Miami Union - West Milton Items
October 14, 1897
David Baker was born January 27, 1824, in Montgomery County, Ohio, his father dying before his birth. He lived with his mother on the farm until he was 15 years old, when he was apprenticed to learn the wagon-making trade, which he followed until 1855, when he embarked in the mercantile business with his brother A. H. at Philipsburg, O. He continued in this business until 1869, when he removed to his farm, 2 1/2 miles south of West Milton, where he lived until 1888, when he removed to West Milton, where he lived until his death, which occurred October 7, 1897, of heart disease. He was married to Julia Falkner in 1848; she died in 1861. No children were born of this union. In 1862 he was married to Sarah J. McGrew. Of this union two children were born, Emma and Alma. Emma was married to Orlistus Jay. To them was born a daughter, Niloh M. They reside at Redkey, Ind. Alma married Harry Hale. To them was born a son - Freddie. They resided on the old Baker homestead in West Milton. The daughters, grandchildren and his only brother, A. H. Baker, of Philipsburg, O., survive him, and were present at his funeral. Mrs. Baker died January 2, 1894, since which time he lived with his daughter, Alma. He was compelled to earn his own way through life, and his energy and economy accumulated enough to purchase a fine farm and a beautiful residence in West Milton. He was a cheerful giver of alms and afforded much help to the M. E. Church of which he was an officer and a regular attendant. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. In his death the community suffers a great loss; the orders, of which he was a member, a beloved and worthy brother. Funeral ceremony at the M. E. Church last Saturday, Rev. O. M. Sellers and N. Y. Rush officiating. Interment in I. O. O. F. Cemetery. The G. A. R. and I. O. O. F. turned out and followed the remains of their beloved comrade and brother to its last resting place.
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