John Baker’s Journey Ends

Well Known Pioneer Passed Away Yesterday

Was Among the Earliest Settlers of Grande Ronde.

Funeral Arrangements Undecided

John Baker, one among the very earliest settlers in Grande Ronde valley, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. P. Childers, yesterday before noon. He was 81 years of age last March. He has been in poor health of late and this coupled with advanced age left little hope for recovery.

The deceased was a member of a very prominent family who reached this valley after a long and tedious journey with ox teams in the late fall of 1862. This band of homesteaders passed the following winter in a community camp, which was established near the base of Mt. Emily. In this vicinity Mr. Baker took up a homestead which was the family abiding place for a number of years, but later they moved to La Grande which has long been their home. His wife died several years ago. The surviving children are Mrs. Etta Wines, of Portland, Mrs. Childers, and Charles Baker of La Grande.

The funeral will be held from the Henry chapel at 2 o’ clock Monday, overlooking the schools of the Elgin…(last line of text unreadable).

The Sunday Morning Observer
Sunday September 14, 1919
Front Page
Contributed by: Tom Childers