OBITUARY OF MRS. August Schurke Baker (Wilhamina)
-- Kiron News clipping
Mrs. August Baker peacefully passed away Tuesday afternoon at
5:00 o'clock , August 21, 1934 at the home of her son Chas. Baker,
on mile south and two miles east of Kiron following a short period
of illness. Mrs. Baker has been in failing health the past year
and had been most tenderly cared for during this period at the
home of her five sons, Chas. Fred and Louie at Kiron, Willie in
Denison and Albert in Schleswig.
Mrs. Baker, nee Schurke, was born in Preussen, Germany on August
15, 1849. She was united in marriage to August Baker in Germany
in the year 1867 and two months later they immigrated to America.
They settled at Clinton where they remained for seven years. From
there they moved to Crawford county, Stockholm township, locating
on the homestead now occupied by her son, Chas. As early pioneers
they experienced many hardships but labored courageously for better
means for their family. Through pioneer days as well as later
years in Mrs. Baker's life she did many a good deed to neighbors
Mr. Baker passed away in 1917 after which Mrs. Baker moved to
Kiron where she still had her home, but during the last years
has resided with her children.
This union was blessed with nine children of whom five sons survive
to mourn the going of their mother. They are. William, Denison,
Albert, Schleswig, Chas. Fred, and Louie of Kiron. She also leaves
the five daughter in laws, eleven grand children, three great
grandchildren, two brothers, William and August Schurke of Denison,
a large number of other relatives and a host of friends. Mrs.
Baker had reached the age of 85 years and 6 days. Her last illness
came a day before her birthday, August 15, when she had the privilege
of having her five sons and their families with her.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at one o'clock from
her home in Kiron and at two o'clock from the St. Johns Lutheran
church, conducted by Rev. L. H. Loesch. The church was filled
and many outside who came to pay their last respects to this beloved
and respected pioneer. The pall bearers were the five sons, Albert,
Willie, Chas. , Fred and Louie and a nephew, Judge Henry Vauck
of Clay Center, Nebraska. Her two twin grandsons, Lloyd and Lionel
Baker, carried flowers. There were beautiful offerings banked
about the casket. The choir rendered two beautiful hymns. The
remains were laid to rest beside her husband in the Stockholm
Lutheran church cemetery.
Mrs. Baker was a tender and loving mother, sister and friend.
Her passing brings to a close a life well spent and leaves an
empty place in the community, which cannot be filled. She was
highly respected and loved by all who knew her.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vauck and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Vauck of Clay Center
, Nebraska were those from a distance attending the funeral besides
those many friends from Schleswig, Denison, Odebolt, Wall Lake
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