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 James Baker

James Baker

Death 6 Oct 1921 (aged 64–65)
Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Plot Bl 30 Lot 17 Sp 9
Memorial ID 59758621 · View Source
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OCTOBER 6, 1921


Was a Bachelor and Had No Relatives Here - Nearly $700 in Cash Found in His Pockets

James Baker, about 55 years old, a bachelor with no relatives in this district, was found dead in bed at his room at the Thomas Taylor residence, corner of Central Avenue and Elm Street, this morning. The man had been an invalid for the past two weeks as the result of an injury sustained while he was working on the Butler farm, 16 miles northeast of Carthage, and had been brought to Carthage and taken to a room at the Taylor home while undergoing treatment from a doctor.

Mrs. Taylor had been waiting on the man, carrying his meals to him in his room. This morning when she went to the room with his breakfast, she found him dead. She ran to the home of neighbors, who called the city police. Patrolman James Snyder, who knew Baker, responded. Baker appeared to have been dead several hours.

The sum of $682.15 in cash - $680 in currency and $2.15 in silver - was found in his trousers pocket when Snyder and Constable Ed Hansford made an examination. The money is believed to have been the man's savings, which he had accumulated by working at various jobs.

Baker had been making his home in Carthage for some time. A few weeks ago he obtained work on the Butler farm through Policeman James Snyder. He was hurt be being struck in the back by the end of a wagon tongue when a team ran away.

Baker has a brother in Oklahoma or Texas, it is reported, a cousin in Tennessee and other relatives in Illinois, judging from letters found in his trousers.

Because of the finding of the money, Public Administrator J. C. Hildreth was appointed administrator of the man's estate. Coroner Perry K. Hurlbut of Joplin was notified and came to Carthage. He will conduct an inquest at the Knell Undertaking rooms at 7:30 o'clock tomorrow night. An autopsy also may be held to determine the cause of death.

Dr. W. B. Chapman had been treating the man since he was brought to Carthage, but had not been able to determine the extent of the man's internal injuries.


NOVEMBER 10, 1921


James Baker, who died suddenly here October 6, and who body since has been held in the Knell Undertaking Company's morgue, will be buried tomorrow morning. The Rev. Dr. J. D. McCaughtry, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, will conduct the service at the Knell chapel. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.

The body has been held here more than a month while an effort has been made by the officials to locate relatives. Distant relatives of the man were found in Tennessee, where is also was found Baker had $200. to his credit in a bank there, which he had received from an estate of a relative.

Letters written here state that Baker's wife is dead and that he had three children living, whose whereabouts the relatives did not at present know. They advised that the body be buried and that when the children are located they can come here to attend to settling the estate.

Baker, who had been working odd jobs and had recently gone to work in the country, was hurt in a runaway accident and returned to Carthage. He had room rented at a home on Elm Street, where he was found dead in bed. Death was believed to have been due to internal injuries received in the runaway. The sum of $682 in cash was found in the man's trousers pocket. This money is in the hands of the public administrator.
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