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Erastus Baldwin
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Birth: 1820
Connecticut, USA
Death: Nov. 22, 1882
Calhoun County
Michigan, USA

Marshall (MI) Daily Chronicle
Friday, November 24, 1882
Erastus Baldwin is the second person who within the past four months has escaped from the county house, made a circuit through the country and met death in the same manner at the same place. Thee is a singular coincidence here, and the strange fatality which impelled them to the spot is a subject for psychologists to ponder over.

Marshall (MI) Daily Chronicle
Saturday, November 25, 1882
Erastus Baldwin, an old man aged about 62 years, formerly a resident of Eckford, but for some time past an inmate of the poor-house, was run over and killed by the Atlantic express last night about a mile west of the Emerald mill. He escaped from the poor-house on Tuesday and had wandered about the country since. A couple of boys who were coming along the track from Ceresco last evening met him a short distance this side of the village and walked some distance with him. He seemed very faint and feeble and fell down several times, and it is probable that he had not tasted food since he left the poor-house. The boys finally assisted him to the side of the track where he laid down to est and they left him. When seen by the engineer he was standing by the side of the rails on the end of a tie. The engine struck him in the breast, mangling him in a horrible manner. Every particle of clothing was stripped from the body. A coroner's inquest was held and a verdict of accidental death was rendered. The body was claimed by his friends.

Marshall (MI) Daily Chronicle
Monday, November 27, 1882
Erastus Baldwin, who was killed by the cars Wednesday night, was formerly a prominent farmer of Eckford, and a man of considerable means. Latterly he was afflicted with a species of insanity caused by softening of the brain, and gave his relatives a good deal of trouble by wandering away from home, building fires in dangerous places, etc. He was not sent to the county-house as a pauper, but because the county had facilities for caring for such unfortunates that his relatives had not, and all the expenses of his keeping were paid by his friends.

Marshall (MI) Daily Chronicle
Wednesday, November 29, 1882
The more the escape of Erastus Baldwin from the county house is investigated the more culpable appears the conduct of those who were responsible for his safe keeping. The feeling of indignation on the part of his friends increases rather than diminishes, and we understand that the matter will be made the subject of a legal investigation.

Marshall (MI) Statesman
Thursday, November 30, 1882
Mr. Erastus Baldwin, the unknown man reported in last week's STATESMAN as killed west of the city by the Atlantic express, was buried from the M. E. church last Saturday. Rev. Bela Fancher conducted the services. Mr. Baldwin was for many years a resident of Eckford, where he was well known and respected.

Marshall (MI) Daily Chronicle
Friday, December 2, 1882
B. C. Republican: The friends of Erastus Baldwin, who wandered away from the county poorhouse and was killed on the M. C. track near Emerald mill, are convinced that his escape from the institution was due to carelessness on the part of those in charge of the house. So settled is this conviction that a legal investigation will be asked by the friends. In our original notice of the death of Mr. Baldwin, it was stated that only a few months since a demented German escaped from the alms house and was killed by the cars. If carelessness is shown in the care of this class of unfortunates, it is about time for the authorities to find it out. If lunatics, or the slightly deranged, are permitted to wander away to railroad tracks to meet their death, it is about time that the keepers of the asylum be told to keep the unfortunates between four walls. The county authorities should give the matter their serious attention.
Father: Oliver Baldwin
Mother: Sila Baldwin 
West Eckford Cemetery
Calhoun County
Michigan, USA
Plot: B12.15A
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Record added: May 07, 2012
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