|Birth: ||May 17, 1837|
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 1911|
Death of Prominent Citizen
Francis A. Baker
The death of Francis A. Baker Tuesday at 4 p.m., Dec. 12, 1911 at the Oconomowoc Health Resort, removes from this locality one of its best and widely known citizens.
Mr. Baker has been sick about a year and went to the sanitarium in July in the hope of building up his strength.
He was born in Stephenson county, Illinois, May 17, 1837, and was reared on his father's farm in Union where he spent the first 16 years of his life. He attended the district school and in 1852 went to Janesville where he learned the tinners trade.
He afterward worked as a journeyman in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri, and was one of those early and heroic spirits who crossed the plains as a teamster in an expedition under command of Gen. Hancock, then a quartermaster in the United States army.
Mr. Baker spent two years in California as a miner and prospector and five years in the same line of work in Nevada, working at his trade during the winter and spending the open season on the mountains. In 1866 he went to Montana where he engaged in mining and in 1867 returned to Wisconsin. He married Julia c1869
In 1877 he established himself in this city in the hardware business under the firm name of F. A. Baker & Co., retiring four years ago, from active participation in its affairs but retaining his interest.
He had a step son Fred c1864 & a son Bert bc1879 WI
A daughter was born:
Name: Lula Jane Baker
Birth Date: 2 Oct 1880
Birth Place: Evansville, Rock, Wisconsin
Father's Name: Francis Aubrey Baker
Mother's name: Julia Maria Southwick born Vermont
The surviving children are Bert F. Baker and Mrs. C. D. Barnard.
The deceased was a member of Union Lodge No. 32, F. & A. M., Evansville Chapter No. 35, R. A. M., and Janesville Commandery No. 2, K. T., and was also a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Modern woodmen of America.
Mr. Baker was a republican in politics and when Evansville was a village was one of its trustees.
He had no church affiliations but adhered with a never ceasing interest to the teachings of Masonry in which he believed with his whole heart, and to the lesson of which he gave heed in all the relations of life. His creed was simple, his life pure and his hope as eternal as the everlasting hills. he believed in man and thus he served his God. No man could have a higher and more ennobling ideal of honest dealing as between man and man. The record he established lives and his works do follow him.
The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the home of Bert Baker on West Main street, and the services will be under the Masonic auspices, Rev. D. Q. Grabill, as Master, officiating, and the interment will be in Maple Hill.
Evansville Review, December 14, 1911, p. 1, col. 3, Evansville, Wisconsin
Julia Maria Southwick Baker (1841 - 1904)
Fred Aaron Baker (1864 - 1924)*
Bert Baker (1878 - 1933)*
Lula Jane Baker Barnard (1880 - 1948)*
Maple Hill Cemetery
Maintained by: John Bracchi
Originally Created by: scottsheat
Record added: Nov 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80570719
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