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THE WESTERN STAR, 9 August 1918
Obituary of A. H. BAKER
A. H. BAKER PASSES AWAY.
Was Pioneer Settler in Comanche-co., and One of the Best Known Citizens.

A. H. Baker, who was one of Comanche-co.'s best known and most worthy citizens, died at his home in this city at 6:45 a.m. on last Wednesday, August 7, 1918, after a lingering illness, resulting from paralysis and finally from heart failure. For three or four years past he had been in failing health, but his condition gave no indications of being worse and from that time until death he gradually lost vitality, but he remained conscious practically all of the time up to a few minutes before his death. He had endured much suffering, yet he was patient through it all. His cheerfulness under all circumstances was noted by all who visited him or talked with him. Bodily affliction seemed only to make him more determined to rise above and to keep above mere complaining and an unhappy outlook on life. He approached death serenely and apparently with a feeling of perfect resignation, such a feeling as comes to those who can realize that they have lived in accord with the laws of God and man.

Mr. Baker was a Comanche-co. pioneer, having lived in the county continuously for about 34 years, or ever since the county began to be settled in 1884. Coming to this county from Cowley-co., Kansas., he settled on Bluff Creek a few miles southwest of Protection. There he and his family lived for a number of years. Mr. Baker devoted his time to farming and stock raising, for several years giving considerable attention to sheep, and in all his undertakings he was successful. He finally sold his farm and stock interests and moved to town. For about 11 years before his death he had been a resident of this city, where he had considerable business interests. Mr. baker and his family were acquainted with all that is implied in the term "pioneer" in a new country. They endured many a year of hardships because of partial crop failures and low prices, they knew what it meant to toil, even against many odds, yet the possessed the two essential elements of success, perseverance and stick-to-it-ive-ness. There efforts and their sacrifices were not unrewarded, for in his later years Mr. Baker and his wife, who survives him, enjoyed the blessings of a very quiet, comfortable and pleasant home.

Mr. Baker was well known all over this county and had long been recognized as one of our most useful citizens. He was never a seeker after notoriety, his quiet, unobtrusive disposition being one of his characteristics. He was never an office seeker, preferring, rather the quiet and independence of a private life. In his business relations he was always prompt, honorable and just. He detested hypocrisy and deceit and believed in and practiced honesty and fair play in every transaction. His word was as good as his bond, and thus he won the confidence of all with whom he came in contact. As a husband and father, he was devoted and considerate, as a citizen he was always found on the side of Right and Justice. For many years Mr. Baker had been a member of the Baptist church and his entire life had been lived consistently and with that faith and hope which characterizes the real Christian.

Funeral services are announced to be held from the M. E. church in this city at 2:30 p.m. on next Sunday, Rev. I. W. Bailey of the Baptist church of Gypsum City, Kansas, being in charge.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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