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Baker, John Mrs. – Obituary

Pioneer Woman Who Walked Across Plains La Grande Star: Mrs. John Baker, wife of John Baker, of this city, an old and highly respected pioneer of Oregon and Union county passed away at an early hour yesterday morning at the home of her son-in-law, Frank P. Childers, after a lingering illness of many weeks duration. Apoplexy and old age were responsible. Mrs. Baker commenced to sink rapidly about midnight and passed away at an early hour in the morning. Mrs. Baker leaves behind to mourn her departure, her husband, John Baker, the grand jury bailiff, a son Charles Baker , and Mrs. W.S. Wines. Mrs. Baker’s demise was not unexpected as she was quite aged and has been ill for some time. The funeral will be held from the Childers home on Washington Avenue at 2 o’clock this afternoon. Dr. J. D. Gillian officiating. There is in the death of Mrs. Baker a story of perseverance and fortitude that only were made possible in the pioneer days of long ago. In 1862 Mrs. Baker crossed the plains, not in a Pullman coach, but at the rear of an old fashioned prairie schooner. Leaving her home in Sandusky, Iowa, in that year, she actually walked from that place every step of the way across the plains and mountains to the Grande Ronde valley, carrying with her at the time her young babe, who is now Mrs. Childers, and only placing it in the schooner to ride from time to time. All this distance she made on foot with the exception of about 20 miles. But few pioneers of today can...

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