Genealogy Trails' Kansas


Howard Courant-Citizen - April 1967


BABB - Gertie Richardson, daughter of Henry and Julia Richardson, was born January 12, 1889, at DeWitt, Nebraska, and departed this life at the Sedan hospital, April 13, 1967, at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 1 day.

She moved with her parents to near Severy, Kansas in 1899. On December 25, 1906, she married Wiley Friend and to this union were born three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Ethel Criger, Mrs. Violet Hebb, Mrs. Della Cox, Vern Friend, all of Howard, and Forrest Friend who preceded her in death in 1928. She was married to Burlen Babb, who passed away in 1958. She was a member of the First Baptist church in Howard and attended faithfully while her health permitted. She enjoyed doing things for others and looked forward to the visits of her children.

She leaves to mourn her passing her three daughters and one son; one daughter-in-law, Florence; two sons-in-law, Clad Criger and Millard Cox. One son-in-law, Martin Hebb, preceded her in death. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; five brothers and three sisters, Jesse of Howard; Orvel of Piedmont; Henry of Rantoul; Walter of Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma; Arthur of Freedom, California; Chloe Morgan of Howard; Elsie Shumard of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Ida Babb of Hazelton. Her mother, father, four brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held on Saturday April 15, at 2:00 p.m., in the Spurrier-Watt chapel, Howard, with the Rev. Ralph Olsen, pastor of the Howard Baptist church officiating. Music was presented my Mrs. Curtis Morgan, accompanied by Mrs. Robin Smith at the organ. Casket bearers were Willard L. Morss, Holly M. Miller, Harvey VanBuskirk, Bill Gragg, Roy B. Miller and Elwood Miller. Concluding services and burial were in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Howard, Kansas.

Unknown Newspaper - September 1, 1988

MRS. AVAS A. BACUS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Avas Aliene Bacus, 79, homemaker and retired teacher, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 1988. Service 2 p.m. today, United Methodist Church.

Survivors: husband, John; brother, James Wood of Veneta, Okla.; sisters, Othello McSpadden of Moline, Genece Jones of Wellington, Marjorie Hammond of Wichita.

Watt Funeral Home, Moline.
**Note: Interment in Greenlawn Cemetery, Grenola, Ks.**

March 1991


John Wesley Bacus, 82, at Grenola, died Friday, March 15, 1991, at Elk Manor Nursing Home, Moline, Kansas. He was born October 8, 1908, in Howard, Kansas, to Edson Hunter and Emma Lucretia (Osborn) Bacus. He was a grain elevator operator for many years in Grenola, and a member of the Grenola United Methodist Church.

On April 23, 1939, he and Avis Aliene Wood were united in marriage. She preceded him in death on September 1, 1988.

Survivors include one brother, Elvy ‘Bill’ Bacus of Mesa, Arizona; and two sisters, Opal Makemson of Mesa, Arizona, and Laveda Hunt of Chandler, Arizona.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 20, 1991, at 1:30 p.m., in the Grenola United Methodist Church Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Grenola. Rev. LaDonna Carey officiated. Watt Funeral Home, Moline, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial has been established in his name with the Alzhcimers Disease & Related Disorders, P0 Box 2763, Wichita, KS 67201.

Unknown Newspaper - December 23, 1990

MR. HERMAN W. BAER - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

MOLINE - Herman Walter Baer, 75, a former resident of Moline, died Sunday at the Mount Hope Nursing Center, Mount Hope.

A vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Watt Funeral Home.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Father David O'Leary officiating.

Mr. Baer was born Jan. 2, 1915, in Blancerville, Wis., to John and Johanna (Fleck) Baer.

He was a retired cheese maker, a member of Resurrection Catholic Church, Wichita, and a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Moline.

On July 31, 1948, in Moline, he married Maureen Hogan. She died in 1977.

Survivors include one son, David Baer, Trumbull, Conn.; two daughters, Debbie Camp and Kathleen Malone, both of Wichita; one brother, William Baer, Omaha, Neb.; and five grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the Lorraine Center, 656 S. Chautauqua, Wichita, Kan. 67211.

May 1934


They say Charley Bagby, an old resident of this community, who grew to manhood here was buried Friday afternoon. The funeral was held at Rule school house. The relatives have the sympathy of the friends of this community.

Unknown Newspaper - January 28, 2000

MRS. HELEN L. BAILEY - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

SEDAN - Helen Long Bailey, 91, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., died Friday in Lehigh Acres.

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Moline United Methodist Church with burial in Moline Cemetery, under the direction of Graves-Baird Funeral Home. The Rev. Gary Parsons, Methodist pastor, will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Bailey was born Oct. 13, 1908, at Copan, Okla., to Raleigh and Elizabeth (Grant) Van Gundy. She was an insurance agent.

She married George W. Bailey, and he died in 1976.

Survivors include a brother, Richard Van Gundy, Salina; and two sisters, Ruth Ritchards and Alice Parrish, both of Lehigh Acres.

Independence Reporter - January 12, 1988

MR. LEE L. BAILEY - Submitted by L. Morgan

MOLINE-- Lee L. Bailey, 92, of Moline, died Monday morning at his home.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Watt Funeral Home in Moline with burial at Elk Falls cemetery.

Mr. Bailey was born March 19, 1895 in Ornaga, to Everett and Margaret (Flowers) Bailey. He was a veteran of World War I, and a self employed portrait photographer. He started Bailey Studio in 1913 in Moline and operated it until his death.

He was a member of the IOOF Lodge, the Veterans of World War I, and the American Legion. He attended the United Methodist church in Moline and the Epiphany Episcopal church in Sedan.

Among the survivors is a sister-in-law, Maude Bailey, Moline.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the church of the donor’s choice.

Howard Courant-Citizen - May 3, 1951

MRS. MAGGIE E. BAILEY - Submitted by L. Morgan

Maggie E. Flowers, daughter of George S. and Louise Flowers was born October 13, 1854 at Pilot Grove, Indiana. The family left Indiana when she was a small child and resided in Minnesota for a brief period, then came to Kansas. She was married to Rufus Snedeker September 14, 1872. To this union two children were born, John, now deceased, and Maud. On February 16, 1880 she was united in marriage to Everett Bailey. To this union thirteen children were born, four of them, Myrtle, Ralph, Grace and George Everett dying in infancy.

Mr. and Mrs. Bailey came to Elk county in 1903 and resided near Elk Falls, moving to Moline in 1910, where they lived the rest of their lives. Mr. Bailey passed away September 19, 1932.

Mrs. Bailey was a lifelong member of the Methodist church having been baptized and received at the age of four years. She placed her membership in the Methodist church in Moline in 1916.

Mother Bailey, as she was affectionately called by the community was a woman of strong and worthy character, positive in her views and in her faith, keeping a deep interest in life in general and her community in particular and loved by her family and her wide circle of friends. She was very proud of her advanced age and had a desire to live to be 100 years old. She became ill about four months ago, but her spirit refused to give up easily in spite of her long years. She passed away Wednesday, April 18, 1951 at the age of 96 years, seven months, six days.

The surviving children are: Maud Jenkins, Los Angeles, California; Alta Boulton, Howard, Kansas; Lura Alexander, Huntington Park, California; Pearl Collins, Plains, Kansas; Earl, Robert, Lee L. Cecil, Willard and May Hopper all of Moline.

There are also four grandchildren: Helen Knabe, Lois Shankland, Neta Beeler and Mildred Idanez and great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 21, 1951, at the Rarick chapel in Moline, Kansas conducted by pastor O.W. Dewey. Mrs. Hattie Shaffer played a piano solo.

Burial was made in the family lot in the Elk Falls cemetery. -- Moline Advance.

(abbreviated obit)

Unknown Newspaper - June 1989

MRS. MAUDE BAILEY - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

MOLINE - Maude Mary Bailey of Moline died Saturday at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Winfield, where she had been a resident for about two weeks.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Moline First Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Anthony Simowitz and the Rev. Albert Atkinson. Burial will be in the Elk Falls Cemetery, under the direction of the Watt Funeral Home of Moline.

Memorials may be established with the church of the donor's choice, or with the KU Center for Basic Cancer Research.

She was born Aug. 5, 1900, near Howard, the daughter of David A. and Nona (Lynch) Cougher.

On Feb. 15, 1920, at Howard, she married Cecil D. Bailey. He died in 1976.

Mrs. Bailey was a member of the Moline First Baptist Church, the AFC Sunday School Class, the Howard Rebekah Lodge, the American Legion auxiliary, and the Royal Neighbors.

Survivors include two granddaughters which were reared by Mrs. Bailey: Nona Kay Sumner of Moline and Sandra Greer of Winfield; one sister, Esther Wilson of Moline; and four great-grandchildren.

Unknown Newspaper - February 1966

MR. W. S. BAILEY - Submitted by Dan Durbin

W. S. Bailey Services Held
W. S. Bailey, 87, passed away last Saturday in the West Plains, (Missouri) Memorial Hospital, where he had been for a month following a severe stroke. Mr. Bailey was born in Hickory County, Mo., on Nov. 12, 1878 and came to Kansas while yet a child. He farmed for years in the Moline vicinity.

Survivors include the wife, Opal, of the home in West Plains, Mo.; three sons, Harold of Oklahoma City, Bill and Gene of California; a stepson, Dean of California; two daughters, Mrs. Fannie Lawless of Elk Falls and Mrs. Inez Burg of Moline and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Watt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Adams officiating. Interment was in the Moline Cemetery.

Prairie Star - May 27, 2009


Alma L. Rainier. 88, passed away Saturday night, May 23, 2009 at her home in Grenola.

Born Jan., 17, 1921, in Leeds. Kan., she the daughter of Silas Russell and Mamie Anne (Lambert) Burdett. She was raised in Leeds and Cedar Vale and graduated from Cedar Vale High School.

Alma was united in marriage to Albert LeRoy "Roy" Gilliam in 1940 in Sedan. To this union, three children were born. Roy preceded her in death.

She married Cleo D. Bainter on Nov. 17, 1980 in Arkansas City, Kan. They made their home on a farm 10 miles east of Winfield. In 1996, the couple moved to Grenola. Cleo preceded her in death on June 13, 2001.

Alma worked as a CNA and a CMA for several years. She later owned and operated several restaurants. She was an artist. She enjoyed ceramics, porcelain painting, and all kinds of arts and crafts. She loved cooking for and taking care of her family and friends. Alma never stopped living for the future.

Her family includes; her son: Harold LeRoy Gilliam and wife, E. Colleen of Springdale, Ark.; her daughter: Deloris Jean Sutton and husband, Joe of Sedan; her brothers: James Alfred Burdett of Sedan and Lambert Allen of Grenola; her sister: Mary Alice Allison of Grenola; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Alma was preceded in death by an infant son, Larry David Gilliam, and a brother, Samuel Edward Burdett.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday morning, May 28, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Interment will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery north of Arkansas City. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5 to 9. The family will greet friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Memorials have been established in Alma's name for the American Diabetes Foundation. Grenola Christian Church and for the American Heart Asociation. Conributios may be made hrough he funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at

Sedan Times-Star - June 20, 2001


Cleo D. Bainter, age 87, of Grenola, Kansas, passed away Wednesday evening, June 13, 2001, at Via Christi/St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, KS.

Born March 4, 1914 on a farm northwest of Oxford, KS, he was the son of John and Martha Bainter. He was raised in Oxford and attended school there. As a young man, he helped his father on the family farm.

He married Mabel Fearmax and she preceded him in death. Cleo was employed with the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center in the Maintenance Department and retired in 1979.

On November 17, 1980, he was united in marriage to Alma L. Burdett in Arkansas City, KS. They made their home on a farm ten miles east of Winfield. In 1996, they moved to Grenola, KS. He resided there until April 2001 and then entered the Cedar Vale Community Hospital Long Term Care Center. He was a resident there until his death.

Cleo was a member of the Grenola Christian Church and had just been baptized on June 10, 2001. Besides being a lifelong farmer, Cleo enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, dancing and bingo.

His family includes his wife, Alma, of the home, stepson, H. L. Gilliam and wife, Colleen, Springdale, AR, stepdaughter, Deloris Sutton and husband, Joe, Sedan, KS, step grandchildren, Jason Gilliam, Cheryl Nida, Jody Sutton, Jeff Sutton, John Sutton, Dana Burgess, Dorothy Reese, Jenny Hutching and seventeen step great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Mabel, he was preceded in death by two step grandchildren, Lori Ledbetter and Curtis Norris.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 16, 2001, at 2:00 p.m. at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Interment followed at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery north of Arkansas City; KS.

Memorials have been established in Mr. Bainters name for the Grenola Christian Church and the Cedar Vale Hospital Activity Fund. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

The Winfield Courier - January 23, 2010

MRS. DONNA BAIR - Submitted by L. Morgan

DALLAS — Donna Bair, 73, of Dallas, Texas, died Dec. 18, 2009.

Services were 10 a.m. Dec. 22 in Laurel Land Memorial Chapel, 6000 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75232.

Memorials are to the First United Methodist Church Missions, 403 Main St. Duncanville, TX 75116.

Online condolences may be made to

Mrs. Bair was born Oct. 17, 1936, in Howard, to Ray and Mary (Webster) Stark.

She was a longtime medical lab technician.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Donald Bair.

Survivors include her mother, Mary Barnes, Howard; her sons, Jerry Bair, Duncanville, and Ray Bair, San Francisco, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Howard Courant - December 25, 1891


Died, at his home, near Howard, Ks., Sunday morning, Dec. 20, 1891, at 2 a.m., Hardiman Baird, aged 78 years, 7 months and 3 days. Mr. Baird was born in Bath county, Ky., on the 17th day of May 1813, where he lived until he came to Howard, about 12 years ago. He has always been a moral, law abiding citizen, a kind husband and father, and his aged wife and several sons and daughters have the sympathies of all. Mr. Baird was not a member of any church, although he was converted to religious belief under the labors of the great Kentucky revivalist, George O. Barnes, in 1875; however his sympathies were with the Methodist church and the funeral services were conducted by J.N. Young, of that denomination. Hardiman Baird was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and held a dimit from Newton Lodge No. 286, A.F.& A.M. of Bethel, Ky.

Howard Courant - December 14, 1922

MR. SAMUEL S. BAIRDSubmitted by L. Morgan

Samuel Sanford Baird was born at Wyoming, Bath county, Kentucky, on February 12th, 1839, and passed away at the home of his daughter, near Howard, December 7th, 1922. aged 83 years, 10 months and 5 days.

He was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Anderson, May 4th, 1869. To this union were born two sons and three daughters. The wife and mother and two daughters, Miss Jennie H. Baird and Mrs. Lizzie Morgan, proceeded him in death. Two sons, E. C. Baird of St. Joseph. Missouri, and W. S. Baird of Hazelton, Idaho, and one daughter, Mrs. B. J. Corbin, are left to mourn the loss of father, together with grand children and other relatives and a host of friends.

Mr. Baird united with the Christian church at an early age, was always faithful in attendance until ten years ago he had a great misfortune that left him entirely blind. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity for many years. During the Civil War he served as a private in Company B, 10th Kentucky Cavalry. He had been a resident of Kansas for forty years.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church of Howard, Sunday, December 10th, at 2 o’clock, conducted by the minister, Miss Lucie M. White, assisted by Rev, S. N. Fear, the G. A. R. and Ladies Circle.

Burial was in Grace Lawn cemetery, services at the grave being conducted by the Masonic lodge.

Prairie Star - April 29, 2015


Elizabeth J. Bajew was born May 20, 1933, in Moline to Paul Joseph Welch and Grace (Fleming) Welch. She passed away on April 18, 2015 in Katy, Texas.

She graduated high school from Sacred Heart Academy in Wichita. After high school, Elizabeth served as a Staff Sergeant in the U. S. Air Force from 1951 to 1956.

While stationed in Liverpool, England, she met and married Eugene Bajew; the two were married for 37 years and had three children, Andre, Nick and Cathy.

Elizabeth served in civil service for over 20 years, including acting as assistant to a five star general in the U.S. Army. Elizabeth’s service and dedication earned her several awards, including the Civilian Superior Service Award.

Elizabeth was a woman of great faith who loved her family dearly and enjoyed writing, particularly poetry.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, and nine brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Andre and Teresa Bajew, Nick Bajew and Diane Lopez, and Cathy Bajew. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Daniel Bajew, Brian Bajew, Allie Bajew, Lance Hartman, Andrew Bajew, Elizabeth Lieber, and Tyler Hartman. Elizabeth is also survived by her sister, Pauline Holzmeister and her husband, Abe, of Salina; and sister-in-law, Viola Welch, of Moline.

The Moline Advance - August 26, 1937

Mr. ALBERT H. BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Another One of Our Pioneers Has Left Us

On August 19, 1937, A. H. Baker, one of our Christain pioneers departed this life after a long spent course of 89 years. He perservered and became not only an honoured pioneer of this community, but for his country. His teachings among his fellowmen were for them to believe in something that is great and good, to believe in the future of your community, to believe in the goodness of your people and in the watchfulness and care of God, the Father of us all. Mr. Baker spent many long, hard years of leanness and toil, but the pioneer spirit helped to carry him through to a fulfillment of dreams of the future. This good Christian man had been taught that it is your duty to work, to suffer if necessary to overcome difficulties and hardships of life.

A. H. Baker moved from Southern Illinois to Kansas in 1871--took up 160 acres of land, paid $1.25 per acre to the government--improved it and lived on this claim for several years when he sold it. He bought a farm on Elk river north of Elk Falls where he lived a number of years. After this farm was sold, Mr. Baker went into the hardware business at Elk Falls in partnership with George Fain. After years of experience in the hardware business he sold out, putting his money into stocks in the zinc mines in Joplin, Missouri, which proved to be a successful adventure.

After the sale of the zinc stock, he moved to Moline and started a racket store, managed by himself and his two sons, Byron and Jay. He sold the racket store to go to work for the Moline Mercantile Co. owned by Rettig and Johns. His health began to fail while he was working for the Mercantile, so he retired from active life to private life at his home in Moline, Kansas, where he lives a social and devoted life to his family, community and church,of which he was a true and devout Christain worker.


Albert Haines Baker, oldest son of George and Caroline Baker, was born November 29th, 1847, at Fairfield, Illinois. He passed away at his home in Moline Kansas, August 19th, 1938, aged 89 years, 8 months and 20 days.

While still a young man, he moved with his parents to Elk Falls, Kansas. Here he was married to Florence DeEtte Fancher, December 2, 1877. To this union was born four children: Effie Florence, who died in infancy; Maude, John Jay and Albert Byron.

He was engaged in the Mercantile business in Elk Falls, Webb City, Missouri and Moline until about 15 years ago when his eyesight became impaired and he was forced to give it up.

He united with the Methodist Episcopal church while he still lived in Elk Falls and he remained a true and faithful servant of the Lord since that time, having been very active in church affairs until the last few years. He was a member of the Gospel Team for several years and the influence of this group is still felt in this community.

He was a member of the Masonic lodge A F & A. M. of Moline.

His wife preceded him in death just last February 3rd after they had spent a life of over 59 years together.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his daughter Maude Spray of Moline; two sons, J. Jay Baker of Palo Alto California, and Byron Baker of Moline; one granddaughter Virginia Baker of Palo Alto, California, and one grandson, byron Spray of Moline; one brother, Theodore Baker of Moline; three sisters, Mrs. Rhodina Webb of Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Sybl Mathes of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Mrs. Amanda Taylor of Terry, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church in Moline by Belle Reid Yates of Grenola at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, August 22.

June 1988


Alfred Earl Baker was born to Gertie Zollars and Allie Leban Baker on June 17, 1911 at Arlington. He married Delora Fayc Holtsclaw on June 10, 1935. To this union, five children were born. Alfreda Foote of Pasco, Wash.; James of Colton, Calif.; Bonnie Newman of Sedan; Clifford of Moline; and Delbert of Sedan. Alfred also leaves 13 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren, two sisters, Marie Vestal of Howard; and Juanita King of Wichita Falls, Texas; and nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death arc his parents, two brothers, Walter and Trity; and one grandson, Donald Foote.

Alfred was baptized in 1935 and spent his youth and early married years as a farmer in the Longton and Upola communities. After giving up farming, he worked at the State Soldier’s Home in Fort Dodge; DeCoursey’s Creamery and the Santa Fe Railroad in Moline.

After his early retirement, Alfred spent his remaining years doing odd jobs in the Moline Community. Alfred will be remembered for his many years and hours mowing, an activity he always enjoyed.

He enjoyed visiting and telling of his many stories of the past. He made many friends during his life including the 34 years at 704 North Main in Moline. before passing away on June 14, 1988 at the age of 76.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 18, at 11:00 a.m. at the Watt Funeral Home Chapel. Ted Davis, Pastor of the Longton Baptist Church officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Gene Williams, John Mann, Bill Wolfe, Dennis Hogan, Glenn Coble and Jim Roberts. Alice Olson provided music on the organ. Graveside service was held at 1:00 p.m. at the Longton Cemetery with Ted Davis officiating. Watt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A memorial in Alfred’s name has been established to the Shalom organization at Moline.

Unknown Newspaper - March 23, 1946

MRS. ANNA R. BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Anna Rebecca Webb was born in Otto-Kankakee county, Illinois, August 20, 1858 and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lottie Rettig in Gresham, Oregon, March 23rd, 1946 at the age of 87 years.

She came to Kansas with her parents at the age of thirteen years, locating on a claim three miles south of Moline.

She was married to Theodore Baker at Elk Falls, Kansas, October 1st, 1876. To this union three sons and four daughters were born.

Mr. Baker, two sons and one daughter have preceded her in death.

Surviving are; John Baker of Moline, Kansas; Mrs. Lottie Rettig of Gresham, Oregon; Mrs. Kitty Grooms of Mooreseville, North Carolina and Mrs. Clara Fennell of South Carolina. A large number of grandchildren and great grandchildren, also one sister, Mrs. Florence Womacks of Moline, Kansas.

Mr. and Mrs. Baker had their sixty-ninth wedding anniversary. Older residents of this community will remember them as early pioneers who endured the early day hardships to help build this community.

Funeral services were held from the Rarick Mortuary, Wednesday, March 27 at 2:00 p.m. conducted by Rev. W. E. VanPatten, pastor of the Moline and Grenola Methodist churches. Interment in the Moline cemetery.

The Moline Review - December 14, 1900

MRS. CAROLINE E. BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Grandma Baker at Rest
Caroline Elizabeth Baker was born in Kentucky, September 22, 1827, and died at her home three miles south of Moline, December, 6, 1900, of dropsy. Her age was 73 years, 2 months and 14 days.

Mother Baker moved with her parents while yet young, to St. Louis and later to Wayne county, Illinois where on Sept. 17, 1844, she was married to George Baker, who still survives. Their union was blessed with ten children, three sons and seven daughters, of whom nine now live to mourn the loss of a most affectionate and tender mother.

Mrs. Mary J. Book, Mrs. Rhodina Webb, Mr. A. H. and Mr. Martin Baker, of Moline, Kansas; Mrs. Sibbil Ford and Theodore Baker, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; Mrs. Sarah A. Powell, of Boylston, Illinois; Mrs. Amanda Taylor, of Greenfield, Missouri; and Malvina Brisendine, of Cherryvale, Kansas, are the children all of whom have grown to be highly respected men and women of the several communities where they live.

Mr. and Mrs. Baker moved to Kansas in 1871, settling near Elk Falls, where they were held in the highest esteem by all who enjoyed their acquaintance. Grandma Baker became a member of the M. E. church at the age of sixteen and lived a true and faithful Christian life for fifty-seven years, during which time she did much for the sick and the poor, never missing an opportunity to bring sunshine and hope into the homes and hearts of her neighbors and friends.

Fifty-seven years of unceasing labor for her Father's kingdom was rewarded while here by sincere and profound respect and admiration of her friends, and her heavenly reward will be in no degree less than her well-doing while with us.

Mother Baker was made t feel that her labors were not in vain and the day before she died expressed a willingness to pass from her earthly home into the great beyond.

Rev. J. P. Armstrong, of the M. E. church of Moline, administered the last sad rites for the dead.

After a long life of usefulness, Mother Baker rests in the Ames Chapel cemetery.

Peace to a mother's sacred memory.

- November 1906

MR. DAVID BAKER - Submitted by L. Morgan

Died - At the home of his son, near Crawford, Nebraska, on November 25, 1906, David Baker, aged 87 years, 5 months and 20 days.

David Baker was born June 5, 1819, at Houlton, Aroostock Co., Me. At the age of fourteen he moved with his parents to Aylmer, Ontario, Canada, at which place he was united in marriage to Rebecca Abell. Later in life he resided in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas.

On the 34th of September, 1864, he enlisted as a volunteer in the First Iowa Battery, Company of Captain Grey, and served to the end of the war, at which time he was honorably discharged. His complete record of service and a copy of his discharge may be found in Carnahan's Manuel of the Civil War. He participated in the battle of Nashville, under General Thomas; also in various other Union battles, for which service he was ranked highly as a citizen soldier.

Mr. Baker united with the Seventh-Day Adventist church about ten years ago, prior to which time he had been a trusted member of the Baptist church from early manhood.

His wife died at the home of his son Arthur less than one year ago. He leaves four daughters and one son, Arthur D. Baker, to mourn his loss.

Sedan Times-Star - December 28, 2005


SEDAN - Delora Fay Baker, 89, of Sedan, Kan., former longtime Moline and Longton resident, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City, Kan.

She was born Jan. 29, 1916, at Upola, Kan. northeast of Longton to Walter and Della (Edwards) Holtzclaw. She grew up in the Upola and Longton area, where she received her education.

On June 10, 1935, she married Alfred Baker at Fredonia. Following their marriage, they lived in the Longton area until moving to Moline in the 1940’s. Mr. Baker preceded her in death on June 14, 1988. After Mr. Baker’s death, she continued making her home in Moline until moving to Sedan in 1998 to make her home with her daughter.

For many years, Mrs. Baker sold Tupperware, Blair Products and was a greeting card sales representative. Later she began working at Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline. While working at Elk Manor, she became a CNA and CMA. She continued working until shortly before moving to Sedan.

She was a member of the Christadelphian Ecclesia in Longton.

Survivors include three Sons, James Baker and Clifford Baker, both of Moline, and Delbert Baker, Colorado; one daughter, Kathie Newman, Sedan; 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, Alfreda Foote in 2000, two brothers, two sisters and two grandsons.

Services were at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at the Christadelphian Ecclesia in Longton. Burial was in the Upola Cemetery northeast of Longton.

The family suggests memorials to the Christadelphian Ecclesia in Longton; contribution may be left with the funeral home. David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Sedan was in charge of arrangements.

Unknown Newspaper - June 2005


HOWARD — Edith Lujane Baker, 56, of rural Elk Falls, died Thursday at her home.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Chapel in Elk Falls with Pastor Steve Bliss officiating. Interment will be in Elk Falls Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Friends of Elk Falls, and they may be left with Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard.

Ms. Baker was born on May 31, 1949 at Newton to Harold and Vesta (Everett) Olney. She graduated from high school at Sedgwick.

She attended Venus Hairstyling Academy and founded "The Albatross" hairstyling business in Newton which she operated for 12 years. She later completed a degree in nursing at Hutchinson Junior College and was employed as a registered nurse at Halstead Hospital in Halstead and Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. In 1995, she moved to Howard and founded "Old Church Quilts ..and More." She operated the quilting business for several years before moving to Elk Falls in the late 1990s. She was currently the owner and operator of "Quilts and More" in Elk Falls.

Ms. Baker was a member of the National Quilting Association, the National Machine Quilters Association, the American Legion Auxiliary of Newton, the Friends of Elk Falls, and Calvary Chapel in Elk Falls.

She is survived by two brothers, Bill Olney, Moodus, Conn., and Joe Olney, Newton; and two sisters, Jessie Kahle, Americus, and Peggy Koehn, Halstead.

The Moline Review - April 1907

MR. GEORGE BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Death of George Baker
George Baker was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, on April 3, 1823, and died at Moline, Kansas, April 13, 1907, having attained the ripe old age of 84 years and 10 days. At the age of 19 he moved with his father to Wayne county, Illinois, when 23 years of age he married Caroline Elizabeth Cross. In 1874 he moved with his family to Elk Falls, Kansas, where he lived until a few years ago.

Six years ago his companion passed on before into that heavenly clime whither also one child also has gone leaving nine sons and daughters to mourn the loss of a father. Three sons, A. H., Theodore and Martin, live in or near Moline, as also do two daughters, Mrs. J. J. Webb and Mrs. George Book. Other daughters are Mrs. Malvina Brisendine, of Thayer, Kan.; Mrs. Amanda Taylor, of Sylvana, Mo., and Mrs. Libbie Ford and Mrs. Sarah Thurston, of Siloam Springs, Ark.

Mr. Baker profess the faith of the M. E church in 1854, and being of a fewvent religious nature he has been a faithful and active worker in the church ever since. He was always in his place in church and was greatly missed in its services when illness compelled his absence.

Mr. Baker was a good upright citizen and is greatly missed by all.

The Moline Advance - March 13, 1930

MR. GEORGE M. BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

George Baker, well known here, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Baker, met a tragic death Tuesday afternoon at Cottonwood Falls, where he was at work with an oil drilling rig.

Mr. Baker was at the top of the derrick making some adjustments when his fellow worker not knowing where he was started the engine and George was crushed with the turning of the wheel where he was at work. As soon as George realized what was happening he cried out and the man at the engine stopped it but in the one turn of the wheel George was so badly crushed that he died in a few hours from the loss of blood and shock at 6:30 p.m. in a hospital at Emporia where he had been taken.

Charles F. Rarick and Edwin Saffels went to Emporia Tuesday night and brought the body here. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church at 2:00 p. m. Friday.

Mr. Baker leaves his wife and three children, Virginia 10 years old, Bobbie 6 years old and Jack one year old. George was 33 years old. He was an honorable and upright young man who will be missed not only by his immediate family but by the whole community here where he grew to manhood.

THE MOLINE ADVANCE - March 20, 1930

George Milton Baker was born in Moline, Kansas, December 18, 1896, and departed this life March 11, 1930, at Emporia, Kansas, age 33 years, 2 months and 21 days. His entire life was spent in Elk county, Kansas, except three years in Oregon.

He was united in marriage to Helen Stafford at Bend, Oregon, in November 24, 1917.

On September 5th, 1918 he answered his Country's call in the World War. At this time many other Moline boys left with George in Third Company Second Battalion, 164 Depot Brigade at Camp Funston. He was honorably discharged December 14, 1918.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Virginia; two sons, Bobby and baby John; his father and mother, one brother and three sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Baker of Moline, Kansas; Mr. John Baker of Grants Pass, Oregon; Mrs. Lottie Rettig of Moline, Kansas; Mrs. Kitty Groom of Greenville, North Carolina, and Mrs. Clara Longacre of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Besides a host of other relatives and friends, one brother in infancy and Mrs. Jessie Dawson preceded him in death.

He was converted during the Roses meetings and joined the Baptist church in 1923 and remained a sincere Christian.

George as a boy was a kind and loving son and continued the same as a father and husband. His greatest pleasure in life was to be with his family and home. In daily life he was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. In his passing the entire community will cherish his memory as he was a friend to all who knew him.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Moline Friday afternoon, March 14th at 2:30 conducted by Rev. Sidney Hawkins, the pastor of the Christian church and body was laid to rest in the Moline cemetery with the American Legion ritualistic service.

Unknown Newspaper - April 4,1988

MR. JOHN D. BAKER - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

MOLINE - John Dean Baker, 71, of Grenola, died Friday at his home.

Graveside services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola with the Rev. Wallace Wartick, pastor of the Christian church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Watt Funeral Home.

Mr. Baker was born on Nov. 5, 1916, at Grenola, to John H. and Nellie Dean (Keck) Baker.

He was a World War II veteran.

Survivors include a sister, Viola Baker, Moline.

Memorials may be sent to the Grenola Christian Church.

Prairie Star - February 13, 2013


Mary Elizabeth Baker, age 95, a resident of Albuquerque, N.M., and formerly of Howard, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Las Palomas Care and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on June 10, 1917 in Elgin, the daughter of Cornelius Ray and Roxie Marie (Stroble) Wiseman.

Mary was united in marriage to William “Bill” Baker on May 6, 1950 in Washington County, Ark. Bill and Mary met in the restaurant she owned at that time in Howard. Soon after marriage they moved to Wichita, where they lived until 1967 when they moved to Coffeyville, Kan. They returned to Howard in 1984.

Mary was a member of the First Baptist Church in Howard and the American Legion Auxiliary, and she worked as a volunteer at the Friendship Meals Senior Center for over 15 years.

Mary is survived by one son Donald Baker of Long Beach, Calif., one daughter Kathleen Lyon of Albuquerque, N.M., three brothers, Louis Wiseman of Howard, John Wiseman of Amarillo, Texas, and Robert Wiseman of Decatur, Texas, two sisters, Lena Tajchman of Omaha, Neb., and Marie Stauffer of Checotah, Okla., three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Baker, one daughter Judy Bennett and four brothers, Kenton Wiseman, Milo Wiseman, J.C. Wiseman and Ivan Wiseman.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Howard. Interment was at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to either the First Baptist Church, American Legion Auxiliary or Friendship Meals and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolence may be left for the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.

Unknown Newspaper - June 21, 1966

MRS. NANCY A. BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Rites Held For Nancy Baker
Mrs. Nancy Ann Baker, 72, wife of A. Byron Baker, Moline, died in her home Tues., June 21 of a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Thursday in the Chapel of the Watt Funeral Home and burial was in the Moline Cemetery.

Mrs. Baker was born near Grenola, Oct. 14, 1893, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Brady) Smith.

She was married in Moline Mar. 15, 1918 to A. Byron Baker who survives at the home.

Mrs. Baker was a member of the Moline Methodist Church and of the Neptune Chapter of the O.E.S. at Moline.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two brothers; William M. Smith, Moline and Bert E. Smith, Joplin, Mo., four sisters; Mrs. Gracie Higgenbotham, Herrington, Kan.; Mrs. Josie Keath, Independence; Mrs. Mattie Wetmore and Mrs. Nelle Batesel, Chanute.

- December 1905

MRS. REBECCA BAKER - Submitted by L. Morgan

Death of Mrs. Rebecca Baker
Died - About noon on Wednesday December 27, 1905, Mrs. Rebecca Baker, aged 83 years, 2 months and 28 days. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, at the residence of her son, A. D. BAker, conducted by Elder J. H. Wheller. The text was: "I have fought the good fight; I have finished the course; I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which Christ, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day and not only to me, but to all them that love His appearing." II Tim. 7-8. The remains were brought to Crawford and shipped to Moline, Kansas.

The Moline Advance - December 21, 1944

MR. THEODORE BAKER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Theodore Baker was born in Fairfield, Illinois, November 17, 1857, and passed away at Moline, Kansas, December13, 1944, at age of 87 years.

He came to Kansas with his parents at the age of 13 and settled near Elk Falls, Kansas, at the age of 19. He was united in marriage to Anna R. Webb. To this union was born seven children, three boys and four girls, two boys and one girl preceding him in death. Those left to mourn his passing are his wife Anna, one son John, three daughters, Lottie, Kittie and Clara, two sisters Mrs. Sibbie Roland of Congress, Arizona, and Amanda Taylor of Capron, Oklahoma.

He was converted and united with the Methodist church at Ames Chapel in the year of 1896. He has lived all his life in and around Moline, has been a faithful father and a friend to all. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church at 2:30 Sunday, December 17. Interment in Moline cemetery.

The out-of-town relatives to attend the funeral were: Mrs. Lottie Rettig of Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Kittie Groom, Mooresville, N. C.; Mrs. Charles Rose of Wichita, Kansas and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Osborn of Elk Falls. Mrs. Rose is a niece of Mr. Baker. Mrs. Clara Longacre of Greensville, S. C. was not able to arrive in time for the funeral on account of the illness of her son. She arrived Monday.

The Winfield Courier - July 30, 2003

MRS. NINA R. BALL - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD - Nina Rachel Ball, 86, formerly of Grenola, died July 26, 2003, at Howard Twilight Manor.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Greenlawn Cemetery, Grenola, with Pastor Joe Thomas officiating. Zimmerman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ball was born July 4, 1917, at Coffeyville, to Lonzo Huston and Maud (Kisar) Yelvington.

On March 14, 1934, she married Grover Jefferson Ball at Japton, Ark. Ball was a homemaker. Her husband preceded her in death June 26, 1998.

She was a member of the Church of Christ in Sedan.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Ball, Wilson, and Grover Ball Jr., Grenola; a daughter, Christine Roberts, Howard; nine grandchildren,