|Birth: ||Jul. 6, 1877|
Daughter of William L. Pendergrass, Born Jun 23, 1841 in South Carolina and Died Jul 9, 1925 in Alfalfa, Oklahoma and Sarah Jane Davis, Born Jun 12, 1853 in Mississippi and died Jul 25, 1944, in Alfalfa, Oklahoma.
Published in The Carnegie Herald, Carnegie, Caddo Co., OK
Wednesday, January 28, 1959
Pioneer Alfalfa Woman’s Service Held Wednesday
Funeral services for Mrs. Lewis T. Baker, pioneer Alfalfa resident who died Monday after a lengthy illness, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Alfalfa Baptist church. Rev. Walter Williams, pastor of the Sharon church, near Gotebo, officiated, assisted by Rev. Jess Thornton, Carnegie.
Mrs. Baker had been in ill health about two years. She was 82 years old.
Born on July 6, 1877, in Sabougla county, Miss., she later moved with her parents to southwest Missouri. She grew to womanhood in the community of Diamond, then moved with the family to a farm northwest of Alfalfa in 1901. She was a pioneer school teacher in this area.
She was married to Lewis T. Baker on December 23, 1906, and they made their home in the Silver Moon community until they moved to Carnegie in 1946. She was a member of the Baptist church. Her husband preceded her in death September 6, 1957.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lottie Passmore and Mrs. Ruth Rhodes; one son, Walter; one sister, Mrs. Mable Moss, all of Carnegie; one brother, Dr. John Pendergrass of Nicoma Park, Okla., nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The Carnegie Herald, Wed., Dec. 12, 1956
Bakers Will Celebrate Golden Wedding Sunday
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Baker will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday, December 23, in their home at 129 Fourth Street.
Mr. Baker came with his parents to Oklahoma from Iowa in 1903 while Mrs. Baker is a native of Mississippi. She grew to womanhood in Missouri and moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Pendergrass, to Oklahoma in 1901, settling on a farm northwest of Carnegie. She taught school at Fair View and Silver Moon in the early days.
Mrs. Baker remembers when Carnegie was located north of the river and consisted of two grocery stores owned and operated by Sprout brothers and Wilson and Son, a harness shop operated by Henry Campbell and Dr. Welch's office. She also remembers Silver Moon being the center of social activities for families northwest of Carnegie. Sunday school was held there and that is where the romance of the couple began.
They first met at a "Singing" held in the Charlie Steadman home. On a certain Sunday when they were the only young couple present at Sunday school, Mr. Baker asked to see her home and that's where the "Yankee and Rebel" courtship began.
They were united in marriage on December 23, 1906, in the home of the bride's parents with Rev. N.E. Mitchell, pastor of the Alfalfa Baptist church officiating. Mr. Baker had bought a farm and there they made their home and reared a family of two daughters, Mr. Lottie Passmore and Mrs. Ruth Rhodes, and one son, Walter. They have nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Forty-six years were spent on the farm. They sold the farm to the son and moved to Carnegie ten years ago. Farm life had become too rugged and lonely.
Sunday, December 23, 1956, will climax 50 years of married happiness. Among the guest present at the wedding who are still living are Charlie, Will and Leo Jones, Mrs. Pearl Jones Giles, Sherd James, Dr. John Pendergrass and part of the Buck Riley family. Mr. and Mrs. Baker plan to continue to make Carnegie their home.
William Lucerne Pendergrass (1841 - 1925)
Lewis Taylor Baker (1879 - 1957)
Lottie Mae Baker Passmore (1910 - 1978)*
Leora Ruth Baker Harris (1914 - 2006)*
Walter William Baker (1916 - 1976)*
Created by: Robin & Beverly Kellison
Record added: Feb 08, 2008
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