge. Interment will be at the Rosita Cemetery. 
 
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 Parents:
  Wilhelm Friedrich Knuth (1838 - 1911)
  Justine Pauline Friedriche Totz Knuth (1833 - 1919)
 
 Spouse:
  George Washington Baker (1850 - 1924)
 
 Children:
  Edgar Secoy Baker (1870 - 1897)*
  John D. Baker (1880 - 1882)*
  James Baker (1881 - 1882)*
  Albert Daniel Baker (1882 - 1947)*
  Lily Amanda Baker Stephens (1883 - 1971)*
  Naomi Gustina Baker Schmidt (1885 - 1958)*
 
 Siblings:
  Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Knuth (1859 - 1897)*
  Hulda Henriette Knuth Baker (1862 - 1941)
  Lena Pauline Knuth Koch (1867 - 1952)*
  Amalia L Knuth Eikleman (1870 - 1966)*
  Helmuth F Knuth (1872 - 1924)*
  Amanda Knuth Carpenter (1873 - 1948)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rosita Cemetery
Rosita
Custer County
Colorado, USA
 
Created by: Betty L. Schmidt
Record added: Sep 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58161541
Hulda Henriette <i>Knuth</i> Baker
Added by: Betty L. Schmidt
 
Hulda Henriette <i>Knuth</i> Baker
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Added by: Linda Thompson
 
 
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In memory of my great-grandmother.
- Betty L. Schmidt
 Added: May. 2, 2012

- Terri Kallio
 Added: May. 20, 2011
 
 
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