INJURED HAND IN BINDER CAUSE
OF DREADED DISEASE
GEORGE M. BAKER
The community was shocked Saturday night late when the news went out that George M. Baker, whose home was near Homberg, had succumbed to tetanus or lock jaw, as a result of an injury sustained a few weeks ago followed by an operation.
While cutting wheat on his farm five miles west of Golconda some three weeks ago, Mr. Baker had his hand caught in the binding machinery and the needle pierced one finger and otherwise mangled his left arm. He had the arm dressed, and it seemed at first to be getting along but caused him much pain. After two weeks it was decided to amputate the fore finger, which was done by Dr. L. D/ Dusch, and Mr. Baker came to Golconda, where he would be near a doctor for treatment.
A few days after the operation tetanus developed and while serum was secured and administered as an antidote to the germ, he gradually grew worse and death ended his suffering Saturday night.
Deceased was one of the substantial farmers west of town and was born in Rosebud and reared in this county. He leaves a wife and eight children and an aging father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Baker, of Homberg, and other relatives.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Hodgeville with burial in that cemetery. The family has the sympathy of a wide circle of friends here and elsewhere.
Copied from Herald-Enterprise 19 July 1928.
George M. Baker, son of Willis and Emma Baker, was born December 1st, 1883, died at Golconda, Ill. July 14, 1928, aged 44 years, 8 months and 13 days.
He was married to Miss May Dyer, February 22nd, 1909, to which union seven children were born, who, with their mother survives his untimely death.
Deceased was injured a few weeks before his death, when his hand was caught in the machinery of a binder, and inflammation and tetanus developed which caused his death.
George was one of the substantial farmers of Homberg community, and a loyal citizen for everything good for his county. A good husband, father and neighbor is gone home to his reward.
Funeral services were conducted by Eld. W. E. Baker at Bethany church, after which the remains were laid to rest in that cemetery by Undertaker F. E. Rottmann.
Beside a wife and children he leaves an aging father and mother, a brother, Raymond, and one sister.
Copied from Herald-Enterprise 9 August 1928.
Willis Baker (1859 - 1928)
Emma L. Gilliam Baker (1856 - 1930)
Alpha M. Baker (1887 - ____)
Hal Baker (1881 - 1926)*
George M. Baker (1883 - 1928)
Caswell Raymond Baker (1893 - 1928)*
Bethany Church Cemetery
Created by: Melissa Clayton Key
Record added: Mar 02, 2009
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